About Us

An established Dance School, Dance Scene runs classes at Churchgate School, Old Harlow and Harlow College.

Dance Scene offers classes in Street/Commercial, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Adult Tap, Lyrical Contemporary, Private Singing, Acrobatic Arts Qualified, Preschool Ballet and Tap with regular performances and I.S.T.D exams throughout the year.

Lorraine Hodges ISTD DDE – Principal

Lorraine has been teaching for 30 years in Harlow and the surrounding areas. Her vast experience in Ballet, Tap, Modern and National has given many students the opportunity to train as dancers from 18 months to adult!

Many students have gone on to vocational performing arts colleges and are having very successful dance careers.

Lorraine trained at The Arts Educational School in London where she gained her professional teaching qualifications.

Lorraine’s career started as a professional dancer. Her professional credits include various pantomimes in the UK as well as being dance captain on various touring shows.

Lorraine founded Dance Scene to share her experience and knowledge of dance with everyone who comes through her doors from children to adults. One of Lorraine’s greatest achievements is her adult tap class that she has been running for 30 years and it’s still going strong!

Courtenay Dunn ISTD DDE

Courtenay has been with Dance Scene since she was 3 years old, partaking in all of their shows in her time with the school.

She passed all of her ISTD examinations in Ballet, Tap and Modern with excellent grades.

At the age of 11, she began assisting classes as a student teacher and at the age of 18 after completing her A-Levels she decided she wanted to study for her teaching qualifications.

Courtenay has now passed her DDE examinations in Ballet, Tap and Modern with flying colours.

She has entered hundreds of Dance Scene pupils for their ISTD Ballet, Tap and Modern exams, containing the schools 100% pass rate. Many of her pupils gaining distinctions!

As well as teaching ISTD classes, Courtenay has also completed the Acrobatic Arts teacher training course and is the only qualified teacher in the area!

Courtenay has choreographed modern, tap, ballet, acro, street and lyrical pieces for many of Dance Scene’s productions and is very proud to be working alongside the other staff at Dance Scene.

She currently teaches at other various dance schools across Essex, Hertfordshire and London and is always looking to broaden her knowledge within the industry.

Courtenay currently teaches ISTD Ballet, Tap and Modern as well as Acro to all ages and levels at Dance Scene.

‘I have had the best possible teachers in dance by training at Dance Scene and I’m so glad I can pass both their knowledge and my own onto the next generation!’

Danielle Barton

Danielle started dancing at the age of 3.

She then furthered her training at Harlow College and then completed a Diploma in Musical Theatre & Dance Performance at The Centre PAC.

Since graduating in 2014 she has had the privilege of working as a Dancer/Model for the Ski & Snowbard Fashion Show, Dancer for Jason Derulo on The X Factor Semi Finals, Dancer/Singer for P&O Ferries, Dancer/Ensemble in Peter Pan 2016 for Evolution Productions, Dancer/Choreographer for Jasmin Walia’s new music video “Bom Diggy”, Dancer for Camila Cabello on MTV EMA’s 2017 & Dancer on The X Factor Finale 2017, Jingle Bell Ball 2018 and Top of the Pops Christmas special 2018 for Jax Jones.

Danielle has open regular slots at Pineapple Dance Studios, BASE studios and teaches for a company called At Your Beat.

Danielle has been teaching at Dance Scene since 2015 and is a bubbly and important part of our Dance Scene family!

Becky Gentry

Becky has attended stage schools and various dance schools since the age of 6 and, after finishing school at 16, went on to further her training with a 3 year intense Musical Theatre course at CPA Studios. Here, she worked under directors, choreographers and performers such as David Leighton, Damien Delaney, Edwina Cox, Flik Swan, Stephen Mear, Mark Smith and David Barber.

Upon graduating at CPA Studios, Becky went on to focus mainly in the dance industry and has performed on stage, in film and TV, in Fringe theatre and in various music videos for popular artists such as Example, Pixie Lott, Tinchy Stryder and Matchbox Twenty.  She has been cast as a dancer in various TV shows, such as ‘Misfits’ and films, such as, ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’, ‘Between Two Worlds’, and Beautiful Devils’.  Becky has written and produced, as well as performed in, fringe theatre shows such as ‘Borders’ which was part of the Lambco Fringe Festival.  

Becky has worked alongside the very talented Broadway and West End choreographer, Stephen Mear, to workshop ideas for the West End revival of the classic musical, ‘Crazy For You’.

Becky has taught dance consistently throughout her career and loves having the chance to pass her skills and knowledge on to a new generation of dancers.

‘Behind every performer who believes in themselves, is a teacher who believed in them first!’

Rachel Lewis

Rachel began dancing when she was 3 years old, starting with Ballet, Tap and Modern before branching out into Contemporary, Commercial and Musical Theatre. 

Rachel trained in both ISTD and RAD completing her advanced two exams in Ballet,Tap and Modern with excellent results. As well as given the opportunity to participate in the ISTD Janet Cram Finals and the Marjorie Davies Tap Awards. 

She has also competed in various dance festival competitions around the country and reaching the All England Dance finals hosted in London many times. Rachel was also a  member in the National Youth Ballet for many years, performing in many of their productions working with choreographers such as Frank Freeman and Drew McOnie.  She was also a member of The London Children’s Ballet Company.

Rachel then continued her professional training by attending the prestigious Doreen Bird College, while training she performed in many musicals and dance projects such as Heathers, Hair, Damn Yankees and gaining her Modern DDE  teaching qualification in the process. Since Graduating in 2017 Rachel has performed at Twickenham Stadium as well as in various pantomimes. She is now continuing to balance a life of auditioning, dance teaching and developing her fitness career.

Rachel has been working for dance scene for over a year and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and is looking forward to helping students develop their technique as well as their artistic style further.

Lucy Spafford

Lucy studied Instrumental and Vocal Teaching at The University of Chichester and successfully gained her degree in 2007. She provides both individual and group tuition along with piano accompaniment for children and adults. She is very experienced in preparing individual students for auditions, exams, and assessments through Rock School, ABRSM and Trinity and Guildhall.

Lucy has directed and vocally coached several musical adaptations such as Wicked, Les Misérables, Hairspray, Matilda and many more.

Lucy is the founder of Little Club, a company which provide music and movement classes to pre-school and primary aged children across Hertfordshire.

Lucy’s own credits include many theatrical productions and music performances e.g. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, West Side Story, The Wiz and Oliver to name a few.

She has also toured Germany and Italy performing in prestigious venues such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Disney Land Paris, Strasbourg Cathedral and St Mark’s Cathedral, Venice.

Lucy is very excited to become part of the Dance Scene team and is looking forward to working with the students!

Jodie Parker

Jodie graduated from The Centre Performing Arts College in 2014 where she gained her ISTD DDE examinations in Classical ballet, tap and modern theatre.

She trained in all genres of Dance and Musical Theatre. Since she has been lucky enough to have taught dance in China, Japan, Australia, America and London. Jodie loves to inspire and be inspired by everyone who comes to class! Jodie completed her yoga 200hr TTC in Goa, India. She currently enjoys teaching kids & adult classes alongside dance. 

Jodie has been guest teaching for Dance Scene for many years and we love having her as part of our team