About Us

Zoe Rider ARAD – Director

Zoe first started dancing at the age of 2 and subsequently won a place at the English National Ballet School. She performed with the Bolshoi Ballet whilst they were on tour in London and also performed in front of the late Lady Diana. On becoming a professional ballerina, Zoe danced at the prestigious Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin for 7 years. Once back in the UK, she danced with the Northern Ballet Theatre. Zoe retired from the stage to have her 2 children and in 2008, motherhood combined with her career in ballet led to a new and exciting career with Totsdance. Nine years on, she is very proud of how Totsdance has developed over the years. It has grown from strength to strength and now also includes Ballet Classes, Workshops and Private Parties. Totsdance was first devised in 2005 by Sarah Dekker, former Head of Education at the Rambert Dance Company.

Claire Horne – Totsdance Teacher

Claire’s earliest childhood memory is of dancing. She was deeply inspired by childhood trips to watch the Ballet at Christmas with her family, and her passion has continued to this day. Throughout her life, Claire has always danced for pleasure. She has taken classes in many dance styles, varying from Ballet to Swing.Claire’s passion for the Performing Arts led her to train in Acting, at The Academy Drama School (Whitechapel) and The City Lit (Covent Garden). In addition to Acting, her theatre training included elements of dance and physical theatre. As well as teaching Totsdance classes, Claire has devised a programme of ‘Active Learning’.  Letter and number formation, phonics, spellings and numeracy are brought to life through movement; allowing children to engage with their learning in a fun, multi sensory way. Claire’s background in Theatre, natural dance ability and years of experience working with Children as a professional Nanny give her an ideal grounding for teaching our Totsdance classes.

Carla Banks – Totsdance Administrator

Carla Banks is a freelance Dance Teacher and Remote Administrator based in Sutton, Surrey. Having graduated from Millennium Performing Arts in 2003 with a Trinity Level 6 National Diploma in Profession Performance, Carla went on to dance professionally all over the world for 6 years before taking a little time out to start a family. After spending a few years working in I.T Carla trained as a Fitsteps instructor which reignited her passion for dance and lead her back to teaching Ballet. Carla spent 2 years as the academy co-ordinator at Sutton Dance Academy but stepped down from her position to take on more teaching opportunities. Carla holds a DDI in Imperial Classical Ballet with ISTD, is currently studying towards a DDE and is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique Instructor, teaching Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Strengthening & Conditioning, Tricks and Turns and PBT.

Nadia Swindell – Photography

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Tanya Kenyon – Artwork

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