– Staff –

All teaching staff are fully qualified and CRB checked.


Laura Gillingham AISTD Dip. (MD) (ISB) (ND)


A former pupil of the school under Linda Shipton, Laura  attended the highly acclaimed Laine Theatre Arts. After graduating Laura then returned to her native Suffolk and joined the teaching staff at Linda Shipton. Teaching with Linda the school went from strength to strength and has for many years, enjoyed a fantastic reputation both locally and nationally for producing students who consistently achieve excellent results in examinations and successfully audition for prestigious schools. Laura has also been a guest teacher at a number of schools locally. Over the years Laura took on more responsibilities until she took over the school in 2012 having worked continually with Linda for over 28 years. She is proud to have been instrumental in the training of all the current staff.

Sarah Scannell B Ed Dance (Hons), AISTD (ISB) (MD) (ND) (CB)

Sarah began dancing at the Linda Shipton School of Dance and was a Suffolk ballet scholar for 7 years. She went on to graduate from London College of Dance with a BA Hon’s degree. Sarah achieved a distinction in all of her ISTD teaching exams and is now an associate in Imperial Ballet, Cecchetti Ballet, Modern Theatre and National Dance. Sarah has 15 years experience teaching in dance schools, private nurseries, public schools, and choreographing for many shows and festivals.

Bethany Turner AISTD (ISB) (MD) (ND)


Bethany trained at the Linda Shipton School of Dancing from the age of 3.  Bethany was also a Suffolk scholar until she attended Northern Ballet School to continue her training. It was here that she acquired her dance teaching qualifications with both the ISTD and RAD as well as written examinations in history of ballet, anatomy and child psychology.
After 3 years of training Bethany decided she wanted to perform and danced professionally for 10 years, some of her work included international casinos, Caberet shows, cruise ships and her first job was with one of the largest circus’ in Germany.
Moving back to Suffolk in June 2011 Bethany decided she wanted to pass on her dance experience to others and began teaching at the Linda Shipton school of dancing. Bethany also has her Zumba and Zumbatomic qualifications and teaches for Sidegate  Lane primary school, Livewell Suffolk and at other private venues.
Bethany loves choreography and has just finished choreographing the dance routines for the end of year show, Aladdin at The Abbey in Woodbridge.

Sarah Suckling AISTD Dip (ISB) (MD). LLAM

Linda Shipton FISTD & Examiner (ISB), LISTD Dip. (MD)


Former principal of the school, Linda stepped down after an extremely happy and succesful 38 years. This was a role she took up after training at the Bush Davies Schools, and briefly performing in the West End. She was a founder tutor of the highly acclaimed Suffolk Ballet Scholars and taught continuously on the Scheme until its closure in 2008.

Having had considerable success training students for professional careers, she is proud to have many past pupils dancing worldwide, including a Principal, First Soloist and First Artist in the Royal Ballet Company, as well as dancers in European Ballet Companies, West End, Film, Television, Choreographic and Teaching posts.

Linda has been an Examiner for the Imperial Ballet Faculty of the ISTD for the past 10 years and has also been the ISTD East Anglian Area Organiser, being responsible for arranging Teachers Courses in the East Anglian region.


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