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The Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy

"There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them." Vicki Baum


Ballet Dance

"I want to inspire every little girl who wants to be a dancer to fire their imagination about the joys of being on stage." Darcey Bussell


Pre-School Dance

"Forget dancing like no one is watching. Dance like a toddler. They don’t even care if there is music"

Meet Our Team

where our dance family extends beyond the studio floor! Get to know the passionate individuals who make up our exceptional team of instructors, mentors, and motivators.

Mrs Hazel Richmond


Mrs Richmond began dancing at the tender age of 3. She was initially taught by Miss Joy Beadell, a renowned Royal Academy Teacher who received a rare Royal Academy Presidents Award for commitment to teaching.

At the age of 16, she attended full time Teacher training coached by the International Royal Academy examiner Miss Gillian Quinn (MBE) In addition to her Dance Teacher Qualifications Mrs Richmond is also an accomplished performer having performed in numerous musicals over the years.

Louise Richmond

Louise began dancing at the age of three years working her way up the grades and medals and attaining her teaching qualifications. She has worked with many iconic individuals in dance and is often found working around the country particularly in London dancing with various professional companies. Louise is also a qualified school teacher (QTS) and uses her educational knowledge within her lessons assisting pupils with GCSE and A level Dance.

Hannah Richmond

Hannah has been dancing all of her life working her way up to her teaching qualifications. Her specialist fields involve all stage disciplines in particular Modern Jazz (have you seen Hannah’s kick!) Hannah has performed in various shows and displays and is usually found working with our preschoolers and primary aged children.

Elliot Allinson

Elliot is a Musical Theatre performer who trained at the Slyvia Young Theatre School and Urdang Academy based in London. Orignally from Darlington, Elliot has performed in various touring and West End productions such as Matilda, Oliver and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He loves teaching all aspects of theatre and is very keen to inspire a new generation of performers!

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