Meet our talented team of qualified teachers at Centre Stage Dance and Drama. Focused on teaching exceptional technique and creating unforgettable experiences, our team is committed to our dancers’ success and satisfaction.
RAD Registered Teacher Status
BA Hons Ballet Education
Acrobatic Arts Certified
Sharon Payne began dancing at the age of 6 and attained distinctions in RAD ballet, ISTD modern and ISTD tap examinations until the age of 16. After performing in several shows, Sharon decided to undertake a BTEC National Diploma in Dance, which broadened her dance abilities by additionally training in contemporary, street and musical theatre. Achieving triple Distinction at completion, Sharon progressed to the Royal Academy of Dance which allowed her to train at professional level and graduate in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education. With official teacher status, Sharon then went on to further expand her dance knowledge by qualifying with Acrobatic Arts in 2014. For the past 9 years, Sharon has been teaching 6 days a week at various dance schools, and also has the pleasure of mentoring student teachers from the Royal Academy of Dance who are training to become qualified dance teachers. Sharon feels absolutely honoured to be taking over from Suki Turner and is looking forward to be bringing new and exciting plans to Centre Stage!
Associate of the RAD
Licentiate of the ISTD
After 30 years of working professionally as a performer in the Theatre, Suki Turner "borrowed" 4 children plus her son in tow and started Centre Stage Dance and Drama in Barnes, South West London. As well as teaching, choreographing various shows in drama schools, adjudicating festivals and more, Suki moved to Stoke D'Abernon. In 1995, Centre Stage Dance and Drama came into force at the Guide Hut in Oxshott. At the same time she instigated dance at Bevendean Pre-Prep School in Oxshott, eventually ending up as Head of Drama at Danes Hill School. After 30 continuous years, Suki felt it was time to hand over Centre Stage Dance and Drama to someone younger, who will look at the school with fresher eyes, modern ideas whilst keeping the ethos she has always tried to instil: excellent and inspired teaching and dedicated pastoral care. Suki is still keeping busy, and has now formed an organisation called COAD - Community Of Adult Dance, using her dance experience in care homes, day centres, independent living for the elderly, dementia and Parkinson's care. She also teaches RAD Silver Swans ballet classes, tap classes and SITFIT classes to the overs 55s! Suki will also carry on being a mentor for young people and keep TheatreTrain on Saturdays at the Royal Kent School. Suki is still very much a part of the school and will forever be at the heart of Centre Stage Dance and Drama.
BA (Hons) Musical Theatre and Drama
Hayley Chalwin has been part of Centre Stage Dance and Drama for over 12 years. She completely understands the love of performing and “catching the acting bug” from a young age, as she herself has been performing on stage since the age of 7. Hayley studied Drama at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama and attained a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre and Drama at The Guildford School of Acting. Hayley also went on to play a variety of roles on stage and screen, both internationally and in the West End. It was her love for playing character roles and working with children that led her down the magical path of Children’s Theatre. Performing in this genre has led Hayley to directing and teaching drama and theatre skills, which she is passionate about. Hayley has directed a number of productions for Centre Stage over the years, the most recent being The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at The Leatherhead Theatre. Hayley loves teaching and works with children from the ages of 2 to 18 years old. Her teaching style develops confidence, self-esteem, talent and skill in a safe, fun, encouraging environment, where budding performers can be themselves. Hayley is proud to be Centre Stage’s Drama teacher and looks forward to welcoming you to the school!
Tap and Modern
Fellowship of the ISTD in Tap
Licentiate of the ISTD in Modern Theatre
Helen Pennicard has been teaching tap and modern at Centre Stage Dance and Drama for over 10 years and also teaches at other local dance schools. She has been dancing since the age of 3 at the Phoenix School in Bandstead and at Laine theatre Arts and went on to qualify at Kingston Teachers Training College and at DanceTeachersInc where she gained her ISTD qualifications. Helen is delighted to hold a Fellowship in Tap and is currently working towards her Fellowship in Modern Theatre. Helen is well-loved at Centre Stage and would be delighted to meet you!
Diploma in Performing Arts
Diploma in Dance Education (ISTD) in Modern Theatre
Nathaniel trained professionally at the Italia Conti Arts Centre, graduating with a Diploma in Performing Arts, a diploma in Education and Training, and ISTD's Diploma in Dance Education specialising in Modern Theatre. As an acting teacher, Nathaniel has also directed a full-length show at Italia Conti which was performed at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley. Alongside Centre Stage, Nathaniel currently works as a dance teacher at an independent, co-educational school in West Sussex. In line with Nathaniel's love of teaching and performing, he has recently started a small business called UpandAboveltd, which specialises in aerial and ground photography/videography. Nathaniel loves combining his passions together and is delighted to be working at Centre Stage Dance and Drama!
RAD Registered Teacher Status
BA (Hons) Dance Education
Charis Ridley has been dancing since the age of 2 years old and trained in a variety of dance styles. She has performed in many shows and taken exams in ballet, tap, modern, street and disco/freestyle. Charis also studied contemporary dance during her studies for GCSE and A Level dance. After studying GCSE and A Level dance, Charis went on to study for a degree with the Royal Academy of Dance and in 2016 gained a BA (Hons) in Dance Education. After obtaining her degree, she went on to achieve Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance. Charis has choreographed for a variety of dance shows and has prepared students for examinations. Along with ballet, she also teaches contemporary dance and is a fully qualified FitSteps instructor.
Charis is thrilled to be teaching ballet at Centre Stage!