Take a look at our dance teachers biographies below and learn more about each of them, as we are proud to have such fantastic teachers working with us Solihull School of Dance.
I learnt my first Ballet steps at the tender age of 2 at The Dance Academy in Harbourne, studying the R.A.D (Royal Academy of Dance) Syllabus. At the age of 7, I was recommended to attend the West Midlands Youth Ballet, a professional school in Solihull where I trained for 9 years under Phyllis Kempster and Morwenna Bowen.
Discipline was of great importance and high standards were expected from all dancers at all times. In 1993 and 1994 I auditioned for the Birmingham Royal Ballet where I was accepted on their Senior associate programmes. I was honoured to be taught by some of the finest principal dancers of the Royal Ballet.
In 1995, to further my career, I auditioned and was offered a place at the English National Ballet School in London.
Returning home, and realising I wouldn’t be able to dance forever, I joined Margaret Woodroffes School of Dance. Here I was able to study towards my teachers qualifications and work on my passion for choreography.
Upon becoming a fully qualified IDTA teacher of dance and wanting to share my knowledge, experience, passion and love, I decided to open Ballet High, which has now been renamed Solihull School of Dance.
I have been dancing for over 32 years and started at The Sandra Shelton School of Ballet in Fleet, Hampshire, just before my third birthday. When I was 7 years old, my family moved to Solihull, and I was recommended to attend the Solihull School Of Ballet under the excellent tuition of Mrs Phyllis Kempster and Miss Morwenna Bowen. I stayed with them, progressing through my RAD grades and assisting on Saturdays, until I went to university at 18.
Throughout my school career I performed in many productions, acting and dancing, and I also gained various medals and awards at the annual Northfield festival, whilst taking exams in LAMDA speech & Drama.
After a few years away from ballet, I returned to adult classes and was so pleased to find that Jackie-Lee had started her own school. Since then I haven’t looked back and have taken further exams in performance and teaching. Ballet has always been my passion in life and I hope to pass this on to the students I have the privilege to teach.
Having been taught from a young age by Miss Jackie-Lee Lilwall, I went on to be mentored by former professional dancers from the Birmingham Royal Ballet and American Companies, as well as training in Musical Theatre. Working one on one with these former dancers inspired my love for teaching, and nurturing students through their training.
I have freelanced around the Midlands teaching for ballet schools, as well as giving private tuition. Some of the students I have worked with have gone on to be accepted into prestigious ballet and performing arts schools such as Elmhurst School of dance, Tring Park School, and also the Royal Ballet Junior and Mid Associates.
I have also worked extremely closely with the Royal Academy of dance, working with Principal dancers from BRB and The Royal Ballet with class and rehearsals. I am now extremely proud to have returned home to my roots with Miss Jackie here at Solihull School of Dance.