Our Professionals

Meet the teachers


Joanne Sullivan FABD

Principal Teacher - FABD - Fellow and Co-Chief Examiner at The Associated Board of Dance Ltd.
Joanne began dancing at the age of 3 at the “Circle School Of Dance” taught by her mother, Jacqueline Loats.
 At age 16 she continued her professional training at “Arts Educational Schools” in London studying Musical Theatre.
She graduated from Arts Ed. In 1984 and worked professionally in “Panto” and Musical Theatre alongside such stars as Spike Milligan, John Nettles and Les Dawson appearing at The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, until deciding to teach and  join forces with her mother. 
She continued with her professional training becoming an Adjudicator, Senior Examiner, Chairman and more recently a Director of A.B.D.
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Caroline Haines FABD
Caroline Haines FABDTeacher - FABD - Fellow & Examiner for The Associated Board of Dance Ltd
After performing in pantomime and by the age of 18 I had my first overseas contract in Japan dancing in cabaret shows and a year later my career changed course as I won regular contracts aboard cruise ships performing and choreographing routines. I was encouraged to develop my skills by Arabesque and ABD and through their continued support I was able to achieve examiner and adjudicator status and represent ABD at the annual TDCI meetings.
Leigh-Ann James FABD
Leigh-Ann James FABDTeacher - FABD - Fellow & Examiner for The Associated Board of Dance Ltd
Leigh-Ann Started dancing with Arabesque as a 3 year old, became a student teacher at 15 and then fully qualified at 18. She also trained with the Royal Ballet Junior Associates from ages of 11-14 Performed around the country in many theatres including the Birmingham Hippodrome, Royal Albert Hall and the Alexandra Theatre to name a few. Still loves to perform and is currently a member of Trinity Player Musical Theatre Society. Leigh-Ann has also been an examiner with Associated Board of Dance for 17 years
Frankie Sullivan FABD
Frankie Sullivan FABDTeacher - FABD - Fellow of The Associated Board of Dance Ltd
Frankie was dancing before she was walking .. literally dancing in the womb as her mother was teaching! Frankie teaches Irish Dancing after competing internationally before touring with Irish Celtic, Prodijigs Footstorm and Essence of Ireland. After Arabesque Frankie trained at Phil Winston’s Theatre Works. She won the TDCI British Scholarships Final for Tap and Modern and is currently alongside teaching at Arabesque studying to be an examiner for the Associated Board of Dance.

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