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When she moved to Bournemouth to marry John Headford a very well know theatre actor and stage manager, she had two children, Julie and Stephen but also found herself in great demand as a chorographer and was engaged in this capacity by most of the Amateur Musical Societies for over 10 years, sometimes doing two musical production a year. She approached The Wessex School of Dancing in Bournemouth where the teachers, Betty Collins and Ida Stewart agreed for her to join the full time college in order to gain her teaching qualifications with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

After opening the Stage Door School of Dancing in 1971 she has gone on to reach the status of an Examiner and works world wide in this capacity

If you're looking for dance teachers with vast experience and a proven track record in helping people advance in dancing and drama, you're in the right place.


All of the dance teachers at Stage Door School of Dance and Drama have enjoyed extremely successful careers in dancing and have helped many people to enjoy the same.

Experienced professional dance teachers

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Tel: 01202 291 497

07860 645 594

07850 143 497

Maureen Headford

Julie was brought up in a theatrical family with her Mother already involved in the dance world and her Father, a Stage Manager for nearly all the local area’s amateur musical productions. It was no surprise then that Julie’s first job was as a dancer touring the Casinos of Portugal. In 1988 Julie returned to Bournemouth and began assisting her Mother at the Stage Door School of Dance & Drama and started her new journey along the path of teaching qualifications. Julie is now a fully qualified teacher for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in Modern, Tap, Ballet and National Dance and holds the highest level of teaching qualification as a Fellow member of the ISTD. She is also a qualified Examiner.

Julie Headford

I began my love of dancing from a very early age. I was seven when I joined The Stage Door School of Dance and Drama and was taught by Maureen and Julie Headford.

I started my teacher training in 1996 and was awarded my Associate Teachers qualification in Ballet, Tap, Modern and National.

During these years at The Stage Door I was lucky enough to be invited to be part of the Bournemouth and Poole Pantomimes, and danced in the Starburst cabaret group for many prestigious events.

Ema Donaldson Walthall

Sue originally trained at Solihull School of Ballet and was a member of the West Midlands Youth Ballet performing at Warwick University Arts Centre. After completing a degree she returned to dancing at the Stage Door School and obtained her IDdB(1) and IDB(2) teaching qualifications of the Spanish Dance Society.

She has now been teaching at the Stage Door School of Dance and Drama in Bournemouth for over 11 years and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Dance Society.

Sue Hilton

FISTD-Major Examiner

School Director

FISTD - Examiner

Dance Director

Spanish Director


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Felicity Mullins

Felicity grew up locally and joined the Stage Door School of Dance and Drama aged 4 and over the years was lucky enough to be involved in several pantomimes at both Bournemouth Pavilion and Poole Lighthouse Theatres.

After leaving school, Felicity studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Coventry University respectively and graduated with a BA(Hons) in Performing Arts: Music and Professional Practice.

Since returning to the area, she has been heavily involved in the local amateur dramatic scene performing, as well as directing and choreographing large scale shows and concerts.

Felicity is also a talented percussionist and teaches Samba, African Drumming and Percussion as a specialist teacher across the Bournemouth and Poole area. Felicity is over the moon to be joining the team at Stage Door.  

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Daisy Lapworth



Daisy is a professional performer who has toured the UK in a variety of roles.  She has been performing from a young age and has participated in various amateur productions locally, attending Bournemouth & Poole College where she gained BTEC Level 3 qualification in Performing Arts (Distinction* and Distinctions).


Daisy is trained to a very high standard in Singing which she also performs professionally and has sung with Dorset Opera in L’Elisir D’Amore and Un Ballo in Maschera. This summer she will be joining Dorset Opera for La Boheme and Le Cid.  


She is thrilled to be passing on her knowledge and experience to the pupils at Stage Door.

Daisy Lapworth SDSD