About

Established in North London in 2012, Ballet North are committed to providing a safe and friendly enviroment for dancers young and old to develop and grow.

All teachers hold professional teaching qualifications, Public Liability Insurance and undergo thorough CRB / DBS checks. 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.

Teachers

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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.

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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.

Lucia Chocarro - 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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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 - Assistant 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.

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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.

Since 2007 Ria has toured the UK and Europe extensively performing and teaching a wide range of work including Contemporay, Street Dance, Physical Theatre, Haka and African Contemporary work.

With over 8 years experience, teaching is a strong passion of Ria's; the creativity and energy of those she teaches continually inspire her, highlighting the value and power of the arts in education and community setting to bring people together

Zoe Georgallis - Teacher

Zoe is originally from Cyprus, where she began training in dance from a young age. Her passion for movement led her to London and to TrinityLaban where she studied on the BA Dance Theatre and the MA Dance Performance courses. There, she had the opportunity to develop her performing, choreographing and teaching abilities. In 2012 she became a member of Transitions Dance Company whilst completing her MA in Dance Performance and leading creative dance workshops in schools across the U.K.

Since graduating, Zoe had worked numerous companies and artists and developed her teaching skills, delivering street dance, ballet, fitness and arts and crafts in Primary schools across London.

Zoe's choreographic work has been selected for presentation and supported by various festivals such as Blueprints and Emerge festivals in London, Lapsody festival in Finland and the Dance Platform and Loop festivals in Cyprus.
Zoe is very excited to be joining the BalletNorth family and is looking forward to transmitting her passion and knowledge of dance to her new students.

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Sarah Poekert - Teacher and Workshop Leader

Sarah is originally from America where she studied contemporary, Graham, ballet, physical theatre and creative movement. She has a BA (Hons) in Dance Performance and Psychology from Roger Williams University and a Diploma in Dance Studies and MA in Creative Practice both from Trinity Laban in London.

Sarah has performed and had her work, which explores audience participation, memory, and stimulation of the senses, shown at Trinity Laban, The Point, The Shunt Lounge, the Brick Box, and Trispace Gallery. Sarah is also the Artistic Director and Producer of 3s A Crowd arts collective who make and show work at various venues across London.

Sarah loves spreading her knowledge of the moving body by teaching contemporary dance, ballet, choreography, and creative movement at primary, secondary, and degree level schools including being the founder of Thrive Youth Dance Company.

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Francesca Sgolmin

Francesca trained in Italy in Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance and Ballet. She obtained a qualification of Higher Education in Dance Studies at Birkbeck University before completing her dance teacher training, obtaining a Diploma in Dance Education with The Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dancing.

Francesca has performed as a dancer across Eurpoe in Italy, Germany and London including performances at the Royal Opera House. Francesca has always been passionate about dance in all its forms, curious about the development of movement and its relationship to music, which is an integral part of her dancing. As part of the Ballet North team, Francesca loves transmitting her passion for dance to her students in a creative and inspiring environment.

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

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