I’m Judy Hamlet. I took my very first ballet class at the age of 3 and from there I progressed through all the Cecchetti grade examinations under the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), until I’d finished my A Levels.

I then began a 3 year, full-time training course at The London College of Dance and Drama where I studied ballet, modern, tap, classical Greek, jazz, contemporary, streetdance, ballroom and national dance to advanced level. Within my dance Diploma I gained associate teaching qualifications in ballet, modern theatre and classical Greek dance.

Since leaving college I have performed in shows and theatres in and around London and I have taught children from the age of 3-18 years for over 20 years during which time I have successfully entered hundreds of candidates for ballet examinations every year with a 100% pass rate.

Alongside running my own dance school at St. Edith Hall in Kemsing, Kemsing Primary School and Walthamstow Hall Junior and Senior Schools in Sevenoaks, I also teach for the Judith Essex School of Dancing


I started dancing at three years old and knew from a young age that I wanted to become a Dance Teacher.

After leaving school with a Distinction in GCSE Dance and at A level in Performing Arts (Dance), I went straight into teaching. I have trained with one of the International Dance Teachers’ Associations’ (IDTA) chief examiners to gain my teaching qualifications and to gain the best teaching experience.

My qualifications now include Level 4 Diplomas in Ballet, Tap and Modern/Freestyle with the IDTA. I am continuing to further these qualifications with my Licentiate Ballet and then I plan to work to Fellowship level so that I can become an examiner.

I have also branched into the Dance fitness world by becoming a qualified Fit4Tap Instructor as well as teaching Dance Fitness classes and a chair-based Dance exercise programme in Care Homes.

My real passion is choreographing. I particularly love the Contemporary style of dance, which is one of my favourite genres to teach after I studied a lot of Contemporary as part of my A-Level.

I am currently teaching the new ISTD Inter- Foundation contemporary work at Walthamstow Hall Senior School under The Judy Hamlet School of Dance.  

Lucy Fowler - Dance Teacher