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    Dance School of the Year 2016

    Winner

    The Boys Ballet School Team

    MR JAMES ANTHONY CUNLIFFE (FOUNDER & DIRECTOR)

    James has been involved in theatre and the performing arts from a very young age and presently operates several theatre schools and other related businesses across the UK and abroad.  James has worked within the primary education sector and has a large amount of experience working with children as a teacher, coach and other supporting roles.

    ​The success of his South Wales school, the ‘Swansea Ballet School’, has allowed James to expand and provide so many more youngsters with the support, high quality training and encouragement they deserve.

    ​Having trained to a vocational level in Ballet, James recognised the lack of support for male dancers across the UK, even in the large cities such as London, and wanted to provide a new kind of school.  Having spoken to many young men and professional male dancers, James decided to meet the challenge and set up an all-boys Ballet school in London. 

    His consistent innovation has been the driving force behind each school and with two new exciting projects on the way, we look forward to hearing the next announcement!  

    Mr Timothy Clarke, (Ballet Teacher) Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance

    Inspired by his sister, Tim started dancing at local schools at 6 years of age. 

    After graduating from Arts Educational School London, Tim began a varied professional dancing career performing in Ballet companies, West End musicals, Royal Variety shows, Olympic Games opening ceremony in London, dancing throughout Europe and in New York.

    After gaining all his teaching qualifications with the Royal Academy of Dance and The Imperial Society, Tim taught at various schools including: Italia Conti Academy, Brit School, Royal Ballet School Junior Associates, Mountview Academy etc.

    Timothy is also a Ballet examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance.

    Mr Joel Morris, Royal Academy Of Dance PDTD, (Cover RAD Ballet Teacher)

    Joel has been a professional ballet dancer for over 15 years and has performed many principal and soloist roles globally, also in London's West End in musicals such as CATS.

     

    Joel is a qualified RAD ballet teacher, choreographer and also teaches at the Royal Ballet School, Royal Academy of Dance, Urdang, London Studios etc.
     

     

    Ms Vanessa Fenton, ex-Royal Ballet, (Ballet Choreography)

    Vanessa Fenton danced with The Royal Ballet for 13 years.  She has also performed with Ballet Nationale de Marseille, Roland Petit, with ENB and with Wayne Sleep at The London Coliseum.

    She has performed at The Paris Opera, La Scala Milan, The Metropolitan Opera House in New York and almost every other major theatre around the world.

    Vanessa has choreographed numerous pieces for The Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet School, The New English Contemporary Company, The London Children's Ballet and The Royal Opera House Educational Department on many of their programme's including A Chance to Dance.

    She has choreographed for The Classic BRIT Awards at The Royal Albert Hall and has worked with artists such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Ronnie Wood, Erin O Connor, for London Fashion Week, Bryan Adams, Joe Corre, Martyn Ware, Mary McCartney, Sarah Lucas and the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.

    Vanessa has also taught at the Royal Academy of Dance, Pineapple, Danceworks and with the Royal Opera House education department, both at ROH and the Lowry on chance to dance and east london dance programmes.

    Ms Heather Rees, Fellowship & Examiner ISTD, (Head of Tap)

    Heather Rees is the author of the book Tap Dancing, Rhythm in Their Feet and is a Tap enthusiast with a love of rhythm and movement. Her background in Tap covers more years than she cares to admit, having commenced at the tender age of three with a teacher who taught ‘American Tap’ and Classical Ballet. Her inspiration in the early years was Fred Astaire and his films but she now works and studies with many American masters of Tap whom she admires and emulates. 

    After a short period in theatre, she ran her own school and then moved on to teach at many of the full time theatre and teacher training colleges (inter alia, Laine Theatre Arts, Doreen Bird College, London College and Stella Mann College as well as at New Hall in Chelmsford). For six years, she taught at Bush Davies School, East Grinstead after which she spent four years at Hammond School, two of which were as Head of Dance. At present she arranges workshops and coaching in the UK and overseas. 

