Teachers

All the teaching team have professional experience. We work as a strongly committed team, while maintaining regular contact with the industry. Our teaching is highly regarded in the dance world for the thoroughness, passion, quality and rigor of the teaching. We aim to produce performers who are flexible and versatile and, able to move with confidence between classical and modern genres.

We work in a collaborative atmosphere and encourage pupils to connect emotion, intellect, spirituality and physicality, and above all, to connect with each other in everything they do. Our qualified and experienced teachers have the skills and knowledge to teach all ages and abilities in a safe and professional manner. Our ethos is to maintain the highest standards at all times combined with structured classes that are conducted with a sense of fun enhancing the professional reputation of the school.


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, the Alvin Ailey School, the Martha Graham School and the Jazz Tap Masters in New York.  After her initial training at Bird College, Jacqui danced and performed professionally for many years before returning to teach.

Jacqui is a Fellow of the ISTD Modern and ISTD Tap Faculties and a Fellow of the IDTA Theatrecraft and Tap Faculties and holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Performing Arts from Middlesex University.  She is also a RAD registered Ballet teacher and is qualified in ISTD Ballet, ISTD Classical Greek and ISTD National. 

Today she is co-principal of the Ison Aslanoff School of Dance & Theatre Performance where she continues to teach and choreograph alongside adjudicating for the British and International Federation of Festivals and All England Dance.

Achievements

  • Middlesex University Prize winner for Dance and Performing Arts
  • All England Dance, Joanne Marsden Blackwell Choreography Award winner
  • ISTD Helen Wingrave National Dance Award winner
  • ISTD Dance Research Award winner presented by Phrosso Pfister
  • ISTD Imperial Ballet Mavdor Bursary Award winner presented by Joyce Percy and June Rycroft
  • ISTD Senior Bursary Awards, Lowry Theatre, Manchester Senior Commendation Teacher bursary award to support further professional development in recognition of outstanding teaching

Dawn Baker

Dawn Baker

LLAM, AISTD Diploma, Examiner Acting

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 RainReturn to the Forbidden PlanetThe Merry Widow, the Wizard of OzRuddigore 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.  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.  In addition to teaching, Dawn is also a Drama Examiner. 


Rhianna Bolton

Rhianna Bolton

Rhianna trained at the Morgan Aslanoff School before going on to study the Diploma in Dance & Musical Theatre at the Urdang Academy.  Having trained in the Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti methods of Ballet, Rhianna was delighted to perform with the London Children's Ballet as principal dancer in the tour of the Little Princess.  During her formative years she competed in many competitions and festivals winning a number of gold, silver and bronze medals at the Dance World Cup and All England Dance National and Regional Finals.  Rhianna has also had the privilege of performing at the Royal Albert Hall, the 2018 Brit Awards and, more recently has returned from Germany where she has been working on a new dance theatre project.  Whilst continuing to work in the industry, Rhianna is delighted to be teaching under the Ison Aslanoff umbrella.


Katie Prior

Katie started dancing at the Morgan Aslanoff School at the tender age of 18 months where she performed in her very first show.  She remained a pupil for a further sixteen years before starting her long apprenticeship as a teacher.  After studying for a Dance and Performing Arts Diploma she went onto study Dance at the University of Lancaster later gaining the International Dance Teachers Association teaching qualification in Freestyle dance.  Today, Katie is a well loved and respected teacher within the School teaching festival dances and non-syllabus Modern and Tap as well as focusing on the well-being and development of each child.  Alongside her peripatetic teaching Katie works for an independent primary school where she continues to develop her creativity and love of learning.


Guest Teachers


Bethany Huckle

Bethany Huckle

Prior to her vocational training, Bethany attended classes with Jacqui to complete her Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 Modern both with Distinction. As a youngster she was a regular on the festival circuit wining many medals at Regional and National level.

Bethany commenced her vocational training at The Urdang Academy in 2012 when she was 16 years old, then gained a First class Honours Top-up Degree at Middlesex University upon graduation.

Theatre credits include, 42nd Street, Barnum, Flo in Half a Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre & The Noel Coward, Leicester Square), Alice in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Cinderella (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Ensemble/cover Princess in Cinderella (Evolution Pantomimes).

Television credits include The Olivier Awards (2016 & 2018), Strictly Come Dancing Launch, Children in Need, The One Show and Live at The Palladium.


Jordan Crouch

Jordan started performing at the age of 7 with jazz dance and classical styles. A few years later he started musical theatre and tap dance. He went on to represent England at the World Tap Championships and other international competitions for 5 years, winning many world titles and medals.  In 2013 he won Gold for his tap solo at the Dance World Cup where he also won the title of Best Male Dancer across all age groups and categories in the competition. Jordan attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology and Arts Educational Schools London sixth form before obtaining a place at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where he is currently a third year Musical Theatre student and will be graduating in the summer of 2019.