Michelle is a classically trained ballet dancer and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) teacher. She has recently qualified as an RAD Examiner; providing her with an in-depth understanding of the syllabi, mark schemes and RAD style, and giving her the opportunity to travel the world assessing candidates of all ages and levels.
Growing up in Wales she was very fortunate to have her formative ballet training with inspirational teachers Maria Barinowsky and Miriam Riseborough. She was a Junior and Mid-Associate with The Royal Ballet for five years, joined London Junior Ballet for two years and attended several renowned ballet and contemporary dance summer schools. At the age of sixteen Michelle moved to London to attend the prestigious, full-time vocational Central School of Ballet; graduating with a Foundation Degree in Professional Dance. Her passion was in teaching so she furthered her higher education with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Ballet Education from the RAD Headquarters; graduating with Honours and specialising in choreography. She also achieved the Licentiate qualification (specialist in the syllabus work of the RAD) and her Advanced II vocational ballet examination. As a result she was invited to become an Associate member of the RAD with Registered Teacher Status.
Michelle has taught in private dance institutions, community projects, nurseries, primary and secondary schools, colleges, as part of Central's outreach programme and as an Associate Class teacher on behalf of the RAD. She had great success teaching in Canada for two years; winning awards at top North American dance competitions and staging theatre shows. Her extensive experience entering students for examinations, class awards and competitions gives her a wealth of knowledge and the confidence to ensure each student always reaches their full potential.
Michelle teaches with energy, enthusiasm and positivity. She instills discipline and good etiquette whilst maintaining a warm, nurturing encouraging environment. She firmly believes every student is beautiful and can benefit from being involved with ballet.
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First Aid trained
Nursery, RAD Graded & Adult Ballet Fitness, Stretch & Barre-Core Teacher
Elizabeth started her dance training in Canada at the age of 5, where she enjoyed all styles of dance including ballet, tap and modern jazz. She progressed through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabi, achieving distinctions in all RAD Graded examinations. Moving to England, Elizabeth continued with her RAD Vocational training at Renton School of Dance before going to the University of Roehampton. There she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Studies, specialising in contemporary dance and graduating with honours. Elizabeth first found her desire for teaching whilst working as a class assistant at the Royal Academy of Dance. She has now completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS), achieving RAD registered teacher status. Elizabeth now teaches at the RAD Headquarters Dance School, Mulberry School of Dance and Cariad Ballet. Elizabeth is excited to share with her students her passion for ballet, music and arts and to help them develop their individual creativity.
Nursery Ballet Teacher
Kathryn grew up in Manchester and attended dance classes from an early age, completing both graded and vocational exams. After gaining her degree at Royal Holloway, University of London and realising her love of teaching, Kathryn then went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dance for two years, completing the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies course and gaining RAD Registered Teaching Status. She also qualified as a 'Progressing Ballet Technique' Teacher, a revolutionary training programme for ballet students. She is now a freelance classical ballet teacher for numerous dance studios around London and teaches from Nursery to Adult classes in both syllabus and non-syllabus settings, maintaining an excellent exam record with her students.
ARAD, LRAD, BA (Hons), RAD (RTS), AIDTA (Bt), BBO (RTS), QTLS, MA, FISTD
Adult Ballet & RAD Vocational Level Teacher
Since falling in love with dance as a young student at the Caribbean School of Dance, Trinidad, W.I. Clare’s dance training has been extremely varied. Clare’s greatest influence came from the years spent training professionally in Guadeloupe F.W.I. with Frederic Jahn and Patricia Ruanne (ex ballet masters at the Paris Opera and ex directors of La Scala Milan).
Clare is a registered teacher with the RAD, BBO and ISTD, having achieved the highest levels of ballet teaching qualifications that each organisation has to offer. Clare also holds QTLS status, has an MA in Ballet Studies, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Music and Dance.
Over recent years Clare has gained extensive international teaching experience throughout the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Australasia.
BA (Hons) Ballet Education, RTS
Lauren first started dancing before the age of 3 at Just Dance in Kent, she then moved to Dance Warehouse in Kent, where her enthusiasm for dance quickly grew from a hobby to a vocation. She studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Street Jazz and from a young age furthered her dance experience by taking part in RAD award days and courses, residential courses, festivals and shows. Lauren performed annually in the Sounds New Music Festival and bi annually in productions at the Marlowe and Gulbenkian theatres in Kent; she has also performed with companies such as the English Youth Ballet. Lauren followed the RAD Graded and Vocational syllabi obtaining her Primary-Grade 8 examinations as well as completing her vocational exams to Advance 1 level before becoming a highly qualified teacher and receiving her Ballet Education degree. Lauren has gained teaching experience at the RAD Dance School, Chelsea Ballet School, Kingston Ballet School amongst others, enabling her to become a well-rounded teacher having taught in a number of different sectors and to a wide demographic. She has taught a variety of dance styles, provided private coaching, prepared and entered students for exams with 100% success rate in the Checchetti and RAD Syllabus, prepared students for auditions, festivals and choreographed for solos and shows.
Jayne began dancing in her hometown Preston where she performed in Limelights Theatre company and Preston Opera productions. She then took a full-time place at the Royal Academy of Dance where she achieved a first class degree in Ballet Education as well as being awarded the Iris Truscott scholarship. Jayne is a Registered Teacher and was awarded Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance, as well as Associate status. Following her degree she went on to complete further teacher training with the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance (ISTD) gaining DDE qualifications in Imperial Ballet and Modern Theatre. She is an Arts Award Advisor, a scheme run by Trinity College, and is a member of The RAD London & Middlesex regional committee. Jayne now offers a role of mentor to students on their placement module as part of the RAD degree programme. Upon graduating Jayne performed with VIBE gallery resident dance company before moving onto perform with Carpe Diem Dance Company and Co.Motion Dance. Jayne currently teaches in a selection of dance schools and organisations across London. She has a wealth of experience in entering students for RAD examinations, auditions and national competitions. Recent teaching highlights include the BBC Patron’s Lunch performance, choreography for the Pride of Sport Awards and Pineapple Community Dance classes. Jayne is passionate about dance education, teaches with great enthusiasm and loves to see students enjoying and succeeding in their classes.