    She is a Fellow and Examiner of the ISTD for Modern Theatre, Tap Dance and National Dance and holds Licentiate for Imperial Ballet. In 1975, she joined the Committee of the National Dance Branch and is also a one-time member of the Boys’ Modern Theatre Sub-Committee.

    Ms Daniela Delerci, Royal Academy of Dance PDTD (RAD Ballet Teacher)

    At the age of six Daniela started her vocational training in the Jaguse Vrankova Academy based on Vaganova Method, History of Dance and Repertoire.  After her degree Daniela received a bursary from Florence Dance Center to continue her professional studies, extending her knowledge with Cecchetti Method and the RAD.  In 2005 she joined Balletto di Milano directed by Carlo Pesta as Corps de Ballet.  During her career she worked for Venezia Balletto until 2013 and she trained with the Netherlands Dance Theatre, Compañia National de Dança in Madrid, Ballet de Monaco Montecarlo, Angélina Preljocaj’s Company, Dv8 Company, Random Dance directed by Wayne McGregor, Jose Agudo and the Akhram Khan Company.  Daniela now works in London and is a registered teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance.  

    Furthering her studies, Daniela is attending an MA in Choreography at The Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance and undergoing the Adult dance training award with the Royal Academy of dance.

    Mr David Brewer (PDTD ARAD RTS)

    David Brewer immersed himself in ballet from a very early age, originally working his way through the RAD syllabi and at age eleven beginning full time vocational training; five years at the Royal Ballet lower school and three at Tring Park school for the performing arts. This in turn led to a successful performing career with touring productions of various narrative ballets, frequently featuring David in leading roles. A passion for teaching has been persistent in David’s life (even leading him to briefly become a special educational needs teaching assistant) and since 2016 David has worked extensively with London Boys Ballet School, teaching RAD syllabus classes and also choreographing and rehearsing pieces for shows. 

    Mr Paul Doyle (Cover Ballet Teacher) Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance LISTD, DDE

    Paul Doyle is currently the only Irish representative on the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) panel of examiners.  He was recently appointed as Lecturer in Dance Education for the Royal Academy of Dance Faculty of Education from May 2018 he will be the Programme Manager for our global teaching qualification the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.  He is a fully qualified RAD teacher as well as holding Licentiate status with the Imperial Society of teachers of Dance (ISTD).  Paul also tutors registered teachers on the RAD CPD scheme. He is currently studying with University of Roehampton for an Msc Exercise and Sport Science.  His dance training began at the Wexford School of Ballet and Modern Dance 20 years ago. During his time spent training at the school he partook in many school shows and many local amateur productions; he also completed ISTD Exams.

     

    Panel of Examiners for the RAD / Lecturer in Dance Studies at for the faculty of Education of the RAD / Continuous Professional Development Ambassador for Ireland for the RAD / Tutor for the RAD Continuous Professional Development scheme / Licentiate Status with the ISTD / Tutor on the CBTS teacher program.

    Mr David Murley (Ballet Teacher) Royal Academy of Dance PDTD

    A graduate of London Studio Centre, David worked professionally for 17 years before becoming a qualified teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance. He has performed with the Royal Opera, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Grange Park Opera and The Dallas Opera. Working in opera gave David the opportunity to work with Sir David McVicar and Sir Jonathan Miller on numerous occasions. David has also done film, body double work and toured nationally and internationally.

     

    David has also assisted choreographer Lynne Hockney and was once Artistic Director of his own dance company

    Mr Philip Tunstall (Guest Ballet Teacher)

    Born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Philip trained Victoria Stansfield School of Dance, aswell as at the Royal Ballet School and Northern Ballet associate programmes. He completed his full time training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts graduating into Serbian National Ballet. From there he has performed with companies such as National Ballet of Ireland (Ballet Ireland), English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet Theatre UK, English Youth Ballet, Northern Ballet, and Les Ballets Grandiva. He has performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Asia, in repertoire such as Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Giselle, Don Quixote, The Firebird, La Fille Mal Gardee and Paquita amongst others. Currently, he is working with Polish National Ballet performing in works by choreographers such as Krzysztof Pastor and John Neumier. Alongside this Philip teaches at a wide range of dance institutions including Masters Performing Arts College, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts Kickstart Boys Day, South-eastern Ballet Scholars, Phoenix Associates, Dance Attic, Proexcel and Hull University Dance Society, amongst others.

