About Evolve Dance

Evolve dance was founded by Claire Johnson and offers professional tuition in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft, Musical Theatre, Cheerleading, Pilates, Acro, Contemporary, Street Dance and Adult Fitness Classes. Evolve Dance aims to offer fun and exciting dance lessons to students of all abilities in a safe and enjoyable environment. We see the importance in individuality and believe in nurturing each student in order to allow them to reach their full potential. 

Evolve Dance is based in Hatfield Woodhouse and Westwoodsie, both in Doncaster. Our lessons take place in Hatfield Woodhouse Village Hall and Westwoodside Pavilion, both of which have fantastic facilities. We use the village hall for all our performances and showcases, it is newly built with excellent facilities for dance. These include a theatre with stage, lighting and sound systems, as well as several dance studio rooms. There is ample off road parking at both venues and a room is available for parents to stay with refreshments provided.



Claire is originally from Hatfield Woodhouse and has been dancing since she was 4 years old. During this time she has attended several dance schools in order to learn a variety of dance techniques and styles. She is an Associate of the International Dance Teachers Association (I.D.T.A), holding her Level 4 Diploma in Ballet and Modern Jazz teaching and continues to expand her knowledge and training with a fellow of the I.D.T.A (Lisa Mitchell) in Sheffield. Claire has performed at The Royal Albert Hall and Disneyland Paris. Professionally she has performed in Pantomime at the Plowright Theatre and the White Rose Awards.  Claire has been teaching since 2010 and regularly enters students for exams (100% pass rate to date) and has successfully choreographed many dance shows. She has worked at several dance schools across Sheffield and has also offered many lunch time, after school and holiday clubs to Primary and Secondary schools within the Yorkshire area. She was part of the Hallam University Cheer and Jazz team, both of which won  the 2014 national championships and grand champs. She is an NCSSE qualified Cheerleading coach and coached one of the 2015 Hallam Dance teams. Claire is also a qualified Acrobatic Arts instructor and Pilates Instructor.  

Alongside teaching dance Claire is also a qualified Secondary school teacher. Originally qualifying in Science with a BSc in Science with Education(First Class Honours) and QTS graded as OFSTED 'Outstanding', Claire has now transferred over to a Drama and Dance position. Within school, she teaches BTEC Performing Arts (Dance), VCERT Performance skills (Dance and Drama) as well as KS3 Drama and Dance. Claire opened Evolve Dance in January 2014 and since the school has grown from strength to strength. Claire's main goal is to provide a dance education to ALL within a completely inclusive environment, whilst ensuring a high quality dance tuition. Claire has a very dedicated and talented team of teaching staff that work alongside her. 


Sarah is our wonderful Singing and Musical Theatre teacher. She started performing in her teens and has never looked back. She joined the National Youth Training Choir age 13 and the Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir the same year. Then went on to perform as part of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. With the two choirs she has performed all over the world. Her most notably performances have been on TV in the Coop Choir of the Year competition two years in a row, where she had a solo, at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, at the Sydney Opera House and alongside Julian Lloyd Webber at the Royal Opera House.

During her time at College and University Sarah was the lead singer of a Jazz and Blues band and toured the local pub circuits. She also wrote and produced her own CD as part of her dissertation project, which features 6 cover tracks in a range of genres and 3 original songs, this led to her qualifying with a First Class Honours Degree in Performing Arts specialising in Drama in Year 1, Dance in Year 2 and Musical Theatre in her final year. Sarah was also part of the Salford dance troupe during her time at University. She has performed at the Lowry theatre in Salford, The New Embassadors Theatre, London and Doncaster Dome.

Sarah has also coached Cheerleading and was Head Coach for Sheffield panthers (a club for disadvantaged children and young adults). She began her teaching career in Leeds after make obtaining her PGCE in Drama and alongside teaching this implemented the dance curriculum through PE. Sarah is now head of a performing arts department at a local secondary school where she teaches dance, drama and musical theatre and has a wealth of experience putting on productions. She is GCSE dance examiner and moderator for AQA and qualified as GCSE Drama moderator and examiner for Pearson. She is passionate about all of the arts and her enthusiasm and genuine love of her craft make her a wonderful coach.

Anna Layton - DANCE coach

Anna has been dancing for 9 years and has studied a variety of styles including, Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Contemporary. Through her dance school she attended several competitions, scholarships and British Championships. Anna is a fully qualified NCSSE Cheerleading coach.  She has passed her BTEC level 3 Dance at John Leggott College with a Distinction* and has passed her IDTA advanced exams in all subject areas. Anna has assisted and taught for several years within the school and has a fantastic relationship with all students. Anna is a beautifully technical dancer and knowledgeable teacher in all subject areas who inspires all our students. She is currently studying Psychology at Lincoln University alongside teaching her Saturday classes.