Our Story

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 both the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). For children aged 2-3 the school offers ballet based Little Footsteps classes.

                                     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 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 nine 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.

Our Team

Miss Charlotte rad rts

Principal - Dance Teacher

  • National Rural Young Person of the Year 2019/20

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

  • Level 4 Diplima in Dance Education - Modern Theatre (ISTD) 

  • Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education - Tap Dance (ISTD) 

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

  • First Aid Qualified

  • Safeguarding Assured 

  • Enhanced DBS

  • NYCC Registered Chaperone

FINALIST

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 both the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). For children aged 2-3 the school offers ballet based Little Footsteps classes.

 

​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 qualifying her to teach the RAD’s world renowned ballet syllabus.

​​

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 nine 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.

Miss Sophie

Vocal Coach

  • 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

Victoria Sellers

dance teacher

Many of you 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. 

With over 20 years experience and specialising in teaching contemporary dance, she has most recently created her own dance company “Aspire Dance in Education”, which provides workshops and professional development/training to teachers in Primary schools, allowing them to develop their skills and confidence to deliver dance in their setting.

  • BA Hons Sport Science - Specialising in Dance & Gymnastics

  • Enhanced DBS

  • Safeguarding Assured

Class Assistants

Miss Alice

Fridays

  • First Aid Qualified

​Studies: 

  • Ballet

  • Tap Dance

  • Modern Theatre

  • Contemporary / Jazz

  • GCSE Dance

Miss Freya

Tuesdays & Thursdays

  • First Aid Qualified

​Studies: 

  • Ballet

  • Modern Theatre

  • Contemporary / Jazz

  • GCSE Dance

Oti

Head of Customer Relations

  • 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

© 2017 Charlotte Jacqueline School of Dance