Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts

Claire Matthews

Guest Tutors / Tap




Claire completed 8 years full time vocational training at Elmhurst Ballet School in Surrey, (UK) including a 3 year Performing Arts Diploma. She went on to complete her IDB I and IDB II with the International Spanish Dance Society and is currently undertaking her ISTDTap Associate.

Professional Experience

Claire has some ten years touring experience in the UK and Europe. Claire commenced her career as a flamenco soloist with the Los Ritmos Flamencos Dance Company touring the South East of England. She then went to join the cast of ‘Watershipdown’ as Bluebell at the Redgrave Theatre Surrey and then launched into a tour with Tommy Steele’s “What A Show” which included a performance on ITV’s “Des O’Connor Tonight”. The UK National Tour of ‘Me & My Girl’ was to follow which gave the experience to earn the call up to a two year UK National Tour of ‘Grease’ playing the roles of Marty and Cha-Cha. Claire then took on the roles of ‘Anita’ and ‘Consuela’ in the UK National Tour of ‘West Side’ Story. Claire has also has enjoyed the lighter and more comical side of the performance industry with roles in several Pantomimes including Dick Whittington and Cinderella, and also the magic shows of Mystique. More recently Claire has focussed on her Choreography and Teaching career, imparting her knowledge within vocational colleges including Guildford School of Acting and Elmhurst Ballet School with many of her students going to careers in the West End and UK & Europe. She has choreographed numerous shows for the E3 International, Wycombe Swan Theatre and Wyvern Theatre including ‘Guys & Dolls’, ‘Kiss Me Kate’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Hot Mikado’. Now living in Perth, Claire has been teaching at Stage Door School of Performing Arts, John Curtin School College of the Arts, The Dance Workshop, Perth Modern Graduate College, Presbyterian Ladies College, St Brigid’s College and recently has been invited as guest tutor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Since moving Australia, Claire has also continued to pursue her love for Spanish performance joining the ‘WA Youth Ballet’ in the production of ‘Carmen’ at the Quarry Amphitheatre.

Claire sees dancing as something you are, rather than something you do and loves to see her students aspire and drive to reach their potential.