About Us

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

Established in 2017, Charlotte Jacqueline School of Dance is an award winning school based in Richmond, North Yorkshire offering classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre and Jazz to children and adults from aged three. Students have the opportunity to be examined in their work by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) & the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). 

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Our Story

​Charlotte Porter grew up in the rural community of Reeth and began dancing at an early age. She opened the Charlotte Jacqueline School of Dance as a way of providing other children in rural settings the same chance she had to experience dance and theatre arts. As a local person to Richmond and the Dales, Charlotte has a strong community ethic which she extends to the school and students.

​Charlotte studied at Preston Dance College gaining her teaching qualifications in both Tap Dance and Modern Theatre; whilst studying she was awarded the Faye-Knowles Chapman Award for Choreography and selected to dance as a northern associate for the UK Tap Dance team, Tap Attack. Following college, whilst working as a professional dancer and choreographer, Charlotte continued her studies with the Royal Academy of Dance gaining a Diploma in Dance Teaching studies & a BA(Hons) in Dance Education, qualifying her to teach the RAD’s world renowned ballet syllabus.

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Charlotte has danced professionally in the UK and France, and was later head-hunted for a position in Geneva, Switzerland to teach contemporary dance having been trained by Donald Edwards, teacher at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and founding member of Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Charlotte has been teaching and performing professionally for the last ten years and currently maintains a 100% success rate in student examinations. With big aspirations to expand, in 2019 the school opened its own premises based inside The Station - Richmond's local arts venue. Determined to be an inspiring role model, Charlotte has been nationally recognised as Rural Young Person of the Year 2020 at the Rural Business Awards for her dedication to providing rural arts opportunities.

Meet The Team

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Charlotte porter

Principal - Dance Teacher

  • BA (Hons) Dance Education (Royal Academy of Dance)

  • National Rural Young Person of the Year 2019/20

  • Level 5 Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies (Royal Academy of Dance) 

  • Level 4 Diploma's in Dance Education - Modern Theatre (ISTD) & Tap Dance

  • Finalist - Royal Academy of Dance's Centenary 'Early Career Dance Teacher' Awards 

  • First Aid Qualified

  • Safeguarding Assured 

  • Enhanced DBS

  • NYCC Registered Chaperone

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AVRIL THRESH

Drama Lead & Summer School Staff

Avril is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Conservatoire 

and has spent much of her career acting in various productions in a range of genres including musical theatre, comedy, dramatic plays and children's theatre, across New Zealand & the UK.

  • BA Dramatic Studies (RSC) 

  • Post-Grad Diploma in Teaching & Learning (University of Canterbury, NZ) 

  • 15 Years professional industry experience

  • Over 10 years of drama & teaching experience

  • Enhanced DBS

  • Safeguarding Assured

  • SEND Specialist

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SOPHIE MONTGOMERY

Singing & Musical Theatre Teacher

  • Distinction Grade 8 - Voice 

  • NODA Junior Performance Winner - North 2018

  • Scottish Opera Young Company Member 

  • First Aid Qualified

  • Safeguarding Assured 

  • Enhanced DBS

  • NYCC Registered Chaperone

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VICTORIA SELLERS

Contemporary Dance Teacher

Many may know Vicky from her time as Head of Dance at Richmond School where she introduced both GCSE and A-Level Dance to their curriculum, later becoming an examiner in Dance in Education. 

  • BA (Hons) Sport Science - Specialising in Dance & Gymnastics

  • Over 20 years of dance & teaching experience

  • Enhanced DBS

  • Safeguarding Assured

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OTI

Head of Customer Relations 

Oti can usually be found busy in the office organising and then reorganising her squeaky toys or Miss Charlotte's trainers. 

  • Distinction - Level 1 'Sit'

  • Merit - Level 2 'Stay'

  • Employee of the Month

  • Level 4 Diploma in 'Being a Good Girl' 

"Its so lovely to know you and your staff have taken up Makaton training. The fact you have embraced a further level of inclusivity into your school is wonderful. We wish other organisations would follow your example. " 

- H Wilkinson

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WINNER 

'Customer Focus' Category 2022

Richmondshire Business Excellence Awards