D.D.E, L.I.S.T.D and holder of Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma
When I was growing up we either did horse-riding or ballet. I did ballet and my world changed! At the age of eleven I went to a ballet school where I boarded. It was every girl's dream, an old Rothschild mansion, The Arts Education School Tring Park. It was full of hidden staircases and secret rooms. Ballet became my life.
I still had two other ambitions: to swim the English Channel and to work with children! I haven't managed to swim the channel but I have now worked with children for thirty years. I am as passionate about my work now as I was when I started.
My career started as a dancer and I have had the opportunity to dance all over the world. After getting married I concentrated on teaching. It was having my own children that made me want to be a part of the local community and to contribute to it.
All classes are accompanied by professional live pianists. The younger children love Miss Jane, who is an integral part of the class as we discover our "twinkle toes" and listen to what the music tells us. Miss Alison, Miss Erina, Mr Tim & Mr Sten are all currently training at the Royal Academy of Music, and undertake performances and concerts alongside accompanying ballet classes.
Please note that all teachers and pianists are DBS checked for your peace of mind and your children's safety.
There is an opportunity for secondary school pupils attending the ABC ballet school to do community service at the school as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award (or simply to experience teaching first-hand!). The younger children love having the older students helping out too!