Our teachers

We are a small team of talented and experienced dance teachers. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to meeting you and sharing our love of dance with you.

June Hornby FISTD

Principal, Weymouth Dance Studio

A Fellow and Life Member of the ISTD, June Hornby has been teaching dance in Weymouth for 50 years.

She has been Principal of her own school for many years and a great number of her former students have gone on to professional training at well-known vocational colleges, such as the Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Bird College, Laine Theatre Arts, Performers, GSA and Laban. Some have gone on to teach, and others are dancing, performing, choreographing and directing in the West End and in ballet and contemporary companies all over the world.

June was instrumental in setting up the Weymouth Dance Festival and has been its Chairman since 2004. She enjoys travelling and adjudicating around the United Kingdom for All England Dance and The British and International Federation of Festivals.

Keely Shaw AISTD

Keely has achieved examination success in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, Highland and Scottish country.

She has studied performing arts, has competed in dance festivals and performed in professional pantomimes.

Keely has a passion for performance, and musical theatre in particular. She was a member of WOW Youth Musical Theatre and went on to introduce musical theatre and contemporary dance to Weymouth Dance Studio, to great acclaim.

Her inventive choreography achieved major success in 2019. She choreographed the routine for the gold medal-winning ‘Hello’ trio at the Dance World Cup in Portugal. At the All-England Finals, ‘Hello’ scooped gold again, and more routines choreographed by Keely won gold (musical theatre solo) and silver (musical theatre duet and contemporary duet) medals.

Keely leads the Senior festival group. Her rugby-inspired ‘Sweet Chariot’ modern group also qualified to compete at the Finals. In 2018 ’Sweet Chariot’ was also selected to perform at the U.Dance festival at the Bournemouth Pavilion.

Keely was a co-choreographer for the annual New Look fashion shows for four years. This involved travelling around the country including performing on TV and at Bournemouth Football Ground for the ‘Party on the Pitch’.

Lesann Marshall

Lesann started training with June Hornby at the age of seven. After training to Advanced level – taking major examinations in ballet, modern, jazz and tap – Lesann now teaches ballet, modern and tap classes at the studio.

Lesann choreographs many solos and duets for WDS festival entries. She also leads the Junior and Intermediate festival groups, choreographing medal-winning tap, modern and contemporary routines.

Lesann is also a qualified cheerleading coach, holds her FDI in modern and ballet, and has completed the ISTD’s Ballet Practical DDE exam.

During her A-level in contemporary dance she was awarded maximum marks in the performing and choreography sections.

She has also personally competed in festivals and shows, both as a soloist and in groups, so knows what it takes to compete and enjoy performing!

Lesann was a member of the Carly Reader Dance Company and has performed as a backing dancer, and in fashion shows, variety shows and professional pantomimes.

She also performed as part of local contemporary companies based in Dorset, helping to choreograph and produce site-specific works.

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