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Faculty

Get to know our RAD Dance School faculty members.
BALLET FACULTY
Jasmin Armstrong, BA (Hons) LRAD ARAD

Jasmin grew up in Southampton, Hampshire and studied classical ballet, modern, jazz and tap dance at the SJ Academy of Dance. She studied the RAD Ballet syllabus and ISTD tap, modern and jazz syllabi all at Graded and Vocational levels...

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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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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,  with a heavy focus on Vaganova and Balanchine...

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Charlotte Gillespie,  BA (Hons), LRAD

Charlotte trained at Arts Educational School Tring Park where her studies included ballet, contemporary, tap and jazz. She went on to work professionally in musical theatre, contemporary and ballet before she specialised in teaching...

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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 ARAD

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 graded and vocational level, and was a member of a youth contemporary dance company...

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Helen Linkenbagh,  Grad. Dip (Choreography) BA (Hons) (Dance Ed) ARAD RAD RTS

Helen trained in classical ballet at the McDonald College of the Performing Arts in Sydney, Australia. A qualified and registered RAD teacher, she was director of her own school in New South Wales, Australia, from 1994 to 2006. A graduate of the RAD’s BA in Dance Education programme...

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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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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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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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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 principal roles... 

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JAZZ FACULTY

Bethany Hearn, ATCL, PCertLAM, ISTD DDI, BA (Hons)

Bethany started dance classes aged 5 at her local school before going on to train in dance, drama and musical theatre as both a performer and teacher. She studied at Performance Preparation Academy, Kingston Teaching College, and Royal Holloway University of London...

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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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