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Team Biographies

Our people are highly qualified and experienced in their field. It would be our pleasure to share our extensive experience and enthusiasm to work for you.


Anthony Croome B Phil (Hons) MA PGCE LRAD LIDTA

Partner: Following training at the Royal Academy of Dance and The Laban Centre, Anthony worked in Italy for a number of years, teaching, choreographing and performing before returning to Harrogate. He is a tutor and Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance, has written Foundation Degrees and Top Up Degrees in Dance,(validated by UCLAN) and has been involved in the training of professional dancers and dance teachers since 1991. An experienced moderator for GCSE Dance and NSCD's Foundation Course, Anthony brings his breadth of knowledge and experience of the dance industry to all aspects of the school.

Lynne Reucroft-Croome BA(Hons) PGCE LRAD

Partner: Following training at the Royal Academy of Dance and then seven years overseas teaching, performing and choreographing in Holland and Italy, Lynne returned to Harrogate in 1984. She was Chairman of the Yorkshire Regional Advisory Panel for many years, during which time she headed the Yorkshire Youth Dance Theatre under the RAD umbrella. A tutor and Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance since 1989, she was invited to the RAD Board of Trustees in 2008 where she served for 10 years and was an active member of  the Education sub committee. Lynne was previously a moderator for GCSE Dance and for the Foundation Course at NSCD. She has tutored Vocational students and aspiring teachers in colleges across the North of England and worked for many years with trainee teachers. She currently tutors on various teaching course modules and CPD courses delivered by the RAD, and has delivered Inset days on Dance for NYCC.


Harriet Croome BA(Hons) MA Cert. Ed

Vice Principal . Holder of LAMDA Gold Medal, Harriet is a former member of the National Youth Theatre, She began her teaching career in drama and moved into Expressive Arts, successfully leading the GCSE programme for a number of years along with tutoring on the GCSE Dance programme. Harriet was the Programme Leader for the Extended Diploma Dance programme, where she taught choreography along with contextual studies and was responsible for the Quality Assurance of the programme. She now  continues to work on projects around school shows and has a supporting role in many areas of the school curriculum.

Rachael Whitehead AISTD (FDI CDE) RAD RTS

Following her training at MADD and Preston College, Rachael returned to Lynton, where she had been a young student, to be responsible for the ISTD Tap and Modern syllabi. She has extensive experience in performing in stage musicals and is still actively involved in performing. She brings her valuable stage experience to her work with us.


Jessica Barker BA(Hons)  RAD Associate Teacher Award 

Jess initially did her RAD Associate Teacher Award whilst on the BTEC programme at Lynton and then taught for the school on Saturdays while continuing her studies at degree level and studying for her ISTD DDE in tap and modern dance.

Upon graduating  from the degree course in Dance Performance, Teaching and Choreography Jess joined the team at Lynton, now teaching ballet, contemporary, tap, modern  and commercial dance with students of all ages. 

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