    Mr Michael Raynaud, ex-Paris Opera Ballet, (Cover RAD & Non Syllabus Guest Teacher)

    Michaël began his formal training at The Paris Opera Ballet School at the age of ten for six years and went on to train at the National Conservatoire in Paris, where he gained his Baccalauréat in Arts and Dance and Unités de Valeurs in anatomy , ballet history and music. 

     

    On completing his training Michael joined the English National Ballet for their worldwide tour of Swan Lake then became a permanent member of the company.

     

    Michael has taught ballet classes, workshops and summer schools across the country to students of all ages and backgrounds. He also helped young ice skaters with ballet training to aid their choreography for international competitions.

    Wishing to continue further with his teaching Michael enrolled on the Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma programme with the Royal Academy of Dance. 

    Mr Ryan O'Riordan, Association of Teachers of SInging (SInging / Musical Theatre Teacher)

    Ryan is a professional singer and singing teacher. He has trained with the Association of Teachers of Singing and is also an active of the Natural Voice Network.  Currently the Musical Director and conductor of the UCL Jazz Choir, the West Hampstead community choir and the Islington Community choir, Ryan has an excellent understanding of ensemble voices and training up singers in good sound production.

    Ryan has experience with Musical Theatre both on and off stage, and performs with the Filament Theatre.  He has coached students from beginner level to industry professionals.

    Mr Harry Parr, (Contemporary & Jazz Teacher)

    Harry started his dancing training with the Hampshire Youth Dance Company, he then went on to study for a year at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. Harry is now in his third year of training and due to graduate Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

     

    On the stage, Harry recently performed with Black Box Dance Company in Denmark, he toured the work ‘No Sex’ by Jason Mabana. He danced in the dance film, ‘Lockdown’ by Hilow Films which won the audience choice award at Ciclope Festival Berlin. Harry is also a model and have recent publications with Craig Green, Moncler and Adidas. 

    Mr Christian Alozie, Flawless Dance Group (Guest Street Dance Teacher)

    Chris, (aka Big Kris), is one of the original founding members of the UK Dance group and BRITAIN's GOT TALENT sensation 'FLAWLESS'.

    With a career spanning nearly 15 years and having worked with a list of credible, and high profile artists, Chris brings a substantial amount of first hand experience and industry knowledge to his teaching.

    Having trained in dance styles such as Contemporary, Jazz and Ballet, he uses all of these these to influence and develop his choreographic skills and creativity!

    Chris has worked with many famous artists including Beyonce, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, Amerie, Joe, Jay Sean, Alesha Dixon, JLS etc.

    Mr Jason Mabana (Contemporary Teacher & Choreographer)

    Jason was born in Belgium, from a Filipino and Italian heritage. Jason started his training in Belgium before joining the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. He is now doing a postgraduate course at the London Contemporary Dance School. As a dancer, Jason has been working with Darren Ellis Dance, Christopher Bruce CBE, Ross Mckim and Kerry Nicholls. He is now working with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and is also a apprentice with Akram Khan Company. As a choreographer, Jason choreographed for ‘Design for Dance’ at Central St Martin and also choreographed pieces for the BBC YOUNG DANCER 2015.We are very pleased to have Jason as part of our teaching team.

    Ms Manara Allen (Adult and Youth Yoga Teacher)

    Manaras journey with yoga started in 2007 when she fell in love with ancient philosophy and the beauty of movement taught by her teacher Paul Keoni Chun at the ‘Ballet Arts Centre for Dance’ in New York City.
    Manara has been practicing yoga and dreaming of meditating at the foothills of the Himalayas and the river Ganga for a very long time.

