Caroline's dance education began as a toddler. While others were trying to navigate the ability to form words, she was learning the difference between plié and relevé.
She decided upon her life’s direction at an early age, committing to her passion for the gift of dance.
Throughout the years she went on to study classical ballet, modern jazz, tap and national folk dance. Along her journey she studied drama, gymnastics and piano and was able to find the time to perform in dance competitions and shows. Christmas pantomimes were a favourite for Caroline and performing as the lead role in Cinderella was a personal highlight.
She graduated stage school with excellent results and a passion for choreography.
At the age of eighteen, Caroline entered the world of professional dancing. This led her to many destinations around the world such as Japan, Portugal, and two years dancing on cruise ships with ports of call throughout the Mediterranean. She joined the circus in Denmark, where one of her co-stars was a cheeky elephant called Belumba!
"Miss Dean" opened the Caroline Dean School of Dance at the Scout HQ in Davenport in February 1998.
The school continues to evolve with the creativity, commitment and ideas that Caroline brings to her classes and will always remain a friendly, constructive and happy place to be.
Miss Dean continues to welcome new dancers and their families to her school. She also feels very privileged to have been a part of the lives of so many dancers that have been with her since they were small. She is very proud to have watched them grow up and go off to university and other endeavours.
"I hope that I can pass on a little bit of myknowledge, enthusiasm and love of dance to you all. Come and give it a go!"
Miss Dean x
I started my first dance classes at age 4 at the Caroline Dean School of Dance...with Miss Dean!
I loved every moment of the classes, I had so much fun and learnt so much about dance and just knew that my future career had to involve dance.
My first ever job, age 16, was actually helping Miss Dean at the Dance School on a Saturday morning with the tiny tots, preparatory and primary classes.
I also completed many of my Ballet, Tap and Modern Exams with the amazing help from Miss Dean and appear in countless shows.
I went to Salford City College, Pendleton, to complete a BTEC Extended Diploma (Level 3) in Dance where I qualified with triple Distinction!
I took a gap year between college and university to try and better my knowledge and dance repertoire.
I visited Pineapple Dance Studios many times to take different classes including, yoga, contemporary, jazz and street.
In this year I also started to help teach Musical Theatre at a Youth Theatre Company in Stockport, where they hold many summer schools and put on many productions throughout the year.
I attended the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where I gained a 1st Class Degree in "Dance, Performance and Teaching".
Throughout my 3 year degree I was involved in many termly placements in primary schools, in high schools and in care homes.
I ended my Degree with a Research Project into how dance can benefit and help movement within the elderly.
Having Graduated in July 2016 I have been moving around the Lancashire and Trafford area delivering creative dance lesson within Primary Schools.
I thoroughly enjoy passing on my knowledge of dance to children and seeing them grow, enjoy and learn new things from dance.
I am extremely proud and excited to be invited back as a teacher to where it all started for me with Miss Dean at the Caroline Dean School of Dance.
I'm loving the Street Dance classes and I hope to inspire the children within these classes, just like Miss Dean inspired me!
Our school teaches the IDTA syllabus.
The International Dance Teachers’ Association is one of the world’s largest examination boards, covering the full spectrum of dance examinations on a global scale, with over 7,000 members in 55 countries. The Association celebrated its centenary in 2003.
The objectives of the Association are: