About the School

PhillipaThe Phillipa Hogan School of Dance was founded in 1998 by ex professional ballet dancer, Phillipa Hogan. The School is based at St Hilary’s School, Godalming, Prior's Field School, Godalming, Godalming College, Hascombe Village Hall, Hascombe, St Mary’s School, Chiddingfold and Chiddingfold Village Hall.

Phillipa Hogan (RAD RTS) has a lifelong passion for dancing and teaching. In 1998 Phillipa established her successful Dance School, the Phillipa Hogan School of Dance based in Godalming, Surrey. She is married to a local business entrepreneur and has 3 children.

Phillipa trained at Elmhurst Ballet School and Rambert and went on to dance professionally with Imago Dance Company. Her teaching career began in Zambia and then at a range of schools in England, including the Conservatoire for Acting & Musical Theatre - the Bellairs School and independent schools St Hilary’s and St Catherine’s.

The Phillipa Hogan School of Dance provides a variety of classes teaching RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap and Modern Theatre Dance and Contemporary Dance to 400 pupils from ages 2 ½ years to adults.

Phillipa and her staff also choreograph and organise full scale dance productions for her pupils, her most recent, Danse Entrée & Coppelia at the Ben Travers Theatre, Charterhouse.

Talented and gifted pupils are offered additional training classes and are encouraged to audition for vocational dance schools and their Associate Dance Programmes. Pupils have been successful in gaining places with the Royal Ballet School Junior and Mid Associate Programmes, London Junior Ballet, Surrey Ballet Masters, Contemporary Dance UK, Zambezi Dance Company, One Youth Dance, Elmhurst Ballet School, the Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

Her pupils have gone on to dance with the Royal Ballet Company, in West End productions of Billy Elliott, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, School of Rock and Annie Junior; with the National Youth Ballet, London Children’s Ballet, English Youth Ballet, and Surrey Youth Ballet; with the English National Ballet and Royal Ballet Summer Schools.

The Dance School’s “Help a Local Child to Dance” Programme provides financial assistance and recognition, through awards and bursaries for talented local dancers.

Specialist therapy and injury treatments are offered to pupils by School physiotherapist, Erica Gethen Smith.