Meet our team


Mandy is our principal teacher at the Island Dance Academy, she trained at Bird College, Sidcup and holds a Life Membership with the British Association of Teachers of Dance and is also an Associate Member of the International Dance Teachers Association. She has danced professionally on cruise ships and many other shows around the world, and has run the Island Dance Academy for over 20 years. 

IDA Principal

MBATD (Ballet and Stage Branch)

AIDTA (Ballet and Theatre Craft)

mandy farrell

At Island Dance Academy we have a team of four fully qualified and experienced teachers. All staff are DBS checked and Island Dance Academy currently follows the BATD child protection policy.

Our staff pride themselves on their friendly and professional approach to teaching and welcome all new students with open arms. As of September 2021 we also have two Head Girls who help with the younger classes on a Saturday and are also available to help resolve any parent or student queries. 

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Sue is a valued teacher at the school; working with us for many years, entering exams and choreographing multiple dances in each of our production shows. Sue specialises in, and teaches most of the schools Tap and Jazz classes. Like Mandy, she has also travelled with her professional dance career, working abroad and on cruise ships around the world. 

IDA Teacher

ABATD (Ballet and Stage Branch)

sue cocker


Chloe trained at BBO in London. Chloe holds a Level 4 teaching diploma in Ballet as well as an Associate Diploma in Street Dance and Freestyle. Chloe ran her own school for a number of years taking students successfully through examinations, shows and competitions. 

IDA Teacher

BBO (Ballet)

AIDTA (Street Dance and Freestyle)

chloe simmons


Ann holds her teaching Diploma with LMDA and is also an examiner and adjudicator. Previously Ann has taught drama at Gads Hill School, Cobham Hall School and most recently Benenden School.  Ann specialises in Speech and Drama, Audition Coaching, Public Speaking, and Drama Workshops.

IDA Teacher

LMDA (Teaching Diploma and Examiner)

ann wickens


Our Head Girls are available to help with parent queries on Saturdays and students will be encouraged to speak to the girls if they have any worries or concerns with classes. These two students have offered valuable support and help throughout the pandemic and will be continuing to help with junior classes from September.

sienna & alyssa

Head Girls 2021