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Samantha Ewen

Director & Principal - LISTD, ARBTA Examiner, RAD PTS & Mentor

Sam trained at The Arts Educational School in London, graduating with a professional dance diploma and ISTD teaching qualifications in Imperial Ballet, Tap & Modern. She is a Ballet, Tap & Jazz Examiner for ARBTA and a Mentor & Practical Teaching Supervisor for the RAD. Sam has been Principal of The Highstone Dance Academy since 1998.

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Sian Dempsey

Vice Principal - ISTD, DDI, DDE

Sian started her dance training at Highstone. At the age of 18 she continued her full-time training at North London Dance Studios where she gained her ISTD teaching qualifications in Modern & Tap.

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Holly Hillier

Head of Ballet - ISTD, DDI, DDE, RAD, RTS, CBTS

Holly started her dance training at Highstone. At the age of 18  she continued her full-time training at North London Dance Studios where she gained her ISTD teaching qualifications in Tap, Modern and Imperial Ballet.
She holds the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies is a qualified Progressing Ballet Technique and Acrobatics Arts teacher.


Francesca Webb

Tap and Modern Teacher - ISTD, DDI, DDE

Francesca trained at The North London Dance Studios where she gained a diploma in performing arts as well as her teaching qualifications in Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre Dance. Francesca has been a valued member of the team since 2006.

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Meg Gallagher

Musical Theatre Teacher

Meg began her dance training at Highstone before going to London Studio Centre (Theatre Dance Performance BA Hons + Extended Level 6 teaching diploma). Meg has over ten years experience teaching children and adults music, dance and drama in a range of educational settings.