Former professional dancer for the English National Ballet Company, Emma now dedicates herself to full-time ballet teaching. In addition to her Academy of Balletic Arts and Ballet Boost Associates classes, she also provides weekly training at Pineapple Dance Studios for professionals and freelance dancers. Emma believes that by providing students with support, inspiration and a positive learning environment, they are free to flourish, develop and grow as individuals.
Nathalia Barbara has taught ballet for more than 30 years. She was trained in Brazil where she toured with Ballet Metropolitano de São Paulo and Grupo Uirapuru.
Before relocating to England she has taught in Brazil and Canada. She has taught vocational students at Elmhurst School for Dance, Central School of Ballet and most recently for 11 years at English National Ballet School. She has coached several students for international ballet competitions and has also been on the jury panel for ballet competitions in England, Italy and Brazil.
Nathalia has helped nurture and inspire numerous students, many of whom now work for major ballet companies. For the past decade she has internationally guested for Masterclasses, Workshops, Summer Programmes, private coaching and mentoring regularly for schools and companies.
Most recently, as a freelance teacher, she has worked with Astana Ballet, National Opera Bucharest, Sibiu Ballet, New English Ballet Theatre and schools in England, Romania, Brazil and Italy.
Sarah trained at the Arts Educational School, Tring Park, and with the legendary Maurice Bèjart in Brussels. She taught in the United States for Robert Denvers and Dennis Wayne in New York and performed with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Company in Atlanta.
On returning to the UK, Sarah set up her own school, London Dance School, and began freelancing for the Royal Academy of Dance.
Since then, Sarah has been teaching at Ballet Black, Michael Clark Company, Central School of Ballet and London Studio centre.
Sarah does a lot of work for the Royal Ballet School. She is a cover teacher for the Royal Ballet Associates; in addition to this, Sarah teaches the Royal Ballet School “Inspire” professional development seminars. She is also a tutor on the RBS Diploma Programme.
In her classes Sarah aims is to help her students develop into strong and versatile dancers, confident in their abilities, and to increase the knowledge and understanding they have of their bodies and their technique
Deirdre Chapman danced professionally with San Francisco Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, and as a First Soloist with the The Royal Ballet.
Her performing career included works by Ashton, Balanchine, Bintley, Bruce, Canaparoli, Cunningham, DeValois, Ek, Flindt, Kylian, Marston, McGregor, Morris, MacMillan, Naharin, Nijinsky, Petipa, Taylor, Tetley, Tharp, Tomasson, Robbins, and Wheeldon among others.
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, Rambert Dance Company, Ballet Black, Tring School for the Performing Arts, The Royal Ballet upper and lower schools, and Central School of Ballet, as well as teaching masterclasses in the US. Deirdre is a trustee at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
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.
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.
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 and the Academy of Balletic Arts since 2017. She is also a frequent cover teacher at Pineapple Dance Studios.
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Larissa Bamber was born on the Wirral and was invited to train at the Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge and Upper School from the age of 11. There she was awarded The Bagrit Award for the most promising dancer from Dame Alicia Markova and graduated into The Royal Ballet company.
Larissa performed the entire repertoire of the company from the Corps de Ballet to principal roles at Covent Garden during her professional career. She toured nationally and internationally with the company and performed with Irek Mukhamedov with his company ‘Mukhamedov and Friends`. Larissa also toured Kenya on a charity conservation project performing alongside other soloists and principals of the Royal Ballet and the documentary of ‘Dances for Elephants` was broadcast on Channel 4.
Larissa created roles for Sir Kenneth Macmillan, David Bintley , Ashley Page, William Tuchett and Matthew Hart and was coached in roles by Dame Ninette de Valois, Michael Somes, Dame Monica Mason, Dame Antoinette Sibley, Sir Anthony Dowell and Natalia Makarova.
Larissa’s favourite dancing role was Sir Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variation.
When Larissa retired from her performing career she trained as a teacher at the RAD on the Professional Dancers Teachers Diploma gaining a Distinction.
