Teachers

Woking Dance Space classes are taught by a variety of hard working, talented and energetic teachers.

Tunde Crowley

Tunde Sulc

I breathe, eat and drink dance – my passion towards dance developed almost 20 years ago... and I just can’t get enough!

Teaching and performing has fulfilled me by giving me the chance to experience and express my creative side!

Tunde is a certified and qualified Zumba Instructor, and is a member of the Zumba Instructor Network. She also holds IDTA Freestyle Associate Teacher Training status and has worked as choreographer and backing dancer for Stagabakk

Tunde teaches Zumba.

Natalie Dodd

Natalie Dodd

Born in Surrey, Natalie started dancing at the age of five at Susan Robinson's School of Ballet. She gained excellent grades up to advanced levels in RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, Modern and Jazz.

Natalie progressed onto vocational training at the age of sixteen at The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. During these three years, she was given opportunities to work with prestigious contemporary choreographers such as Kerry Nicholls and Mark Baldwin (director of Rambert Dance Company) and chances to choreograph many of her own dance pieces. She has performed at The Lilian Baylis Theatre (Sadler's Wells) and The Linbury Theatre (Royal Opera House), among others. After graduating with a First Class BA Hons Degree in 2013, Natalie performed in The English National Opera's production of 'Madam Butterfly' at The London Coliseum for a number of months.

Since this, she has gained assistant teaching experience with West London Dance and now teaches weekly children’s dance classes at a local dance school; Monarch Studios. Given that she is relatively fresh out of training, Natalie continues to participate in auditions for contemporary projects and companies alongside her teaching positions. Having covered Shani and Amy’s classes on occasion and as a regular attendee at Woking Dance Space, Natalie is very enthusiastic about running her own 6-week beginners courses.

Natalie teaches Improvers Tap, Beginners Courses (Ballet, Contemporary and Tap) and Technique Courses.

Jennifer Dyson

Jen Dyson

Jennifer began her professional dance training at The Royal Academy of Dancing, where she studied from 1995-1998, gaining a degree in The Art and Teaching of Ballet. Here, under the tuition of many prestigious teachers, including June Mitchell, Karen King and Norman Morrice, Jennifer studied a variety of dance styles, 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. Look closely and you might spot her in the New Line Cinema movie “The Golden Compass”. Jennifer joins Woking Dance Space eager to share her experience and wealth of choreographic knowledge. Jen teaches Theatre Jazz on Thursday nights.

Jennifer teaches Theatre Jazz, Theatre Tap, Daytime Tap and Daytime Jazz.

Phillipa Jarrett

Phillipa Jarrett

Philippa trained at Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts under Noreen Bush and Bridget Espinosa.

After finishing her training she went to Virginia, USA to join the Bristol Ballet. Following this, she moved to Belgium and joined the Ballet de Flandre, where she undertook teacher training which she completed at the Jarrett School of Dance in Brussels.

Philippa spent many years dancing, teaching and choreographing for ballets at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and the Gent Opera House.

She now lives in Guildford, and is Co-Artistic Director of Southern Youth Ballet in Sussex.

Phillipa teaches Daytime Advanced Ballet and Daytime Elementary Ballet.

Gretchen Fox Kiefer

Gretchen Fox Kiefer

Dancing and teaching for over 25 years, Gretchen is a former professional dancer and founder member of Island Moving Company (USA).

She undertook numerous tours, performances and out reach programmes with Island Moving Company, and also performed with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and several Colorado ballet companies. Gretchen also choreographed for Island Moving Company, Little Theater of the Rockies and the University of Northern Colorado.

She has taught dance at the Newport Academy of Ballet, University of Northern Colorado and currently teaches for the Susan Robinson School of Ballet and the British Ballet Organization.

Gretchen teaches American Jazz, Advanced Ballet, director of our shows and is also a Trustee of Woking Dance Space.

Emily Little

Emily Little

Emily's love for dance started at the age of 2, watching her older sister in dance class & joining in when ever possible! At 16 after many years of training with Susan Robinson School of Ballet Emily gained a place at Laine Theatre Arts where she studied Dance & Musical Theatre.

In Emily's 2nd year she felt privileged to be chosen for her first professional dance contract; The Royal Variety Performance 2003. Once graduated Emily performed in FAME the Musical which toured Germany & Holland, Spirit of the Dance USA tour, Viva La Diva UK Arena tour Starring Katherine Jenkins & Darcey Bussell, Dancing Queen UK & Monte Carlo, Lead dancer in 2 Pot Noodle Adverts, Dance captain for professional pantomimes & many various music videos. Emily has also danced on stage with Kylie Minogue, Enrique Iglesias, Cheryl Cole & Anastasia.

After many years of professional experience in the industry she had also gained fitness & gym instructor qualifications. Emily finds teaching at WDS a wonderful creative outlet & truly enjoys teaching her classes.

Dance is so good for your soul, escape everyday life for an hour & release yourself into the music- what ever it may be! I look forward to meeting you soon

Emily teaches Contemporary Jazz.

Shani Nash

Shani Nash

Shani studied Ballet, Tap and Modern dance at the Susan Robinson School of Ballet, before gaining a grant to attend The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

At Rambert Shani trained professionally and continued her study of Ballet, as well as Graham and Cunningham contemporary styles.

She was fortunate to be given many performance opportunities whilst with the school and danced as the 'Fortune teller' in National Youth Ballet's "Impressions of Sophie".

Shani joined Woking Dance Space classes in 2010 and started teaching for First Dance Studio soon afterwards. She has previously taught for Woking Dance festival (now Dance Woking) and Molesey School of Ballet, and has future plans to work with Totsdance Weybridge. Shani teaches pre-school children through to adults, and currently teaches for both First Dance Studios and Surrey Community Dance.

Shani teaches Beginners Ballet, Intermediate Ballet, ISTD Grade 5/6 Ballet, ISTD Advanced 1 Ballet, Contemporary and Relaxed Contemporary.