Andrew was born in Dublin and trained with Jill Wigham, Bird College and The Royal Ballet School, London ,where he was chosen by Merle Park to represent the school at the 1984 International Ballet Competition, The Prix de Lausanne. He was also awarded the Cyril Beaumont Bursary for making the most improvement in his year. He was also chosen by Wayne Eagling and Ashley Page to dance in pieces created by them for the Royal Ballet School performance. He was a member of Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, promoted to Coryphee in 1989 and to Soloist of The Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1991. Read moreAndrew’s principal /soloist roles include leads in Elite Syncopations and Danses Concertantes (MacMillan), Giselle (Peasant Pas De Six) and The Nutcracker (King Rat, Drosselmeyer, Chinese, Spanish, Arabian)(Wright), Card Game (Five of Hearts)(Cranko),Theme and Variations (Demi Soloist)(Balanchine), Jazz Calendar (Tuesdays Child) and Facade (Dago,Foxtrot, Yodelling Boys)(Ashton), Brahms Handel Variations (a lead role) and Hobson’s Choice (Albert Prosser, Bride)(Bintley) as well as other soloist and corps de ballet roles in Swan Lake (Waltz,Spanish), Sleeping Beauty (Cavaliers,Waltz,Wolf), Coppelia (Work Hours) and La Fille Mal gardee. He has also danced in works by Dame Ninette De Valois (Checkmate, Job) Leonide Massine (Choreartium), Hans Van Manen (Five Tangos) ,Agnes De Mille (Fall River Legend),Kurt Joos (Green Table), Lynn Seymour (Bastet), Geoffrey Cauley (Lazarus) and Oliver Hindle. He has danced for the Dublin Grand Opera Society in Adrianna LeCouvreur (Paris) and featured in the film Shoes directed by the late Peter Finegan, which was entered for the Cannes Film Festival. He has performed on The Royal Variety Show hosted by Gene Kelly (Choreography by Norman Maen) and The Childrens’ Royal Variety Show (Scottish Dances, David Bintley) with Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. He has been fortunate to travel the world with the company and has been as far afield as New Zealand, Korea, Singapore, India, Bulgaria, Germany, North and South America, China, Poland to name but a few. In 1995 he re-trained as a teacher and gained distinction on The Professional Dancer’s Teaching Course at The Royal Academy of Dance and became Head Of Boys Ballet at Elmhurst under the Artistic Direction of Alfreda Thorogood. He was repetiteur to Geoffrey Cauley and Christopher Hampson and also responsible for the children in Derek Deane’s The Nutcracker for English National Ballet. He staged Bintley’s Scottish Dances from Flowers of the Forest and also the Betrayed Girl from The Rakes Progress (De Valois) and sections from Facade (Ashton). He joined the staff of Bird College in 2000 and teaches classical ballet and is responsible for the teaching of Classical Pas de Deux to all years. He was promoted to Head of Ballet in 2006 and is also production manager for the college at their annual show. He regularly choreographs for the Third Year musicals and productions and to date has choreographed (with Erica Lawrence) Children of Eden, The Life, Bat Boy, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, and Fame. He guest teaches regularly at Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam and Ballet Ireland in Dublin. He was also invited to teach at The Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest and took the Artistic Director’s class of boys for a week. He guest teaches for the RAD and ISTD and regularly teaches at the RAD International Summer School in Japan. He is a registered teacher with both societies and a Vocational examiner for the Imperial Ballet. Recently he has completed the new Advanced 2 Boys syllabus for the ISTD which is being examined internationally.
Lai-Sheung Chan graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she majored in Dance and received an Advanced Diploma. After graduation she has joined the Hong Kong Ballet Company and has participated in many productions and also appeared in various soloist roles. Lai-Sheung has furthered her studies and gained the specialist Teaching Diploma in the Teachers’ Course for Professional Dancers at the Royal Ballet School in London. She has also obtained her Advanced Certificate in Education which is accredited by the Canterbury Christ Church University College in Kent, England. In 2007, she graduated with an MA in Arts Management from the City University in London. Lai-Sheung has been teaching and coaching classical ballet worldwide and was the Ballet Mistress for the Hong Kong Ballet Group’s Winter Production in 2001. Lai-Sheung has been working at Bird College in London since 1997. Currently, she is Performance & Events Coordinator / Senior Ballet Tutor. Besides her responsibilities in teaching and management, she also conducts rehearsals for college public productions.
