About the Chantraine School of Dance

The Chantraine Dance of Expression and School of Dance are the creation of two gifted pioneers in the world of dance – Alain and Françoise Chantraine. From the foundation of their School of Dance in France in 1958, the Chantraine vision has been to broaden and deepen the scope of dance so that it can become an unlimited expressive art for the whole person, integrated with life.

The School in England was created in 1978, and has been nurtured ever since, by Patricia Woodall. Patricia first met Françoise Chantraine in 1976, when, as a dance teacher, she was taking further training at a dance faculty in Paris. Greatly inspired by the work of Françoise and Alain, she decided to bring the source of that inspiration to England.

Sarah Cole began dancing in Patricia’s classes in 1983. Since her move from London to Buckinghamshire, Sarah has opened a centre in Amersham. The Chantraine School of Dance has four centres in England: North West and Central London, Wanstead, High Wycombe and Amersham.

For more information about Alain and Françoise Chantraine, the creators of the Chantraine Dance of Expression, visit


For more information about the Chantraine method of dance – an approach with three dimensions: artistic, educational and human, visit


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Françoise Chantraine –  Photo by Richard Oivier

sarah_cole_1983MEET YOUR TEACHER

Sarah discovered Chantraine Dance at the age of four in the NW London centre and has been attending classes ever since. She began her teacher-training more than ten years ago as a teaching assistant for Patricia Woodall. In 2007 she began independently teaching children’s classes, and in January 2016 she launched a Chantraine centre of dance in Amersham. Sarah is fortunate enough to pass on her passion for Chantraine to her three daughters who all attend the centre in Amersham.

Sarah is DBS-checked and continues to develop her own dance training with the directors of the other Chantraine centres. She is a member of the Chantraine International Professional Ensemble.

The school is looking for people who might like to train to teach the Chantraine approach to dance. If you are interested please contact Patricia Woodall on 0207 435 4247 or at patricia.woodall194@gmail.com.


For more information about the Chantraine School of Dance and the classes, please contact Sarah Cole below or on +44 (0) 7967981638