College Faculty


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Betty Laine OBE who founded Laine Theatre Arts in 1974, is a member of the Grand Council of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Her enthusiasm and love of the theatre and dance in all its aspects are shown in the versatility, dedication and successes of her students. She entered the theatre and television as a soloist dancer, singer and actress.

Her combined experience in theatre, television and the teaching profession makes her unique in the training of students and children. She aims to achieve a personal rapport with each student and, by her total professionalism, endeavours to develop their individuality to the fullest extent.

Her day-to-day involvement with West End managements enables her to tailor the training to meet the current needs of the professional theatre.

The College demands self-discipline, a sense of responsibility, personal grooming and a respect of values all of which will become an integral part of the students characters.



Head of Dance Studies

Sarah Wilson 

Sarah trained at Laine Theatre Arts and started her professional career as a choreographer and teacher. Her passion is teaching and this has become her vocation.

In addition to her work for the college Sarah is a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Modern Theatre Faculty, a major examiner and one of the development team responsible for choreographing the Modern Theatre Faculty syllabuses.

Sarah is a member of the CDET's Schools Committee and of its Accreditation Board and she chairs the Conference of Professional Dance Schools.



Head of Musical Theatre 

Sally O'Brien 

sally o Sally graduated from Laine Theatre Arts in 2005 with ISTD teaching qualifications in Tap, Modern and Ballet and recently gained her BA Hons in Musical Theatre. She is also mentoring young professional teachers in musical theatre and dance for the ISTD.

 Her professional career includes six years touring and performing in the West End, performing vocally with a ten piece soul band, directing and teaching various summer schools and guest teaching at many dance colleges. She joined the faculty of Laine Theatre Arts teaching tap in 2008 and is now Head of Musical Theatre and Vice Principal of the college. 

 Sally believes in focusing on the individual potential of each student to achieve their highest level of attainment, underpinning their professional training with mutual   respect, co-operation and understanding. Her objective is to inspire creativity and individuality in an atmosphere of support and encouragement to prepare each student for the diverse, complex and exciting industry of musical theatre.  



The Faculty is made up of the best practitioners and teachers in the business who share a wealth of knowledge about the dance and musical theatre world. The very best teachers ensure the students get the most gratifying learning experience. Many of the teachers are Laine graduates who understand and are part of the ethos and mission of the College. You will meet expert teachers in singing, dance and acting and professional coaches still working in the West End who will teach you and give you the benefit of their experience.

“Laine Theatre Arts teaches to a very high standard in all aspects of performing arts. The teachers are inspirational and prepare students for the real world with absolute dedication and precision.”
Stephen Mear, West End and Broadway
Choreographer and Director


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