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Molly Hamilton

Principal ISTD DDE Tap & Modern Theatre

Molly began dancing at the age of two and especially loved her Modern and Tap classes.  She completed her dance exams with Jane and at eighteen successfully auditioned for Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, graduating in 2019 with a BA Hons in Performing Arts.

She has now completed her Dance Teacher Training course (DDE) from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance at Chichester College.

In 2023 Molly took over as Principal of Red Shoes. Whilst ensuring the personal caring ethos of the school is maintained, and with Jane’s continued support and guidance, Molly will be looking at new exciting opportunities the school can offer to students and the local community.

In her spare time Molly loves watching sport, rugby and motor racing in particular.

Holly Morris

Ballet & Contemporary

Holly graduated with a degree in contemporary dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, receiving a 1st (Hons). During her time at Laban, she studied contemporary and ballet, as well as teaching modules. She is currently completing her teacher training with the RAD.

Previous to this she was a student at the Centre for Advanced Training at The Place, London and a Junior Associate at the Royal Ballet School. She has completed RAD ballet grades up to Advanced 1 and ISTD modern and tap grades to Intermediate.

Isabelle Jay

RAD Ballet

Isabelle began dancing at the age of 4, training in ballet and finding her passion for dance. To explore this passion further, she studied at the Royal Academy of Dance graduating with a BA (Hons) in ballet education.

She also gained a distinction in her Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance programme.

Nicola Bacon

FISTD Tap & Modern Theatre

Nicola is a fellow member of the ISTD (Tap & Modern) and has taught for over 30 years after a successful professional dance career in theatre and television. She was founder and principal of the Ripley Dance Academy in 1990 and her students achieved consistently high marks in all exams, festivals and competitions. She produced several academy shows and also choreographed many professional productions around the south.

In 2006, she sold the school to take a career break, to concentrate on raising her family (3 children who are now 19, 17 and 13) She is enjoying being back doing what she loves – passing on her passion to young students!

Mr Darcy is the love of Miss Nicky’s life (he is in fact her gorgeous Labrador).

Alys Houlden


Alys is our first point of call for all things administration. If you have a general enquiry or need any information about timetabling, invoicing, uniforms and so on, just drop Alys an email or give her a call.

Jane Lubach

Founder ISTD DDE Tap, Modern Theatre & Ballet

“My aim is to create an outstanding local dance school that nurtures every dancer, helping them to be the very best they can be.”

After training at Bush Davies, Jane worked as a dancer and actor for 10 years. Highlights include west end productions including ‘Woman In Mind’ at the Vaudeville Theatre, ‘Man of The Moment’ at the Globe and ‘Woman in Black’ at the Fortune Theatre. After taking a career break to bring up her three daughters, Jane returned to her first love of dance and completed her teacher training.

I continue to enjoy sharing my love of movement, music and dance that started aged 4 watching Swan Lake at Covent Garden. ‘I was utterly entranced and remain so to this day…’

Jane loves walking in our beautiful countryside, live theatre and music.