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Winner of the Gold Award -
Dance School of the Year 2021
Maida Vale Ballet School was set up to offer the best quality dance education, accessible to all. The school has been recognised by the Council for Dance Education and Training, being awarded their certificate of good professional practice. This means that the school adheres to very strict guidelines with regards to the safety and welfare of its students and the quality of training offered by all members of staff.
We take great care to make sure that dance is a fun activity for all students, helping with early years development, musicality, strength, posture and concentration. Developing skills which will benefit children throughout their lives regardless of whether they decide to dance as a profession. For any children who do show the talent and desire to pursue a career in the industry there are many opportunities to audition for a variety of additional programmes.
The school cares about creating strong, technical dancers and is certified to teach the Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) programme, it is also a licensed Pirouette Surgery school. Both programmes are offered as workshops and incorporated into class work.
Miss Alex has taught students who have gone on to be associates at the Royal Ballet School and Central Ballet School, attended the Royal Ballet School at White Lodge, English National Ballet School, the Brit School, Sylvia Young and Italia Conti. Students have also performed in companies such as English Youth Ballet and London Children’s Ballet.
Each year the school put on a summer show, giving the children the opportunity to experience performing in a real theatre and to show off their talent.
Nominations & Awards
We are delighted to have won the Gold Award for Dance School of the Year 2021 after winning the Silver Award in 2020. Chosen from thousands of international entries this has been a great recognition of all the efforts of our dance family, from students to teachers and parents.
In 2017 we won the 'Motherhood Live Love Local' Award in the category of 'Best Kid's Dance Class'. This followed 2016 where we were nominated and (despite over 5,000 other nominees from across the country) shortlisted for a 'What's on 4 Juniors' award in both the 'Best local activity for under 5's' and 'Best local activity for 5-12' categories.
We are tremendously proud of all our achievements.
Alexandra Pink BA (Hons)
PGCE (DTLLS) AIDTA RAD RTS
Miss Alex was born in Bolton and started dancing at the age of five after being refused the part of a ‘dancing star’ in her first nativity play because she didn’t go to ballet. She then became an associate of the Royal Ballet School before attending the Hammond School. She went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dance becoming a registered teacher in 2007. She also has a degree in dance and a PGCE with a dance specialism.
Miss Alex has been a professional dancer and choreographer, performing abroad and in theatres across Britain. She has performed in ballets such as Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, as a contemporary and jazz dancer for Rewind Dance Company touring the south coast, in the West End and on television for both the BBC and ITV. In 2008 she was invited to dance at the famous Estoril Sol Casino in Lisbon as the lead dancer for the summer season. She is also a very experienced teacher, teaching all over London and the South East, including the associate classes at Italia Conti.
Miss Alex helped to set up Maida Vale Ballet School in 2010 and became Principal of the school in 2015. She is also the Principal of our sister school Acton Ballet School.
Amy Rowbottom BA (Hons)
NAT DIP, PDTD, RAD, ALCM
Miss Amy professionally trained for three years at SLP College in Leeds, gaining distinction in her National Diploma in Musical Theatre. She has since, furthered her study at Guildford School of Acting graduating with a BA (HONS) in Theatre. and more recently studied at the Royal Academy of Dance for a Professional Dancers' Teaching Diploma, in which she was awarded distinction.
Miss Amy has performed on board internationally renowned cruise ships, including the Costa Allegra, the Celebrity Summit and Cunard's Queen Victoria. She was also a member of the Potters Theatre Company in Norfolk, performing in shows including, Rule Britannia, The Great American Songbook, and Il Divo, Il Diva.
Miss Amy was honoured to perform in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, alongside and in front of her majesty the Queen, a certain highlight in Amy's career so far.
Miss Amy teaches Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Musical Theatre in London to a range of ages from 3-16 years. She also trained with Darcey Bussell to become a qualified DDMIX Instructor, delivering to school children and adults.
Miss Amy enjoys sharing her passion of dance and performance and hopes to inspire others to do the same.
Jessie Waterfield BA (Hons)
Miss Jessie began dancing at the age of 3 at Kilburn School of Dance, Northamptonshire. She then went on to train professionally at the Urdang Academy, attaining a First Class BA Hons in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.
Whilst training she worked towards her Diploma in Dance Instruction and now at the age of 25 and with the backing of a professional musical theatre agent, Jessie is pursuing her love for dance and musical theatre as both a performer and teacher. One of the highlights of her career was performing in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics with the English ballerina Darcey Bussell.
Miss Jessie is thrilled to be teaching Gymnastic Dance, Musical Theatre and First Steps at The Maida Vale Ballet School.
Kathryn Martin (Hons)
Miss Kathryn grew up in Manchester and attended dance classes from an early age, completing both graded and vocational exams.
After gaining her degree at Royal Holloway, University of London and realising her love of teaching, Miss Kathryn then went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dance, completing the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies course and gaining RAD Registered Teaching Status.
Miss Katherine also qualified as a ‘Progressing Ballet Technique’ Teacher, a revolutionary training programme for ballet dancers which we offer. Kathryn hopes to pass on her love of ballet to all of her students.
She is also the first point of contact for many of our new students as our office manager and enrolment coordinator.
International Dance Rewards
IDR is a beautifully designed badge reward system offering a structured progression through all aspects of dance; from technique and performance, to manners and uniform.
It is a super simple way to keep kids motivated, rewarded and track progress in a familiar format, similar to how recognised Swim and Gymnastics assessments work.
The rewards can be used seamlessly along side traditional exams or as a stand alone reward and progression method for children who do not wish to take the traditional route or for whom there isn't a suitable grade. We offer something a little different and more accessible for all capabilities.
Royal Academy of Dance
Acton Ballet School teaches the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. The RAD was founded in 1920 and has come to represent the highest standard in the teaching of classical ballet. It has grown to become the largest and most influential examining body for ballet in the world and has a presence in over 80 countries. Their headquarters are in Battersea and this is where our students go to take their graded exams.
Both the RAD and IDTA work in partnership with Ofqual meaning that qualifications achieved are recognised on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and with respect to the later and vocational grades, passing examinations could help students get UCAS points to use for application to university.
The International Dance Teachers Association is one of the world’s largest examination boards covering a spectrum of dance styles. It has been around for over 100 years and we use their syllabi for our tap and modern classes offering the opportunity to take graded exams.
Modern Jazz is fun. It helps dancers to develop many different movements to a broad choice of rhythms and musical styles. Classes are structured to begin to prepare the physical strength and flexibility required to demonstrate emotion through interpretation exploring contrast between expansion and relaxation, fluidity and isolation.
Tap is rhythm, it’s making music with your feet. Tap has been a popular dance form for many years from the musical era of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly to the more recent shows of Tap Dogs and Stomp. It is a great way to increase fitness, fast footwork and musicality.