Hazel Smith R.A.D Dip A.I.S.T.D CDE Director

Hazel trained at Bush Davies School under the guidance of Joyce Percy before studying contemporary at the Laban centre.

After completing her teaching qualifications and Diploma with the Royal Academy of Dance London she founded Miss Hazel’s School of Dance in 1987.

In 1991 she joined partnership with Nicola Baines to form the Central School of Dance & Drama.

The school was awarded Approved Centre status in 2003.


Nicola Baines LISTD, Director

Nicola started dancing at Bush Davies School in Romford. When Bush Davies closed, she continued her training under the expert guidance of Laura Faulkner, Gill Hembrey and Francesca Lovell at the Faulkner Hembrey School of Dance, before completing her training at the Arts Educational in London.

Nicola danced with the Lakatos Dance Company, travelling to Japan and South Korea before returning home to work briefly in TV and film.

In 1990, Nicola joined Hazel Smith to teach Modern and Tap at ‘Miss Hazel’s’. In 1991 Hazel invited Nicola to become partners and together they formed the Central School of Dance & Drama. In 1999, they founded the Innovations Dance Company, which gives valuable performance experience to talented students.

Nicola has also choreograhed for a tribute band and cabaret, which has given students an opportunity to work professionally whilst training.


Lana Williams JAZZ TEACHER

Lana began dancing at the age of 5.  At 19 she graduated from college with her I.S.T.D Associate Teaching Qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern, her TRINITY Musical Theatre Associate and her LAMDA Teaching Qualification.  She has over 8 years teaching experience from amateur to professional dancers and celebrities alike.  In 2006 Lana was runner up in the hit BBC 1 show ‘Strictly Dance Fever’ hosted by Graham Norton.  After this Lana has gone on to achieve great success performing, choreographing and conducting workshops all over the world.

Last year Lana performed with the cast of Tap Dogs at London’s Savoy Theatre for ‘She’s The One’ and also choreographed for Strictly Come Dancing stars, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, in their sell out 2011 UK Touring Show ‘Putting On The Ritz’.  Lana has worked as Assistant choreographer on the last two series of Strictly Come Dancing, including choreography for 2010 runners up Matt Baker and Aliona, and 2009 winners Chris Collins and Ola Jordan with their winning Charleston routine.  Some of Lana’s credits include: ‘Frank Skinners Cabaret’ Lyric Theatre (West End), Lead dancer in ‘Ambassador of Swing’ Manhattan Theatre (New York), ‘Cuban Fury’ Feature Film, ‘Alan Titchmarsh Show’ ITV 1, ‘The Paul O’Grady Show’ Channel 4, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ backing dancer ITV 1, ‘Dance House 1944’ BBC 1, ‘Coal House at War’ featured dancer and choreographer BBC 1, and ‘Cole Porter Tribute’ Dubai.  Working and performing alongside stars such as Mark Ramprecash, Ronan Keating, Emerdale’s Lisa Riley, Tess Dailey, Claire Sweeney and the late Patrick Swayze.

Lana has worked with the London Dance Company Swing Extreme for 5 years, Directed by Broadway Choreographer Ryan Francois.  And was a member of London’s Cuban Groove Dance Company alongside 3 times world salsa champions Chris Marques and Jaclyn Spencer.  September sees Lana reunite with the original cast of ‘Churchill the Musical’ for the UK Showcase in London’s West End Lyric Theatre, where she is set to make her West End choreographic debut.  Renowned for being such a strong all round performer and singer in such a wide variety of styles, Lana maintains her training in the UK and internationally, including New York’s Broadway Dance Centre and Los Angeles Millenium Dance Complex, to continue to develope and grow as a performer, choreographer and teacher.

Through dance Lana campaigns for many charities, working for the continued support of Cancer Research, Neo-natal care, Barnados, and Torfaen Carers included.   Projects she holds very dear to her heart.



Natalie Smith ARAD RTS AISTD

Natalie trained at the Central School of Dance & Drama gaining her Advanced 2 Ballet and Modern, Advanced 1 Tap and Gold Jazz by the age of 18 and then completed her Teaching Associates for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in Ballet and Modern.

Natalie performed with the Innovations Dance Company including Cinderella (soloist Cinders) Peter & The Wolf (soloist Bird), A Simple Man (soloist Ann) and Still Life at the Penguin Café (soloist Flea). She has also worked with the Cliff Richard Tribute Band, Birmingham Fashion Show, The Generation Game and the European Ballet Company.

Natalie graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance, under the guidance of Miss Denise Winmill ARAD RBS Dip and Vocational Grades Examiner, achieving her RAD Registered Teachers Status.


Rebecca Wieland AISTD

Rebecca trained at Central School of Dance , Italia Conti and the Academy Drama School. As well as being a LAMDA acting teacher she is a qualified AISTD Tap and Ballet teacher. Rebecca taught at Central School of Dance before leaving to pursue her acting career.

It was Rebecca who first created the drama classes for Central.

She is very pleased and proud to again be working with the students here at Central School of Dance and we are equally delighted to welcome her back.


Samantha Smith BA (Hons) LRAD AISTD CDE

Samantha trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and in addition to gaining her degree in the Art and Teaching of Ballet she has also achieved teaching qualifications in Ballet and Modern with the ISTD and further more works as a LAMDA Acting Coach.

Samantha has worked at many schools across Essex, Kent and London and has proved herself as an innovative choreographer as well as a superb, energetic and passionate teacher.



Donald Vleugels: PG Dip, FISTD, ARAD, RAD dip, ABT certified teacher NY

After Graduating from Andre Hardies School in 1980 Donald was offered a contract with the City Contemporary Dance in Company in Hong Kong, performing the Classics ie La Sylphide, Napoli, Giselle and various modern works. Many of the companies’ productions were televised by H.T.V. {Hong Kong Television} including a production for Walt Disney.

While still performing with the company, Donald taught ballet class to students dancers at the City Contemporary Studios.

Returning to London was asked to join Dublin City Ballet in their performances of Nutcracker, Coppelia, and various Modern works. Several works were commissioned for the company.

Taught the Company class and students of the Irish National College of Dance and also open Ballet Jazz classes to the general public.

Founded the Chambers Jazz Dance Company. Choreographed and performed with the company throughout Ireland including various appearances on R.T.E. television.

Donald embarked on the RAD teaching course at the RAD College and after completing his training, he went on to study the ISTD Syllabus.

Donald has just finished a PG Dip in the Ballet Studies at Roehampton University.

Donald has taught at Italia Conti, Performer’s College, D&B Theatre School and Central School of Dance Brentwood.