Central School Of Ballet

Staff Biographies

Heidi Hall - Director

Heidi Hall first joined Central School of Ballet as a pre-senior pupil aged 11 years. She went on to complete her professional dance training at the school graduating in 1995, performing in the 10th Anniversary Tour of Ballet Central in the same year. Heidi was taught by the late Christopher Gable, founder of Central, and worked with him in Northern Ballet Theatre's production of Cinderella at Sadler's Wells. Heidi has had an extensive performance career notably playing the principal role of Meg Giry in Phantom of the Opera in the West End production over a four year period and also toured extensively in the UK and in Europe. She appeared in The Sleeping Beauty at the London Coliseum with the Bolshoi Ballet and has worked with Cameron Mackintosh, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gillian Lynne and Hal Prince.

Alongside her performance career Heidi has taught in many vocational colleges and been involved in musical theatre workshops and various educational projects, including working for the educational department at English National Ballet. On retiring from the stage Heidi moved into arts management roles, focusing on both fundraising and creative projects including working for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain on concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, Sage Gateshead and most notably the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

In 2012 Heidi returned to Central School of Ballet as Company Manager to Ballet Central. Heidi was subsequently promoted to Deputy Director and then in September 2016 she was appointed as Director of Central School of Ballet.

Christopher Marney - Ballet Central Artistic Director

In London’s West-End Chris has choreographed McQueen The Play, Tell Me on a Sunday, Hotel Follies and was the Associate Choreographer for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures. For Ballet Black he has created War Letters, Two of a Kind, Dogs don’t do Ballet and recently Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue pas de deux accompanied by the London Philharmonia. He created Carnival of the Animals and Sommeil for Images of Dance, Carousel Dances, anon., Scenes from a Wedding and Duologue for Ballet Central. Other commissions include English National Ballet’s Emerging dancer competition, Regensburg Opera House and the Edinburgh festival.

He was named associate artist of the UK Foundation for Dance in 2009 and is a patron of the Chelmsford Ballet. In 2014, he received his Masters degree in Choreography from Central School of Ballet where he also trained as a dancer under the direction of Christopher Gable. As a dancer Chris has worked for Balletboyz, Gothenburg Ballet, Ballet Biarritz, Bern Ballet, Michael Clark Company, Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion, Will Tuckett (ROH2) & Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures where he has danced many principal roles. The Critics Circle National Dance Awards nominated him for Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance two years running as well as being included in Dance Europe’s Outstanding Male Dancer 2013 list.

Philip Feeney - Musical Director/Composer

Philip studied composition with Robin Holloway and Hugh Wood at Cambridge, then with Franco Donatoni in Rome where he worked with Teatro-Danza Contemporonea di Roma. His work has been performed throughout Italy and Britain and he has worked with Ballet Central since it began, composing music for more than twenty of the company's ballets.

His scores for Northern Ballet Theatre include the jazz ballet Jazz Concerto, the hugely successful Cinderella and Dracula (available on the Naxos label) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (available on the Black Box label) currently performed by Boston Ballet. Philip's work also includes collaboration with Didy Veldman for her piece Greymatter for Rambert Dance Company and for NBT's new production of A Streetcar named Desire.

Aurora Bosch - International Guest Teacher

Born in Havana, Aurora studied at the Academy of Ballet Alicia Alonso, under the direction of Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso and other prominent teachers. As one of the leading figures of the National Ballet of Cuba, Aurora has performed in many countries in Europe, Asia and America, and as guest artist of prestigious foreign artistic groups such as Ballet Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and the International Festival of Ballet of Chicago, United States; Classical Ballet, Ballet Classic 70 and the Independent Ballet, Mexico; Theater of Opera and Ballet of Bucharest, Iasi and Cluj, Romania; Choreographic Festival of Contemporary Socialist Countries; Ballet of the Opera of Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre of Vilnius, Lithuania, the State Theatre Ballet in Moscow, Soviet Union. In 2003-2005 she was matre and visiting professor at the Conservatory of Seville and Choreography Jury, Central School of Ballet and the National Ballet School of Budapest, Hungary. In 2005 she received the rank of Emeritus Member awarded by the Association of Performing Artists of the UNEAC. Aurora is a Patron of Central School of Ballet and twice a year holds a residency at Central, teaching students from all year groups.

Dante Baylor - Wardrobe Manager

Prior to his move to Ballet Central, Dante spent 11 months as part of the Costume Support Team for the Royal Ballet at The Royal Opera House. Before Moving to the UK in the autumn of 2015, Dante toured with the New York Based Modern Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, as part of the Wardrobe Department. He travelled the globe with the company from Winter 2006 to Summer 2015. Dante’s education began at the performing arts high school, The Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied all aspects of theatrical technology. Dante Graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, in 2005 with a Degree in Fashion Design. Dante is a Costume Designer, Tailor and Costume Illustrator, having had his Designs featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post.

