Inês Ferriera – Body Conditioning & Ballet Teacher
Inês was born in Barreiro, Portugal and began studying at The National Conservatory Dance School, Lisbon in 2002. She then continued her training at Heinz Bosl Stiftung, Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Munchen graduating in 2012. Inês was a finalist at the Tanz Olymp Ballet Competition in Berlin (2010) and came third with “Raymonda Pas de Trois” and “Mazurka” at III Dançarte- Dance International Competition in 2005.
Upon graduation Inês joined Ballet Theatre UK in 2012 performing roles such as the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, The White Rabbit in Alice In Wonderland, the Sugarplum Fairy, Nutcracker, Odette, Swan Lake and the Snow Queen in The Snow Queen. Inês has performed in various galas such as the First Summer Covilha Gala and The Valentines Gala, Gleneagles, Scotland.
Inês has taught various workshops and choreographed a piece for The School of Ballet Theatre UK’s Showcase and is currently performing with Cork City Ballet, Ireland.
Philip Tunstall – Ballet Teacher
Born in West Yorkshire, Philip trained locally with Victoria Stansfield as well 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 English National Ballet, Ballet Theatre UK, Wroclaw Opera Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, 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. Philip is currently working with Ballet Ireland, The National Ballet of Ireland, performing soloist roles in their production of The Nutcracker.
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, London Boys Ballet School, South East Ballet Scholars, Phoenix Associates, Dance Attic, Proexcel and Hull University Dance Society, amongst others.
Julia Davies – Ballet Teacher
Julia began dancing with Susan Robinson before going on to train professionally with Central School of Ballet in London. Whilst there she won a bronze medal at the Genée International Ballet Competition and toured with Ballet Central. Upon graduation she joined Northern Ballet Theatre, performing in their productions of The Three Musketeers, A Christmas Carol and Romeo and Juliet. Julia has performed with Les Ballet Persans (Stockholm), Ballet de Camera de Morelos (Mexico) and Lalaget Danza (Mexico) touring internationally to the USA and Canada.
After returning to the UK in 2010 she joined Ballet Theatre UK. Alongside her dancing Julia is a freelance journalist for Dance For You magazine and blogs under the name balletgirlblooging. In 2015 Julia performed in the tour of Inala, A Zulu Ballet with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Earlier this year (2016) Julia performed with the English National Opera in Mikado. Julia teaches in various schools including Urdang, London.
David Brewer – Ballet Teacher
David Brewer immersed himself in Ballet from a very early age, and at eleven began full time training at ‘White Lodge’ (The Royal Ballet School). Five years later he rounded out his dance and theatre education at ‘Tring Park School’, which in turn led to a contract with ‘Ballet Theatre UK’.
During his four years with the touring company (encompassing several shows and several hundred performances) he was also able to pursue a passion for teaching and choreography. This included summer schools, workshops for local dance schools, and choreographing for ‘The School of Ballet Theatre UK’. He is currently working with special needs students in Chessington, and is a regular Saturday teacher for the ‘London Boys Ballet School’.
Ellen Elphick – Ballet Teacher
Born in Woking, Surrey Ellen successfully auditioned for Elmhurst School for Dance at the young age of eleven. she studied there for five before continuing her vocational training at The Royal Ballet School graduating at nineteen. Whilst at The Royal Ballet School Ellen became a finalist in both the Molly Lake Awards (2010) and the Young British Dancer of the Year competition (2011). As a student Ellen also had the opportunity to dance with the company in various productions including, Cinderella (Ashton), Swan Lake (Dowell after Ivanov and Petipa), Manon (McMillan), Rite of Spring (MacMillan).
Upon graduation Ellen was offered a contract with Hong Kong Ballet, where she danced as an artist for two years in productions including The Sleeping Beauty (Harvey after Petipa) The Frog Prince (Ng) and The Merry Widow (Hynd) before moving back to the UK in 2014 to join Scottish Ballet. Ellen performed with Scottish Ballet for a further two years as an artist performing in The Nutcracker (Darrell), A Streetcar Named Desire (Ochoa), 5 Tangos (Van Manen), Elite Syncopations (MacMillan), Romeo and Juliet (Pastor) and many more.
This year Ellen graduated with The Royal Academy of Dance receiving the Professional Dancer’ Teaching Diploma (PDTD) and is now teaching in various schools across London as well as having her own private coaching classes (First Class Ballet Coaching).
Naomi Keighley – Contemporary Teacher
Originally from Blackburn Naomi started dancing at the early age of three at Angela Westwell School of Dance (1996 – 2009) where she was also an associate of The Hammond School, Cheshire (2006 – 2009) and The Royal Ballet School (2004 – 2007). At sixteen Naomi successfully auditioned for Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance where in 2012 she graduated with a BA Hons Degree in Ballet and Contemporary Dance, whilst a student Naomi performed N-Body (Linden Theatre, by Wayne McGregor), Lament (Linden Theatre, by Kerry Nicholls), Liberatatus (Linden Theatre, by Ross Mckim) and many more.
After graduating Naomi worked as a freelance dancer with Artists North before being offered a contract with Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Naomi recently graduated from The Royal Academy of Dance with the Professional Dancer’ Teaching Diploma (PDTD) and now teaching in various dance schools and colleges.
All our teachers are professional or ex professional dancers, who are enthusiastic about inspiring and developing the next generation to an exceptional level. Each guest teacher also holds a DBS check.