Joanne Sullivan - Theatre Director and Co-Chief Examiner

Joanne began dancing at the age of 3 at the "Circle School Of Dance" taught by her mother, Jacqueline Loats.

At age 16 she continued her professional training at "Arts Educational Schools" in London studying Musical Theatre.

She graduated from Arts Ed. In 1984 and worked professionally in "Panto" and Musical Theatre alongside such stars as Spike Milligan, John Nettles and Les Dawson appearing at The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, until deciding to teach and join forces with her mother.

She continued with her professional training becoming an Adjudicator, Senior Examiner and Chairman of A.B.D.
Joanne has had the opportunity to travel both Nationally and Internationally lecturing and demonstrating the examination syllabi as well as freelancing lecturing in all aspects of dance for other recognised associations within the U.K.

In 2007 Joanne was short listed for a Carl Allen (teachers' award) and was very proud to achieve runner up against many well known and respected teachers within the dance world and again short listed in 2008 for The "Classique de Danse" teachers' award.

Joanne has a successful school in Birmingham and many of her pupils have gone on to further their training at some of the top Theatre schools in the country.

Meet the team.


Colin Lang, Joanne Sullivan, Peter Nash.

Business Advisor

Lee Clark


Examinations Secretary – Natalie Goddard

Compliance - Leigh-Ann James

General Secretary / I.T. / Promotions – Darren Hodson

Admin Assistant - Frankie Sullivan

Examiners (Theatre)

Joanne Sullivan, Colin Lang, Caroline Haines, Leigh Ann James, Sue Bibb, Vanessa Spencer, Helen Barwell, Charlotte Davies, Ann Marie Bentick, Jenny Bowen-Whittles, Venessa Chapman, Penny Wickenden, Samantha Phillimore, Valerie Voisey, Valerie Nurse, Louisa Shaw, Melanie Hadfield, Mandy Ellen.

Examiners (Irish)

Kathleen Clifford. Sinead Lightly-Collins, Colin Lang, Joanne Sullivan, 

Area Organisers

East Anglia (Theatre)

Chair - Sue Bibb

Wales (Ballroom)

Chair - Denise Barley

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