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Faculty

Get to know our RAD Dance School faculty members.

DANCE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Maria Rowland, ARAD PDTD

Maria trained at the Royal Ballet School, both White Lodge and Upper School, before dancing with Images of Dance for two years. She has worked as a classical ballet dancer in England and Europe dancing with Glyndebourne Opera in Ron Howell’s...

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BALLET FACULTY
Raquel Ashton, ARAD PDTD
Raquel Ashton

Raquel trained as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Dance, Arts Educational Schools and Central School of Ballet. She joined the Ballet de Barcelona followed by the Ballet Classico de Alicante dancing soloist and principal roles in many of the major...

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Hilary Clark

Hilary trained at Rambert School and after graduation joined Scottish Ballet, performing in all the major classics and new works with the main company and Educational Unit. On returning to London Hilary toured extensively with London City Ballet...

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Jo de Souza, PDTD

Jo trained at the Arts Educational School, Tring Park and the Central School of Ballet. Whilst still training, she performed in the school’s touring company, Ballet Central, and also toured the UK dancing in the Mazeppa Ukrainian Cossack Company. After graduating in 1989, Jo joined the Northern Ballet Theatre...

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Sandra Doling

Sandra Doling was originally trained by her mother, Denise Doling. When she was a toddler she always insisted on joining in the classes instead of sitting in her pram; and, at eighteen months old she did her first performance at a local church fete as she again refused to watch. Her training then took her to Elmhurst Ballet School...

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Jessica Edgley

Born in Canada, Jessica trained at Vancouver Goh Ballet Academy and America’s Pacific Northwest Ballet School on full scholarship, learning a variety of techniques including RAD and with heavy focus on Vaganova and Balanchine...

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Louise Jefferson, B.PHIL (HONS), LRAD, ARAD
Louise Jefferson.

Louise grew up in Ipswich and did her early dance training at the Angela Rowe School of Dance. In 1988, she came to London to train as a dance teacher at the College of the Royal Academy of Dance, now known as the RAD Faculty of Education...

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Jenny Hale

Jenny completed her vocational teacher training at the College of the Royal Academy of Dance, London (now Faculty of Education) and currently works as a freelance ballet teacher for several schools in the greater London area...

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Michelle Harrison, BA (HONS), LRAD, ARAD, RTS

Michelle is a classically trained ballet dancer and RAD teacher who started taking ballet classes in South Wales at the age of 4. She was a Junior and Mid-Associate with The Royal Ballet for five years, London Junior Ballet for two years and attended several renowned ballet and contemporary...

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Vanessa Headland, BA (HONS), LRAD, ARAD, RAD RTS, BASI Pilates Mat Work Teacher

Vanessa is originally from Newcastle but moved to London when she was 18 years old to pursue her love of ballet and further her career in the dance world...

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Ruth Henry, BA (HONS), LRAD

Ruth grew up in Ireland and studied classical ballet at the McDermott School of Classical Ballet and Dance from a young age. She studied mainly the RAD syllabus, at both a graded and vocational level, and was a member of a youth contemporary dance company...

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Patrick Lewis, DIP PDTC RAD

Patrick Lewis.Patrick danced with the Cullberg Ballet and Royal Swedish Ballet before joining the English National Ballet in 1986 as a soloist. He was commissioned by English National Ballet in 1996 to create the first of a number of ballets, the last of which was in 2002 at...

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Liane McRae, DIP PDTC

Liane trained at the Royal Ballet School and has worked with London City Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet. She gained the Academy’s Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma (PDTD) in July 2000...

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June Campbell Mitchell, MA FRAD

June Mitchell is a dual examiner and tutor of the Royal Academy of Dance. She graduated from the RAD Teachers’ Training course in 1963 and performed professionally in musicals before eventually embarking on a teaching career, her first post being at Elmhurst Ballet School...

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Joel Morris, PDTD

Joel Morris was born on the Isle of Wight, where he trained with Gillian Cartwright. After completing his full-time training at the Central school of ballet he performed globally in many principal and soloist roles with many international ballet companies including, London City Ballet, KBallet, South African Ballet Theatre...

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Rebecca Peters

Born in Preston, Lancashire, Rebecca began dancing at the early age of three at The Carol May academy of dance, following the RAD ballet syllabus and the ISTD tap and modern syllabus. Rebecca gained distinction at all levels of RAD and achieved the ARAD (associate of The Royal Academy of dance) in 2006.

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Holly Price, M eD, B PHIL (Hons), LRAD, ARAD, FRAD
Holly Price.

Having trained as a teacher, Holly first followed a performing career working with Dame Margot Fonteyn, Cyrill Atanasoff and Ivan Nagy before teaching ballet to company, vocational students and children. She has been very involved in training young...

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Maria Salgado

Maria completed her vocational training at The John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. Her professional career includes appointments as first artist at the Thuringer Staatsballet and principal dancer at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern...

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Elena Savva

Elena Savva trained at The Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School and London Studio Centre. During her time at English National Ballet School Elena performed various ballets, most notably Napoli staged by Matz Skoog, Paquita and Wayne Sleep’s Promenade....

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Alex Simpkins, PDTD, RAD RTS, ARAD, AISTD

Alexander Simpkins was born in Wales and grew up in London. He took his first ballet lessons (RAD syllabus) in Teddington with Suzanna Raymond and Denise Kelly. Aged 9, he began lessons at RAD headquarters with John O'Brien. Having continued his dance training at Central School of Ballet....

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Kathryn Swainston, PDTD, RAD RTS ARAD AISTD

Kate trained to teach at the RAD, passing the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with Distinction before taking an Intensive Character Dance Teachers Course at the Royal Ballet School...

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Josh Tuifua PDTD, RAD RTS

Josh gained a place with the Royal Ballet School Junior Associates after participating in an outreach program held with Inner London Primary Schools. After his first year as a JA, he was invited to join the prestigious Royal Ballet School starting at White Lodge...

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Joanne Ward, ARAD, DIP PDTC

Jo has enjoyed a varied professional career in ballet, musical theatre and television. She trained at the Arts  Educational School, and performed principle roles... 

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WEST END JAZZ - SONG & DANCE FACULTY

Rebecca Allen, AISTD

Rebecca Allen.Rebecca trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where she gained her diploma in Performing Arts and ISTD Ballet Associate. Credits include West End Variety Performances, adverts for Sky and Nationwide, ‘Idle Jack’ in Dick Whittington and ‘Flute’...

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Erin Mortimer

Erin trained in Sydney from 3 years of age and is trained across many styles of dance, she has successfully completed all graded examinations up to, and including Advanced 2 in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern, ISTD Tap, as well as all levels of the ISTD Jazz Awards...

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STREET DANCE FACULTY

Christopher Bean

Christopher graduated from university with a BA (Hons) in Dance: Urban Practice and has continued his training in Urban Dance, African Hip Hop and African dance styles since. He currently trains with Vocab Dance Company, Uchenna Dance Company...

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Rosie Chesson

Rosie trained with Urban Strides to gain her Associate Diploma (ADPA) in Teaching Authentic Street Dance. She continues to train extensively in the street dance styles in London, as well as learning through the pioneers themselves such as Popin' Pete and Toni Basil...

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CONTEMPORARY FACULTY

Jo Leahy

Dance specialist Jo trained at Laines Theatre Arts, The BRIT School and Dance2xs.  After graduating from Laban Conservatoire of Dance with a 1st Class BA (Hons), Jo choreographed and performed for many festivals, theatres and artists both in the UK and Europe...

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