All our teachers are highly qualified professionals who are truely passionate about their subject and dedicated to their students and the highest standard of education. All staff have current DBS clearance and those who teach children also have safeguarding training. This ensures that whether you are an adult student or parent you know that your classes will support you or your child to grow as a dancer in a safe, encouraging and enjoyable environment.
Sarah is the principal of Expression and director of the Associate and Foundation courses. She studied a dimploma in Musical Theatre at Central School of Dance and Drama and went on to train at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Headquarters to gain her Associate teaching qualifications. During her dancing career Sarah worked her way up to principal dancer as a member of Innovations Dance Company and also made several TV appearances as an actress. Her recent credits include dancing with Sole Rebel Tap in Moving With The Times. Sarah has now been teaching dance for 20 years working in a number high profile dance schools across the South East. She also works as a freelance choreographer working on both professional and youth projects. Sarah is currently working to further her qualifications studying for her ISTD Licentiate under the direction of Jackie Barnes.
Taira trained at London Contemporary Dance School at the Place and went on to work as a professional dancer for over 10 years. Some of her most notable credits include performing in the original cast of we will rock you at The Dominion Theatre , performing in Chicago, Grease, Fame, The Snowman, The Royal Variety Show, Queen’s Jubilee, Party in the Park & on Michael Parkinson. She has worked with some of the most highly renowned choreographers such as Arlene Philips, Robert North, Janet Smith and Sheron Wray. She has also worked with various contemporary dance companies as a dancer and choreographer including Janet Smith Dance Co & Jazzxchange Music & Dance Co with performances at The Royal Opera House & Riverside Studios
Following her performing career Taira went into teaching and choreography. As a choreographer she created the short film ‘UNDO’ which made it in to the New York Dance for Camera Film Festival and the San Francisco Dance For Film Festival. She has also choreographed four pantomime’s for Paul Holman associates and a music video for ‘The Flutes’ for their single ‘What is Love’ http://youtu.be/kirNiPuuT9s
Taira is the founder and artistic director of contemporary dance company ‘HINGED’. Their latest productions are ‘The Soloist’ https://vimeo.com/41453684 & ‘Rain man’ https://vimeo.com/61883722 both performed at ‘The Place’ London. Taira’s company received funding last year from the arts council of England for a new project, Prisoner 466.
As a teacher Taira has extensive experience working for many colleges, universities and schools in the UK. She has also taught at Pineapple Dance Studios, Danceworks & The Place.
Yuka was trained primarily in a strong Russian style but also studied many other methods during her career. She has danced many leading roles in the ballet repertoires including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote and Coppelia. She has danced with many of Japan’s leading dancers and was invited to perform with Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur when they visited Japan to dance with a Japanese company. She danced with, and coached, members of the Moiseyev dance company during a visit to Japan. She no longer dances professionally but continues to teach, having contributed towards the dancing community in Oxfordshire over the last decade. She runs her own private classes in addition to the classes she teaches for Oxford University Ballet Society.
As a choreographer, she has been involved in art/drama performances, music bands tournèes and musicals in collaboration with music academies in Italy.
In 2012 she became a Pilates Instructor specialised in postural conditioning for dancers and athletes. In 2013 she met the Zena Rommett Floor-barre® Technique and she became a certified teacher in 2014. She had the chance to teach this wonderful technique (great for alignment, to prevent injuries and to improve ballet/dance technique) at Move It in London in 2015 and 2016, and she has recently been invited to teach Floor-Barre® for Ballet at academies in Italy and UK including the Northern Ballet Summer School in Leeds. Gloria has recently moved to the UK to further her teaching career and take up a regular post at the Northern Ballet School.
David teaches our popular Wednesday evening pilates class. He is a coach, personal trainer, writer and speaker on human performance, specialising in posture, rapport and relaxation.
David has worked for over 16 years in the health and fitness arena, teaching pilates for over 10 years at venues in Oxford.
Outside that he worked in international business for the likes of Jaguar and ICI, and human behaviour consulting for BP.
His experience extends across a very wide range of clients: able-bodied, those with disabilities, elderly, children and youths, millionaires, homeless, national and Olympic athletes, and everyone in-between [well not quite everyone, certainly quite a few].
“Emotional journeys“, Interpretation Journal of the Association for Heritage Interpretation, Summer 2006, Vol 11, No.2
“Whom do you trust?” The Systems Thinker, April, 2005
“Relax your way to health“, Prolink, June/July 1996
Books, published by red filbert
|“7 swift steps to improve your posture” 978-0-8562974-4-0||2010|
|“7 swift steps to take the edge off any stress” 978-0-8562974-2-6||2009|
|“Foundations of relaxation: discover balance and set yourself up for life” 978-0-8562974-0-||2009|
Sarah Daultry is a guest Ballet teacher at Expression and an advisor to the school. She trained at the Arts Educational School, Tring Park, and with Maurice Bejart in Brussels. She taught in the United States for Robert Denvers and Dennis Wayne in New York and performed with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Company in Atlanta. On returning to the UK, Sarah set up her own school, London Dance School, and began freelancing for the Royal Academy of Dance.
Since then Sarah has been teaching at the Arts Educational Schools London, the Royal Academy of Dance, the Royal Ballet School’s Inspire programme, London Studio Centre and Central School of Ballet. She is a cover teacher for the Royal Ballet School Associate Programme, The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and the Urdang School.
Sarah also works as a Company Teacher for Ballet Black Dance Company.
Sarah teaches our Monday evening ballet classes.
Emily is a guest teacher at Expression, teaching Jazz to our adult and pre-vocational students.
Sophie is the financial administrator for Expression, and is responsible for many of the day to day office duties including invoicing and general correspondence. She has many years’ experience in administration roles for both global and local companies. More recently, she has been working in insolvency and has taken exams in both accountancy and insolvency. Sophie’s spare time is currently taken up with her two young sons, and attempting to learn Spanish.