Talented, experienced teachers

Our teachers are all highly experienced and have trained for many years in dance and in the practical and theoretical side of teaching. All classes are age appropriate and, because we believe in safe dance training that is aligned with developmental stages, only include movements suitable for growing bodies.

Our core teachers are:

Vanessa Golborn (RAD teachers Dip. LISTD Dip.)

Emily Golborn (MA Performance Dance / BA Hons Dance and Music / ISTD DDE/ RAD DDTS RTS)

Charlotte Last (BA Hons Education / ISTD DDE / RAD CBTS RTS)


Vanessa - School Principal

RAD Teachers Diploma, Registered RAD teacher, LISTD Diploma, Certificate in Dance Education.

Having danced in all genres from a young age, Vanessa started her professional dance career as a Ballroom and Latin dancer having become under 16s UK champion in Old Time dance. She soon caught the teaching bug and focused on gaining her teaching qualifications for Ballet and the theatre arts, achieving her RAD Ballet Teachers Diploma and her ISTD Licentiate and Associates in Modern and Tap. After teaching for various schools in the UK and around the world she decided to set up her own dance school and founded the Vanessa Golborn School of Dance in 1994.

From there the school continued to grow and expand from just a few classes and students to the vibrant school that exists now, boasting over 200 students. Vanessa has considerable experience in choreography, having created many numbers for her own shows as well as Oklahoma, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Kiss Me Kate and bespoke choreography for corporate and charity events. As well as running the dance school and teaching, she is a gifted seamstress and creates costumes for shows, uniform for the dance school and personalised items available to order.

Emily Golborn

MA Performance Dance, BA (hons) Dance and Music, ISTD DDE, RAD DDTS RTS

Emily trained through the RAD and ISTD syllabi from a young age and was taught by some of the most respected teachers in the business. Emily has a Masters degree in Performance Dance specialising in dance pedagogy as well as a BA (hons) Degree in Dance and Music. She has two level 4 Diplomas in Dance Education from the ISTD and is training for a level 5 Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies from the RAD and her ISTD Licentiate. 

She has over 10 years’ teaching experience in state and private sectors, preparing young people for careers in performing arts, and has coached professional dancers looking for master classes and audition preparation. She has recently accepted a regular teaching position at the prestigious Italia Conti vocational school, where she works with aspiring dancers embarking on the final steps towards a dance career. As well as this, she has taught at Rambert, Hampshire Dance, University of Chichester, Alton College and Dennard Theatre Arts, as well as teaching workshops at various schools, colleges and organisations, GCSE Dance and private wedding dance lessons.

Her choreography background includes Oklahoma, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dido and Aeneas, Orpheus in the Underworld and Kiss Me Kate, as well as commissions for vocational colleges, contemporary pieces, variety shows and workshops. She was a judge for the British Red Cross’s nationwide Dance for Life competition which saw young dancers from all over the country fight to reach the finals at the IndigO2 in the O2 Arena.

Her musical ventures have seen her playing at Buckingham Palace, Birmingham NEC and The Albert Hall, as well as local venues and festivals. Her theatre directing credits include Play On by Rick Abbot, The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, Cash on Delivery by Michael Cooney, Laugh? I Nearly Went to Miami by Miles Tredinnick and Out of Order by Ray Cooney. She has also written, directed and produced her own versions of pantomimes including Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz.

Charlotte Last

BA (hons) Education, ISTD DDI, RAD CBTS RTS

Charlotte loves teaching our younger students and is a big kid at heart with her love of everything Disney. She has been dancing since the age of 2 when she started ballet and tap, and joined the Vanessa Golborn School of Dance at the age of four.

Charlotte grew up with the school completing graded exams in ballet, tap, modern and jazz, and also gaining vocational qualifications in these genres. At the age of 14 she started assisting classes, and later became a student teacher with the Vanessa Golborn School of Dance before starting her official teacher training to become a full time teacher for the school - and now we don't know what we'd do without her!

She completed her BA honours degree in Education at the University of Winchester, focusing on dance. She has two Diplomas in Dance Education with the ISTD in tap and modern, and has completed a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance giving her registered teacher status. She has choreographed many numbers in a variety of styles for our shows at the Anvil in Basingstoke and runs dance and craft workshops for our younger students.

Olivia Paynter

BA (hons) Education, ISTD DDI, RAD CBTS RTS

Guest Teachers

Michael Raynaud

Michael trained at The Paris Opera Ballet School under artistic director Rudolf Nuryev from the age of 10, touring all over the world before continuing his training at the National Conservatoire in Paris. Michael then joined the English National Ballet and became a permanent company member performing in many ballets including Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker and Cinderella.

Amy J Ireland

Since graduating from Bird College in 2003 Amy has undertaken a variety of projects in a variety of styles and disciplines. In 2014 Amy became a member of The Pulse Collective and helped launch their Youth Company. Amy continues to deliver workshops for the Young Dancers Foundation and provide choreographic work for showcase performance for Italia Conti Academy of Arts and Scene ii Performing Arts Academy where she currently teaches both Jazz technique, Contemporary Jazz and Tap. Amy's style of tap has always been musically led and dictates her choreographic inspiration. Showing appreciation for the great tap legends past and present Amy fuses Rhythm, Commercial, Theatre tap styles to accompany the music and create playfully with articulation, clarity and quality. 

Lisa Rowley

Lisa trained at Laban and then went on to work with Transitions Dance Company based at Laban. Most recently Lisa has finished touring with Tavaziva Dance Company in which she has danced with since 2010 and Joss Arnott Dance Company since 2011. When teaching at London Contemporary Dance School, Italia Conti Arts Centre and Dupont Stage School she focuses her class on technique based movement using dynamics and pace within her exercises.

Abi Dwyer

Abi trained with the Vanessa Golborn School of Dance from a young age in the disciplines of ballet, modern, tap and jazz, reaching vocational level in all genres and performing in shows. She is a gifted dancer with a talent for choreography and a passion for learning.

She was accepted to Italia Conti Arts Centre in 2012 where she is currently continuing her vocational training as well as teacher training, while returning to VG Dance to teach and (if she gets a chance) dance.

Harrison Wilde

Harrison joined the Vanessa Golborn School of Dance after moving to England from Dubai. He is a talented dancer and since moving has completed vocational exams with the school and continues to work towards higher qualifications to further his training. He has recently been accepted to further his perfoming arts training at Laine, Urdang and Bird colleges to gain a degree to prepare him for his performance career. He is a great role model to our younger boys and loves teaching the boys only class.

Eliza Roadnight

Eliza trained at VGDance and is now training full time at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on the Musical Theatre course