Miss Jess has been with Dance Education Centre since before Miss Amanda took over the school in 2012 taking classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Commercial, Conditioning, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. (Dance Education Centre is her second home!) She is a super Teaching Assistant to all the Teachers and has a clear passion for all things dance. Outside of dance, Miss Jess is continuing her sixth form studies at Heathside School and is also an accomplished singer, having passed her Grade 6 Singing exam. She is looking forward to starting her training to become a dance teacher soon.
Tessa Smith Student Teacher
Miss Tessa joined Dance Education Centre in 2015, first doing ballet but quickly adding tap, modern, contemporary and commercial to her repertoire. She won the DEC Ambassador Award in 2018 for being a strong role model to the other children and embodying the DEC spirit of Bringing Dance to Life. She has been a wonderful teaching assistant since 2017, helping in more than eight classes every week and is loved equally by pupils and teachers. Outside of dancing, Miss Tessa has achieved her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, and whilst she continues her sixth form studies, finds time to play the drums and volunteer at a rabbit sanctuary! Miss Tessa’s long term ambition is to become an RAF pilot.
Maxine Goodlet Office Manager
Maxine has been part of the Dance Education Family since 2011, when her daughter started dancing at the tender age of 3 years old. She has had her own love of dancing and performing from an early age, having trained as a dancer as a child, and now and again still dabbles in Adult tap whilst vicariously living out her performing dreams through all the children in the school! Over the years, Maxine has been an active member of the Dance Education Centre “Mum Support Crew” helping out behind the scenes at various shows and events and is never happier than at show time when she can use her skills in Costume making, set building and Chaperoning. In September 2019 Maxine joined the team formally as Administrator and looks after all the admin created by the dance school, including uniform, invoicing and general enquiries. Married to Robin, with one daughter; Izzy, she is also a keen crafter and gym bunny.