About us

Carousel Dance and Drama company was founded by Sally Potet in 2002.
Carousel has been running classes in creative movement, drama and ballet in London since 2002 and the New Forest, Christchurch area since 2012.

Sally attended the Art Educational School where she received a Dance Diploma accredited by the Council of Dance in Education. Sally also holds a 2.1 B.A. Honors degree in Dance from Middlesex University, London.
Sally continued her training, gaining a teaching diploma from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and she's an approved dance teacher for the I.S.T.D.

Mandy has been teaching for Carousel Dance and Drama since 2009 and leads our sessions in London. She is passionate about children finding joy & confidence through singing, drama & movement.
Her own love of dancing led her to train as a ballet dancer at The prestigious Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, where she graduated with a BTEC Higher National Certificate in Dance and a BTEC National Diploma in Dance. She then went on to perform professionally for a number of different companies, in a variety of venues including The Linbury Studio Theatre, The Bloomsbury Theatre and The Royal College of Music Theatre. Since then she has furthered her training by gaining a Dance Diploma in Education from The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance.
The children that Mandy teaches adore her classes and often go home and re enact her creative stories with their families. Mandy is an extremely valued member of the team team and consistently goes above and beyond in her role at Carousel.

Lauren Cooper joined the team in 2014 and after working so brilliantly within Carousel, she became a partner in the Business in 2017.
She trained in the syllabus of ISTD and RAD and through the years has gained a strong dance and teaching background.
Lauren attained a BTEC National Diploma at college level and continued her education at Winchester University gaining her BA (Hons) Degree in Dance & Performing Arts. She later furthered her career by gaining her Acrobatic Arts Qualification.

The teachers at Carousel have all received professional dance teaching training, hold CRBs, Safeguard and First Aid training.

We personally trains each teacher to the required standard of the Carousel method.

Carousel Dance and Drama offers to children, weekly Ballet, Acrobatic Arts and Dance and Drama classes with a creative objective, encouraging them to accumulate essential life skills as they progress including confidence, focus, emotional development, working as part of a team, vocal and listening abilities.

Carousel has developed a unique approach to teaching children bringing out the best in every child through movement, rhythm and music.

The Ballet and Tap classes:
These lessons are fun and creative with an emphasis on building confidence and coordination.
The children skip, gallop, tiptoe and dance to classical and Jazz music learning about the joy of movement.
They will learn ballet and tap technique as well as dancing their way through imaginative stories and games.
As they progress, they will have the option to participate in exams as well as performing for the parents at watching days at the end of each term.

The Dance and Drama classes:
These lessons are skilfully guided on an original and magical storyline.
The children explore through their bodies and imaginations themes like the Jungle or the Toy box.
As the children progress, they learn how to choreograph their own dances as well as creating and acting out stories together.

The Acrobatic Arts classes:
At Carousel we are excited to include the Acrobatic Arts Syllabus into our after school clubs.
The syllabus combines dance technique with strong elements of gymnastics.
Through progressive training, together with the teachers guidance your child will gain extensive skills and understanding towards becoming an Acrobatic Performer.

All the classes are age specific and develop overtime, encouraging both independence and cooperative skills.

The classes are taught using the 'Carousel method' devised by Sally and used by her dedicated team of teachers. The classes focus on developing confidence and encourage ideas and creative input from the children.

The classes have been observed, with approval, by several Ofsted Inspectors.

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