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Our Tutors

This section is all about our fantastic tutors.

Sara Harwood

Sara started dancing at the age of 2 and a half with her first performance being a duet at Cheltenham Town Hall at the age of 3 years! When she was 5 years old, she was chosen to accompany the film star Jeanette Scott (daughter of actress Thora Hird) to her film premier at Cheltenham’s Regal Cinema.

Sara trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Ballroom dance entering many dance and Ballroom competitions, and winning numerous medals and trophies.

Her teachers have included Arlene Phillips and Peggy Spencer.

Sara then danced professionally in cabaret, holiday entertainment and the dance group Body Language before starting to teach at Listers School of Dance.

After living in Cornwall for over eight years raising her family, Sara returned to Cheltenham and opened her own dancing school. In addition to running the school she also taught dance at Playhouse Theatre, Gloucester Academy of Music & Performing Arts, and Everyman Youth Theatre, whilst also choreographing numerous shows for Cheltenham Operatic and Dramatic Society, Leckhampton Players, and Cotswold Savoyards.

Years later her daughter Zoe, having trained as a dance teacher, joined forces expanding the school to its present-day size, its emphasis being to provide dance classes in a happy and relaxed atmosphere whilst still achieving excellent results.

About Harwood Dance

Harwood Dance was established over 20 years ago!

We originally started out under the name of 'Leckhampton Tappers', offering tap classes for adults, then after some years we started teaching children. Over the years we have grown and grown and the rest, they say, is history..

Nowadays our dance school focuses on classes in Baleet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Street taught in a relaxed atmosphere. By teaching our classes without pressure we find we can obtain the best from students of all abilities.

All students are regularly assessed and take the appropriate exams to enable them to progress through the grades, and we pride ourselves on the high standard of our results. We take a personal interest in every students development including their deportment, posture and emotional development whilst ensuring they are taught correctly and safely. This allows our students to always participate in enjoyable classes.

We also offer classes in Pre-School Tap, Modern and Ballet.

For Adults we offer tap for all levels.

Why Choose Us?

We take a personal interest in EVERY student

All students are given equal opportunities to excel.

Students and parents enjoy and appreciate our relaxed atmosphere

Everyone who is involved in Harwood Dance have always described us a big family.

We gain high exam results 

Our staff our DBS checked

Our teachers are highly qualified

Our Classes