• Faculty

  • Felicity Stewart
    Principal
    ISTD DDE (Tap), CPD Safeguarding children, CPD Protecting children in entertainment

    Felicity is the daughter of Elizabeth Fenton and danced at The Elizabeth Fenton School of Dancing since she was 3 years old.

    Felicity took senior examinations and gained her Advanced 2 in Tap, National and Modern as well as Intermediate Ballet. She followed her mother’s footsteps and gained a place at Doreen Bird college before taking a break and going into the business world.

    Felicity also has gained a NVQ Level 3 in leadership and management and a Diploma in event management. Felicity is trained in child safeguarding and protecting children in entertainment.

    She has experience in festival competitions with dances getting places to the All England Finals.

  • Helen Thompson
    Head of Dance
    ISTD DDE (Tap, Ballet), LISTD (Modern), Diploma in Musical Theatre

    Graduated from Studio La Pointe (SLP) Leeds, with three Associates & a Diploma in Musical Theatre in 2001.

    Helen then went onto performing in several London shows which included Fame and 42nd Street and is now currently teaching for the Elizabeth Fenton School of Dance; Maidenhead. Within the last few years Helen has choreographed and produced many successful shows, also achieving exceptional examination results from her pupils.

    Helen has previously coached numerous students towards their teaching qualifications and is widely recognised for her work amongst her peers and examiners.

    Helen’s choreography has been performed in several festivals, with solos and group performances qualifying for the All England Dance Finals.

  • Elizabeth Fenton
    Assistant Head of Dance & Founder
    R.A.D Ballet, AISTD (Ballet, Modern, National)

    Elizabeth trained at Bird College, Sidcup, gaining I.S.T.D. advance examinations and Associates in Imperial Ballet, Modern and National.

    She also has teacher membership of The Royal Academy of Dance. Following a family move to Berkshire, Elizabeth started a village dance school at Sonning on Thames, and was assistant to The Janet Goodier School at Maidenhead.

    Two years later, Elizabeth took over the school of 80 pupils in Maidenhead.

    The school has expanded over the years with the introduction of Modern/Jazz and National dance. Elizabeth is now our main ballet festival teacher, getting pupils to the All England Finals and winning many places at local competitions.

  • Sophie Griffiths
    Ballet Teacher
    R.A.D Ballet, LISTD (Ballet), Level 4 Diploma in Dance, Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance

    Sophie started dancing when she was 3 years old and at the age of 8 gained a place at The Royal Ballet School's Junior associates program. There she continued her training through the Mid and Senior associates. Sophie was awarded a scholarship place at The English National Ballet School at the age of 16 and went on to perform with the English National Ballet company in her final year before graduating with a National Diploma in Professional Dance. Unfortunately, due to injury she was not able to continue as a professional dancer and went on become an international master trainer and presenter for Reebok, presenting their Jukari fitness program which was a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and Reebok around the world. 

    Sophie then made the decision to train to become a dance teacher gaining her DDI in 2013. She has gone on to achieve her DDE and more recently Licentiate in 2018 and is continuing to work towards her Fellowship. 

    Sophie has coached many students at all levels and helped them achieve excellent exam results and has choreographed for both festivals and shows.

  • Stephanie Jones
    Teacher
    ISTD DDE (Tap, Ballet, Modern), ID (Contemporary), Certified PBT, IDTA (Freestyle), BA Hons Dance, Diploma in Musical Theatre

    Stephanie started dance at the age of 6, at the Sarah Goffe Theatre School which later became Leanne Hughes Theatre School. She was awarded a DADA to attend Bird College at the age of 16, and graduated in 2010. She then completed her Degree in professional practice at Middlesex University in 2015.

    Stephanie has taught at various schools, in which she has choreographed many shows and achieved fantastic exam results from her students. She also choreographs festival work which have succeeded in pieces qualifying for All England regional and national finals. 

    Stephanie is currently studying to further her qualifications. 

  • Sophie Ditchfield
    Teacher
    R.A.D Ballet, AISTD (Modern, Tap, National), LISTD (Ballet)

    Throughout childhood Sophie attended dance classes many times a week, at eighteen years of age she began a three year dance diploma course at London College of Dance. 

    Sophie then began teaching in Bristol, both full time dance students and once a week children. There she entered many candidates for exams and festivals, and choreographed for many shows. Whilst there she continued to study taking all Vocational Tap exams including Advanced 2, then Associate Diploma in Tap and all other subjects previously studied.

    Five years later, after moving to West London Sophie taught at various dance schools including Chelsea Ballet Schools, Italia Conti and in Ascot and Maidenhead. During this time she gained her Licenciate Imperial Ballet. 

    After a few years Sophie joined the school in 2000 mainly teaching Ballet, National, Modern and Tap and continuing to enter students for exams and festivals and choreographing for shows.

  • Molly Southall
    Teacher
    ISTD DDI (Modern), Acrobatics Arts Qualified, BA Hons Dance

    Molly is a dancer and teacher from Devon who has danced since the age of 3 in ISTD, R.A.D and IDTA. Molly continued her training at Totnes School of Dance where she branched out and found her passion for new styles including Contemporary and Commercial.

    Gaining a place at The Creative Academy, Molly trained full time in many styles and continued taking her vocational exams. At the end of her course, Molly received a First in her BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and her DDI Modern certificate.

    Molly has performed in Bollywood and Contemporary companies, short films and adverts but decided her heart belonged to teaching.

    Molly is now working towards her DDE Modern and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with students.