Meet The Team - Claire Hackston - North London

Popdance is committed to bringing Popdance across the UK and Worldwide! We’ve been throwing parties since 2009 and have loved every minute!

Let’s meet Claire, who can bring Popdance Parties to North London!

What’s your name and where are you in the world?

Claire Hackston – London (South Hampstead)

What kind of dance to you currently offer?

I offer Contemporary, Street, Jazz and Ballet.

What got you into dance? 

When I was about six we did a dance in school about clowns, and from that moment on I was hooked – it wasn’t long before I was studying ballet, tap and modern! I then began Contemporary, Jazz and Street as a teenager. This led to me studying Contemporary at London Contemporary Dance School, where I gained a BA(Hons). It was here that I discovered my passion for teaching, and I have carried on my connection with The Place, teaching on their youth programmes.

Recently I have begun to focus solely on my work as a teacher, and in 2022 graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with an MA in Applied Theatre where I was able to develop my teaching practice and particularly my work in SEND settings.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to keep myself active in my spare time, and can often be found out running, cycling or doing yoga!

What do you love about the area you live and work in?

I love going for walks in nature, and so being very close to both Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath is lovely. Plus, there’s even some cherry blossom around in Spring! Furthermore, it’s really easy to get into Central London, and has a great range of shops and a lovely farmers market by Swiss Cottage.

Why did you want to work with Popdance?

I love teaching, and being able to do so in a range of exciting settings with lots of high energy and enthusiasm – so Popdance seemed perfect for me!