Mrs Penny Cullerne-Bown (Principal; Classical Ballet; GCSE Dance; Director of Youth Ballet Company)
Mrs Cullerne-Bown is the founder and principal of East Oxford School of Ballet. Having trained at the Royal Academy of Dance and worked for ten years as a teacher and dancer, she then went on to read English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford University, gaining both BA (Hons) and M Phil degrees and running the University Dance Society for several years. In addition to teaching Ballet, Mrs Cullerne-Bown also taught English at the University for 5 years, at various colleges, and for 13 years at Oxford High School. During this time she also gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. It is Mrs Cullerne-Bown’s firm belief that the serious study of dance, especially Ballet, can be of lifelong value not only through the fitness and self-discipline it engenders, but also through the rewards of commitment to something difficult yet joyful. Dance should be a source of personal enrichment and education to every single student, and that is what every teacher at EOSB strives to ensure for the pupils.
Mr Nyroy Dixon (Jazz, Tap and Ballet)
Nyroy trained at the famous Bird College, specialising in Musical Theatre. He joined us in 2011 to teach for a year, then returned in September 2013 after a year touring with the successful production Nine to Five. His recent performing experience really informs his lively, energetic yet accessible classes, and he is much loved by his pupils of all ages. Nyroy is currently developing his role as a ballet teacher within EOSB in addition to his Jazz and Tap classes, and this term the Saturday Modern?tap is being developed into a longer Musical Theatre session for students of grade 3 upwards..
Miss Netta Walker (Ballet and Tap)
Netta has a strong background in both classical ballet and musical theatre, having trained at the Legat School, Laine Theatre Arts and London Studio Centre Images of Dance company. She joined us in January 2009 after a performing career; she also holds the RAD CBTS, and has established herself as a super teacher and a central member of the EOSB teaching staff. She inspires the very smallest pupils up to the most advanced, with her calm and positive approach. She is returning to a little more teaching (grade 2 and 8 on Wednesdays) now that her baby son Ewan is a little older.
Miss Hannah Calvert (Ballet)
Hannah is an RAD qualified teacher who is also a full-time physiotherapist with the NHS! She provided outstanding cover teaching during Netta’s maternity leave, and is miraculously continuing to teach regular classes which she somehow fits in around her other professional commitments. Hannah will be teaching an Adult Ballet class on Wednesdays this year, 7.30 at Rye St Antony, in addition to her other classes.
Miss Ellie Aldigheri (Pilates and Contemporary Dance)
Ellie is the founder and director of Lunas Dance Project, an adult Contemporary Dance company based in Oxford. The Youth Ballet Company have already been enjoying her teaching, and this year we are going to be offering Contemporary classes on Sundays to all interested students, 15.30 – 17.00 at Rye St Antony.
Miss Charikleia Kyriazou (Ballet and Contemporary)
Chara (pronounced Hara) is joining us this year. She trained in the Vaganova Classsical method, and the Jose Limon Contemporary method, in Athens, graduating from a 3-year full time teachers’ course. Hara is a gentle but stimulating teacher who will guide the children carefully, and her slightly different Ballet background will be enriching to their general dance education.
Mr Alexander Fitch (Ballet) – guest teacher
Alex taught at this school for several years between 2005 and 2010, and has returned in a very part-time capacity, to teach on some Thursdays. We need to share him with his examining commitments for the Royal Academy of Dance, and it will be of great value to have another examiner on the staff, and also such a talented teacher as Alex. In addition to examining and teaching Ballet, Alex is a gifted musician and a Modern Languages graduate!
Mrs Elena Laird (Guest teacher, Classical Ballet/Repertoire)
Elena is a former professional ballet dancer and is also a highly qualified Choreologist (dance notator). She has worked for the Royal Ballet Company in this capacity, mounting a whole Kenneth MacMillan ballet and helping rehearse many other works. She will bring this professional expertise to our study of the classical repertoire and coaching for advanced examinations, as a valued Guest Teacher.