Caroline Anstead

Caroline Anstead Freestyle Jazz street & Tap Teacher Exeter Joanna Mardon School of Dance

Being the youngest of three siblings who attended regular dance classes it was inevitable I was going to dance. I started lessons at the age of 2 in RAD ballet, IDTA tap, freestyle and ballroom. I had the freestyle bug, so my sisters and I starting entering IDTA competitions at the age of 5.

I started rhythmic gymnastics at 8 and became national champion as part of a team in Ribbon at Crystal Palace. As a teenager, I wanted to gain more experience so started more dance classes in Jazz.

Around this time I started my first dance contract aged 14. My sister had a contract dancing abroad and it overlapped an existing contract in Torquay, I was very fortunate to get the job. I performed in a show 2 nights per week for 3 months. I also participated in competitions with a group called ‘En masse’ for 5 years, where we reached the National finals twice.

GCSE dance was my first taste of contemporary dance, I enjoyed it but wanted to learn more, so I attended Exeter College to study A-level dance. I had an amazing 2 years learning so many aspects of dance, from choreography, notation, technique and performance.

Through my teenage years I performed in pantomimes and this is when I decided I didn’t want it to end and looked at continuing dancing.

I started as an assistant teacher for Jayne Tolliday and then Joanna Mardon. I was a swing dancer for a hotel in Torquay, a dancer for an ‘Elvis Tribute’, a dancer then dance captain, then assistant manger for Haven, and a dancer for a ‘Robbie William’s’ tribute. I then went on to choreograph 4 national shows for Haven, ‘Let it rock’, ‘Strictly Disco’, ‘Summer High’ and ‘Summer High 2’.

Once I stopped dancing I started to train as a fitness instructor gaining my Exercise to Music and Gym instructors. I worked at a gym in Wales for 2 years before moving back to Exeter where I worked as a Multi Fitness Coach for Active Devon based in East Devon secondary schools. I also worked for Dance in Devon as a Youth Dance Practitioner for North Devon. Around this time

I also started back at Joanna Mardon School of Dance covering Miss Amy’s maternity leave.
Present day, after giving birth to my gorgeous Freddie I now teach various fitness classes such as Zumba, combat, body pump etc. for LED leisure, and Exeter University. I now teach the Freestyle Jazz and Senior Tap for Miss Jo and recently achieved my Associate IDTA (Tap).