SJ Academy of Dance was established in Hedge End in 1992, and has since become a partnership in 2012. There are now additional branches in Chilworth and Chandlers Ford to cater for ever increasing numbers of pupils. ISTD and RAD Qualified teachers assist Sally and Hannah in running a very successful school: Many students go on to follow courses in the performing arts at local colleges and past students wishing to pursue a career in dance have gone on to study at Laine Theatre Arts; Bird College of Dance; Arts Educational College; Performers; Urdang Academy; Wilkes Academy; Italia Conte; Scottish Conservatoire; Ballet West; The Place; London Studio; Tring and White Lodge among others.

Each child is carefully taught and all have the opportunity to study for examinations, achieving excellent results in all genres.

Our school show is held at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton and provides fun and excitement for all our students. Everyone has the chance to be a star and our shows are very popular and always sold out.

Many of our students are offered the opportunity to perform in competitions around the country including Janet Cram and the Marjorie Davies Tap Award.

The school is run by partners Sally O’Rourke and Hannah Gell.

Sally O'Rourke is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School teacher's course, and is fully qualified in teaching classical and modern dance. She is a fully registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. After graduating from RBS in 1986 Sally danced professionally in Europe before working as a freelance teacher in London, then founded Sally Johnson Academy of Dance in 1992.

Hannah Gell is a graduate of the Hammond School and is fully qualified in teaching classical and modern dance. On graduation Hannah went on to dance professionally around the world before returning to the UK to pursue her teaching in various places around the UK before settling on the South Coast. She is a fully registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.

 

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