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 has 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 Lorraines 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.

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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.  


Francesca Thakorlal


Francesca began dancing at the age of 7, and it was then that she knew she held a passion for the arts. At 16 she then went on to full-time vocational training at Central School of Ballet, gaining a Degree in Professional Dance and Performance. Francesca has been fortunate enough to work with various companies such as Kerry Nicholls Dance, The People Pile, Bittersuite and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.

Throughout her dance career Francesca has been teaching ballet and contemporary around the UK and has found the process of working with young students joyful and rewarding.

Francesca is thrilled to join the team at Lorraines School of Dance.

Gemma Cozens


Gemma started dancing from a young age and soon grew to love performing, teaching and choreographing dance.

After completing her BTEC in dance at Strodes College Egham, she went on to further her practice at Creative Academy graduating with a first class ba (hons) in dance.

Gemma began her professional performing career dancing in the Dominican Republic and from here has taken her across the world dancing in many countries including India and Italy.

Gemma also enjoys teaching RAD ballet, dance fitness and pilates and is now loving teaching ISTD tap and modern at Lorraines School of Dance.

Gemma is very excited to be part of such a vibrant school and can not wait to support the studnets as they grow as performers.