Teaching Team

Jacqui Ison

Jacqui Ison

BA (Hons.), FISTD, FIDTA, RAD (RTS) and Diploma

With a career in dance and theatre spanning over thirty-five years, Jacqui has had the privilege of studying at many world class institutions including the Royal Academy of Dance, Royal Ballet School, Middlesex University and the Alvin Ailey School. After her initial training at Bird College, Jacqui danced and performed professionally for many years before returning to teach. Gaining Fellowship status in Modern and Tap together with a First-Class Honours Degree in Performing Arts, Jacqui is also qualified in Ballet, Classical Greek and National. Today she is co-principal of the Ison Aslanoff School where she continues to teach and choreograph. Jacqui is now working towards an MA in Dance alongside adjudicating for the British and International Federation of Festivals and All England Dance.

Dawn Baker

Dawn Baker


Dawn received her initial training with Joy Spriggs, Tereza Theodoulou and Elizabeth Harrison gaining the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Associate Teaching examinations in Imperial Ballet, Modern, National and Tap as well as the Advanced 2 examinations in Modern, Tap and National dance.

After training, Dawn was a member of a Theatre In Education company touring schools in London with theatre workshops and performances based on youth and contemporary issues. On gaining Diploma status with the ISTD, Dawn went on to widen her credentials by choreographing musicals including Singing in the Rain, Return to the Forbidden Planet, The Merry Widow, the Wizard of Oz, Ruddigore and was later offered the position of Drama tutor for the Millfield Theatre, North London devising pieces for local amateur and professional productions and developing holiday workshops and dance and theatre programmes. Dawn later studied speech and drama with LAMDA examiner, Annette Elliott, gaining the Licentiate Diploma in 2006. She now teaches freelance including her long relationship of over twenty years with Jacqui Ison School of Dance & Theatre Arts. Dawn continues to extend her knowledge of dance and theatre arts and is involved with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, National Operatic and Dramatic Association and the National Theatre Teachers Centre. Many pupils are currently working in television and film, the West End, Globe Theatre and at the National Theatre.

Sara Hamilton-Wilson

Sara Hamilton-Wilson

BA (Hons)

Sara trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Disco Freestyle, Singing and Musical Theatre with the Morgan Aslanoff Theatre School in London, appearing in her first show on stage at the age of three.

Sara holds a BA (Hons) degree in Modern Theatre from Brunel University, specialising in Directing and Stage Management. She is also a former professional dancer, having performed and choreographed for multiple shows in the UK, including directing and performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Brighton Fringe Festival and themed events highlighting social issues.

Having completed her degree Sara spent time in Chicago, Illinois, USA, where she created and taught technical dance workshops for Marquee Youth Theatre Company, professional audition skills, and song and dance classes. She has also directed, performed and choreographed ‘The King of The Pride’, ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘High School Musical’.

Sara has been vocally trained by the internationally renowned opera singer, Katherine Jenkins, and has completed all IDTA vocational exams in Tap, Modern, Disco, Musical Theatre and Classical Ballet. Over the years, she competed and performed in many dance competitions, winning multiple gold medals in regional dance festivals and All England Dance National Finals.

Sara has been a part of the professional Tap Attack Performance Team consisting of only 10 dancers chosen from over 900 applicant auditions, performing at the Bristol Harbour Festival in England UK and Tap United in Boston USA.

Sara travels the world as a guest teacher and also trains yearly at Tap United/Dance United- Boston, Massachusetts. Taptastic – Germany and at the Brighton Tap Festival – Brighton, UK.

She is also the Head UK representative for Sole-Power fitness, a tap dance infused fitness program from the USA and is a fully qualified fitness/dance instructor, travelling the world to train new instructors.

Sara is also an adjudicator at the IDO Tap World Championships held annually in Germany

*As a member of Cadence Tap Company, Sara performs amongst some of the best tappers in UK, which will be producing multiple shows in 2017, already having performed for Harrods and Pebble 3D.

Sara has trained and worked alongside Daniel Borak (Famous 6 Time World Tap Champion, Teacher and Choreographer from Switzerland), Daniel Le'ville (Famous 7 Time World Tap Champion, Teacher and Choreographer from Switzerland), Jason Jonas (Famous Touring Tap Dancer featured in Riverdance, Imagine Tap and 'Break The Floor' from the USA), Sara Reich (Famous Touring Tap Artist featured in Syncopated Ladies, So You Think You Can Dance and Sole Sisters, from LA), Ruben Sanchez (Famous Tap Artist and Owner of Ruben Sanchez Dancewear, the most professional Tap Shoe Maker from Barcelona featured in Camut Band, Tap Ole, Tapeplas, Clac&Roll, La R’vue De Geneve, from Barcelona), Matthew Shaffer (Famous Jazz Specialist, Choreographer, Writer of 'So You Want To Be A Dancer’, featured in Wet Hot American Summer, Chicago, BunHeads, Radio City and Spectacular, from LA), Kevin Leon (Famous Jazz Specialist and Dance Studio Owner, danced alongside Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Mary Tyler Moore and MC Hammer, in LA), Aaron Tolson (Famous Tap Artist featured in Riverdance, Imagine Tap and Speaking In Taps Director, from LA), Tiffany Miller ( Specialist Hip Hop Teacher for Dance Precisions, LA Clippers Dancer, Boston Celtics Dancer, from LA) Anthony LoCascio ( Famous Tap Artist featured in Tap Dogs and Teaches at the Broadway Dance Center, from NYC) Josh Johnson (Famous Tap Artist featured in Dancing With The Stars, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Madison Square Garden Performer, The Katie Show, ABC World News Tonight with Dianne Sawyer, from NYC), Jo Scanlan ( Famous Tap Dancer and Choreographer, featured in The Guinness World Records for “Most Tap Sounds in a Minute”, World Champion Choreographer and Tap Attack Director from the UK), Maud Arnold (Syncopated Ladies), Kane D Ricca (World-wide choreographer, Pulse Collective, Rhythm Army and Cadence Tap Company).

Isabella Parsell

Isabella Parsell

Isabella is currently studying A levels and has been dancing for over 14 years. She is an Advanced 2 level dancer in RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, ISTD Modern, ISTD National and ISTD Classical Greek with examinations to date all awarded with Distinction. She is also studying Grade 8 singing and LAMDA examinations.

Isabella has appeared in a number of TV adverts as well as the music video Life in Technicolor ii by Coldplay. She has danced with Bill Irwin, Professor Robert Reed and Savion Glover in New York as part of the Jazz Tap Masters Programme and is looking forward to continuing her Contemporary and Classical studies in New York and company classes with the Vienna Ballet Company.

Isabella is a Dance World Cup gold medallist, multiple All England champion in several genres, Grandison-Clark National Awards national champion and National Greek Dance Association national champion. She is also an Affiliate Member of the RAD and is about to embark on the RAD Teachers’ Certificate of Teaching. In addition, Isabella also trains at the Royal Academy of Dance under the guidance of Miss June Mitchell, Senior RAD Vocational Examiner.