Sophie Huntley- Principal


Sophie Huntley trained at the highly regarded Deborah Lamb Theatre school from the age of 9, completing her ISTD vocational dance exams in Modern, Tap, Jazz and RAD examinations in Ballet. Whilst training, she had many performance opportunities in Professional Pantomimes in Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells, Performances at West End Theatres with the “Young Performers Production” and “Mardi Gras Challenge”, on board the MSC Armonia cruise ship for five evening performances and many annual shows and festivals.

Following her completion of A Levels she then went on to study at Performers College in Essex on a 1 year foundation course. She studied a range of different dance styles and received training in acting and singing as well. After completing this course Sophie was accepted onto 4 different Musical Theatre courses at professional colleges. She received sponsorship from the Lionel Bart Foundation to pursue her teachers training.

Choosing to pursue a teaching career Sophie is a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and has completed her Diploma in Dance Education for Modern Theatre, Tap and Imperial Ballet under the tuition of Deborah Lamb. Sophie has a full DBS check and is first aid trained. 

She currently works at many local dance schools in the Sussex area teaching a variety of ages from 2 years- 18years.  She established SLH Dance Academy in September 2014 and since opening many of Sophie’s students have gained brilliant examination results under her tuition and she has a 100% pass rate of students entered in for exams with many achieving high distinctions and merits.

Zara Breeze

(Musical Theatre and ISTD Modern Theatre Teacher)

Zara trained at Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts and then London Studio Centre on their BA (Hons) Theatre Dance course. During this time she studied a variety of styles of dance, singing and acting, before joining the musical theatre company ‘Seedtime’ in her third year. Upon graduation, Zara flew to Florida for rehearsals with Jean Ann Ryan productions and performed on board the Voyager for Regent Seven seas cruises. Returning from this Zara worked for Siblu Europe over in France and choreographed their shows. Working Freelance, Zara has performed within the UK and in Geneva. In the past few years Zara has turned her focus to teaching Dance and singing. She holds a Diploma in Teaching Contemporary singing and is just in the final stages of her Diploma in Dance Education in modern dance. Zara also loves tap dance and holds a Foundation Diploma in Tap Dancing. Zara is very much looking forward to continuing teaching at SLH dance academy and hopes to share her passion for musical theatre with the students.

Lucy Rose Burns

(ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap Teacher)

Lucy is an ISTD Dance Teacher, specialising in Modern and Tap. She has danced since she was young and took her dancing to a career. Lucy studied at the Wilkes Academy, genres including: Ballet, Modern, Tap, Musical Theatre, Commercial and theatre Jazz. She thoroughly enjoyed her experiences and gained so much knowledge from the school. However Lucy soon realised her passion was in teaching, so took her career to the next level.  Now Lucy share’s her knowledge and skills with the next generation of dancers and is so excited to get to know the SLH Dancers!

Ellie Ganisford

(ISTD Modern Theatre, Ballet and Lyrical Teacher)

Ellie trained from the age of 3 in both dance and musical theatre, getting a BA (Hons) at a professional Drama School in Guildford. Performing is her biggest passion and she is gaining her associate in the ISTD modern faculty, to further her education in dance & continue to train young dancers.  

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