Principal - Helen Irwin
ISTD - DDE
Helen started dancing at the age of 3 studying Ballet, Tap, and Modern at The Anne Giliberti School of Dancing before joining Codanza as a teenager to continue her studies. At 14 Helen started assisting Caroline with younger students’ lessons to complete her Duke of Edinburgh award, it was at this time that she found her passion for teaching. Throughout her dancing career she has been in multiple shows performing Ballet, Tap, Modern, and Contemporary. She also performed in musicals with local amateur dramatic societies such as Oliver, Scrooge, and 42nd Street. After leaving Codanza as a pupil she went on to study dance at Haywards Heath College and completed her teaching qualifications with Dance2Advance. Helen became principal of Codanza in September 2019 and loves that she now gets to share and pass on her knowledge and passion for dance to all of her students. She also likes to stay as up to date as possible with the latest teaching techniques and syllabus updates by attending regular workshops.
Teacher - Katie Large
ISTD - DDE
Katie began dancing at the age of three at the Pauline Howard School of Dance, where she studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap up to the age of 18. During her time at Pauline Howard she took on principal roles in their school ballets including Cinderella and the Nutcracker, as well as performing in numerous pantomimes at a young age. In recent years Katie has performed in musicals with local operatic societies including Crazy for You, 42nd Street and Footloose. Katie has been teaching for the past 5 years and is enjoying every aspect of it, especially when it comes to choreographing show and festival routines.
Left - Judy Key - Founder of Shakespear School of Dancing
Middle - Principal - Helen Irwin
Right - Caroline O'Neill, previous owner of Codanza (formerly known as Shakespear School of Dancing)