Our Teachers  

Suzie began dancing at the age of 6 in Littlehampton, West Sussex. At the age of 10 she successfully auditioned for Elmhurst Ballet School where she studied full time for 5 years. After completing her GCSE’s she continued her training at The Royal Ballet School for a further 3 years. During this time she had many exciting opportunities to teach and dance within the school and company. At the age of 19 Suzie moved to Devon to teach with Susan Dukes and in September 2009 became Principal of the school. Suzie has taught for the Junior Associate programme of the Royal Ballet School, Italia Conti Associate School and Ballet Boost Associates. 
Tara Smith ARAD RAD RTS 
Tara commenced her dance training with Jan Cload in Sidmouth and quickly developed a passion for ballet. By the age of 13 she had taken and passed both the Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate Ballet examinations. After a break for her A’Levels Tara successfully auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate programme and since graduating has taught all over Devon. 
Suzanne Gee 
Suzanne started dancing at the age of 4 and soon discovered her love of freestyle disco dance which later lead to her competing in competitions all over the country winning some prestigious titles including British isle Championships and European Championships 
At 16 Suzanne began training at Preston College graduating with a diploma in Performing Arts. Suzanne also trained with the UKA gaining her associate and then licentiate teaching qualifications in freestyle, cheer, street, and RNR as well as becoming a level 2 fitness instructor. To continue her professional development Suzanne has recently become an Acrobatic Arts Certified teacher. 
Daisy Harrison 
Daisy was born in Plymouth, she moved to London in 2012 to pursue a career in contemporary dance. She gained a place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance graduating with a BA(Hons) in 2014. During her studies she performed in works by Lea Anderson, Rosemary Butcher, Tony Thatcher and Gary Lambert. Following her degree Daisy toured in the UK and internationally with Transitions Dance Company and graduated with her MA in dance performance woth distinction in 2015. Daisy is now a freelance dance artist and practitioner in the South West. 
Chloe Blackmur 
Chloe started ballet at the age of 3 working her way through the Cecchetti grades. She successfully auditioned to become a Junior Associate at The Arts Educational School in Chiswick which involved bi-weekly trips to London. Chloe then joined the Exeter Academy of Dance (Susan Dukes School of Dancing) and was taught by Susan Dukes, Suzie and Tara from grade 5 level up to Advanced 2. Chloe took and passed the Advanced 2 exam just before leaving to go to Middlesex University where she graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree in Dance Performance. After graduating Chloe returned to Exeter and, with Tara as her mentor, recently completed her Ballet Teacher Training with the Royal Academy of Dance. In her spare time she also competes in Olympic weightlifting and is a level 2 fitness instructor at the University of Exeter. 






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