Our Teachers

Lynda Blyth-Phillips – Principal

Lynda Blyth-Phillips – Principal

Miss Lynda originally learned dance at the Grove School of Dance and started her professional dance career at the age of thirteen, when she appeared in pantos at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon. After further full time training at The Guildford School of Acting & Dance & successfully graduating in 1984, her career has taken her to many countries including Japan, Israel & Greece. Lynda has danced with various troupes which have included two of her own & has also worked as a Rex Grey showgirl/dance captain touring England with the ‘Peter Jay’s Circus’. Lynda has supplied the choreography & costumes for the ‘Minstrel Stars’ as well as dancing in the shows herself. She has also successfully choreographed many musicals for local theatre groups; her credits include Cabaret, Guys & Dolls, Sweet Charity, Puss in Boots & Carousel.

In the past, Lynda has taught GCSE dance at Rosebery School & BTEC dance alongside Sarah & Elaine at the Priory School, Dorking. She is co-author of ‘Cheer Technique’: a syllabus & qualification for the coaching & training of young cheerleaders. The IDTA bought the copyright of this work a couple of years ago & are still using it for their graded exams.

Lynda is married to Richard and Mum to Adam, Maisie and her first baby Phillomena. She wanted to create a dance school that was all inclusive, full of love, happiness, nurturing and understanding – we believe she succeeded and Phillomena continues to grow, flourish and touch the hearts of so many children. Lynda is immensely proud of all the students and teachers at Phillomena and thanks all the lovely parents that bring their beautiful children to their classes. Phillomena Family – you rock!


Elaine Walker – Vice Principal

Elaine Walker – Vice Principal

Miss Elaine started dancing at the age of 8 at the Gina Van Dyke Stage School in Tolworth, Surrey. Starting her professional dance career at the age of 17, she has toured the length & breadth of England, Scotland & Ireland and even on a North Sea cruise! Elaine also travelled with various dance troupes all over the Greek mainland and islands. She joined Phillomena in 1995 and has been teaching at the school for over 20 years now, as well as furthering her teaching qualifications.
Elaine also teaches classes for Mrs Loraine Hastings, IDTA examiner, at the Carlo Rossi School of Dance, Walton-on-Thames and for the last 14 years she has run her own successful Tots Tap & Ballet classes at the Malden Centre, New Malden with the help of student teacher, Emily Hampton. Until recently, Elaine also taught BTEC Dance at the Priory School, Dorking for year groups 10 – 13 and in the past has choreographed for amateur dramatics productions and taught dance to synchronised swimmers!
Elaine has a lifelong partner Matthew and is Mum to George.
Elaine loves everything about Phillomena – the team, the kids and the very supportive parents who all make up the inclusive feeling of our Phillomena family. She bursts with pride seeing her students develop, succeed and find their love of dance.


Sarah Hastings-Holland – Vice Principal

Sarah Hastings-Holland – Vice Principal

Miss Sarah has been dancing for 40 years and has been part of the Phillomena for 21 years, being taught initially by Miss Lynda at the Grove School of Dance. She is a Fellow and BCA examiner with the IDTA and a qualified secondary school teacher, Head of Dance, running KS4 and KS5 Dance at the Priory School in Dorking. Sarah is responsible for mentoring and pastoral care of some of their more challenging students. She also teaches health and social care and is Assistant Head of Department.
Miss Sarah also owns The Amareece School of Dance, based in Chaldon, Surrey, which has been open since 2005.
Sarah is married to Andy (our show production manager) and Mum to Ollie and Leia.
Phillomena is like a second family to Sarah and she particularly loves how we nurture and support each other at Phillomena, no matter who we are and what position we hold. Each and every one of the students and teachers are very special people and she doesn’t know what she would do without them.


Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson

Miss Wendy has been dancing since the age of 3, originally at the Grove School of Dance and took her first teacher’s qualification many years ago in Modern Dance. She has been at Phillomena since 1996 when she returned from University. Her favourite style of dance is ballet, and she loves to pass on her knowledge and technique to students of all ages. As well as teaching at Phillomena, Wendy also works as an HR Business Partner.
Wendy is married to Trevor and Mum to Alex and Pippa.
Wendy loves the friendliness of Phillomena, especially seeing how well the kids get on with their teachers and how they feel safe and happy in their classes.


Emily Hampton

Emily Hampton

Miss Emily started dancing at the age of 2 ½ at Cambridge School of Dance in New Malden. She stayed there until it closed, but had luckily met Miss Elaine at the local leisure centre and so was introduced to Phillomena. Emily continues to work at New Malden Leisure Centre where she now leads the Tots Tap and Ballet classes. She also runs the holiday clubs and because of her love of dancing, she got involved in a synchronised swimming club at which she now coaches.
She loves Phillomena because it’s become her dancing family. It is a brilliant support network and Emily has made lots of friends and just loves having so much fun!


Louise Corless

Louise Corless

Miss Louise started dancing at the age of 6, here at the Phillomena. After many years of taking part in dance shows, exams and being an active member of the Pink Ladies Cheerleaders, she decided to further her studies in dance at Guildford college. Having recently graduated from Kingston University with a First class BA honors in dance, she was delighted to be chosen to teach the novice Jazz dance society team. Louise now teaches dance and cheerleading in schools across London, as well as recently coming back to teach with us here at Phillomena. Miss Louise is loving being back at Phillomena because of the many years of happy memories made growing up here – even after leaving to further her studies, she loves that Phillomena is always an open door for ex and new students.


Anna Reed

Anna Reed

Miss Anna has been dancing with Phillomena since the age of 4. She has taken IDTA exams up to Intermediate level in tap, ballet, theatre craft and street. Having begun to assist teaching in classes at the age of 14, Miss Anna is now working towards her dance teaching qualifications with us at Phillomena. She loves teaching alongside Miss Holly on a Saturday morning & is looking forward to her own street class with the ODT’s from September 2019. Miss Anna finds that dance is a great break from studying for her A-levels & she gets to spend time dancing with all of her lovely friends that she has made at Phillomena.


Grace Deacon

Grace Deacon

Miss Grace has been dancing since the age of 2. Over the years she has trained with various dance academy’s until she met Miss Sarah, at The Priory CofE Secondary School in Dorking. It was there that Grace completed her BTEC Level 2 course to Distinction Level and stayed on in sixth form and achieved her Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts and was awarded with a Double Distinction Star.

Grace has been a student with The Phillomena Dance School since 2017 and has achieved excellent results in Tap and Street exams. She has also completed her Pre Associate teaching exam in Freestyle and is continuing her teacher training with Miss Sarah and the IDTA.

Grace also has her Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioner – graded with distinction and is a qualified Early Years Dance Teacher with the Once Upon a Ballet programme that we use in our Phillomena Poppets Programme.
Her favourite style of dance is commercial and street and she likes to bring a-lot of sass to all her classes!


Lily Rebbeck

Lily Rebbeck

Miss Lily has danced with Phillomena since she was 2.5 years old. She has completed all her IDTA graded exams in Ballet, Tap, Theatre Craft and Street. She is currently working on her Intermediate Levels which lead into her teaching qualifications.
Lily loves being a part of Phillomena as it’s a huge family which makes the dancing even more fun. She is super excited to embark on her teaching career and have her own classes – we know she has all the skills to be an incredible teacher.


Isha Sinharay

Isha Sinharay

Miss Isha started dancing with Phillomena when she was 5 years old. She has completed all her IDTA graded exams in Ballet, Tap, Theatre Craft and Street. She is also currently working on her Intermediate Levels which lead into her teaching qualifications.

Isha has met some of her closest friends at Phillomena and loves that it feels like a family.
She is incredibly proud to have been given her own classes to teach this year and is looking forward to completing more of her teaching qualifications in the future