TEACHERS

Nina started her career as an actress and a dancer and featured in many productions for TV, in movies and on stage. This led to her teaching and coaching ballet companies and dancers, e.g. Ballet Black, Fabula Collective and Company Wayne McGregor. Nina is currently Company Class teacher at Rambert. 

 

She is also theExecutive Vice President of Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® Technique and oversees the tri-annual worldwide training of over 150 teachers in NYC, Mexico and in Europe. She has been on the Board of Directors of the ZR Floor-Barre® Foundation since 2017. She has lectured at Kingston University where she taught Technique and Expression in the Department of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Performance / Screen Studies for four years, and has been coaching presentation, impact and performance technique since 2009.


She taught the Principal dancers for Cats The Movie (2019), i.e. Steven McRae and Francesca Hayward, and she also coaches dancers, soloists and principals from the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Swedish Royal Ballet and Rumanian National Ballet etc. Nina has taught classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York, at Coppelia’s Ballet in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and has coached students from Tring, Laban Conservatoire, The Place and Elmhurst, amongst others.

Nina teaches weekly open adult classes at Central School of Ballet, at Danceworks London and online.

Nina Thilas-Mohs

Freelance Dance Teacher

Denzil Bailey started to dance aged 17 in a weekly Jazz class in a church hall in Cricklewood. Encouraged by his teacher to take ballet, he joined the London School of Classical Dance. After 3 years he was chosen to join the internationally prestigious English National Ballet where he danced for 10 years, touring the world.

 

Following some time freelancing and raising his son Jacob, Denzil was approached by Cassa Pancho, a dancer writing her dissertation on the lack of black classical dancers. Together they founded 12 years ago the renowned Ballet Black. This led to numerous requests to teach and Denzil unintentionally became a ballet teacher, which he calls his “dream job”. In addition to his two weekly classes at Danceworks, Denzil teaches at Central Ballet School, The Place, London Studio Centre, Middlesex University, London Theatre School and Pineapple. He also teaches for dance companies such as Rambert, Random, Neo Ballet, Tavaziva and Skanes Danse in Sweden – and of course, Ballet Black.

Denzil Bailey

Freelance Ballet Teacher

Born and trained in Australia, Adam moved to the United Kingdom and began his professional dancing career with London City Ballet. After turning his attention to working as a freelance dancer, and in between stints with English National Ballet, Adam had success on the commercial dance circuit. He danced on two of Kylie Minogue’s world tours, appeared in television productions and feature films including Pride and Prejudice and Phantom of The Opera, and worked with Stanley Kubrick on choreography for Eyes Wide
Shut. He has worked extensively as a dancer, acrobat and actor in opera, and as assistant choreographer on Sir David McVicar’s Adriana Lecouvreur has been responsible for staging the Act III ballet in revivals of the production at Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna), L'Opéra Bastille (Paris), The Royal Opera House (London) and The Metropolitan Opera (New York).

 

Adam is a freelance ballet teacher and coach, and a member of the teaching staff at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and West London School of Dance/Young Dancer’s Academy. Formerly one of the ballet masters for Ballet Black, Adam has also been a guest teacher for Rambert, Michael Clark and Akram Khan’s company. He teaches open ballet classes of all levels, as well as his unique “Tumbling Skills For Dancers” at London’s Pineapple Dance Studios and Danceworks.

Adam Pudney

Freelance Teacher & Coach

Etta Murfitt

Teacher & Associate Artistic Director New Adventures

Etta joined New Adventures in 1991 first as a performer and is now the Associate
Artistic Director.


For New Adventures: The Red Shoes, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Early Adventures, Cinderella, Dorian Gray, Edward Scissorhands, Highland Fling, Nutcracker!, The Car Man, The Infernal Galop, The Percys of Fitzrovia, Deadly Serious and Town and Country.


Other credits: Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Tin Drum, Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, 946, Wild Bride, Midnight’s Pumpkin, Steptoe and Son, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh); Orpheus and The Underworld directed by Emma Rice (English
National Opera); Romantics Anonymous (Wise Children).

 

Etta was Choreographer for Wise Children directed by Emma Rice, and she created the role of Nora Chance.


Etta is an Associate Artist with Kneehigh Theatre Company and Movement Director
for Emma Rice’s Wise Children.

James trained in Musical Theatre from a young age where he was coached in all styles of
dance. During this time he found a love for classical dance and so attended The Royal Ballet
Summer School where he received a scholarship to train at The Royal Ballet (upper school) full
time.


