Established in North London in 2012, Ballet North are committed to providing a safe and friendly enviroment for dancers from a young age to professional level.

All teachers hold professional teaching qualifications, Public Liability Insurance and undergo thorough DBS and reference checks. You can read our safeguarding policy here:

The school is accredited by the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and we work hard to support our teachers as well as our pupils in their training and development. Many of our classes have both a lead teacher and an assistant which not only allows for more individual attention per pupil but supports our teachers knowledge, growth and dance practice; creating the best teachers possible for our pupils.


Jennifer Pelzig- Principal

Jennifer commenced her dance training from a young age and possesses a wealth of theatrical experience from performing for HM The Queen, to winning awards at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Originally from Yorkshire, Jennifer began her dance career in Musical Theatre before gaining a place at Delfos School of Contemporary Dance, Mexico, to train with the prestigious Delfos Danza Company. Jennifer then returned to London to complete her studies, graduating with a First Class Honors BA Dance Performance from Middlesex University.

Passionate about teaching, Jennifer studied under IDTA President, Yvonne Gout, to become an Associate of the IDTA and has taught in renowned dance schools nationwide for over ten years.

Jennifer thoroughly enjoys teaching and encouraging others and sharing her love of dance.


Mercedes Mompo - Vice Principal

Mercedes is originally from Spain, where she trained intensively to become a professional dancer. After graduating she worked with several small companies in Sweden, Italy, Portugal and London.

Mercedes has years of expereince of teaching ballet to students of all ages and holds a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (Children and Young People) with Trinity Laban. Her lessons are focussed on the physicality and creativity of every pupil, with the belief that ballet is hard work but should be great fun!

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Mariana Lorenzano - Teacher

Mariana started her dance training aged 5 in Mexico City, where she specialized in ballet and jazz. She trained under the standards of the Royal Academy of Dance (International branches), until she joined the San Diego City Ballet (California) at 18.

She has performed in Mexico, USA, Argentina and England, where she specialised in dance teaching and community dance. Her passion and focus are offering children the necessary tools to be creative, to enjoy and love dance, with they highest technical skills. She is thrilled to form part of the Ballet North team.

Michelle Ballentyne -Teacher

Michelle won a scholarship to study at Laine Theatre Arts for three years where she gained her Associate in Cecchetti Ballet with Distinction. During her time there, she also won a scholarship to The Royal Ballet Summer School.

After her studies, she immediately gained a place with Union Dance Company, touring interantionally. Michelle then went on to perform in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals 'Cats' and 'Starlight Express', where she played the parts of Demeter, Bombalurina and Buffy.
Michelle also danced with the 'Carol Straker Dance Company' and has worked extensively in Theatre and Television productions.

In 2008, Michelle graduated from Middlesex University with a BA Hons in Dance Studies. Upon graduating, she continued to demonstrate Martha Graham Technique at Middlesex and went on to work with Robert Cohan CBE and Anne Donnelly in documenting Graham Technique for future resources.

Michelle has been teaching Ballet and Contemporary Dance at various institutions for many years and is delighted to be part of the Ballet North team.

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Hannah Barron - Teacher

Hannah’s passion for dance was nurtured from a young age when she began ballet lessons in her home town of County Durham.

Progressing to Advanced grades in Ballet, Tap, and Modern, she went on to win North East Ballet competitions and experienced master classes with such prestigious figures as Melanie Agar, Marguerite Porter and Lynn Wallis, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Upon successfully auditioning for a place at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Hannah went on to become vocationally trained in Contemporary Dance, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Dance Performance.
During this time, she also choreographed her own work, which was selected to be performed at the Camden Fringe Festival in London. Hannah was then accepted into the Post Graduate Contemporary Dance Company ‘EDge’ where she took part in a national and international tour, performing works by choreographers such as Trisha Brown, Ben Wright and Dog Kennel Hill, alongside gaining her Post Graduate Diploma.

Hannah’s love of teaching has been evident throughout her professional career and she is excited to be part of the Ballet North team.


Maroula Iliopoulou - Assistant Teacher

Maroula is originally from Greece and is currently an MA student at London Contemporary Dance School.

She graduated as a dance teacher in Athens and has also completed a BA degree in Primary Education. Since she graduated she has shared her love for dance with students of different ages in Athens, Brussels and London both as a teacher and assistant.

Her willingness to always learn more has led her to travel around Europe both teaching and performing including performing in work by Hannes Langolf (DV8), Athanasia Kanellopoulou(Jasmin Vardimon), and Nicolas Vladyslav (Les Ballets C de la B) amongest many others.

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Mary Kinsella - Assistant Teacher

Mary has a BA(Hons) in Anthropology from Durham University. Throughout her degree, Mary taught for and performed with the Durham University Ballet Company and her award winning choreography toured nationally.

Mary is currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies at Trinity Laban. Her collaborations have led her to perform in the Tate Modern and the Cutty Sark as well as travel to India for the Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards.

Mary enjoys teaching ballet and contemporary technique to a range of ages and abilities across London and aims to bring fun and vitality to each class. Mary is thrilled to be a part of the Ballet North family and to grow as a teacher within this wonderful team.


Silvia Birro - Assistant Teacher

Silvia, originally from Italy, decided to move from home at the age of 14 to join a professional ballet dance school and be part of the Il Balletto Junior Company. During her 5 years in the Junior Company she had the opportunity to perform as a soloist dancing all over Italy as well as in Brussels, Barcelona, New York and Paris.

As her interest in contemporary dance grew, Silvia decided to join Rambert School where she gained a BA Degree, having the opportunity to investigate both contemporary and ballet technique in depth performing pieces by Mark Baldwin, Darren Ellis and Jenna Lee, as well as being a choreographer herself. Silvia is currently a member of Icarus Dance Company as well as a freelance teacher and she is excited to join the Ballet North team.

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Ria Uttridge - Teacher and Workshop Leader

Ria graduated from London Studio Centre with a BA (hons) in Dance Theatre specialising in Contemporary dance, winning an award for best performer on the Intoto tour.

Since 2007 Ria has toured the UK and Europe performing a diverse range of work; Contemporary, Physical Theatre, Street, Children’s theatre, Haka and African Contemporary work. Ria has toured with Sakoba Dance Theatre, Vocab Dance Company, Rosie Kay Dance Company, C-12 Dance Theatre, Shaun Parker.

Teaching is a strong passion of Ria’s, the creativity and energy of people continue to inspire, highlighting the value of creative education and creative facilitation to engage communities bringing them together. Ria has taught for the past 8 years a range of groups, schools, colleges, adult groups, community and performance groups.

Lucia Chocarro - Guest Teacher

Originally from the North of Spain, Lucia moved to London to train in ballet and contemporary dance at Lewisham College and then the London Contemporary Dance School where she graduated with a First Class Honors in 2013.

Lucia has performed with Punchdrunk immersive theatre company and Just Us Dance Theatre among other prestigious companies. She is also a founding member of Feet off the Ground Dance, a collective which performs Contact Improvisation & Partnering work and collaborates with live improvising musicians.

Lucia thoroughly enjoys teaching and finds it to be an enriching experience.

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Contact: 0787 068 5596 info@balletnorth.co.uk www.balletnorth.co.uk

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