Vanessa Hoskins-McTaggart LRAD, AISTD, AIDTA, CDE

Vanessa started dancing with the Joyce Butler School – Hillingdon, at the age of 2 ½ years. She supported the school in many dance festivals from the age of 5, winning medals and cups in solo classes, duets, trios and groups.
Vanessa successfully passed all her children’s RAD Graded examinations with Honours and her Pre Elementary Vocational Graded exam in ballet at the age of 11. She started her GCSE Dance course at the RAD when she was 12 and passed on completion with an A grade. She qualified for Miss Dance organised by the IDTA at 16 representing the school in Sheffield.
Vanessa was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) teaching college when she was 16 because of her achievements and the reputation of Miss Joyce Butler. She graduated in 1995 with the RAD Teaching Diploma & Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (LRAD) qualifying her to teach children and major examination syllabus work. Whilst attending the college, Vanessa studied Anatomy, History of Dance, Psychology & Labanotation alongside ISTD Modern Theatre Dance, Disco/Freestyle Dancing, National Dance & Ballroom/Latin American gaining her Associate teaching qualifications with Distinction. During that time she also studied independently ISTD Classical Greek Associate (becoming one of the few trained Classical Greek teachers) and ISTD Advance Tap. She also gained her Associate membership with the IDTA.
Upon graduation she became a teacher at the Joyce Butler School, the American Community School in Hillingdon, various Montessori Schools in Greater London and started her own school in Hampton. Vanessa became a peripatetic teacher at Eagle House School in Sandhurst and also worked for over 20 years at the prestigious Upton House School in Windsor specialising in Ballet. She is a guest teacher at various summer schools specialising in National and Classical Greek dance as well as master classes for the Welsh Cecchetti Society.
Vanessa continues to update her teaching qualifications and has obtained her FDI & CDE with the ISTD and attends courses for the teaching of dance to students with special needs. She also mentors student teachers for the RAD to help gain their teaching status. Vanessa enjoys all dance genre and especially choreography work.

Since becoming Sole Principal she is excited about putting all her focus and energy into the Joyce Butler School

Teaching Staff:

Laura Kay CBTS, RTS, RAD

Laura started dancing at the age of 3 with Joyce Butler at the Joyce Butler School of Dance. Through the school she completed all her RAD Grades, ISTD Intermediate and Advanced 1 Modern examinations. During this time Laura also took part in many dance festivals, representing the schools with solos, duets and group dances in all genres. At the age of 15 Laura and her duet partner went on to win the All England Regional Final in Basingstoke. She has performed in the finals at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London; competing in Ballet, Classical Greek and Modern. Laura extended her training at La Ronda Summer School in Little Hampton and it was here that she was fortunate enough to be taught by a variety of accredited teachers from all over the world.
After completing her A Levels, Laura went to Roehampton University in Surrey to study Primary Education. However, her love of dance brought her back to the Joyce Butler School where she trained for four months before auditioning for The Royal Academy of Dance to gain her teaching qualifications in Ballet. With Miss Vanessa as her mentor, Laura qualified with her teaching certificate in RAD Ballet in 2009. Laura is principle teacher at Eagle House School in Sandhurst and have covered classes at other private schools within the area.
Laura wishes to expand her teaching qualifications by studying Tap and Modern with the ISTD. She also follows the RAD Continual Development Plan, attending courses and workshops to keep her knowledge and teaching skills up to date.

Nicola Fish BSc (Hons), PGCE, PGDip

Nicola joined dance classes from age 3 with Mrs Page at the Joyce Butler School of Dance at the Hillingdon branch and soon started lessons at the Ealing branch as well. Through the school she completed all her RAD Grades, ISTD Intermediate and Advanced 1 Modern, ISTD Intermediate and Advanced 1 Tap examinations.  Throughout her time at Joyce Butler School of Dance, Nicola competed in various dance festivals with solos, duets and group dances in various genres of dance. Nicola also trained at the Royal Academy of Dance to complete her GCSE and A Level alongside her school studies.

After Nicola completed her A levels, she went on to Warwick University and utilised her degree to train through the Teach First programme as a secondary school teacher, whilst remaining part of our dance school.  She has taken a leap out of the classroom and is now a teacher educator involved in Initial Teacher Training whilst at the same time returning to us at Joyce Butler School of Dance to continue her passion for teaching.

Nicola hopes to continue her professional development by studying for her Master’s degree to deepen and expand her knowledge of dance pedagogy.