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.
After a long career teaching for the Royal Ballet School, Tania is now a successful international ballet mistress teaching both classical ballet and character dance at professional and vocational level.
She has been company class teacher for Yorke Dance Project and continues to freelance at the Royal Ballet School as tutor for the Diploma of Dance Teaching, Inspire series and Enlighten webinars.
Tania regularly teaches at Kings International Ballet Academy, Ballet Boost in U.K. and Associazione Europea Danza, Livorno, la Scuola Ghezzi , Pisa and has taught at Teatro San Carlo ,Napoli.
Her choreography has included the character dances for Northern Ballet’s Swan Lake with Christopher Gable and her works for schools have been been performed at the Royal Opera House covent garden, Bucharest Opera House, Opera Holland Park, London.
She danced with Scottish Ballet and Northern Ballet and the Royal Opera before moving to dance in the musicals ‘On Your Toes’, 42nd Street and Phantom of the Opera. She trained at the Arts Educational School, Tring and then the Royal Ballet School’ Teachers Training Course with Valerie Adams FRAD.
Tania received her B Phil Hons in Dance and Contextual Studies in2002.
Born in Nottinghamshire, Joshua started his training at KSDance. From 2010 Joshua danced for the Serbian National Ballet, then after the Bosnian National Ballet before returning to the UK and joining London Contemporary Ballet Theatre.
Joshua completed his teacher training at The Royal Ballet School and is a teacher at the Rambert School. He continues to work extensively as a guest teacher and private coach, both across the UK and internationally.
Since his return to the UK, Joshua has taught and choreographed for Midland Theatre Ballet, South West Theatre Ballet, and Belfast Theatre Ballet as well as other summer schools and ballet programs nation-wide.
As a private coach Joshua works closely with students to refine their technique, preparing them for school auditions, assessments, and professional auditions. Students of Joshua’s have gone on to study at schools such as the Royal Ballet School, the Bolshoi Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet School, Central School of Ballet and Tring Park.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sophie also teaches Ballet at LWHS including private coaching and has recently become a fully qualified acrobatic arts instructor. AACI
Liesl is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School. Whilst training she performed
with the Royal Ballet Company in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty,
Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House.
Liesl danced professionally for twenty years appearing in musicals such as
the Phantom of the Opera, On Your Toes and Finian’s Rainbow performing in
the West End and on UK and International tours. Liesl was a featured dancer
in the 2004 Phantom of the Opera Film and also performed in the 25th
Anniversary performance of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert
In 2015 Liesl graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance with the
Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma. She currently teaches at the
Central School of Ballet Junior’s, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and
Dance, the Guildford School of Acting and the Associate students at the
Originally from Helsinki, Finland, Anna trained at the Finnish National Opera School and Hungarian Dance Arts University (previously Hungarian Dance Academy). After graduating and participating in several summer courses in England (English National Ballet School, Cymru Ballet) Anna started working as a freelance dancer in the UK. She worked as a principal dancer at Ballet Theatre UK dancing with the company for 3 years in all their major touring productions across the UK. In summer 2021, she performed the leading role of Mary in New Creations Collective’s dance adaptation: The Secret Garden. Anna also danced the title roles in The London Ballet Company’s productions of Poppy and Cinderella. In Spring
and Summer 2022, Anna performed at the prestigious Grange Festival in the production of Macbeth as one of the dance witches. Anna has always had a passion for teaching and currently studies her Masters in Art Education. She has hosted several dance workshops and taught dance at New Creations Collective, The London Ballet Company and Dance Academy Sevenoaks. She has covered classes at Ballet Boost Associates in Exeter and is a regular cover teacher at Siegeris Dance and Innovation Dance. She also coaches students privately.
After winning a scholarship to train with Leoni Urdang at the age of 11 Becky-Ann went on to train at Laine Theatre Arts. After enjoying a successful career as a professional dancer performing on TV shows, concerts, pantomimes up and down the UK she then went on to enjoy many years performing around the world on cruise ships where she became ‘dance captain’. Since transitioning from performing Becky-Ann’s teaching career has gone from strength to strength. Moving to Plymouth she started teaching at many dance schools to learn her skills where she became the Principal and Ballet teacher with Italia Conti Plymouth where she has had many pupils who have gone on to The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and many West End shows. She is also a teacher for the Royal Academy of Dance as part of the international Summer School faculty and has been for 13 years teaching in the UK and around the world as far as Singapore. Recently she joined the teaching faculty with Birmingham Royal Ballet working on their ‘Dreams’ project auditioning young dancers across the UK to perform a full length Ballet with company members.
Becky-Ann is very excited to be a part of the Ballet Boost team and looks forward to working with young dancers and helping them with their training and reaching their dreams.
Caroline Butler trained at the prestigious Rambert School of Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Following her training she moved to the USA and danced with The Vail Youth Ballet Company, David Taylor Dance Theatre and Vail Valley Theatre Company. Back in the UK Caroline continued to dance taking company classes and masterclasses with internationally recognised companies and teachers whilst transitioning full time to teaching. Caroline has taught for a number of highly respected Ballet Schools including: English National Ballet School (Junior program), Denise Winmill School of Dance, Vail Valley Academy of Dance (USA), to name but a few.
An Associate and registered teacher with The Royal Academy of Dance and a graduate of the BA(Hons) in Dance Education with Bath University, Caroline strives to expand her knowledge of Classical Ballet and complimentary disciplines and has recently added a level 3 qualification in Pilates mat-work to her repertoire.