We follow the structured examination syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance and pupils are entered for examinations from Pre Primary to Advanced 2 level. However exams are not compulsory, importance is placed on enjoyment and appreciation of dance as a physical and expressive activity and art form. Body conditioning is incorporated into all classes from Grade 1 to Advanced 2 level.
Contemporary Dance is also offered and considered an important part of the training of a classical dancer.
Pupils are accepted into the school from 3 years of age and all are invited to take part in the school’s own production which is held approximately every two years at the Nottingham Playhouse.
Dawn King Principal of Gedling Ballet School.
Dip. London College of Dance & Drama. Registered Teacher Royal Academy of Dance, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. Certified teacher of Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). Having trained full-time at LCDD and taught in this country and abroad, Dawn and husband Jeremy moved to Italy to teach at Centro Internazionale di Danza in Cosenza. On return to UK they started Gedling Ballet School at the community centre on Shearing Hill in 1985, transferring to its present home at the Memorial Hall in 1986. Both of their daughters, Sarah and Susie, progressed from Gedling Ballet School to train full-time at the Royal Ballet School (White Lodge) and at Elmhurst Assoc. School of Birmingham Royal Ballet. Alongside a passion for dance and teaching at Gedling Ballet School, Dawn trained at Nottingham University as a Physiotherapist and worked within the NHS for a number of years. Dawn attends training events held by the RAD and Royal Ballet School and has completed the Royal Ballet School Inspire Series 1 and recently attended the first seminar of Inspire To Be Series 2. A former member of the RAD committee for the Midlands and East of England region and awarded life membership of the RAD in 2020 after 42 years of membership.
Former pupil of Gedling Ballet School, performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet in a number of productions notably as young Morgan le Fay in the Ballet 'Arthur' at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and on UK tour with BRB. A Royal Ballet Associate student Susie at age 14 accepted a scholarship place at Elmhurst Assoc. School of Birmingham Royal Ballet, and then completed her training at Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, BA (Hons) followed by Rambert MA. Professional work includes Ballet Theatre UK, Ampersandance, Royal Shakespeare Company and Medea with English National Opera at the London Coliseum. Former ballet coach at the National Ice Arena and dance teacher at NCN, Susie now also teaches for dance schools based in London and Watford. BBO Dance qualified and registered teacher and has just completed her RAD RTS qualification.
Trained London School of Contemporary Dance. Former member of Lynx Dance Company and English Bach Festival Company. Taught at Centro Internazionale di Danza Italy, and various schools and colleges in the UK including Welsh College of Music and Drama. Former company manger and choreographer for Nottingham Youth Dance in association with New English Contemporary Ballet. In addition to teaching, Jeremy is the administrator for Gedling Ballet School.
Susie King - see above
Stage (Jazz & Tap)
Former pupil of Gedling Ballet School performed with Nottingham Youth Dance, youth company of New English Contemporary Ballet. Qualifications gained; BTEC National Diploma in Dance from New College Nottingham, BA (Hons) in Dance and Professional Practice (Performance Scholarship) from Coventry University and MA in Arts Management from Birmingham Institute for Art and Design. Lauren is also a certified teacher of PBT Adult Syllabus. Lauren teaches extensively across Nottingham delivering classes in settings such as Nursery/Pre-Schools, Primary Schools and Extra Curricula Dance Schools and Gymnastics Clubs.
Brooke attended MADD dance college studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Disco, Freestyle and Theatre Craft, enjoying performing in various productions including Roald Dhal’s ‘The Twits’ at Nottingham Theatre Royal. Brooke then completed a 3 year Diploma in Musical Theatre majoring in Dance at Expressions Dance College, Mansfield, she also took her I.D.T.A teaching qualifications, being nominated and becoming a finalist for the John Dilworth Award. After completing her training Brooke danced professionally performing around the UK, Brooke also danced in a Cossack Dance Troop performing at various venues in London. Since 2013 Brooke has really focused on her career in teaching and has now become a fulltime freelance dance teacher.
Lauren and Brooke deliver additional school holiday clubs in Street Dance, Lyrical Jazz and Musical Theatre.
Pianist Jezz Fleet as well as playing for class, Jezz plays for RAD exams held at Gedling Ballet School.
Some of the Guest Teachers that have taught at Gedling Ballet School -
Benoit Egloff: trained in France at Paris Opera Ballet School, performing career includes Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal Canada and Ballet Basel Switzerland.
Jenny Murphy: trained at Royal Ballet School, performing career includes Birmingham Royal Ballet, RAD teaching diploma and Masters and Mphil University of Birmingham.
Joshua Ecob: trained full-time at Kate Simmons Dance in Warrington, performing career includes Serbian National Ballet and London Contemporary Ballet Theatre, director at NGDance youth dance training intensives.
Lesya Tyminska: former pupil at Gedling Ballet School, Rambert graduate, performing career includes Danish Dance Theatre.
Rowan Parker: former pupil at Gedling Ballet School, Central School of Ballet graduate, performing career includes Michael Clark Company and The Snowman in London West End and on tour.
Megan Singleton: London Studio Centre graduate, performing career includes LSC Jazz Company, English Youth Ballet, Nottingham Playhouse Pantomime.
Oksana Tyminska: Nottingham based dance artist, choreographer and performer with over 30 years’ experience in community, education and professional spaces such as galleries, parks and theatres. Teaches Little Movers sessions at Dance4 Nottingham
Gedling Ballet School Teachers
Senior Students that assist with the younger classes
Jessica is the class assistant for the under 5's classes on a Saturday. A former student at Gedling Ballet School from a young age up to RAD Advanced. Jessica achieved her French and Linguistics degree (first class honours) and is currently completing a PGCE course.