Alison Forrester FISTD (DIP LCD)


Alison Forrester FISTD (DIP LCD)

Alison was a student of the Victoria School as a child. When her former teachers Paddy and Susan Hurling retired, they handed the school to her to run. 

Alison is a Teacher, Examiner, Adjudicator, Committee member and Tap Syllabus creator. Her passion for Tap dance particularly, began at 4 years old. She is qualified to Fellowship level in teaching.


She teaches at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, and enjoys teaching teachers, but she loves to teach children and really enjoys her time at her own school. 

She danced professionally for 14 years culminating in 7 years in Las Vegas. She taught at a large Performing Arts School in Seattle that had 1000 children.

As a dancer she enjoyed 2 years in Athens, worked on Celebrity and Silver Seas Cruises, and finished her performing career in Las Vegas. She spent much of these contracts as 'Swing', Dance Captain or Company Manager. Whilst working in America, she studied (what the British call) American tap with many of the great tap dancers, teachers and performers. Being in the USA from 1997-2006 was a great time to be in the USA as a tap dancer. It was a time before we lost some of our most inspirational talents. 

Returning to the UK, she became a Fellow of the ISTD in 2007 and is a member of the Tap Committee.

Following the success of creating Grade 6 Tap she partnered again in 2008 with Tracey Lee to begin developement of the revised Tap Grades. Primary to Grade 5 was completed and taught worldwide. Intermediate was then created and began to be taught last year at the ISTD Residential Course at Surrey University.

 She has lectured  many times for the ISTD. Teaching teachers is a big passion of hers. To improve tap in this country, the teachers need to be inspired. She enjoys to lecture courses around the UK and Europe.

In 2016 she became an ISTD Examiner and the first England Judge for the IDO World Tap Championships.

Her passion has always been Tap Dance, to improve and inspire in the UK, to help bring our standard in line with the Europeans and Americans. 

  • Tap
  • Modern
  • Ballet
  • Coaching for status exams