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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 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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Reena Bhattacharjee, BA (Hons) Ballet Education, RAD RTS, ISTD DDE

ReenaBhattacharjee HeadshotReena trained locally in Ealing during her childhood, taking regular lessons in ballet, tap, modern and national dance. After finishing school and spending a couple of years travelling the world, she decided to attend the Royal Academy of Dance to complete her teacher training and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education...

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

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Ellen Elphick

Ellen Elphick headshotEllen trained at Elmhurst School for Dance Lower School and The Royal Ballet Upper School where she graduated in 2012. Whilst at Elmhurst School for Dance Ellen won The Most Promising Dancer Award and The Dancing Boutique Award.  At The Royal Ballet School Ellen was a finalist in The Young British Dancer of The Year...

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

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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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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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Helen Linkenbagh, Grad. Dip BA (Hons)  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...

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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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Stephanie Ross, BA (Hons)

Stephanie started dancing at the age of three at her local ballet school in Scotland. She studied ballet, jazz, musical theatre and Scottish dance. She performed in several professional productions as a young dancer...

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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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Lucie Walker, BA (Hons) Ballet Education, LRAD, ARAD

Lucie began her training at Dupont Dance Stage School in Leicester where she studied RAD Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern and Classical Greek. Lucie has achieved Advanced 2 qualifications in RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap and Modern. Lucie represented the school at dance festivals around the UK...

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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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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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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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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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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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