Born in Japan, Tomoko started ballet at the age of 7 and studied at Suzuki Classic Ballet Academy. She won the Espoir prize at Prix de Lausanne in 1991, and received a scholarship to Hamburg Ballet School and later to the Royal Ballet School. Joining the Royal Ballet in 1993 Tomoko had a successful 10 years career with the company. Having qualified with the Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma with distinction from the Royal Academy of Dance and the ISTD Imperial Ballet with distinction, she is currently teaching in London and regularly teaches at the RAD summer schools worldwide. She has recently taught the classes for Phyllis Bedells Bursary 2012 and she was the judge of the London & Middlesex Awards day at the Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters. She has taught at K-Ballet School in Tokyo and many other schools and seminars.
Hazel trained at The Royal Ballet School. She initially performed as a classical dancer as a soloist with various companies and in shows including Vienna Festival Ballet (Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Cinderella, Coppelia), Rhythm of the Dance, Spirit of the Dance. Hazel later moved into contemporary and dance theatre, working with many choreographers including Matthew Bourne (New Adventures Company), Will Tuckett (Wind in the Willows (Mole), Pinocchio), Wayne McGregor and Kim Brandstrup. Opera dance credits include The Royal Opera’s Iphigenie en Tauride, Don Giovanni, Die Frau Ohne Schatten (soloist), ENO’s Rigoletto & La Traviata and Glyndebourne’s Rinaldo. Commercially, Hazel has worked with Basement Jaxx and The Spinto Band and has advertised Telenor Mobile Phones. Hazel has worked as movement director, choreographer and assistant director for many dance and opera productions at Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera and the Iford Festival. She has taught internationally, and is currently teaching for Bird College & London Studio Centre and works as rehearsal director for the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain.
Ben started dancing at Salisbury Dance Studios prior to training at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. His theatre credits include Swing/Dance Captain, The Producers (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) Ha’penny Bridge (Dublin),Beautiful and Damned (Lyric, Shaftsbury Avenue)Swing and second cover Munkustrap Cats U.K Tour, Ted Vanderpool in Babes in Arms (Cardiff, New Theatre for the international music festival. My one and Only (Chichester Festival Theatre and Piccadilly Theatre, London)Dance Captain, Magic of the Musicals (U.K. Tour) Dance Captain, Jane McDonald Summer Spectacular (B.I.C. Bournemouth) Principal Dancer Lido La Tournee (European Tour) Soloist Koblenz State Theatre (Germany) World of Classical Ballet starring Wayne Sleep (U.K. Tour). Read moreWorld of Classical Ballet starring Wayne Sleep (U.K. Tour). Ben has also performed in numerous Pantomime Seasons as Dance Captain on Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs starring Lilly Savage.Television credits include: The Generation Game (supporting Bonnie Langford),The Brit Awards 1999 (for Robbie Williams) The Man Who Knew Too Little ,starring Bill Murray (film) La Passione starring Shirley Bassey (film) Wayne Sleep’s 50th Birthday Celebration (Channel 4) and The Late Late Show (Dublin). While at Bird College Ben gained his A.I.S.T.D Teaching Qualifications in Ballet and Modern. More recently Ben has gained his P.G.C.E Dip. Currently Ben teaches Classical Ballet at Bird |College and Performers College. Ben also works as a free lance choreographer. Recent credits include numerous productions of Cinderella and Peter Pan, Ruthless (Stratford Circus) Dial M for Martini (Warehouse Croydon).
Linden’s early training was at The Arts Educational School now known as Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. At 16 she won a John Cranko scholarship to the Stuttgart Ballet School in Germany. Linden later danced with the Opera Ballet de Monte Carlo for two years and studied with Marika Besobrasova before returning to the UK to joining Northern Ballet Theatre for a year before joining Scottish Ballet. She spent the following six years with Scottish Ballet dancing in the broad spectrum of the company repertoire and was promoted to Soloist whilst also performing Principal Character Roles. After leaving Scottish Ballet Linden trained as a teacher on The Royal Ballet’s Teachers course for Professional Dancers which also included Royal Academy of Dance qualifications and Imperial Society (CB). She added to her studies with extended study visits to major Ballet schools in both Germany and Russia. Whilst teaching in Professional Schools Linden completed an MA in Dance Studies at the University of Surrey. Her long teaching profile as full faculty member includes The Royal Ballet School White Lodge, Central School of Ballet and English National Ballet School. With her enduring appreciation of Musical Theatre and a broad early training at the Arts Educational School Linden has also enjoyed extended periods of contribution and teaching at Bird College and London Studio Centre. She also worked as Ballet Mistress for Wayne Sleep’s small scale tours and Gala events. In 2010 Linden returned to Scotland as full time Lecturer on the newly formed BA Modern Ballet Professional Dance Course which has been devised through the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Partnership with Scottish Ballet Company. Linden has been closely involved with the developments of the Trinity National Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre since its inception 1999. She has been a Senior Assessor since 2006 and continues to support course work practices as a consultant.
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