Principal, Founder & Teacher
Louise Ford A.I.S.T.D (Dip)
Louise trained locally as a child, she took part in many dance festivals, performances in local theatres and also danced with the Lewis London Ballet Company. For as long as she can remember Louise always wanted to teach dance.
Louise was awarded a scholarship to train at the Margaret Howard Theatre College in Hertfordshire, where she studied for three years on a teacher training course. she graduated in 1999 with Distinction and with her ISTD teaching Associates in Imperial Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre and National. Louise holds Associate Diploma status with the ISTD.
Louise has 20 years teaching experience, she has taught for a number of dance schools in the area & also taught in the private sector. In 1999 Louise started the Louise Austin School of Dance, initially with one day of classes a week in Bicester, due to it's outstanding success she then added additional days and venues and also a branch in Brill. In 2009 she added the branch in Haddenham. The school is constantly growing as the pupils progress through the grades. Recently Louise has become a' Disco Duck' instructor & licensee & is very much enjoying bringing Disco Duck to the pre school children in the area.
Louise believes every child should be treated as an individual which is why all the school events, exams, shows, competitions are open to everyone no matter their ability. She hopes to pass on her love of dance to all her pupils.
Carla trained locally as a child and took part in many dance festivals, pantomimes and local theatre group productions. Carla studied at the Margaret Howard Theatre College in Hertfordshire where she completed a three year performance and teacher training course.
Carla has been teaching at the school since 2011 and is a fully qualified ISTD teacher and holds DDE status. Carla also graduated from Margaret Howard Theatre College with a diploma in Musical Theatre. Carla also teaches for a number of schools in the area & runs her own holiday camps during the school holidays.
We have senior pupils from the school that assist the teachers during the younger children's classes. These pupils have been trained by the Louise Austin School of Dance and are successfully working their way through the grades. They are a great support to the teachers and the younger pupils at the school.