Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, Ballet Boost will be providing its training for its students through online classes. We have a wide selection of fantastic teaching staff to help our students maintain fitness, inspire and tutor personally through this difficult period. Tutors are currently being assigned to their students and we look forward to working with you remotely over the coming weeks.


Our Teachers:


Monique Aaliyah

Monique is originally from Western Australia and trained at the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest. She previously danced with JSLN Dance Company, London Consorts of Winds, Byron Ballet, L.A.D UK tour & Brecon Festival Ballet. She has been a teacher and frequent cover teacher of Ballet Boost/ ABA since 2017. She is also a frequent cover teacher at Pineapple Dance Studios. 


Désirée Ballantyne-Grove

Coming soon


Kei Akahoshi:

Born in Japan, Kei Akahoshi stared ballet at the age of 4. After a successful audition she came to UK to study at Elmhurst Ballet School at the age of 14 then to English National Ballet school at the age of 16. She was offered a professional contract to work with English National Ballet at the age of 18. Kei was promoted to junior soloist during her 13 years career as a ballerina. She danced over 30 different classical and contemporary dance productions and pieces all over the world and worked and collaborated with the best dancers of a generation.    


Crystal Costa

Born in Vancouver, Crystal graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School, alongside which she completed the Cecchetti syllabus receiving Honours on her Advanced Cecchetti exam. She started her career at the age of 17 with the Hong Kong Ballet, making it through the ranks to Principal Dancer in just 4 years. In 2007, Crystal was invited to join the English National Ballet where she has danced as a First Soloist for the past 12 years. She has performed principal roles in almost all the classical ballets including The Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Cinderella, and Theme and Variations. Other highlighted roles include Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, The Chosen One in Pina Bausch’s Rite of Spring, Giselle in Akram Khan’s Giselle, Mistress in Manon and Andrea in Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated. She has worked with choreographers such as Akram Khan, Aszure Barton, Derek Deane, and Itzik Galili. Most recently she created the role of Nora by Stina Quagebeur for English National Ballet’s newest triple bill at Sadler’s Wells. Crystal choreographed her first short work Mirror for the Hong Kong Ballet’s choreographic workshop in January 2007. In it’s inaugural year, Crystal was nominated for English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Award 2010 and that same season won The People’s Choice Award. She has also been nominated by the Critics’ Circle for the National Dance Awards 2010 for Outstanding Female Classical Performance. Crystal is also a qualified 200hour RYT yoga teacher and has taught in Vancouver as well as regularly in London. She is currently undergoing an Apprenticeship working towards her advanced 500hour RYT qualification.


Nicolas Capelle

Nicolas started dancing in his local dance school at the age of 5, followed by the L’école de Danse du Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris. He then continued his training privately with Christèle Venet in Paris and finished his education at the School of American Ballet in New-York. Nicolas started his professional career in New-York for a few years, followed by Baltimore, before coming back to Europe and guesting in various companies.

Nicolas’s teaching style is based on the French technique with an American influence from his career in the US, with a focus on extremely clean & clear technique, musicality and developing each students’ artistry.


Deidre Chapman

Deirdre Chapman danced professionally with San Francisco Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, and as a First Soloist with the The Royal Ballet. She has a teaching diploma from the Royal Ballet School, and an MA in Dance Anthropology from Roehampton University. She teaches and coaches for the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, Rambert Dance Company, Ballet Black, Tring School for the Performing Arts, The Royal Ballet School, and Central School of Ballet, as well as teaching masterclasses in the US. She recently coached the students on their contemporary solos at Prix de Lausanne 2020.

She works with the following choreographers, assisting and restaging their work; Kim Brandstrup, Hofesh Shechter, Crystal Pite, Pam Tanowitz, Cathy Marston, and Kurt Jooss, among others. She sits on the Board of Governors of Granard Primary School, and is a trustee at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She lives in London with her husband and two children.



Sarah Daultry

coming soon


Katie Deacon

Katie trained at Central School of Ballet in London before performing in a wide repertoire of classical and theatre works. Her theatre credits include Ensemble in “Mary Poppins” (West End Revival), Ivy Smith in “On The Town” (Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Japan) Cassandra and cover Demeter/Bombalurina/Gumbie Cat in "CATS" (International Tour), Original West End cast of “An American in Paris” (Dominion Theatre) amongst many others. She also danced soloist and corps de ballet roles with Balet NDB (Czech Republic), English National Ballet and The National Ballet of Ireland.

Katie has a huge passion for teaching alongside her performing career and has taught all over the UK including regular open classes/workshops at Pineapple Dance Studios, Danceworks and Base Dance Studios. She is a regular ballet tutor at Urdang Academy and Bird College and regularly covers classes at some of the top Musical Theatre colleges in London. 


Natalie Dodd

Natalie trained at Rambert School, completed a Postgraduate Diploma through the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and went on to gain a Masters Degree.

She has performed works by choreographers such as Kerry Nicholls, Mark Baldwin and Kenneth MacMillan. She has worked with the English National Opera, The Royal Shakespeare Company and artists such as Alexandra Green Dance and Douglas Thorpe. Natalie danced with Mark Bruce Company in its tour of ‘The Odyssey’ and she has also performed at The Royal Albert Hall as part of BBC Proms.

Natalie has had the pleasure of teaching for establishments including Rambert School, Rambert (Company), Mark Bruce Company, Canada Water Studios, Musical Moving (Dance for Parkinson’s), London Studio Centre, Exeter College, The Place, DanceWest and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. 


Zoe Epstein

RBS Dip. DT, DDTAL, RAD (QTS). Zoe is a graduate from The Royal Ballet School’s Diploma of Dance Teaching. She is a Royal Ballet School Mid Associates teacher in London and is part of the Associates Outreach team teaching in Livorno, Italy. She previously supported White Lodge students in The Royal Ballet Company's performances of The Nutcracker. Zoe also teaches at Ballet Boost Associates, the Central School of Ballet Juniors and their international summer schools.

Zoe danced professionally with the Romanian National Ballet from 2012 to 2016 under the directorship of Johan Kobborg, performing in a wide variety of classical ballets such as La Fille mal Gardee by Ashton, MacMillan's Manon and Theme and Variations by Balanchine.


Paul Farrell

Paul trained at The Dance School of Scotland and Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, graduating with distinction and attaining the RAD Solo Seal and AISTD Associate Teachers’ qualifications in Imperial Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre.

He danced with Scottish Ballet from 1998 to 2003 performing many leading roles including, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, the title role in Aladdin and in works by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Peter Darrell, Hans Van Manen and Robert North. During this time he was profiled as ‘Dancer of the month’ in the Dancing Times. He subsequently moved to performing in West End and touring musicals including Cats, Mary Poppins, Top Hat, Love Never Dies and Oliver. 

As a teacher, Paul has taught at the Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge Summer Intensive, English National Ballet School and holds regular positions at both The Urdang Academy and the associate programs of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Other previous teaching work has included London Studio Centre, RAD Scotland Awards Day, Scottish Ballet’s Junior & Senior Associates, and open classes at Pineapple Dance Studios, Central School of Ballet and for BalletBoyz. Paul has a keen interest in his continuous professional development as a teacher. As such he is currently in the final stages of completing both the Royal Ballet School’s Diploma of Dance Teaching and Trinity College’s Level 6 Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning.


Julia Galloway

BA (hons) ARAD LRAD RTS. Julia began training in Cambridgeshire with Francesca Terroni School of Dance where she developed a passion for teaching ballet from a young age. At age 18 she was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dance to complete their Ballet Education Degree and their Licentiate. Whilst training Julia achieved all her RAD graded and all RAD vocational ballet exams. Julia has taught ballet across London and Northern Ireland.


Genevieve Heron

Genevieve has loved dance ever since starting at the age of 6.  She trained at White Lodge, The Royal Ballet School before moving onto Elmhurst School for Dance and then dancing with the Royal Swedish Ballet, Northern Ballet and in An American in Paris on the West End and international tour.  Alongside this, Genevieve has taught at multiple ballet schools and runs regular private coaching classes. 


Carrie Johnson

ARAD PDTD. As a student Carrie trained with Marilyn Baker and Tring Park gaining Bronze at The Genee International Ballet Competition and Young British Dancer of the Year Competition 2003. She has danced worldwide with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Ballett am Rhein (soloist), New Adventures (principal) Phantom of the Opera and the Mconie Company.

She is a graduate of the Professional Dancer's Teaching Diploma 2015 (Distinction) and currently teaches at The Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre and Ballet Boost. Carrie is a guest teacher for New Adventures and Yorke Dance Project and has taught on the Royal Academy of Dance’s Singapore, Kuala Lumpar and Battersea Summer Schools. In 2018 she taught for their prestigious Phyllis Bedell’s Bursary.

