Teachers - Basingstoke Academy of Dancing Basingstoke Academy of Dancing


Tanya Schipelbaum Principal RTS AISTD CDE BA(HONS) Dance Education

Tanya is a qualified and registered Teacher with the RAD (Ballet) and the ISTD (Modern & Tap) with a BA (Hons) in Dance Education. Tanya is passionate about teaching her joy of dance to all ages just for fun and performance opportunities but also to providing career paths for those that have the talent and desire to do so.

As well as choreographing a great deal of our own shows and competitive dances, Tanya has also choreographed for Corporate Events, Videos, Pop Videos, Fashion Shows and Parades. She has also choreographed and written a Children’s Fantasy Ballet – The Hidden Prince with music especially commissioned and composed by Adrian Zolotuhin.

Having worked as an accountant for Unilever, Harrods and then BBC Worldwide, Tanya was given the opportunity to purchase Basingstoke Academy of Dancing (B.A.D.) from Suzan Amos in 2003, for whom she had been with for 14 years. At that point there were 110 students, some of these students are now teachers/choreographers/dancers around the world and the school has grown to over 300 students.

Tanya completed her formal teaching qualifications with Vanessa Atkins-Clarivette and the R.A.D.

Jenna Perkins CDE ISTD

Jenna has completed her Diploma in Dance Education and is an Associate of the ISTD. She is passionate about nurturing the creativity and individuality of the young dancers and supporting those working towards securing more advanced technical skills.
Jenna has been dancing since the age of five and has loved every minute of it. Having performed on stage and in competitions, she understands that dancing should be fun whilst working towards higher standards of performance and technique.
Jenna also runs Clubbercise at the Studios

Vanessa Atkins-Clarivette FISTD

Vanessa is a dance teacher with over twenty years of teaching experience – she has also choreographed, directed and performed in a number of productions. With an ISTD fellowship in Tap Dance and Modern Theatre she is also a registered Approved Tutor/Distance Learning Tutor for the ISTD.
Vanessa loves and teaches tap and modern – she taps so much that her most comfortable tap shoes are so worn out that they are now held together by gaffa tape… she is reluctant to throw them out!

Dan Keen Professional Dancer & Choreographer

Dan is honoured is be part the Basingstoke Academy of Dancing team. Dan is freelance choreographer and teacher who has had an extensive career as a dancer performing all over the world, credits include: Cannes Film Festival, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, ITV, BBC, CH5, Glasgow’s SECC Arena & Children In Need. As a choreographer credits include: Aintree Racecourse, Birmingham’s ICC Arena, ITV, SKY TV, Isle Of Wight Music Festival, OK Magazine, Icon Theatre and The New Vic Theatre.
Dan teaches our Boys specialist classes, Street Jazz, Commercial Jazz and Musical Theatre. He is also our Performance Squad leader.

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Claire Simpson RTS RAD DDI ISTD

Claire is an experienced dance teacher that has been working with Basingstoke Academy of Dancing for many years, dancing in and choreographing for shows and runs several successful Adult Ballet classes. As a professional dancer she worked and taught around the world including Hong Kong, Bali and Italy. She is also qualified with the RAD and holds her ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction


Miss Kali is a qualified teacher of the RAD and the ISTD and has many years of experience teaching and entering students for exams in ballet, tap and modern. She adopts an energetic and fun approach whilst ensuring an encouraging and stimulating environment.

Sam Dickinson DDI ISTD Student Teacher

Sam has been dancing at Basingstoke Academy of Dancing since the age of three. She used to be a part of B.A.D. Company and is currently studying for her ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction. Sam loves the opportunities that being a part of the dance school gives her such as being able to perform in Germany and Belgium.

Amber Stretton DDI ISTD Student Teacher

Holds Intermediate Tap Ballet & Modern – studying Diploma In Dance Instruction

Sandra Doling ARAD

Sandra teaches at Arts Educational Upper School and also at the Royal Academy of Dance. Sandra teaches B.A.D.’s vocational ballet students once a month.

Connie Pearce Studio Manager

Connie has been Studio Manager at Basingstoke Academy of Dancing since 2008. Using her huge amount of experience working in organisational management roles, Connie keeps the studio running, tackling everything from invoicing through to stage management to ensure the smooth running of the studios and that the amazing shows actually happen and that the children are safe and have fun!

Charlotte West Assistant

Attends Wilkes Academy full time vocational college, holds Advanced Foundation Ballet, Advanced  Modern and Intermediate Tap

Vicky Davies Assistant

Holds her Advanced 2 Modern & Tap and Intermediate Ballet and a soloist in the Seniors of Dance World Cup Finals Spain 2018

Jess Pearce Stone Assistant

Holds Intermediate Ballet and Advanced 1 Modern and is a Saturday Associate at London Studio Centre