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 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 - Lead 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.
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!
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.
Mary Kinsella - 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 - 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.
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.
Irene Fiordilino - Teaching Assistant
Originally from Italy, Irene is a teacher, choreographer and performer now based in London. Irene did her Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary Dance and Choreography at Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma before completing a MFA in Choreography at Trinity Laban London in 2018.
In her training she has studied ballet, several contemporary dance techniques and methodology of choreographic composition with artists such as Adriana Borriello, Valeria Diana, Fray Faust, Michele Di Stefano, Christine Tanner, Tony Thatcher, etc.
In 2018 Irene worked as a teacher, choreographer and performer in India, before joining the Ballet North team as a teaching assistant.