Established in North London in 2012, Ballet North are committed to providing a safe and friendly environment 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 Licentiate 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.
Contact: 0787 068 5596 [email protected] www.balletnorth.co.uk
Mariana Lorenzano - Senior Teacher, Early Years Specialist & Project Manager
Mariana is a Mexican-Argentinian dancer who started her dance training aged 5 in Mexico City, where she focused on ballet, jazz and contemporary technique. Studying at Dance Center Mexico, one of the most prestigious dance schools in the country, at age 16 Mariana joined as an apprentice in Danza sin Fronteras, an independent ballet company in Mexico City until she joined the City Ballet of San Diego (California) at 18.
After a successful performance career in Mexico, USA, Argentina and England, she decided to step off stage to share her knowledge. Since then she has completed a MA Community Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) and now focuses on teaching ballet technique and developing dance project with non-dancers. Her passion and focus are in offering the necessary tools to be creative and to enjoy and love dance, whilst keeping highest technical skills. She is thrilled to be part of the Ballet North team as a Senior Teacher for all levels.
Mercedes Mompo - Vice Principal
Mercedes Mompo was born in Spain where she trained to become a professional dancer. After finishing vocational training she went on to dance with several small companies in Sweden, Italy, and the UK. She joined Vortice Dance Company in 2010 in Portugal, touring Portugal and Europe with several productions.
Mercedes relocated to London in 2012, to develop her teaching career and studied at Trinity Laban to prepare for the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning. She graduated in 2015 and in the same year was awarded the Victoria Griffiths Bursary for dance teachers.
In London, Mercedes has taught at Chisenhale Dance space, Eastside Educational Trust and Morley College amongst others.
Mercedes joined Ballet North in 2015. Since then she has enjoyed working with children of all ages and their families, sharing her love for ballet.
Hannah Barron - Lead 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 continues to shine in her role as Lead Teacher with Ballet North
Simone Pinchera - Lead Teacher
Simone is an Italian dancer from Rome who started dancing age 9 at the Rome Opera House's Dance School. He went on to study at the highly acclaimed National Dance Academy in Rome and in 2015 he graduated with the highest possible achievement in classical ballet dance.
Simone has performed many ballets including “The Nutcracker”, “The Sleeping Beauty” and “Petruska” amongst others with the Rome Opera House's ballet company directed by Carla Fracci.
Simone has been teaching ballet internationally over the past 2 years. A kind, patient and clam teacher with a wealth of experience he is eager to pass on his knowledge and expertise to others.
“In my opinion ballet is a life style; it brings so many health benefits to your body and mind; good not only for those people who practice professionall, but also for all people, regardless of their ability. Dance will awaken your mind and relieve stress from your body!”
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.
Nick Crowley - Teacher
Nick's dance training began very young; not wanting to miss out on the opportunities given to his older sister, he demanded that he should also be taken to Ballet class! His love of the Performing Arts grew into his teenage years, inspired by workshops and projects with Casper Cornish, Wayne Sleep, and Carlos Acosta, he got a scholarship to study Musical Theatre at the Urdang Academy.
Since then Nick has been performing as well as teaching ballet, with some highlights including touring China, performing at the O2 Arena, and Dancing with Jason Gardner for ITV. He is thrilled to be part of the Ballet North team, and keen to pass on the physical skills, artistic insight, and opportunities that ballet has given him over the years, to the next generation of boys and girls.
Ornella Compagno - Teaching Assistant
Originally from Palermo, Italy, Ornella started her dance training at the age of 3, with her encouraging teachers Melissa Mackie and Lilli Russo (ballet) and Daniela Donato (contemporary).
Having danced in a number of operas with Massimo Theatre, in 2011 Ornella moved to Florence to study professionally at The Opus Ballet Contemporary school, where she had the privilege of dancing every month with international choreographers from around the world.
Since moving to London in 2014 and graduating from West Thames College's HE Dance Course, Ornella has collaborated with Emmeline Cresswell Dance Company and Sketch Dance Company on multiple creative dance projects, and more recently has started to study a new dance fusion of Contemporary and Capoeira classes.
She brings her love of dance in all its forms to her teaching role at Ballet North
Rosario Vestaglio - Teaching Assistant
Rosario is an Italian ballet dancer from a little town close to Palermo. Having not had the opportunity to study locally as a child he did not begin his ballet journey until he was almost 18 years old.
After winning several international competitions he won a scholarship to study at the Royal Ballet School, London before returning to Italy to work for the "Fondazione Teatro Massimo di Palermo“. Rosario then moved to Switzerland where he took part in a tournée around the country and in Germany.
Now based once again in London, Rosario is studying at the Royal Academy of Dance to become a professional ballet teacher and is begining his teaching journey with Ballet North, passing on his knowledge and experience to a new generation of dancers.
Emma Haughney - Street Dance Teacher
Emma is originally from Ireland where she began her professional dance training at ‘Colaiste Stiofain Naofa’ under the direction of Alan Foley before moving to the UK in 2013 to study at ‘Stella Mann College of Performing Arts’.
Graduating in 2016 with a Diploma in Dance, Emma went on to perform in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Morocco, Lebanon and Paris. She was also accepted to be a part of ‘Sol Dans’ contemporary company after graduation and has taught open classes for the company at ‘Pineapple Dance Studios’ and ‘BASE dance studios’.
Teaching has always been a strong passion for Emma. She has taught for ‘Rhythm Dance Company’ and ‘Ballet Theatre Ireland’ and continues to teach a range of ages and abilities in various dance styles across London and is thrilled to be part of the Ballet North team.