Miss Allen trained in the Reading area until the age of 17, making several appearances on TV and in pantomimes. She then went to The College of the Royal Academy of Dancing in London where she won the Clement Crisp extra history prize for her in-depth study into Thai folk and classical dance. She graduated in 1985, having passed many teaching examinations, including anatomy & Laban. She also passed The RAD Advanced Examination (now Advanced 2), ISTD Associate and Associate Diplomas in Modern and National. On graduation from the RAD College, she was elected a Licentiate (LRAD). Since graduation Miss Allen has completed her Licentiate, Licentiate Diplomas with Distinction, and PGC (A) in adjudication (validated by Bretton Hall at Leeds University.) Fellowship of the ISTD and is also currently an RAD examiner.
Having taken a special interest in National Folk Dance, Miss Allen has travelled throughout the world studying the national dances from many countries. She has given lectures and special courses in Bournemouth, Southampton and Yorkshire and has appeared on Meridian Television teaching national dance. She worked alongside her local Indian community and choreographed, and costumed, a performance of The Ramayana, which was a great success. In August 1996, Miss Allen was awarded The Helen Wingrave Scholarship by the ISTD National Dance Faculty. Miss Allen has also been an adjudicator for the Grandison Clark National Dance Competition heats, ISTD Greek Choreographic Awards, The Ruby Ginner Competition and was presented with the Haxell cup by the ISTD national committee for all her work and support of the National Faculty over the years. During October 2015 Miss Allen performed a solo Bharatanatyam dance in full Indian Classical dance costume at the Reading Arts Centre Theatre in Celebration of Diwali, and has been studying and undertaking the ISTD Baharatnatyam examination syllabus to broaden her knowledge.
Miss Allen now runs a large school with over six hundred pupils and six branches, where she teaches all aspects of dance and theatrical training, from the lower grades right through to Advanced 2 level. As well as running the school, she supplies many children and students for dancing parts in operatic performances, pantomime, charity work, TV and fashion shows and The International Opera and Ballet Company.
Many of Miss Allen’s students have gone on to full-time training at well known dance colleges across the country. Some have gone on to teach and others into the theatre, Disney land Paris & Japan and onto Cruise ships and touring dance companies. Apart from all her teaching and examining. Miss Allen is a Vice-President of The Tilehurst Eisteddfod Dance Festival, A festival which she ran for over 9 years. She is a registered teacher of both the RAD and ISTD, a British Federation Adjudicator and is on the panel of The All England Dance Competition. BC,M,J,CO,T,S&D,MT,N,G,CD