Judith Essex School of Dancing
Classes held at Sundridge, Oxted, Hurst Green/Limpsfield
Tel: 07850 746189

The team

Judith Essex started the school in 1988 and was quickly joined by Janet; they had previously met and become friends at a renowned theatre school in the Midlands.

Emma and Becky joined in 2005 and 2008 respectively, having both been pupils from an early age and now oversee the running of the school.

In 2013 we were delighted to welcome Judith Hamlet who is a highly experienced dance teacher and increases the depth of the school's teaching expertise.



Emma started dancing at the school at the age of 5 and following years of excellent exam results decided to teach dance.

The qualifications for a dancing teacher are both extensive and demanding, but Emma completed the entire range of necessary subjects in 2014. She has now moved onto the Advanced Teachers exams which will enable her to teach to a higher level in a vocational environment.

Emma continues in the role of Wardrobe Mistress for the school as well as being one of the principal teachers.



Becky is another recruit from within the school. She also started dancing at the age of 5 with a similar experience. Becky was a "Saturday girl" for several years which added to her knowledge before opting to join the teaching staff.

In 2010, when Becky passed her first teaching exam, she achieved the nomination for the Student of the Year award by the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA). She has now had 9 years of teaching experience and is well advanced with her professional qualifications.



Judith trained at The London College of Dance for 3 years where she gained her Dance Diploma and Teaching Associate qualifications in Cecchetti Ballet, ISTD Modern and Classical Greek. In addition she gained professional exams as a dancer to Advanced level in all the above genres with addition of ISTD National Dance, Contemporary and Tap.

Judith runs her own dance school and has taught for Chelsea Ballet Schools for over 20 years. She has joined The Judith Essex School with full IDTA qualifications and is very happy to be part of the team.



Lucy started dancing at the age of 3 and then became a pupil of Judith's at Hazelwood School. Dance was always important to Lucy who whilst at school gained an A in Dance at GCSE, followed by a distinction at A Level in Performing Arts (Dance).

In 2014 Lucy joined the staff on a full time basis and has recently passed her first Associate Teaching examination with a distinction.

Founding members

Judith Essex

Judith Essex

Judith undertook 6 years training at Arts Educational School at Tring for the Performing Arts, where she studied all forms of dance.

She undertook her first dance teaching role at Pattison College in Coventry where she met Janet Brown. Judith has a lengthy list of theatre and ballroom teaching qualifications.



Janet has been involved with the school almost from the outset.

She has an arts degree in Humanities as well as a wide range of dance teaching qualifications. As well as being a major influence in the school, Janet is responsible for the majority of the choreography arrangements, for both exams and shows.

Judith Essex School of Dancing

25 Knights Mead

Tel: 07850 746189


Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing