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. 


Kayli Carroll is from Houston, Texas and has just moved to Epworth with her family. Tumbling and cheerleading has been her life’s passion, both as an athlete and coach. She has been a gymnast since the age of 3 and switched to competitive cheer at age 9. Kayli cheered with many level 5 and 6 American teams including University Cheer Air Force and CheerForce, where her teams placed among top 5 at The Cheerleading World Championship. She won many national titles individually, with her most recent being the Australiasia Best Cheerleader in 2013. Kayli first started coaching tumbling 16 years ago. She became a Universal Cheerleading Association staff member in 2005 where she traveled around Texas and California leading summer camps and judging competitions. Her proudest career moment was watching her beginner cheer team (ages 11-14) win a national title their first season! 


Sarah is our wonderful Singing and Musical Theatre teacher. Sarah has taught Dance and Drama in Secondary schools for over 10 years and has a wealth of knowledge in the performing arts, being an examiner with several exam boards she is an asset to the Evolve team. Sarah fully believes in nurturing each child and allowing them to reach their full potential. Sarah also offers private singing lessons to adults.  

Anna Layton - Teaching assistant

Anna has been dancing for 9 years and has studied a variety of styles including, Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Contemporary. She has attended several competitions, scholarships and British Championships. Anna is currently studying her BTEC level 3 Dance at John Leggott College and has passed her IDTA advanced exams in all subject areas. Anna has assisted for several years within the school and has a fantastic relationship with all students. Anna is a beautifully technical dancer who inspires our younger classes on a Tuesday and Saturday.