Anna Brodrick - Lead Physiotherapist and Head of Medical Department

Anna graduated from Brunel University as a physiotherapist (BSc. Hons) in 1999. She went on to fulfil the junior rotations at St Mary's Hospital, Imperial NHS Trust. Anna was then invited to work overseas in China working with paediatrics with physical disabilities. Upon her return to the UK she specialised in sports injuries with exposure to treating professional footballers, tennis players and cricketers. To formalise the experience Anna undertook a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine graduating from University College London in 2008. During this period Anna studied professional ballet dancers and carried out extensive research and a detailed thesis looking at second metatarsal stress fractures.

After graduating Anna has freelanced at Royal Ballet School (Upper), English National Ballet Company, English National Ballet School, Royal Society of Medicine, and dance related shows at the BBC. Anna joined Central School of Ballet in 2008 and has continued with her passion and research focussing upon bone health, injury profiling and cardiovascular fitness within dancers.

Julia Ellis - Ladies' Ballet Tutor

Julia was trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School where she graduated with distinction from the Teacher Training Course and became the Assistant to the Director, Valerie Adams, teaching the Dancers and Teacher Training Courses, students at The Lower School White Lodge, and the children in the Junior Associate Scheme.

Moving to California in 1989, Julia joined the staff of The Los Angeles Classical Ballet as classical ballet teacher for their affiliated school and as Ballet Mistress for the Company. She has both performed with and choreographed for the Company, her jazz ballet 'Twilight Swing' premiering in the Company's 1990 Spring Triple Bill Programme. After leaving Los Angeles Julia maintained her affiliation with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet, performing and coaching the Company and teaching on their Summer Programme.

In Hong Kong Julia worked with physiotherapists and founded a specialised exercise training centre, called the Biokinetik Exercise Technique Centre, developing the body conditioning and dance training component, working with the dancers of the Hong Kong Ballet. During this time she travelled internationally presenting courses in the Biokinetik Exercise Technique, which is based in the Pilates Method. Julia presently also teaches the Senior Associate classes at the Royal Ballet School and is part of the Associate Outreach team teaching in Livorno, Italy.

Carole Gable - Ladies' Ballet Tutor and Ballet Central Rehearsal Coach

Carole joined the Royal Ballet Touring Company in 1958 and soon danced soloist roles including the Queen of the Wilis in Giselle and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. Her main career was spent at The Royal Ballet in Covent Garden, where she created a number of roles for John Cranko and Kenneth MacMillan, most notably one of the three Harlots in MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet and her portrayal of Helena in Sir Frederick Ashton's The Dream.

On leaving the Company, Carole pursued a freelance career in films and television before retiring from the stage to bring up her two children. After completing the Professional Dancers Teaching Course at the Royal Academy of Dancing she taught for four years at the Bush-Davies School before becoming a founding full-time member of Central School of Ballet faculty in 1982.

Sara Gallie - Injury Prevention & Recovery Tutor

Sara Gallie is a former Royal Ballet Company soloist, who trained at the Royal Ballet lower and upper schools. She has danced a diverse repertoire within the Royal Ballet Company, including some principal roles. Sara has worked extensively within The Royal Opera House Education Department, presenting lecture demonstrations and dancing, including 'Chance to Dance' and projects at hospitals and hospices. Sara has Cecchetti Ballet teaching qualifications and trained with Alan Herdman as a Pilates teacher. She joined Central School of Ballet in 2002 as a Pilates teacher and has had varying roles, including ballet mistress for Ballet Central, and currently Injury Prevention and Recovery Tutor. She has worked for the R.A.D., and Cecchetti Scholars. She also works for Alan Herdman, teaching in his studio, and is his deputy on his teacher training course. She has a passion for teaching and helping young dancers overcome injuries and technical problems.

Leanne King - Course Coordinator / Contemporary Tutor & Choreography Tutor

Leanne trained at the Arts Educational School in London. She has both choreographed for and performed with many small companies and has choreographer credits in television and film. Leanne teaches Contemporary to Central's first year students and oversees second year choreography including the collaborative choreographic project (Design for Dance) with Central St Martin's School of Art & Design. Leanne has both national and international teaching/choreographic credits to her name and having taught at The Royal Academy of Dance, Arts Educational School and the Royal Ballet School, Leanne is now Course Development Co-ordinator for the Senior School at Central and also continues to teach open classes at Danceworks.

Recent credits include the conception and choreography for production company Fait Accompli for the London 2012 Olympics, a sell-out season at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a one off performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Most recently Leanne has coached and choreographed for two students at the Central school of Ballet throughout their journey to the contemporary category finals of BBC Young Dancer 2015.

