The Team

Katherine Richardson

Principal 

Ballet Teacher

Having trained at the Royal Academy of Dance for 3 years, gaining a BA in the Art and Teaching of Ballet Katherine has taught at several schools around London, including the Central School of Ballet. She continues to mentor several students from the RAD studying to be teachers. Most recently she has been working on a brand new dance fitness class, DDMIX, which has been set up by Darcey Bussell, Katherine is delighted to be working closely with her.

Katherine has developed the school from what was just 3 classes on a Thursday afternoon to the thriving school you see today!

Katherine is very proud to be a tutor on the Licentiate course (LRAD) at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in Battersea, working with some of the best teachers in the country.

Chloe Chapman

Vice Principal

Tap, Modern & Ballet Teacher

Chloe started dancing at the age of five at Deborah Capon School of Dance, where she trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern and National, reaching Advanced 2 level in each genre. Here she was also given the chance to compete and perform, both locally and nationally.

Chloe was then offered a place on the Musical Theatre course at Bird College, where she trained in various styles of dance and theatre performance. Realising her passion for teaching, Chloe then returned to Deborah Capon School Dance College to complete her ISTD Teaching qualifications, where she gained her Diploma in Dance Education in Ballet, Tap and Modern and has now been teaching at various dance schools in and around London for the past 7 years.

In 2014 Chloe was lucky enough to be a finalist at the ‘All England Dance Finals’ where she won 2nd place for her tap solo, she was also awarded a ‘Premiere Special Commendation’ at the 2015 ISTD Star Tap Awards and has performed with the tap company ‘Tap Attack’ in many theatres and competitions around the country.

Chloe has been teaching at The Village School of Dance since 2019, and has gone from teaching just one day a week in Wimbledon Village, to three days a week. She has loved working with Katherine and the students so much over the years, that she has decided to open a branch of TVSOD in the beautiful Royal Tunbridge Wells, so more students can experience the magic of our school! Together Chloe and Katherine are a formidable team and are determined to build a happy, friendly and successful school.

Anaïs Huning

After School Club Dance Teacher

Born and raised in Warwickshire Anaïs discovered her passion for dance at the early age of two and a half whilst training at the Grosvenor House School of Dance, under the direction of Sylvia Lorden. Keen to follow a career in dance she further enriched her training with the Pattinson Theatre Arts School. She has won trophies and medals at reputable festivals across the Midlands and has a background in ballet, modern, lyrical and character.

Since moving to London to train at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters, she has gained a first class honours in the BA (Hons) Ballet Education degree and attained the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance qualification. She is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher and is excited to transfer her skills to teaching the Village School of Dance pupils.

Marie Sheehy

Nursery & Pre-School Teacher
Marie began studying ballet at the age of 3, and quickly fell in love with dancing. She found a passion for Contemporary dance through the DanceEast CAT scheme where she studied for 6 years, alongside her training at King Slocombe School of Dance in Cambridge. At 16 she joined the London Studio Centre associates program, before moving to London to study at London Contemporary Dance School.
Marie relocated to Sicily to join the collectivo of Compagnia Zappalà Danza in January 2019. During her time with the Collectivo, she had numerous opportunities to perform in new and existing choreographies at Scenario Pubblico. On returning to London, she performed with International Arts Collective in their world premiere of ‘Free.’
Marie currently works as a freelance dance artist in London. Alongside performing, she very much enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for dance. She has taught at a variety of dance and academic schools in London, and is delighted to have joined the team at The Village School of Dance.

Poppy Barnes

Ballet Teacher

Originally from Northumberland, Poppy started her classical ballet training at the age of 7, studying
all RAD graded and vocational exams up to Advanced 2 level. Her passion for dance and art, as well
as an enthusiasm for teaching, allowed her to successfully gain a place on the Ballet Education
degree programme at the Royal Academy of Dance in London. This gave her the opportunity to train
in a wide variety of teaching settings, including with multiple private ballet schools, and professional
community platforms. Alongside this, Poppy achieved the Licentiate of the RAD qualification with
distinction, providing her with detailed knowledge of the RAD syllabi and ballet teaching. She has
also studied contemporary dance and enjoyed opportunities to be involved in outreach
programmes, master classes, and perform with various professional companies. Poppy now works as
a freelance dancer and teacher in London, and is a current dance ambassador for One Dance UK.

Rosanna Smith

Tap, Modern & Ballet Teacher

Rosanna trained in dance and musical theatre at the prestigious London Studio Centre graduating with both a diploma and BA (hons) in Theatre Dance. During her training she performed in many shows and theatres including the New Wimbledon theatre, the Criterion Theatre Piccadilly in London’s West End and ‘Parade’ at the Pleasance Theatre working with many west end choreographers, performers and directors.

She was also a Tap dancer on the BBC’s One Show choreographed by Arlene Phillips. Rosanna is currently working towards her teaching qualifications with the ISTD and is really looking forward to start teaching Saturday classes and become part of The Village School of Dance.