    Her dream came true in 2017, when she graduated from the ‘World Peace Yoga School’ in Rishikesh, India with over 200 hours RYTT (Certified with Yoga Alliance USA).  


    Since then, Manara has been teaching Ashtanga primary series and the traditional Hatha styles.  Her classes focus on the gentle and restorative asanas, (postures), including pranayama, (breath control), and dhyana, (meditation) and are adapted to each students age, ability and level. 
     

    Ms Katarzyna Merdas (Conditioning / Gymnastics / Pilates Coach)

    Katarzyna is a qualified gymnastics coach and has extensive experience working with children.  A fully qualified level 3 Pilates instructor and personal trainer, inspired by the works of Michael King, she is passionate about helping others improve and maintain good posture, aswell as conditioning the muscles for a strong and healthy body.

    Mr Giacomo Ciriarci, ex-Royal Ballet, (Strength & Conditioning Advisor)

    Giacomo Ciriaci used to be a Soloist Dancer with The Royal Ballet. In 2008, after 17 years with the company, he stopped dancing and became an Advanced Personal Trainer. He has trained many dancers including soloist and principals from The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet and he teaches Strengthening and Conditioning at The Royal Ballet School (since September 2010). Giacomo was a guest speaker at the 2016 Sports Injuries Conference for The Royal Society of Medicine.

    Ms Amelia Jane (School Choreographer)

    Amelia Jane trained professionally at both Northern Ballet School and Laine Theatre Arts where she received her vocal training, advanced dance certificates, teaching and Musical theatre diplomas.  She has been entering students for ISTD and RAD graded and Major vocational ballet examinations for the past 15 years.  She has been involved in numerous youth and professional choreographic projects with teaching contracts in colleges and dance schools in the UK and overseas teaching all genres of dance and musical theatre. 

    Her childhood training began at Counterpointe Theatre Arts in Swansea where she gained multiple professional and competitive performing opportunities which she believes gave her an excellent grounding for her later professional career.


    For four years, she worked on board Princess worldwide cruise liners as a dancer/singer and of all her theatre and pantomime appearances in the UK, most notable was her role as ballerina doll/understudy Isabel in the UK tour and West End production of 'Scrooge' the musical.  She later played the part of Isabel in its European tour and has also danced with Ballet Russe in the corps de Ballet of Swan Lake, Giselle and Les Sylphides.


    Her diversity enables her to cover all classes on request and her creativity and experience has earned her the title of Performance co-ordinator!

    Ms Olga Mazour, (LBBS Guest Pianist)

    Born in Russia and studied under Honoured Art Worker of Russia Professor Kim Nazaretov, Miss Mazour graduated from Rachmaninov Conservatoire. 

    She is a winner of numerous prizes in Russia and has done recordings for the Russian radio and TV with her award-winning Modern Jazz trio. Miss Mazour was head of a Music department in the School of Arts and worked and performed with opera singers and in chambers in Rostov Filarmoniya and other Concert Halls of Russia, before moving to London. 


    For more than ten years she has played for the Young British Dancer of the Year Competition. Miss Mazour has accompanied many Principal dancers of The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and other major companies.

    Mr Chris Paton (Technical Theatre Manager / Theatre Workshops)

    After completing a BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre at the University of Essex, Chris has had experience withing a wide range of roles in Technical Theatre both Nationally and Internationally over the past 7 years.

    Ms Gemma Maccormak (Chaperone / On-Site First Aider)

    Gemma is a post graduate in Art and Design. 
    Has lots of experience working with children currently works at a primary school in Hertfordshire as the Office Manager and is paediatric first aid trained. 
    Gemma also helps as a Centre Manager at a weekend stage school in Hertfordshire where she is responsible for the welfare of the children. 

    Ms Tessa Larner (Chaperone / On-site First Aider)

    Ms Sara Blakemore (Chaperone / On-site First Aider)

    Ms Michelle Douglas (School Chaperone / On-site First Aider)

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