Maria Payne



From the age of 10 I have been involved in Musical theatre attending the Jackie Palmer stage school and Stage coach. During this time I performed in a variety of shows including playing lead roll Maria in west side story and  T.V appearances in ‘Bliss’ .


At the age of Fifteen I started at the Susan Diane School of Dance in order to reach the high standard of dance required by the theatre schools. After starting in the classes as a student I then moved on to assist the founder principal and the other teachers in their classes, this is where my love of teaching started.  I went on to gain my associate ballet qualification. Along- side  teacher training at the Susan Diane School of Dance I also attended the Margret Howard College where I trained in Modern and Tap, classes at the London Cecchetti centre, and completing my training at Linda Sweetzer collage . After qualifying as a teacher I stayed at the Susan Diane School of Dance where I spent the past 15 years working in the office and assisting the founder principal with running SDSD. I am continuously updating my qualifications with my most recent is qualifying as an Acrobatic Arts teacher. 


I now have the pleasure of being the owner and principal of this amazing school teaching our fantastic students, watching and supporting them as they have their own journey with SDSD. 



Some of the Professional Bodies our Dance School belong to. Please use the links on the right to visit their sites: 

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