Teaching Staff

Principal – Francesca Waite – FISTD & Examiner

Francesca has been principal of GSD since 1997. She started dancing at the Guildhall School of Dancing when she was three years old and went on to train professionally at Bush Davies Schools, Romford. She then proceeded to embark upon her teaching career. She taught at Laura Faulkner School in Romford, London College of Dance and Drama in London and Bedford, and Bush Davies Schools,
East Grinstead before returning to Norwich. She has been an ISTD Modern and Tap examiner at grade and vocational level since 1980. Francesca teaches a wonderful senior ballet class as well as modern and tap at GSD. She is also a qualified tutor for the ISTD teaching diplomas.


Abigail Waite – FISTD

Miss Abi is a highly qualified and experienced teacher and is one of the ISTD’s teaching team for the Modern Theatre Faculty. She joined the GSD staff in 2018 on a part time basis but has joined us full time to teach ballet, modern and higher level tap. Abigail was a pupil at GSD until she was 18 and then trained professionally at Tiffany Theatre College in Essex. She danced professionally in the UK and for several years overseas before embarking on her teaching career. Abigail has choreographed several dances in the past for GSD shows and also for many competitive festivals where her pupils have done extremely well.



Daniel Waite – DDI 

Daniel teaches tap, modern, enhancement and the very popular contemporary at GSD. He is also a technical jazz teacher at the renowned Performers College in Essex so we are very luck to have him! He danced at GSD until starting his vocational training at Performers. Since leaving the college Daniel has danced extensively in the UK and overseas. His professional career includes performing in pantomimes, at a Royal Variety Performance, on TV, for P&O cruises and as Dance Captain for P&O Australia. He has recently performed with Spirit of the Dance in Romania, UK tour and at Niagara Falls as well as dancing in Potters resort.