Lorraines School

of Dance and Drama




Lorraine O Hanlon - Principal L.I.S.T.D & Mem RAD

Gemma Martin


Gemma's love for dancing started at Lorraines School of Dance where she was a pupil from the age of 3.

At 18 she went on to train at the Centre of Performinhg Arts College under the direction of Miss Karen King.

Since graduating Gemmas has been working professionally for MSC  Cruises that have taken her all over the world. She took on the roles of both dance captain and production manager. Gemma's professional career also covers TV credits for BBC and Nickelodeon. She has also worked in and around Europe choreographing and modelling for top hair shows including L'Oreal.

Gemma has ISTD teaching qualifications in Balllet, Tap and Modern.

Gemma has a real passion for teaching and is now very happy to be back teaching at Lorraines School of Dance.

Emma O 'Regan


Emma started dancing at the age of 4 at Lorraine's School of Dance, where she took up ballet, tap, modern, jazz, singing and drama.

At 18 Emma decided to continue her passion for performing and successfully gained a place at Performers College. Its here she received her Trinity National Diploma in Musical Theatre and obtained her DDI teaching exams in ballet, tap and modern.

Since graduationg in 2012 Emma's professional credits include many high profile cooperate events, "The Cancer Slam" advert for Cancer Research UK and Race for life events, performances on ITV'S Children In Need, Text Santa, and the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.

Emma has always been pasionate about inspiring others to dance and is excited to be teaching at Lorraine's, where her love of dance began.





All our teachers are professional or ex-professionals, who have worked in the dance, television and performing arts industries for several years. All are highly qualified and CRB checked, so you can rest assured that your child is getting the best training available, in a safe and positive environment.

Principal Lorraine O’Hanlon began her professional dance career at the tender age of 16 making her West End debut at age 17. After many successful years performing, Lorraine married and decided to take a break from dance so she could have a family.  Following this, Lorraine made the decision to pass on her love of dance and open a warm, friendly, encouraging dance school to help mould the young stars of tomorrow.

DSC_1858 edit copy raf-1023a IMG_0275

Holly Smith


Holly started dancing, singing and drama classes from the age of 5 at Lorraine's School of Dance and Drama.

This love and passion for theatre grew and at the age of 18 Holly went on to study a foundation course at Guildford School of Acting. It was after this she Successfully gained a place at Arts Educational School, London, achieveing a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre.

Professional credits include, Choir at the 2016 Oliver Awards, ensemble singing for BBC Radio 2 'Friday Night is Music Night', Music of Oscar and Hammerstein II and choir for Channel 4's TFI Friday.


Holly is very excited to take on her new role as Musical Theatre teacher at Lorraine's.

image (1)

Claire Bicknell


Claire trained with Miss Lorraine taking part in many shows, pantomimes & young stars of tomorow programmes.

After passing her intermediate ballet exam at the age of 14, Claire was  awarded a place at Hammond Ballet School in Chester. At 16 Claire gained a place to continue her training at Dorean Bird dance college, Sidcup.

Later Claire decided to study for a degree in Physiology and went onto work in the city of London.


All this time Claire has regularly been back & now brings her wealth of knowledge to teach for us full time.