A pupil since the age of 3 at the Susan Handy School of Dance, Sarah gained Honours in all her ballet exams up to and including Advanced 1. Progressing through the Cecchetti Junior and Senior Associates, she became a Cecchetti Scholar. During this time she won the Junior and Senior Scholars’ Cups and also won the Middle and Senior Mabel Ryan awards. Sarah was awarded the ISTD Millennium Cup for Cecchetti Classical ballet in 2001, and in the same year was accepted as a Senior Associate at the Royal Ballet School.

At age 16, Sarah won a scholarship to the English National Ballet School, where she completed the two-year professional dance course. On graduating from ENB, she went to the Rambert School, where she gained her BA (Hons) degree in Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Sarah performed professionally with the English National Ballet Company in Derek Deane’s production of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2009 Sarah moved to Paris to dance as a Showgirl for a year. On her return, Sarah danced in various films including ‘The Young Victoria’ and ‘Bel Ami’ with Robert Pattinson, and appeared in a number of TV commercials.

Embarking on a teaching career, Sarah gained her ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction in Cecchetti Classical Ballet and was proud to pass with 100% her Diploma in Dance Education.

Sarah has a presence as The Ballet Coach offering an online programme of classes, tutorials and ballet content to dancers of all ages worldwide. For more information on her dance at home programme visit

HELEN IMISON, BA (Hons) L.I.S.T.D. - Modern, Tap and GCSE Dance

Helen Imison gained a Performing Arts degree with BA (Hons) at London Metropolitan University and at the Kingston Teacher Training College she gained her Foundation in Dance Instruction and her Diploma in Dance Education at the Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College.

She joined the staff at Susan Handy Dance in January 2013 where she has taken over the senior part of the school for Modern, Tap and GCSE Dance.
Her forte is choreography and productions and also takes part in amateur dramatics and festivals.

Sinéad Long, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Originally from Birmingham, Sinead trained at Timmin’s Academy before completing her BA(Hons) degree in Musical Theatre at The Arts Educational Schools, London. She went on to play Serena in the original UK Tour of LEGALLY BLONDE, following with roles in the UK Tours of TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT and JERSEY BOYS. Sinead performed in the 2016 and 2017 Olivier Award winning revival of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre before making her West End debut in the London Coliseum’s revival of CHESS. She also performed in Hackney Empire’s sold out biopic tribute to Martin Luther King in KING IN CONCERT and Nottingham Playhouse’s hit version of SWEET CHARITY, playing the role of Rosie.
Sinead can also be seen in DOCTORS (BBC) as Carly Ford and has provided vocals for
various events such as THE CLASSICAL BRITS, performing with Il Divo, and PARIS FASHION WEEK.
Pre-Covid, she was performing in the West End in the highly popular show HAMILTON.
In between her performing contacts, Sinéad taught ISTD Tap for the Lyric School of Performing Arts (Harrow) where she was also head of street dance and baby ballet for the same school from Sept 2015 – Apr 2017 when she began teaching for Italia Conti, Chislehurst.


Jennifer began her professional dance training at The Royal Academy of Dancing where she gained a degree in The Art and Teaching of Ballet. She studied a variety of dance styles alongside ballet such as, contemporary, national, modern and tap. The course also consisted of a choreography elective, which led to performances of her work at the College. The three-year course also enabled Jennifer to gain her Licenciate, by successfully passing the Advanced R.A.D examination.

Jennifer has performed professionally all over the world, including tours with “Spirit of the Dance” in the USA, South East Asia, Brazil, India, Dubai, Mexico and Australia. She has also performed in numerous pantomimes and TV productions such as “Stars in Their Eyes” for Grenada Television.


Hannah began dancing at the age of 3 at Rosina Wenham School of Ballet (now Du Feu Dance). She studied ISTD Tap, Modern and Ballet. She later progressed through Tap and Modern to achieve honours in all exams up to Intermediate Tap and Modern before venturing off to the University of Winchester to study Applied Sport and Exercise Science.  

At University, Hannah became a member of Winchester’s Cheerleading team and later went on to Captain the team. She saw the team compete at a national level and come home with multiple national champion titles. Upon returning from University, Hannah became a coach and athlete at Royals Allstars Cheerleading, based in Sunbury, where she continues to compete and coach their youth team to compete at a national and international level.

Alongside this Hannah studied Secondary Teaching and is now a PE and Science Teacher at a school in Surrey.

Hannah is extremely excited to be back at her old dance school teaching!


Jane started Tap at the age of 11 with Vicki Daniels of Daniels Dancing Academy in Warwickshire, continuing up to Advanced 2 level before leaving to pursue a career as a physio.

Following 11 years as a physiotherapist both here and in Australia, Jane returned home in 2012 and back to her love of teaching dance. With a move from north to south, Jane made the switch from IDTA to ISTD in 2014 and is continuing her teaching qualifications at the Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College.

As well as teaching Tap and Modern regularly, Jane is also mum to 3 little ones.

LIZ PENNESS - School Administrator

Liz Penness is the office administrator for our Woking branch and its surrounding areas.  

She worked at British Forces Television for a number of years and brings a wealth of experience to the school.

Ann Watson - Our Pianist

We are very privileged to have live piano accompaniment for the majority of our ballet classes by the wonderful Ann who is a very popular member of our team! Her music is so inspiring both for students and teachers alike and brings an extra ‘sprinkle of magic’ to the classes.

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