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Janie Harris

Janie Harris LRAD, ARAD School Founder

Janie has been running her own school for 25 years. After training locally, she qualified as a teacher with the Royal Academy of Dancing (LRAD). Whilst working for Madeline Sharp, Janie continued her training with Ruth French. She also danced professionally during 1966-7. In addition, she served on the RAD's executive committee, and was Secretary/Treasurer for the Surrey Region. Qualified in (and has also taught) Body Mechanics Therapy since 2001.


Elizabeth Gregory B Phil (Hons), LRAD, ARAD

School Principal

Elizabeth is a former pupil of Janie's who went on to graduate from The College of The Royal Academy of Dance. She successfully ran her own school for 15 years, after which Elizabeth became Head of Ballet at Brighton College, an Independent Sussex boarding school. Elizabeth maintains close links with the RAD as a member of the South East Area Committee, as well as being a Practical Teaching Supervisor for student teachers on the CBTS.

Jessica Whitehead

Jessica began her training at The Kathryn Richards School of Dance in Cornwall, studying Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Jessica performed in a number of shows with her school, but discovered her love for teaching whilst volunteering as a Class Assistant with the school. After studying her A-Levels, including Dance, Jessica successfully auditioned for a place at the Royal Academy of Dance, and studied on the BA (Hons) Ballet Education programme from 2011 to 2014. Jessica also completed her Licentiate (LRAD) qualification, and now teaches RAD Ballet across London.

Cliodna Shanhan

Cliodna Shanahan Pianist

Cliodna studied at the Yehudi Menhuin School for five years with Ruth Nye. She was recently awarded a Mmus degree in Advanced Performance from the Royal College of Music having earlier graduated with a 1st class honours Bmus. She has won many awards and continues to give concerts both solo and with her trio. We are extremely fortunate to welcome her to the school.

Pre-primay ballet dancers


Janie with pre-primary ballet dancer