3SDC are eager to share their dance with others. We recognise that some of the 3rd Stagers who come to us have skills and life experiences that need to be tapped into. One of the best ways for an experienced dancer to re-find their confidence and faith in themselves as a dancer is to teach and share what they know. Those who teach for 3SDC classes have a great knowledge base and are skilled in technique of varying kinds. Those who feel ready to start sharing their skills are supported as their confidence builds. We are very proud that those who teach for 3rd Stage are some of the very best teachers in the region and guest teach for organisations such as schools, universities, dance companies and conservatoire establishments. We currently specialise in Ballet and Contemporary (typically Cunningham, Graham, Release).

Current 3rd Stage Teachers


Artistic Co-Director

Sara trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. After training, she chose not to pursue a career in dance, she instead turned to her second passion in life, literature, and became a bookseller.

After fifteen years away Sara returned to dance, as a founding member of 3SDC in 2008, and hasn’t looked back since. She has taught, choreographed and performed for the company and in 2018 was appointed Artistic Co-Director. Sara teaches Ballet and Contemporary classes and from beginner to advanced she finds reward in all levels, whether that be taking technique back to the fundamentals for the beginner or encouraging artistic creativity in the advanced dancer. Her Contemporary classes focus on technique, simple but hard work with a nod to Martha Graham. She has also worked extensively for 3SDC as an outreach teacher, leading classes, workshops and performances in schools, colleges, universities and public spaces such as Bristol Museum.

Sara hopes all her classes offer a glimpse of the freedom and joy of dance that can be found through a solid technique.


Artistic Co-Director

Luke graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2009. During his training he performed in works by Merce Cunningham, Siobhan Davies and Richard Alston, touring London and Europe with LC3 Company. Luke’s teaching role for 3SDC includes community classes in contemporary technique and choreographic workshops for 3Motion. He also leads outreach projects within healthcare and educational settings, most recently reworking the company’s piece ‘Still Waters’ as an educational programme for BTEC Dance students.

Youth dance is an area that Luke is very passionate about; he is Associate Director of RISE Youth Dance in Bristol, nurturing and developing dance and leadership skills with young dancers aged 8-25. He is a lecturer in contemporary technique and performance at Bath Spa University, working with aspiring dance students from the UK, Europe and beyond.


Jude has been training as a professional dancer her entire life, attending Birmingham Royal Ballet, Legat School of Dance and finishing her degree in Theatre Dance at London Studio Centre.
Now an international Circus performer, Jude has performed with various companies across the world including Incandescent Circus Company, Tumbellina, Acrobatic Productions, Arcadia and alongside Hugh Jackman at The Brit Awards.
Alongside performing with 3SDC Jude teaches Ballet and Contemporary classes as part of our community dance offering. She has been teaching for 8 years and specialises in combining classical Ballet with an element of acrobatics in a fun and accessible way.


Emily graduated with a 1st class degree in dance from the University of Chester, then completed an MA in dance performance in 2012 at the University of Chichester. As part of graduate company Mapdance, she performed works by Nigel Charnock, Keira Martin and Matteo Fargion. Emily is the artistic director of Emily Brown Dance, making and touring their first work, ‘Lina’ in 2017. In addition to performing and teaching for 3SDC since 2016, she teaches community classes in contemporary dance and ballet across the South West, and leads Rag & Bone Youth Dance Company in Chippenham.


Anna trained at Rambert where she experienced working with a variety of choreographers including Christopher Bruce and Ross McKim. She went on to become a soloist with the Vienna Festival Ballet performing across Europe and the UK. As well as Ballet and Contemporary for 3rd Stage Dance Anna leads our Senior Ballet classes for over 55s. She also dance, movement and choreographic workshops for churches and community groups, her main teaching role being for the Christian Dance Fellowship.

Anna has a heart to release people into the full freedom of dance and movement and has a growing passion to encourage the older generation. In 2015 Anna choreographed the movement for 3rd Stage Dance’s short film “Rise and Shine” which came runner up in the Joie de Vivre dance film competition – a competition to celebrate dance by, with and for older people.


Tia trained as a dancer in her home town in Yorkshire.  During her training she danced and taught for YSDD.  She found a love for teaching and went on to co-found York City Dance, with the aim to introduce young people to contemporary dance. Having moved south she now teaches and performs for 3SDC as well as choreographing for 3Motion.  Tia also teaches contemporary classes for Bath School of Dance and runs classes for adults. She is passionate about teaching all ages and abilities and believes that it is important that anyone who wants to dance feels like they can and knows they will enjoy her classes and have a lovely time.  Her lessons are fun and inclusive while still being challenging and looking at the importance of technique and performance skills.



Helen trained as an apprentice in a professional company led by Phoenix Dance founders. Here she learnt the importance of technique, creative and performance skills as well as the skills required to be an artist, teacher and leader. Before joining 3SDC, Helen danced with RJC Dance company, Les Commandos Percu and Neshima Dance, working not only as a performer but as a choreographer and teacher. Her role within 3SDC is just as varied, having performed, taught and created for the company since joining in 2013.

Helen is Artistic Director of RISE Youth Dance (2008 – present), and is responsible for the overall artistic imprint alongside managing the company. RISE is nationally recognised and has represented Bristol at numerous national and regional events, including ‘Udance’ on many occasions. Through forming regional partnerships, Helen has been able to invite nationally recognised choreographers to produce professional level performances with RISE. She is extremely passionate about helping to develop emerging artists – many graduates have performed nationally and continued to train professionally across the country. RISE and 3SDC work very closely, sharing their skills with young dancers and community dancers, continually striving to provide each individual with skills and support.


Esther completed her dance training at Ballet West in the highlands of Scotland. Since graduating with a BAhons in Dance she has worked as a dance teacher and performer in Bristol and its surrounding areas. As well as dancing and teaching for 3SDC, Esther teaches, choreographs and performs for various schools and organisations such as, Footlights Performance Academy, Bristol University and University of Bath. She thoroughly enjoys teaching a huge age range from tiny toddlers through to their Grandparents, and aims to create an atmosphere in her classes in which every dancer feels comfortable.

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