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.

Patricia Woodall trained with Françoise Chantraine and pioneered Chantraine dance in England. From 1978, she has directed the English Chantraine school, taught regular classes and workshops, and organised performances in London as well as training new Chantraine teachers. She is now the Honorary Director of the School in the UK.

Françoise Chantraine entrusted the direction of the Chantraine School of Dance in the UK to Kate Green in 2018. She trained with Patricia Woodall and Françoise Chantraine.

Sarah Cole began dancing in Patricia’s classes in 1983 and opened a Chantraine dance centre in Amersham in 2016. The Chantraine School of Dance has four centres in the UK: Amersham, East London, Isle of Arran, and North West London.

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


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Françoise Chantraine –  Photo by Richard Oivier

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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 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.


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