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Louise Sampson

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Desperate to join her elder sister, Louise started dancing at the age of three with Miss Viva Henshaw of the Whincroft School of Dancing. She took her first Imperial Medal just before her fourth birthday and completed the Imperial Medal and Awards as a juvenile and junior in both roles. During these early years she enjoyed performing and competing in both medallist festivals and open competitions securing top finalist placing on a number of occasions. 

Louise turned professional at 17 and has attained Fellowship Classical Sequence, Ballroom, Viennese Waltz and Latin American and both Diploma and double Degrees in all three genres. Whilst building her teaching career, she has continued her professional development in dance performance and technical theory initially under the watchful eyes of Martin Simmonds, Terry Hunt and, latterly, with Miss Anne Lingard and Simon Cruwys. 

As principal of her own school, Rhythm & Dance, she provides dance tuition in East Dorset and as a freelance teacher at the Euro Dance Centre in Germany.

Louise’s teaching experience covers a wide age range from the under 6s to senior citizens. She particular enjoys assisting pupils that have medical and learning difficulties and she is currently a Level 2 Para Dance Sport Instructor. Rhythm & Dance offers both pupils and students from local educational establishments the opportunity of work experience and participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Louise promotes a positive atmosphere to the pupils and actively encourages participation in medal examinations and competitions. Her pupils enter both local and medallist competitions. Louise is proud that she has trained ISTD Blackpool finalists across different age categories and genres.

Louise particularly enjoys training professionals and currently offers new and existing professionals the opportunity to train under the new modular system. 

Personally Louise has enjoyed entering the ISTD Sequence Inventive Competitions and has achieved finalist in all three sequence styles.

In addition to teaching, she has successfully organised various dance events including Dance Holidays, Seasonal Balls and assisting the Eurodance Centre Team organise the German Medallist Festival

Louise is currently the new member of the ISTD Sequence Faculty and part of the Members Group.


Louise studied for Business, Law and Professional Accountancy qualifications. She has found her accountancy qualifications and experience to be major assets in running the Rhythm & Dance School. 

Louise also enjoys the culture and countryside of Northern France and has owned a property in Brittany for the past eighteen years. She enjoys visiting the region as often as possible.