Larissa has taught at most of the vocational ballet schools in the UK and her last teaching position was with English National Ballet School where she trained and mentored the graduate year for 13 years. Larissa’s students are now enjoying professional careers in all the major ballet companies in the UK and around the World.
Larissa has choreographed and co-produced for productions for English National Ballet School and Central School of Ballet at The Royal Festival Hall, The Britten Theatre, The Dorchester, Bloomsbury, Lyceum, Peacock and Unicorn Theatres.
Larissa has given many Master Classes nationally and internationally and adjudicated for various scholarships, awards and competitions.
James trained in Musical Theatre from a young age where he was coached in all styles of dance. During this time he found a love for classical dance and so attended The Royal Ballet Summer School where he received a scholarship to train at The Royal Ballet (upper school) full time.
He graduated with a contract to dance as a member of the ‘Corps de Ballet’ in The Royal Ballet Company, Covent Garden. During his time in the company, James danced in lots of classical ballets including the original cast of Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.
Since then, James has moved into dancing in the West End in roles such as ‘Older Billy’ in Billy Elliot The Musical (Victoria Palace Theatre), Swing/Ensemble in the original London cast of An American in Paris (The Dominion Theatre), and most recently Assistant Dance Captain and Ballet Dancer in Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre). He has also danced on The Royal Variety Performance and been on UK and International Tours.
Throughout his stage career, James has danced in many movies such as ‘Cinderella’, ‘The Nutcracker and the four realms’, and ‘Artemis Fowl’ all for Walt Disney Studios.
Being a passionate teacher as well as a performer, James currently teaches at some of London’s top vocational dance schools, is a Licentiate member of the ISTD, and is currently studying for his MA in Dance Education.
Leanne was born in Bath and started dancing aged 5 at her local dancing school Dorothy Colebornes School of Dance. She trained at The Royal Ballet School lower and upper school and joined The Royal Ballet Company in 2003. Whilst there, she danced in all the classic repertoire and created roles in ballets choreographed by Liam Scarlett, Christopher Wheeldon, Jonathan Watkins and Wayne McGregor.
In 2014 she took a sabbatical from The Royal Ballet to create the role of Lise Dassin in the 4 time Tony winning musical “An American in Paris” on Broadway for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and won The Astaire Award for The Best Female Dancer on Broadway. She then revived the role and made her debut in London’s West End .
Leanne is a regular presenter for The Royal Opera House for their live events on Youtube.
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 of 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.
Born in Japan, Kei Akahoshi stared ballet at the age of 4. After a successful audition at the age of 14, she came to UK to study at Elmhurst Ballet School, 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.
My goal and passion as a teacher is not to tell dancers or students what they should be doing, but instead give them the tools to enable them to find their own unique expression.
I think my main priority is to create an environment that encourages individualism and curiosity so that I am aiding the new generation of artists and performers to the best of my abilities, to have their own language and voice.
Amelia trained at the The Royal Ballet School and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Whilst training she performed with The Royal Ballet Company and Northern Ballet Theatre.
Upon graduation she joined Scottish Ballet performing works such as The Nutcracker, The Crucible and Elite Syncopations. She then worked with Ballet Cymru and Peter Schaufuss Ballet Company, before joining Ballet Ireland where she has performed pieces by Morgann Runacre-Temple, Ohad Naharin, Christopher Hampson and Ludovic Ondiviela. She has also worked with Drew McOnie, Arielle Smith and Jenna Lee for various productions.
Alongside her performing career Amelia has always had a passion for teaching. As well as teaching for Ballet Boost she worked as a part of Ballet Ireland’s educational team and has been a part of The National Youth Ballet team for the past 5 years.
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.
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.
Since graduating from English National Ballet school Lowri has been a freelance dancer. Most recently she performed in Inala, A Zulu Ballet and a tour of Japan with The Royal Opera. Lowri found her passion for teaching soon after leaving school. Before starting at Ballet Boost in 2019 she had taught at Challis School of Dance and Tring Park school for the Performing Arts.