After a successful international professional dancing career, Ioe Sheridan became a mother, and that’s when she got interested in teaching ballet in a gentle and nurturing way to young children. Living in South Woodford, she has decided to share her experience with the local community here.
Meet your instructors
Ioe Sheridan : Founder and teacher
Ioe was born in Tokyo. Her name is pronounced ‘Ee-Oh’. After training for 10 years at the Momoko Tani Ballet Company, Ioe traveled to London’s Urdang Academy of Performing Arts where she studied dance, choreography, and drama. She furthered her training in jazz dance receiving intensive tuition from Shiela Sangster.
Ioe then returned to Tokyo, embarking on her career as a professional dancer by joining the contemporary dance company BATIK as a founder member in 2002. Dancing with the award-winning BATIK, Ioe performed extensively in Japan and around the world in places such as London, New York, Paris, Moscow, Montreal, Frankfurt, Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur, Soul and Singapore.
Ioe has lived in U.K since 2006 and has two children.
Ruth Pugh : Teacher
Ruth has enjoyed dancing from a young age and went to a local dance school in her hometown, Birmingham for several years where she did ballet, tap, modern and freestyle. After doing a BTEC in dance, Ruth moved to London to train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Since graduating, Ruth has worked and performed professionally in various different shows and performances including DisneyLand Paris, ‘Nobody’s Baby’ by Arthur Pita at The Royal Opera House, an historical Masque at The Banqueting House, and ‘How to Hold Your Breath’ by Zinnie Harris at the Royal Court. Her love for dance never stops growing and she wants to spread the joy and of dance on to others! Ruth has taught ballet and creative dance classes to children and loves seeing them use their imaginations, have fun, and improve after every class.
Eva Solange Bortalis : Teacher
Eva was born in Paris where she began dancing at the age of 3. Growing up she studied ballet, jazz, modern and commercial. She started Rhythmic Gymnastic at the age of 7, and became French champion twice at 11 and 13. Then she attended a stage school in France where she discovered her passion for musical theatre. She moved to London and graduated from The Musical Theatre Academy in 2018. Eva performed in shows like Rent (London) & The Lion in Winter (Frankfurt) and also appeared in various projects including BBC Bitesize and Sainsbury’s commercial. Alongside her training Eva never stopped teaching dance and animating youth theatre groups. Eva particularly enjoys seeing children’s creativity and their improvement class after class.