Jo De Souza is a former professional dancer with an exceptional career spanning 13 years. She performed at the highest level as Principal for numerous Ballet Companies both in the UK and abroad developing a partnership with Wayne Sleep.

She performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the London Coliseum, Grosvenor House Hotel, and the Peacock Theatre to name a few.

She was invited to a Buckingham Palace reception held for young people in the UK excelling in their chosen careers and made numerous TV appearances.

After retiring from performing in 2001 to have her daughter, Jo completed the Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma at the Royal Academy of Dance with Distinction. She then furthered her training and qualifications for a year with Alan Herdman – the UK’s leading Pilates instructor gaining the Foundation Training Programme for Teachers of Pilates. She is qualified to teach both mat and machine work.

Jo is also a qualified PBT teacher (2021).

Jo De Souza trained at the Arts Educational School Tring 1981-1986 (now Tring Park School for the Performing Arts)

After 5 years of training in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary dance she gained a scholarship to the Central School of Ballet completing the 3 year Dance Diploma Certificate.

Pilates teacher
PBT teacher

  •  Northern Ballet Theatre – Principal
  •  London City Ballet – principal
  •  Joffrey Ballet of Chicago – soloist
  •  English National Ballet
  •  City Ballet Of London – Principal

  • Nutcracker pas de deux
  • Sleeping beauty pas de deux
  • La sylphide pas de deux
  • Savoy suite pas de deux
  • Don quixote pas de deux
  • Romeo and Juliet balcony pas de deux
  • Queen of the willis – Giselle
  • Odile – Swan Lake
  • Flower festival pas de deux
  • Le Corsaire pas de deux

  • 1989 – Royal variety show
  • 1992 – Romeo and Juliet BBC
  • 1994 – Christmas Carol  BBC
  • 1998-  Generation Game – City Ballet of London
  • 1997-  Generation Game – London City Ballet

Jo De Souza is internationally recognised as a teacher, coach, and choreographer for all ages and abilities from beginners to professional dancers.

A snapshot of her current and previous teaching and coaching establishments/Schools:

  • Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
  • Urdang Academy
  • Italia Conti
  • The West London School of Dance
  • Alan Herdman Pilates Studio
  • Tring Park School for Performing Arts
  • Dance works
  • London Studio Centre
  • Myra Tiffin Performing Arts School
  • Julie Morton School of Dancing
  • Pendley Court Theatre
  • Move It Dance Exhibition
  • Various Ballet Schools in Italy

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De Souza Dance Centre


Based in Tring, Hertfordshire, the De Souza Dance Centre provides excellent quality training for students of all ages abilities and fitness levels. It is run and managed by Jo De Souza Dip PDTD RAD RTS.

Whether our students aspire to have fun, keep fit, perform professionally or all three, Jo De Souza will support them towards their goals in a friendly and safe environment. Many of Jo's students have progressed to full time vocational schools and colleges specialising in dance.

The classes at the De Souza Dance Centre specialise in ballet and are held in the studio in Tring. We are excited to announce we are now offering contemporary and fitness classes to our timetable.

We also offer online classes throughout term time and holidays both private and group classes.

Children can enrol from the age of 3 years and classes are available for all levels including adults.

  • Ballet classes from the age of 3 years – to adults
  • Contemporary classes - ages 8-18 years
  • All ages, ability and fitness levels
  • Private tuition, on request
  • Audition preparation, on request
  • Exam coaching, on request
  • School holiday courses
  • Dedicated studio in Tring

The De Souza Dance Centre also offers RAD syllabus classes and examinations at graded and vocational level. There are also courses during school holidays, which offer the opportunity for young people to either learn new skills in a fun and supportive environment, or to maintain their training under the expert supervision of our outstanding highly experienced and qualified faculty.

Whatever level of training you require, Jo De Souza is confident of providing it at an outstanding quality.

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