The Bucks School of Dance was formed in April 2010 by Candy and Karen and consisted of 3 branches that were previously under the ‘Pat Steel’ umbrella: Bourne End, Loudwater and Seer Green. The two schools became sister schools, and have been growing and changing together ever since. ‘Baby Bucks’ is now 10 years old and has learnt a great deal from its big sister school, who is an astounding 67 years old.
Our Loudwater branch originated as the Amethyst School of Dance (founded by one of Pat Steel¹s first ever pupils, Judy Watts), and our Bourne End branch previously known as the Bucks School of Ballet (also owned by a former Pat Steeler, Jane Tyrell). The Seer Green branch was founded by Candy’s mum Pat Steel back in the early 1960s!
When Miss Karen’s daughter was 2 years old, Karen thought she would start a brand new branch, close to home for her daughter and her friends, so in 2013 the Penn Street branch was born. It has grown from one teacher with a few classes to two teachers teaching simultaneously with a full and varied afternoon and evening of classes.
In 2015, we added an extra day at Penn Street with Street Dance and Musical Theatre classes on a Tuesday. The classes were so popular we soon outgrew the space, so in 2018 we moved to a new location in Tylers Green, where we can now offer Acro and Drama too.
In 2016, PG group, Acro and Contemporary dance were introduced and in 2017, Aerial silks workshops were added to our bustling timetables.
We teach the following disciplines…
We know your children lead busy lives and we thank you for your continued dedication and for choosing to be part of our schools.
- Ballet classes Grade 1 and above – RAD syllabus class
- Intermediate Ballet class – ISTD syllabus class – Vocational Level
- First steps and Junior ballet classes – Fun ballet classes for our youngest ballet pupils, introducing the ballet discipline in a fun and caring way
- Class exam or Preliminary Ballet classes – NATD syllabus class
ISTD syllabus, free work and improvisation
■ STREET DANCE
Fun and funky street classes for boys and girls
■ TAP AND MODERN
- Primary to Intermediate – ISTD syllabus Classes
- Beginner Tap and Modern – A chance to boogie and make some noise
- Class exam NATD Tap
Elite training for our PG group taught by Karen and Victoria (invite only)
Confidence boosting and fun drama classes taught by our LAMDA qualified instructor
■ MUSICAL THEATRE
Singing, Dancing and Acting all in one class taught by Naomi
Acrobatic skills for dance taught by our fabulous contortionist Delia
“Not only do you allow so many children and teenagers a chance to enjoy putting on a great show, but raising money for such worthy causes too. You and the team are superstars!“
“My daughter joined this school in March as we went into lockdown. She has never met any of the teachers or students but already feels very welcome. The virtual lessons have been really great. In every lesson the teachers have commented on each student so they know despite not being there in person they are supported. We’re really looking forward to meeting everyone in September.”
“We cannot thank you and all of the teachers enough for just how much you have given our daughter over the years, you know how much she has loved dancing with Bucks School of dance and you all hold a very special place in our hearts.”
“Fantastic dance school, my daughter has been dancing with them for 10 years!”
“Great dance school, my daughter has danced with them for 9 years and has learnt so much. It’s like a second family to her.
The shows they put on are incredible and the teachers are very encouraging. Highly recommend it.”
“A great dance school, working to high standards with a supportive and friendly teaching team. My daughter loves her lessons at the Bucks School of Dance.”
Please contact us about availability for one of our classes at a location that best suits you.
All our teachers are dedicated and committed to ensuring our students get the best tuition and support. In 2019 Miss Karen became Principal of The Bucks School of Dance and Miss Candy is Head of Ballet.
Principal and Head of Modern and Tap
Qualifications: AISTD, DDI, DDE – Modern, Tap and Imperial Classical Ballet. ID Dance Contemporary Dance Teacher. Member of The NATD
Karen trained at the Jeannine Greville Dance Academies, The North London Dance Studio, and The Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College.
Before Karen realised her true passion was for teaching, she had an extensive range of roles in many companies, including assistant choreographer for Thomsons Rep shows, dancer/ singer in a touring Cabaret Show with Mondiale Entertainment; Pantomime dancer; dancer in a MIB Tribute UK Tour; she was a ballroom dancer in the movie Vera Drake by Mike Leigh; and has had many cameos, backing dancer and extra roles, both on stage and on TV.
Karen joined The Pat Steel School of Dance in 2004 teaching syllabus classes and is now Head of modern and tap at both schools. She teaches ballet, contemporary, modern and tap dance at both schools.
Karen taught Tap and Modern at the prestigious Wycombe Abbey for 12 years and has run summer dance camps in Maidenhead since 2003. When she’s not dancing, or costume hunting she’s fulfilling her other major role as mummy to Amelia and Alex.
Head of Ballet
Qualifications: BA (Hons), Reg teacher of the RAD, Associate of NATD and ISTD
Candy started dancing as soon as she could walk, taught by mum Pat Steel, and attending classes every day of the week. At 11, she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dance, travelling to London twice a week to be taught by some of the best teachers in the country. At 21, having graduated in Performing Arts, she went on to dance in various contemporary groups, returning to teach with mum and passing her teaching qualifications with flying colours.
