Teaching and Administration Team
Our teachers at Dragonflies Dance are professional, experienced and fully qualified. All teachers hold an enhanced DBS check, PPL/PRS music licences, appropriate insurance and up to date safeguarding and first aid training and are passionate about dance education continuing to update and develop their qualifications regularly through teacher training courses. We are also proud to be a teacher training school and offer mentoring for the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies qualification.
Libby Hanley BA(Hons) RAD RTS DDE DDMIX AA2 - Principal
First Aid (2019) and Safeguarding Level 3 (2020) School Safeguarding Lead
Libby has been school principal for 7 years and has over 10 years dance teaching experience. Libby grew up in London, Berkshire and Somerset and as a true all-rounder loved dance, teaching and choreography from a young age. Always performing at every opportunity with English Youth Ballet, County Choirs, Show Choirs, Wells Cathedral, starring in local amateur dramatic musicals and even choreography for a local show at the age of just 15 years for singer Shenna (of the No.1 hit The Weekend).
Libby trained first at full time vocational training college Dance Academy South West in Dance and Musical Theatre receiving her Diploma and Advanced 2 ISTD Modern Theatre Examination and then on to the Royal Academy of Dance as a full time Ballet Education student and was taught by some of the most prestigious teachers in Classical Ballet. Experiencing teaching her own classes in a variety of settings including community dance and A/S Level Dance. Libby chose to undertake the majority of her teaching assessments at one of the biggest recreational dance schools in London, achieving excellent marks and gaining valuable experience in teaching a huge range of children. Libby taught at a number of schools and entered students for examinations whilst a student at the RAD and in addition studied the dance teaching qualifications in Tap and Modern Theatre with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Upon graduating with a 2:1 degree in Ballet Education from the RAD and the University of Surrey, Libby became a self-employed dance teacher; teaching at a number of dance schools and nurseries in London before returning to Somerset. Libby is now a fully qualified instructor for Darcey Bussell's DDMIX and has her Acrobatic Arts teaching module 2 (higher level) certification. Due to her level of experience Libby has been a mentor for the Royal Academy of Dance since 2018, which involves training student teachers and helping them to achieve their teaching qualifications.
Libby is very passionate about all areas of dance, from choreography to coaching students to train and audition for full time professional training to encouraging complete beginners with their first taste of dance training be that at a younger or older age.
Alison Clifton-Jones - Administration Assistant
Ali has recently joined the team as Administration Assistant in 2018. She comes from a finance background and has over 30 years of customer service & administration experience.
Ali's daughter has been dancing at Dragonflies Dance for a number of years and she has enjoyed supporting the school throughout.
Whilst Ali has no dance training herself, so as not to miss out on the fun, she attends the weekly DDMIX classes, a mix of dance and keep fit. Ali is looking forward to her new role within Dragonflies Dance and being part of its continued success.
Miss Héloïse - Assistant Teacher
Currently studying dance and performing arts at The Space and is looking forward to a career as a professional dancer. Héloïse loves to help the younger students especially with festival performances and exams.
Miss Emily (Ez) - Assistant Teacher
Emily likes to be called Ez so we know her at the school as Miss Ez! Currently a senior associate with the Ballet Boost programme being trained by professional dancers, Miss Ez strives for excellence in all of her exams and loves to encourage the younger dancers in the school. Miss Ez is considering a career as a ballet teacher so that she may continue to share her passion.
Miss Harriett - Assistant Teacher and Cover Teacher
Harriett has been a student with the school for 15 years (starting with the previous owner), she is currently in her final year studying to become a school teacher at Plymouth Marjon University and has still got little brothers and sister that attend our dance school so loves coming to see everybody and help out. Miss Harriett holds her Advanced 1 classical ballet examination with the Royal Academy of Dance and is working towards her Advanced 2!