Teaching Staff

 

 

NATALIE WRAIGHT


Natalie started to dance aged 3 at her Mother's school in Lightwater. She furthered her training aged 11 at Elmhurst Ballet School. At 16 Natalie auditioned for 7 of the countries best dance colleges and was accepted at all of them. She was offered a scholarship to Laine Theatre Arts, but decided to go to The Royal Ballet School where she completed the prestigious 3 year Teacher Training Course gaining her Diploma which is renowned throughout the world.

Her qualifications are:

RBS TTC (dip) - Royal Ballet School, Teacher Training Course, Diploma
Registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance
AISTD - Associate member of Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in:-
Modern Theatre - Tap - Cecchetti - National & Imperial Ballet
ASTD CDE
IDB1 Spanish Dance Society

 

After graduating Natalie became one of the most highly qualified teachers not just in the area, but in the United Kingdom. She immediately
taught for Sheena Rawlins, and then became the principal/owner of the school 24 years ago, but has been teaching in the school for 26 years.

 

In addition to the basic training at The Royal Ballet School she studied the following in depth:-

Benesh Notation - Anatomy - A Level Dance
Voice Production - Dalcroze Eurythmics - Music
Specialised Pointe Work - Technical Theory - Drama

Also during the course she assisted teaching at White Lodge under Shirley Graham and the Junior Associates with Mary Goodhew.

Whilst at Elmhurst Ballet school Natalie gained experience performing in numerous Christmas pantomimes, summer dance shows and appeared in Spotlight. She was also chosen to dance with the first ever Youth Ballet Workshop at Sadlers Wells Theatre.


Since graduating she has been to guest teach in Italy, Germany, Portugal, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Singapore covering Ballet, Modern, Tap and Spanish dance. Being one of the few qualified Spanish Dance Society teachers in the UK, Natalie has also taught Flamenco for the Royal Academy of Dance in various regions throughout the country.

 

For a more detailed look at Natalie's past training please go to the end of TEACHING STAFF. Here listed are the teachers who taught Natalie in all the different dance genres. Throughout her training Natalie has benefited from the most exceptional calibre of teachers in the dance world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie being awarded her

Royal Ballet School Teaching Diploma by Dame Ninette de Valois founder of The Royal Ballet School and Company.

 


AUDREY WRAIGHT ARAD Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance

 

Audrey (Natalie's mother) danced under her maiden name & professional name ‘Betts'.
Having won a scholarship at the age of 11 to The Royal Ballet School in London it was here that she was nurtured and taught by the founder of the school and ballet company Dame Ninette De Valois. In her year were a number of famous dancers:-
Dame Antionette Sibley the present President of the Royal Academy of Dance, Lyn Seymour and the late dancer/actor Christopher Gable. On graduation she danced with The Royal Ballet Company at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden before joining The Stuttgart State Ballet Company in Germany as a soloist. Whilst on the continent she was invited as a guest artist to perform in numerous European companies as well as appear on television.
On returning to England she joined the London Festival Ballet now known as the English National Ballet.
After retiring from dancing Audrey taught at Elmhurst Ballet School before opening her own school in Lightwater which she had for 14 years.
Audrey has been an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance for 38 years and has examined and taught in many of the 82 countries associated with the Academy.
Audrey has tutored many teachers in gaining their teaching qualifications over the years and continues to privately coach students of all ages from all areas prior to their examinations. She has also undertaken many regional courses for the Royal Academy in syllabus, repetoire and teacher refresher courses.
She is an extremely popular and highly respected examiner and teacher worldwide and her wealth of knowledge and great expertise are greatly appreciated in Natalie's school.

 



 

 

All these teachers taught Natalie on a regular basis.

 

Ballet

 

The Late Audrey Wraight - Ex Royal Ballet & RAD Examiner
Valerie Adams - Head of RBS TTC
The late Mercia Heatherington - Ex Head of Elmhurst
Janet Kitteridge - Ex Deputy Head Elmhurst
Teresa Wright - Ex Head Arts Educational Tring
Noreen Chisholm - Rad Examiner
Teresa Foster - Rad Examiner
Denise Windmill - Rad Examiner
Susan Robinson - Rad Examiner

 


Mime

 

The Late Pamela May - Ex Royal Ballet (Ballerina)

 

Solos & Repertoire

 

Julia Farron - Ex Royal Ballet
Julie Lincoln - Ex Royal Ballet

 

Cecchetti

 

The Late Jocelyn Mather - Ex Royal Ballet School
Cara Droyer - Cecchetti Examiner
Gillian Dawson - Cecchetti Examiner
Mary Goodhew - Ex Royal Ballet & Ex Head of Elmhurst

 

Pointe Work - specialised

 

Barbara Fewster - Ex Royal Ballet School

 

Character

 

Maria Fay - Royal Ballet School
Valerie Sunderland - RAD Examiner

 


National

 

The Late Robert Harrold - Head of ISTD National
Vivienne Saxton - ISTD Examiner

 

Spanish

 

Sherrill Wexler - SDS Examiner
Conchita Del Campo - SDS Examiner
The late Anna Ricarda - Royal Ballet School

 


Modern & Tap

 

Vivienne Bews-Sulkoski - ISTD Examiner
Jackie Hayward - ISTD Examiner
Joanna White - ITSD Examiner
Sarah-Jane Bullock - ISTD Examiner

 

Contemporary

 

Ross McKim - Ballet Rambert

 

Dalcroze Eurhythmics

 

Jane Rivers - Dalcroze Society

 

 

We offer the following classes:

RAD Ballet                  
ISTD Modern Theatre

ISTD Tap
RAD Character Dance        
ISTD National Dance
Dalcroze Eurythmics            
Pilates
Spanish Dance Society - flamenco,classical & regional
Pointe Work - (specialised as taught at The Royal Ballet School)
Private Lessons - on request                
 
Boys and Girls from 2½  years through to university.

Pre-School to RAD Grades, Higher Grades, and Vocational examinations.

 

Venue Addresses

Camberley Venue:

St Paul's Church Hall

Crawley Ridge

Camberley

Surrey

GU15 2AD

 

Heatherside Venue

Heatherside Community Centre

Martindale Avenue

Heatherside

Frimley

Surrey

GU15 1BB


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