Teaching has always been her passion and ballet in particular. She taught at Wycombe Abbey School for 22 years, making ballet one of the most popular extracurricular activities in the school, with a third of pupils taking classes!
She is proud to follow in her mum’s footsteps and remains as committed today to encourage and nurturing a love of dance in young people as Pat Steel was 60 years ago.
Claire started her dance training at Weston School of Dance in Chelmsford at the age of 6 where she gained her Advanced qualifications in Ballet, Tap, National & Modern. After a period assisting on Saturdays when she was 14, she gained her teaching qualifications and was offered a full-time position teaching at the school. From there she moved to Amethyst School of Dance, where she stayed for 11 years, working with Judy Watts and Bev Crook before joining our schools in 2001.
Along with teaching Claire has two young grandchildren who keep her busy and she enjoys sewing in her spare time.
Tap, Modern and Street teacher
Qualifications: DDI DDE ISTD Modern Theatre, Tap and Tap Fit Instructor
Victoria has been dancing since the age of 2 1/2 and it has always been the main focus and passion in her life. Her love of dance leads her to study Dance and Performance Art at school where she achieved A*’s and distinctions in her Performing Arts National Diploma, intending to make it her future career.
Victoria has performed in and choreographed for various shows and competitions all over the country including the National Finals at Global Rock Challenge, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, playing lead roles such as ‘Golda’ in Fiddler on the Roof and performing at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and Sheffield Arena.
Victoria always knew that she wanted to teach and work with children and attended The Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College in September 2011. Here she gained her ISTD DDI teaching qualifications in Modern and Tap at the age of 19 and has now also completed her DDE qualifications.
Victoria also teaches dance at BCA college.
Modern, Ballet and Tap teacher
Naomi started dance and gymnastics from a young age and performing on stage became her passion. She has taken exams in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern, she went on to study Musical Theatre and Dance at sixth form college and achieved straight distinction*s in her National Diplomas. She went on to study Musical Theatre at The Oxford School of Drama where she was taught by leading industry professionals in acting, singing, performance and dance. After leaving drama school she pursued her major passion which is dance teaching. She went on to study with Linda Sweetzer to gain her DDE in Imperial Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre.
Qualifications: Registered Teacher Royal Academy of Dance
Sarah entered the wonderful world of ballet at the age of 3 yrs where she attended the Joyce Butler school of dance, West London. She says she will always remember the joy of skipping around a large hall to beautiful music! At the age of 11 yrs, she went on to train professionally, firstly at Corona Academy and then The Arts Educational School, London until 18 yrs. She has been lucky enough to dance at some wonderful theatres including The London Coliseum and The Royal Albert Hall. Her training continued when she studied for her teaching certificate at the world-renowned Royal Academy of Dance. She has taught at various schools across West London and South Bucks and is so excited to be joining the excellent team at Bucks School of Dance.
Delia du Sol
Acro and Aerial Silks teacher
Delia was born into show business. With her parents performing an acrobatic speciality act, it was inevitable she took up the profession. She trained as a contortionist and classical dancer from an early age and trained in aerial silks and hoop in her teens. Delia performs in theatre, television and corporate events in the UK and worldwide. She received national press coverage for her contortion act by squeezing into a 17x17x20 Perspex cube. She has been a guest on television shows such as Graham Norton, This Morning and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the USA. Career highlights include touring with Take That, Sir Elton John and dance group Diversity. She also has performed her aerial silk act on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen at The Royal Variety Performance. Recently she performed aerial acrobatics with Hugh Jackman, opening The Brit Awards with ‘The Greatest Showman’. She loves to see her students progress to a professional level where they sometimes work and perform for her all around the world. Delia currently teaches Acro at our Tylers Green and Bourne End branches and occasional Aerial Silks workshops for Bucks School of Dance. She continues to perform and teach while bringing up her two small children with her husband in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Qualifications: MA Applied Theatre from Royal Central School for Speech and Drama, QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) Drama and Dance from Westminster College, Oxford. BA (Hons) Dance Theatre from Trinity/Laban
Since completing a BA ( Hons) Dance Theatre at Laban, Susan has been privileged to spend most of her working life in and around the performing arts. In the 1990s she was a founder member of Insight Physical Theatre Company, leading dance and drama workshops around the UK for schools and other community groups. Later on, as her own family grew up, Susan trained to become a qualified Drama and Dance teacher and taught in schools across South Buckinghamshire, including teaching LAMDA Speech and Drama lessons at Wycombe Abbey for ten years, where she met Miss Candy.
During her MA Applied Theatre course, Susan worked with Birmingham Hippodrome, Theatre-Centre, Theatre 503, Signdance Collective and the NHS amongst others. She also joined Bucks School of Dance as Drama and Musical Theatre teacher that year and enjoyed being part of the Tylers Green team. Susan now works as a freelance teacher and community theatre facilitator.