Patricia Linton - International Teacher

Patricia Linton joined The Royal Ballet Company in 1964 as a dancer, and went on to become Assistant Ballet Mistress and Company Teacher. She joined The Royal Ballet Junior School in 1974 as a teacher, where she remained until 2001. She has since worked as a guest Ballet Mistress for Hong Kong Ballet and has taught at Elmhurst School of Dance. She teaches on various Summer Schools both here and abroad. She has co-authored The Young Dancer with Darcey Bussell and she regularly contributes to the Dancing Times. She is currently teaching at Central School of Ballet and runs Voices of British Ballet, an oral history archive.

Elia Luyando - Head of Third Year

Elia studied at the National Art School, La Habana, Cuba. On graduation Elia joined the National Dance Company, Mexico City, dancing the complete Classical and Contemporary Dance repertoire. In 1998 she was invited to stay with Limon's company in New York for 6 months following which Elia became teacher and Director's assistant of the National Dance Company, Mexico and also taught ballet technique to different contemporary dance groups in Mexico.

From 2000 - 2005 Elia worked in several schools in Japan, teaching ballet technique and setting up annual classical repertoire. Elia graduated from The University of London with a Certificate in Education for The Performing Arts in 2006. Elia joined Central School of Ballet in 2002.

Resmi Malko - Men's Ballet Tutor

Resmi Malko received his ballet training at the Academy of Ballet in Tirana, Albania. His teachers included Maestro Miltiadh, Papa Prima Ballerino of the Bolshoi Theatre who studied under Asaf Messerer. Upon completion of his training in 1985, he joined the National Opera Ballet Theatre in Tirana and within two years was promoted to principal dancer. He continued his career there for the next 20 years, performing in such countries as Italy, France, Turkey, Greece, Poland and Bulgaria etc. Upon arriving in North America, Resmi performed with the USA Ballet and the Canadian company, Ballet Jorgen. In 2003 Resmi graduated with distinction from the Teacher Training Program for professional dancers at Canada's National Ballet School, and joined the artistic teaching staff later that year. After 9 years with the NBS, Mr. Malko decided to broaden his teaching experience by applying to European schools. He is now here at Central, eager to share his "love of dance" with a new generation of performers.

Linda Moran - Ladies' Ballet Tutor

Linda trained at the Nora Morrison School of Dancing, Nottingham, from the age of 10. At 16 she continued her training at the Royal Ballet Upper School and the following year she was offered a contract with the Royal Ballet Company, Covent Garden. During her time with the Company Linda danced a variety of roles in the established repertoire and worked on new productions with many eminent figures in the dance world, including Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Frederick Ashton, and Sir Kenneth Macmillan. On retiring from the Royal Ballet, Linda attended the Royal Academy of Dance's Professional Dancers' Teachers Course and graduated with Honours. Linda has since taught at some of the most respected vocational schools in the U.K. and has undertaken guest teaching engagements around the world. Linda joined Central School of Ballet in 2005.

Stephen Pelton - Contemporary Tutor

Stephen began dancing in 1979 at the State University of New York at Purchase. He continued his studies at Connecticut College, the American Dance Festival and NYU's TISCH School of the Arts. He danced and choreographed professionally in Boston from 1985 to 1989 before moving to San Francisco where he began teaching contemporary dance technique in local studios and at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Sonoma State University. He danced with the Della Davidson Dance Company from 1991 to 1993. Stephen Pelton is the artistic director of the London-based Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre. Stephen teaches technique and choreography to students and professionals at The Place, Central School of Ballet, London Studio Centre, Greenwich Dance Agency, Rotterdam Dance Academy and Dance Base/Edinburgh. He also teaches company class for DV8, Random, New Adventures and Rambert.

Stefano Rosato - Contemporary Tutor

Stefano initially trained at the National Academy of Dance in Rome. He then worked with various dance companies and choreographers in Italy such as ATON-Dino Verga Danza performing in works by Dino Verga and Luca Russo as well as a piece by Merce Cunningham.

In 2007 Stefano moved to London where he joined Michael Clark Company and then Rambert Dance Company. Since he left school his training has always been focused on the Cunningham technique. He took part in several workshops in Italy held by former dancers of the Cunningham Company and at the Cunningham Studio in New York. At present Stefano is teaching contemporary and ballet at Laban, Rambert and Central School of Ballet.

Stephen Williams - Men's Ballet Tutor

Stephen completed his training at the Rambert School of Ballet. He then joined Scottish Ballet, where he danced most of the company's repertoire. He had several featured roles in many of Peter Darrell's ballets. Including Hilarion in Giselle, Prince Ceste in Cheri and Tybalt in Cranko's Romeo and Juliet. He joined Central School of Ballet in 1992 to teach the first year boys, after graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance's Professional Dancers' Teaching Course.

His guest teaching engagements include the 1992 Summer School in Alicante, Spain, the Royal Academy of Dance 29th and 31st International Summer School and the 1994 Dance Festival in Joinville, Brazil. Stephen became Head of Boys at Central School of Ballet in 1999. Stephen graduated from The University of London with a Certificate in Education for The Performing Arts in 2006.

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