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1979 - present
Susan Hayward was born and raised in Bath, England where she received her dance and teacher training from Celelia Lassman. Ms. Hayward immigrated to the United States in 1967. Her first American students were in San Bruno and she later taught for Mrs. Jackie Thomas in Half Moon Bay. In 1979, the Susan Hayward School of Dancing was born. The school has had several locations - the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street, Half Moon Bay, the Blue Victorian(now brown) on 10th Street in Montara, a former saloon on Main Street in Montara and then from 1979 to 2021, the wonderful historic Montara Grammar School on Sixth Street. In August of 2021, the historic Grammar School was sold, and Susan Hayward School of Dancing was able to return to a familiar location - Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows Lodge on Main Street in Half Moon Bay.


1994 - 2008
LEIGH ANN KOELSCH LRAD AISTD MB NB former CO-DIRECTOR and ballet teacher, is a former student of the Susan Hayward School of Dancing and a graduate of the College of the Royal Academy of Dance Teacher Training Course in London, England. On completing the course, Mrs. Koelsch was awarded a Licentiate of the RAD (LRAD) She is an affiliate of the American Academy of Ballet, and also holds Associate teaching certificates with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in the Modern Theatre and National Branches. Mrs. Koelsch returned from Great Britain to teach with Ms. Hayward in 1994. Mrs. Loelsch became co-director at SHSD from 2003- 2008 teaching dance and inspiring students in the art of dance.


1998 - 2021
In 1998 Ms. Hayward’s daughter, Heidi Patterson joined the staff as director of the tap program, and became co-director of the school in 2009.

2005 - Present
Ms. Sade Warner, joined the staff in 2005 as an assistant ballet and jazz teacher, then from 2015-2020 she became co-director of the SHSD ballet programs. In 2021, Sade continues to teach ballet at SHSD, now at the Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows Lodge on Main Street in Half Moon Bay.

Mrs. Patterson and Ms. Warner are both former students and received their early teaching experience with Ms. Hayward.

For over 40 years, SHSD has produced many ballets,

Performances have also included ....

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