Carrie was Associate Artistic Director for National Youth Ballet’s 2019 season. In previous years she has staged Christopher Hampson’s” Carnival” and Drew Mconie’s “Old Man of Lochnagar” for the company. She has also taught workshops and classes for Yorkshire Ballet Summer School, Dance East, Tring Park, Performers College, MTA, City Academy, RECballet, London Junior and Senior Ballet and Staffordshire Youth Ballet. Carrie is passionate about teaching and has a first-class honours degree in Psychology with Sports Science and is currently studying Applied Sport Psychology MSc to advance her teaching practice further.



Victoria Paine

Victoria is from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.  She trained at The Royal Ballet School and Central School of Ballet, London where she gained a degree in Professional Dance and Performance.  Here she was awarded the Classical Ballet Award and toured the UK with Ballet Central in her final year.  Upon graduating, she joined The Phantom of the Opera World Tour as a ballet girl and understudy Meg Giry.  After touring with this company for three years, she joined the Swedish and Danish productions of The Phantom of the Opera and performed in Scandinavia for a further two years.  Victoria recently performed at The Thursford Christmas Spectacular and now teaches privately as well as covering classes for Ballet Boost in Hull.



Rebecca Peters (Horner)

Rebecca began dancing at The Carol May Academy of Dance and during her training gained distinction at all levels of RAD and achieved the ARAD (associate of The Royal Academy of dance) in 2006. Rebecca trained at White Lodge where she danced with The Royal Ballet company in The Nutcracker and at the opening ceremony of The Royal Opera House, in front of her majesty the Queen. Rebecca continued her training at Elmhurst Ballet School Where she gained her Trinity Diploma in professional dance and went on tour with The Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Rebecca danced as a professional ballet dancer at The Estonian Vanemuine Ballet company for three years; dancing many roles in numerous classical and neo-classical ballets. She also danced with Cork City Ballet and London Ballet Ensemble before going onto complete the Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma with the Royal Academy of Dance, gaining a Distinction and her RAD registered teacher status. 

She currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Dance’s Dance School and on their national and international workshops and summer programmes. Most recently Rebecca has helped to establish the junior’s syllabus for English National Ballet School and is their current juniors tutor. Rebecca loves sharing her passion for dance and passing on her performance and technical knowledge with the children she teaches.


Lisa Ritchie

Royal Ballet School Diprbstc, ARAD, AISTD, ABATD. Lisa trained at the Royal Ballet School and Laine Theatre Arts. Her theatre credits includes: Follies ( National Theatre ), On The Town ( Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre ), Wonderland (National Theatre), Singin in the Rain (Palace Theatre), High Society ( UK tour ), Carousel ( UK tour ), Sinatra (UK Tour); Anything Goes (Kilworth House), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (International Tour), Cool Rider (Duchess Theatre), 42nd Street (Curve Leicester), White Christmas (Sunderland Empire), Fame (Aldwych Theatre), Singin’ in the Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall).

Her television credits include: John Bishop’s Christmas Special, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Justin Lee Collins West End Star and she appeared in the films Mama Mia, Here We Go Again. She has taught at The Urdang Academy, Mountview Academy, London Studio Centre and Chelsea Ballet Schools.


Lowri Shone

Coming soon


Lottie Smith

Lottie trained as a Royal Ballet Associate for 6 years, and at Bird College London where she graduated with a BA Honours Degree.  She has since danced professionally across Europe and Asia, and has worked as a dancer at the Royal Albert Hall for the past 6 years.  

Lottie found a huge passion for teaching as well as performing, and has been teaching and choreographing across London for 8 years before relocating to Devon.  In 2018, she studied in Germany at the Staatsballett Berlin, on the Royal Academy of Dance's Professional Dancers Postgraduate Teaching Certificate. Alongside Ballet Boost, Lottie is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique tutor, has taught across multiple ballet schools, and teaches regular private coaching.  


Natasha Trigg

Natasha started her ballet training at the Royal Academy of Dance in London. At the Age of ten she received weekly private tuition with ex Royal Ballet Principal, Karen Paisley. At thirteen she was accepted into the Royal Ballet Associates programme and invited to full time education at White Lodge, The Royal Ballets Lower School. She decided to train with The Royal Ballet School Associates and train privately with Karen, Mary Goodhew and Katy Sinnadurai.

She chose not to go down the traditional ballet training route joining a ballet school at sixteen and instead went to open professional classes in London taught by Roland Price and trained very hard to join a ballet school for the graduation year. She Joined London Studio Centre and danced with "Images" Touring around the UK coached by Jackie Barrett and Emma Northmore. Upon Graduation at eighteen she went to dance with The Sarasota Ballet Company in Florida, Murley Dance Company, The New English Ballet Theatre, London Contemporary Ballet Theatre and The English National Ballet. She is now a freelance artist dancing and teaching in London.