Pamela Howard (ARAD, FISTD)
Miss Howard started dancing at the age of 6, and by the age of 13 had quickly achieved her Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced RAD exams. She intended to join the Royal Ballet School, but unfortunately WW2 meant that she was evacuated to Devonshire. Upon her return to London 2 years later, she started dancing as a cabaret dancer, before deciding to teach dance. She re-took her RAD exams, and at the age of 19 started work at the Le Gray Stage School, teaching ‘starlets’ from the nearby Ealing Studios who needed Dance and Drama training. The school later became the Howard-Le Gray School, and eventually the Pamela Howard School of Dancing, now the Pamela Howard School of Dance and Associated Arts. Miss Howard continues to teach Ballet and run the school that has nurtured hundreds of students over the past 65 years.
Amanda Dignam (MRAD (teachers cert.), MISTD)
Mandy’s association with the school began when she attended classes from the age of 3. She continued her dance training with full time professional courses at Stella Mann College and the Urdang Academy. Mandy then re-joined the school as a teacher, and in 1993 gained her RAD teacher’s certificate. Mandy has also taught at Maria Anderson School of Dance & Drama, Barbara Speake Stage School, and at Sacred Heart High School for Girls, as well as choreographing for several local operatic societies.
Sarah Jane Robinson (ARAD (teachers cert.), AISTD CDE)
Senior Modern and Tap
Sarah began dancing at the age of seven at the Lorna Clark School of Dance in South Harrow. From there she went on to full-time teacher training at the Stella Mann College in London, and graduated with qualifications in ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern and National, and RAD Ballet. She has been teaching at the PHSD for 16 years, and during that time has taught classes in Tap, Modern, National and non-syllabus Ballet. She currently teaches Tap and Modern from Grade 4 onwards. She also teaches at the Lorna Clark School of Dance, Orley Farm School, and Jeannine Greville Dance Academy.
Reena Bhattacharjee (BA (Hons), LRAD, RAD RTS, AISTD DDI)
Ballet and National
Reena began as a ballet student at the school (aged 3), and by the age of 11 had joined classes in National and Modern, and later Tap. She graduated from the BA (Hons) Ballet Education and Licentiate of the RAD programmes at the Royal Academy of Dance, and has completed her Diploma in Dance Education (National Dance) with the ISTD. She is continuing to study for her ISTD Licentiate certificate. As well as teaching at PHSD, Reena also currently teaches dance at several other schools including at the Royal Academy of Dance, and for the junior school of indepedant ballet company Ballet Black. She continues to work as a freelance performer part-time, including performing en pointe as one of Darcey Bussell’s corps de ballet dancers, in the Closing Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics.
Pas de Deux
Richard began dancing at the age of 4 when he attended classes at the PHSD, studying Ballet, Tap, Modern and National. As a teenager he also attended extra lessons at Central School of Dance (with the late Christopher Gable), and in 1994 he completed a 3-year Professional Dancers Diploma at the Arts Educational Schools in London. Richard went on to dance with the Tarras Cossacks dance company for two years, until an injury prevented him from continuing. He now enjoys ballet as a teacher and choreographer, with a particular interest in pas de deux, and now also teaches Pilates as a fully qualified instructor.
Sue holds a BSc (Hons) in Human Biology and a PhD in Medical Microbiology, both from London University. She is also a qualified cricket scorer, marathon runner, co-editor of St Thomas’s parish magazine (for 20 years), and sings in the church choir! For the past 6 years Sue has worked as the school administrator for PHSD, and continues to maintain the smooth day-to-day running of the school.