• Timetable


Candy Barker


Head of Ballet


 Q ualifications:

 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 extra curricular activities in the school, with a third of pupils taking classes!

She took over the running of the Pat Steel School as Pat’s health began to fail and set up the Bucks School of dance with fellow teacher, Karen in 2010.

She is very proud of the school’s legacy and remains as committed today to encouraging and nurturing a love of dance in young people as Pat Steel was 60 years ago.

Karen Stuart

Head of Modern and Tap


 Q ualifications:

AISTD, DDI, DDE - Modern, Tap and Imperial Classical Ballet, ID Dance Contemporary Dance Teacher

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 Lee; and has had many cameo, 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, and is the Vice Principal of The Bucks School of Dance.

In addition, she teaches tap and modern at the prestigious Wycombe Abbey School and runs Easter and Summer dance camps during the holidays. When she's not dancing, or costume hunting she's fulfilling her other major role as

mummy to Amelia and Alex.

Claire Austin


 Q ualifications:

AISTD Ballet, Modern National ANATD Ballet

Claire started her dance training at The Weston Schools of Dancing 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 Pat Steel School of Dance in 2001.

Claire works as a travel agent by day and loves sewing, a fact that hasn’t been overlooked when it comes to show costumes!

Jeanette Talbot


 Q ualifications:

BA(Hons) Performing Arts, Registered Teacher Royal Academy of Dance, ANATD

Jeanette started dancing with the Pat Steel School of Dance at the age of 3, attending classes in Maidenhead town centre. Pat quickly took her under her wing; she attended classes 4 days a week from 10 years old and at 11 Pat recommended her for lessons at The Royal Academy of Dance. By 15 Jeanette had embarked on teaching exams and was qualified as a teacher before she was 18. She studied for a Performing Arts Degree at Middlesex University, where she could also indulge her love of drama and singing too. To this day it is hard to get her away from a stage!

Since graduating Jeanette has continued to teach for the school; she currently coaches the Elite Squads and teaches ballet at Altwood branch. She also leads Teddies Music Club sessions and covers Ballet at Wycombe Abbey School.

Sophie Baxter


 Q ualifications:

ISTD Level 3 DDI in Imperial Classical Ballet

Sophie started dancing at the age of 3 at Jeannine Greville Academies and then moved on to Bucks School of Dance at the age of 7. The principal at the time, Leanne Watson put her forward to audition for The Royal Ballet School Associate program. She was accepted and went on to complete the Junior Associate, Mid Associate and Senior Associate programs with them and then at the age of
16 gained a vocational place at The English National Ballet School. During her last year at the School she was asked to go on tour with English National Ballet Company performing Angelina Ballerina around the country. Unfortunately when she returned from the tour she had suffered an injury, which prevented her from pursuing a professional career in Classical Ballet. She left in 2008 having gained a National Diploma in Professional Classical ballet.

In 2012 she completed a DDI teacher qualification in Imperial classical Ballet at Linda Sweetzers Teacher Training College and continues to teach all ages, from children to adults and loves every second of it. The rest of her time she spends looking after her baby boy Max.


Victoria Dance


 Q ualifications:

DDI DDE ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap

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 lead her to study Dance and Performance Art at school where she achieved A*’s and distinctions in her Performing Arts National Diploma, with a view to making 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 rolls 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.

Georgie Rickard


 G eorgie graduated from the prestigious London Studio Centre with a first class Foundation Degree in Theatre Dance in 2010.

Theatre credits include: Dance Overture, New Wimbledon Theatre London, Jazz Dance Company, Peacock Theatre London as featured singer, Dick Whittington, Birmingham Hippodrome, Dance Captain and understudy Princess, alongside Joan Collins and Nigel Havers. She has worked with many accomplished choreographers such as Paul Roberts, Matt Flint, Gary Lloyd and Dollie Henry with ‘BOP’ Dance Company.

Georgie has enjoyed working with both Pat Steel School of Dance and the Bucks School of Dance for the last year covering many of the different branch classes as well as developing the Junior and Senior Performance Groups.

Sarah Lavender


 S arah started dancing aged 3 at Lynne Davies School of Dance. She then went onto the Spotlight School and passed all of her examinations in Modern and Ballet up to Advanced 1 and her Advanced 2 in Tap, which remains her specialist subject today. In 2003, Sarah won the All England Tap Solo, at the National finals, aged only 14. Training continues for Sarah at the Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College and she has just passed her Diploma in Dance Education in Tap. Sarah teaches tap and modern at Wycombe Abbey School as well as teaching for both Bucks and Pat Steel Schools.

Francesca Patterson



Francesca started to learn to dance at the age of 3 and at 16, went to The Margaret Howard Theatre College to study dance and teacher training. In 2006 Francesca performed in an amateur dance production on MSC Cruise Line with the Margaret Howard Dance College, and then in 2008 appeared on ITV 1's Prime-Time show 'Everybody Dance Now'.

Her teaching career began in 2007, working for various different dance schools within the Bucks and Berks area including the Pat Steel School of Dance. In 2014 Francesca decided that she enjoyed the friendly, fun, passionate and professional team at Pat Steel and Bucks School of Dance so much that she works exclusively for the school.

heather davis


 I  trained at Elmhurst Ballet School, then Laine Theatre Arts. From there I danced professionally, touring the world for about seven years. I then teamed up with a partner and we formed an Adagio act travelling Europe.
Even though I retired from professional work, I wasn't ready to leave dancing altogether. I therefore joined a semi professional ballet company where I met my pas de deux partner of many years where we danced for Charity events enjoying many roles from the classics of Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and many more.
While there, I developed the love of teaching Adult Ballet and getting great satisfaction from seeing my students become the ballerinas they always wanted to be.



Pat Steel
School of Dance

86 Holtspur Top Lane




01494 673919



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