Our teachers have been hand picked by our ex-Royal Ballet trained Principal. All our teachers are fully qualified from renowned performing and teaching dance colleges with fully DBS checked.


Joanne Evans - Principal

Miss Evans trained at the Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet and London Studio Centre. She went on to dance with London City Ballet Company and then moved into Musical Theatre, performing in shows such as West Side Story, The King and I and Cats in the West End. She appeared in Pantomime and variety shows with Les Dennis, Bernard Breslaw, Susan Hampshire, Ann Nolan, Tom Jones and John Barrowman amongst others. 


Joanne also appeared on TV shows such as The Hale and Pace Show, The Paul Daniels Magic Show, The Bill and the Russ Abbot Show. Following her performing career, Joanne taught at various vocational dance colleges and schools in London whilst also working at the Reigate School of Ballet. She become the Principal in 1998, and is extremely proud that it is celebrating its 50th year. Joanne is qualified with both the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ballet,modern& tap) and The Royal Academy of Dance. She was honoured to be appointed as a ballet examiner for the I.S.T.D. in 2006 which has brought many benefits to the school.

Rachel McCormack 

Rachael trained at the Royal Ballet School and London Studio Centre. She then went on to work in dance companies both here and abroad. Her West End credits include Fame, Grease, The Snowman and Pickwick. While dancing for the ENO Rachael performed in Opera’s such as Pearl Fisher’s, Eugene Onegin and Carmen, which she also performed in, in Berlin. Rachael regularly appeared in Pantomimes at the Theatre Royal, Windsor and toured and travelled to Japan with Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s, Cinderella. Her TV appearance’s include Miss Marple, The Entertainer, Call up the Stars, Noel’s Telly Years, This Morning and The Royal Variety Performance.On film, Rachael played Priscilla in the Pebble and the Penguin and the Till Girl in the Checkout. She has also featured in many commercials, hair, fashion and trade shows and pop videos for artists such as Elton John, Kiki Dee and Bryan Ferry. Rachael is delighted to get back to her roots and be teaching ballet again for The Dorking School of Dance.

Emma Benjamin 

Miss Benjamin has danced at the Reigate School of Ballet from a very young age. After completing her 'A' Levels she went on to study dance at the University of Chichester graduating in 2005 with a BA (hons). On choosing teaching dance as her vocation, she returned to Reigate and began assisting at the Reigate School of Ballet. With Miss Evans as her mentor she has now achieved her Certificate in Dance Education. Miss Benjamin also teaches contemporary dance and jazz dance in schools.

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