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Debbie Palmer -
Debbie holds an advanced diploma from the British Theatre Dance Association, and has 37 years teaching experience. Debbie’s students have performed at the Palladium, Theatre Royal, Royal Albert Hall, Sadler’s Wells, Her Majesty’s Theatre, and Birmingham Indoor Arena.
Fiona Creelie -
Fiona found her love for both dance and gymnastics at the age of 4 when she started classes in Basingstoke. At 5 years she joined the Artistic squad in her gymnastics, but given the choice between dance and gymnastics she chose to keep gymnastics as a hobby for fun and concentrate more on her dancing. Once she had turned 13 she became a volunteer coach at her club, and took her first coaching qualification at 14, at the same time as joining the Team Gym squad as a gymnast.
Just before heading off to university, Fiona completed her Club Coach General Gymnastics exam.
Fiona went on to complete a 3 year National Diploma in Musical Theatre at BodyWork Company Dance Studios in Cambridge, followed by a BPA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds.
After graduation, Fiona continued to work towards further coaching qualifications alongside her performance work, and took on the head roles for both the Development Squad and Adult Gymnastic sections.
She has since found the love of participation again when recently she started to train in an adults Acro Trio, who have since competed and medalled at local and National level competitions.
Qualifications: L3 General Gymnastics, L3 Freestyle, L2 Women's Artistic, L2 Men's Artistic, L2 Tumbling, L2 Pre-
She holds a current first aid qualification, safeguarding certificate and DBS check.
Charlotte Goff -
Charlotte has been dancing and performing with The Dance Academy and The Lynden School of Dance for 20 years. She has extensive knowledge of the BTDA syllabus and performance skills and has a BTEC national award in performing arts. She currently holds a student teacher qualification with BTDA and is working towards her full teaching diploma.
Julie Creelie -
I started my gymnastics life as an 8 year old being inspired by the Olympics and went on to be part of the York Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Squad.
Moving to Basingstoke as an adult both of my daughters took part in gymnastics (and Fiona still does, as well as coaching it !).
I started teaching Acrobatics in 1995 and Gymnastics in 1997.
I am a British Gymnastics level 1 men’s artistic coach, pre-
I have been with Lynden since January 2019 and love working with such a friendly and enthusiastic team.
Sophie Holt -
Sophie has 10 years teaching experience, ranging from 2 years old to adults and specialises in Contemporary and Ballet. After gaining a First Class Honours Degree in Dance from the University of Chichester, she went on to complete a Masters Degree in Creative Dance Practice from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. At the same time completing her Diploma in Dance Education from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, specialising in Imperial Ballet.
Sophie has performed in a variety of settings, from educational institutes to national dance festivals including Resolution at The Place in London as well as the closing event at the Folkestone Fringe. A particular highlight for Sophie was performing at U.Dance 2012 as a member of the UKs first nationwide Youth Dance Company under the artistic direction of choreographer Hofesh Shechter.
Sophie currently works as the Youth Education Manager for Middleweek Newton Actors Academy in London, works as a community dance artist for Reside Dance Company in Reading, and is Lynden's Contemporary Teacher.
Ellie McCann -
I am 18 years old and I have been a part of the Lynden family since the age of 2! I have grown up dancing and have been very lucky to have performed on some of the major stages in London.
For the past 2 years I have combined my dancing with training to become a gymnastics coaching assistant, teaching alongside the head coaches. Through the Lynden's staff's support I achieved a Level 0 coaching qualification (the first qualification) from British Gymnastics in April 2019.
My next goal is to achieve the Level 1 qualification allowing me to take on a higher level of responsibility with working with the children for them to further improve. I continue to enjoy working with the children and alongside my colleagues.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is seeing the children achieve new skills through their hard work and determination.
Amy Hyde -
Amy has been with Lynden for over 15 years. Amy has performed on famous London stages; to competing locally alongside the Elite Squad. After receiving trophies at competitions for the highest mark soloist, the most promising dancer, the adjudicators award, the highest mark duet and the highest mark troupes for several years running, her ambition to teach continued to grow.
In 2019, Amy left Queen Mary’s College with an A-
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