School history

Founded 25 years ago, Castle Street Dance Studios is one of the area’s leading dance schools. We start with teaching our very young pupils their first ballet steps and go right through to our senior students taking their professional dance examinations.

We are delighted with the number of our pupils go on to perform or teach professionally. It is an all inclusive school catering for children with an ambition to dance and teach professionally to those just dancing once a week for enjoyment.

Every two years we stage a spectacular school show at the region’s premier venue, The Wycombe Swan. This improves our students’ confidence, planning and teaches a true sense of performance.

Class demonstrations, dance festivals and other small shows are regularly presented by our students and teachers, so that students can showcase their dances.

The Principal

Castle Street Dance Studios was founded in 1993 by Mrs Charlotte Chan. In 2015 the school was bought by Miss Jessica Clayton a former pupil and graduate of Castle Street Dance Studios. Miss Jessica taught at the school for 5 years as the Head Teacher and in 2015 took over as Principal.

Miss Jessica trained at the Centre Performing Arts College in Kent with the prestigious Karen King, Cathy Stevens and Ruth Davies, all choreographing and contributing to the growth of the ISTD Syllabus. Whilst there, Jessica studied Dance and Teacher Training gaining her qualifications with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Continuing with her teacher training Miss Jessica also studied with the Royal Academy of Dance in London, she passed the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and earned Recognised Teacher Status (RAD RTS). In Miss Jessica’s career she has performed with the Royal New Zealand Ballet company in their production of ‘Giselle’ playing the role of the Mother. She is a member of the ISTD & RAD and teaches our Ballet, Tap and Modern classes in High Wycombe, Penn & Widmer End. Miss Jessica is a licensed Zumba® and TAPfit Instructor, she was among the first 9 teachers in the world to train to teach TAPfit! She is also a certified Acrobatic Arts teacher (AAC1) and passed her teaching exam with 94%. Miss Jessica is DBS Checked, first aid trained and holds a chaperone licence

Our School Ethos

We aim to provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for students to learn and study dance. It is our duty of care to offer lessons that are inclusive for all ages and abilities, focusing on safe dance practice whilst also passing down our love of dance to generations to come. Our aim is to nurture confident, self-disciplined and self-motivated students who strive for excellence; these skilled learned in dance can be used throughout their lives and in environments outside of the studio as well. We abide by the RAD & ISTD’s Codes of Conduct and Professional Practise and comply with all laws and legislation within the United Kingdom.