Lorna Timmsstarted dancing at an early age and remembers her first walk-on part with an amateur dramatic society at the age of five. She studied with the Joy Tidman School of Dance, Farnborough until leaving school, when she decided to take up dance professionally and went to study in London under Phyllis Bedells, Tom Parry & Janet Cram.
Lorna is a qualified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dancing, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, the International Dance Teachers Association, and is also qualified in the Laban Art of Movement, making her one of the highest qualified dance teachers in the area. During 1995, she was Chairman of the Surrey Region of the Royal Academy of Dancing.
She has worked in theatres in Derby, Chester, Bournemouth and Southampton to name a few, ‘earning her money on the boards’, working with personalities such as Diana Dores and Charlie Chester. Lorna started her dancing school, then called the Stirling School of Dancing, in 1960 with just a handful of pupils in the Royal British Legion Hall, Camberley, and went on to run branches in Farnborough, Crowthorne and Owlsmoor.
Lorna has many strings to her bow and is a qualified Nursery School Teacher, and at one time ran her own play school. For seventeen years she was head of the P.E department at Robert Haining County Secondary School, Mytchett, and later taught P.E and dance at St.Catherine’s Prep School, Camberley. Lorna also worked at Paddock Wood Finishing School, Lightwater, and at the Guildford School of Acting, taking students for the Laban Art of Movement.
Gymnastics has always been one of Lorna’s passions, she is a BAGA Gymnastics Coach, and at one time was the Dance Coach for the Women’s Olympic Team. She has choreographed floor routines for gymnasts from Bagshot and Woking Gym Clubs and Fox Gym in Aldershot, and has tutored teachers at Loughborough University summer school and Lilleshall National Sports Centre.
Choreographing for local musical societies is just another of Lorna’s sidelines, in the past she has worked with CAMUS, Savoy Singers and Farnborough and Woking Operatic Societies.
Most recently Lorna has been awarded Life Membership of the RAD and IDTA and has been made Honorary Patron of CAMUS and Vice President of The Savoy Singers.