He graduated with a contract to dance as a member of the ‘Corps de Ballet’ in The Royal Ballet
Company, Covent Garden. During his time in the company, James danced in lots of classical
ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Manon, Giselle, The Nutcracker
and the original cast of Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. Since then,
James has moved into dancing in the West End in roles such as ‘Older Billy’ In Billy Elliot The
Musical (Victoria Palace Theatre), Swing/Ensemble in the original London cast of An American
in Paris (The Dominion Theatre), and most recently Assistant Dance Captain and Ballet Dancer
in Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre). He has also danced on The Royal Variety
Performance and been on UK and International Tours.


Throughout his stage career, James has danced in many movies such as ‘Cinderella’, ‘The
Nutcracker and the four realms’, and ‘Artemis Fowl’ all for Walt Disney Studios.
Being a passionate teacher as well as a performer, James currently teaches at some of
London’s top vocational dance schools, is a Licentiate member of the ISTD, and is currently
studying for his MA in Dance Pedagogy.

James Butcher

Teacher & Performer

Luke was born in London and trained at the Royal Ballet School from the age of 11. After graduating he joined Scottish Ballet (soloist) where he danced for 10 years and then went on to dance for Rambert until 2019.


In 2004 he performed with K Ballet Company, Japan at the Metropolitan Opera House NYC for the Frederick Ashton gala. He has danced a range of roles with The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, and Rambert by renowned choreographers such as Balanchine, Ashton, Forsythe, Page, Alston, Macmillan, Wheeldon, Tetley, Christopher Bruce and Matthew Bourne.


Luke was an Olivier nominated dancer for outstanding achievements in 2017 for Mark Baldwin’s ‘Creation’. Most recently Luke was a guest dancer with Company Wayne McGregor in ‘Tree of Codes’ in Paris with the Paris Opera Ballet.

Luke Ahmet

Freelance Dance Artist

& Teacher

Raymond Chai

Freelance Dance Teacher & Choreographer

Raymond has worked in classical ballet, musical theatre and television. He danced with the National Ballet of Portugal where he danced a repertoire of classical and contemporary works. Musical theatre productions include CATS, Miss Saigon, Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate and The King and I (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, London West End)

Raymond has been a guest teacher for various well-known dance companies around the world including English National Ballet, National Ballet of Portugal, Singapore Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, New Adventures, Company Wayne McGregor and highlights includes International Ballet Gala in Malaysia featuring principals and soloists from San Francisco Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Boston Ballet. He has coached dance students for the Adeline Genee Awards and the Asian Grand Prix. Raymond is also a guest tutor at the Dance Masters International in New Zealand.

Choreographic commissions include for the National Ballet of Portugal, Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet Black (Royal Opera House), Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Dance Space Malaysia and the BBC.

In October 2015, Raymond premiered his piece ‘Unbroken Silence’ in the USA at YourMove Modern Dance Festival, New Jersey.

Raymond was invited to Hong Kong in 2017 where he choreographed ‘The Architecture of Wu’ for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

 In 2018, Raymond premiered his second ballet production, ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ in Malaysia.

In June 2018, Raymond was awarded Master of Arts in Dance Technique Pedagogy by Middlesex University.

Raymond currently holds the position of Lecturer in Dance at the London Contemporary Dance School, London.

Rose Alice has had an incredibly unique career so far. She was awarded honours for all advanced R.A.D examinations as well as being awarded both Junior and Senior R.A.D scholarships, followed by the prestigious R.A.D Bursary.

After being awarded the Robert and Elizabeth Classical Ballet scholarship she travelled to continue her training in Toulouse, France. Rose was a finalist in the Prix de Lausanne in 2006 and was offered a scholarship to The Basel Theatre Ballet where she completed her final year of training. Rose was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and was a guest artist at the finale of Australia’s Got Talent. She performed in Liquid Skin Performing Arts Company where she performed and was an assistant choreographer on works “The Faders” and “Plucked”. She was invited to Stuttgart to premiere her solo piece of choreography “The Waiting Room” which received raved reviews. Rose began performing in Hong Kong and China in 2011 and made the move to Singapore to be dance captain of Gateway Entertainments productions and tours.

Whilst in Asia she worked very closely with CPG where she performed and Choreographed numerous shows for clients such as Patek Philippe, Jaeger Le Couture, Marina Bay Sands, The Venetian Macau, Johnny Walker, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Beijing Fashion week, Caterpillar, Kevin Spacey, The Ritz Carlton, Prestige Magazine, Buick, Luminous, Imagination, Artistry and 1881 Heritage.

Rose has appeared in Harper’s bazaar Australia, Plug magazine, Capezio campaigns and has featured in music videos for Moon Rabbit, Mika, The Magician, Johnny wore black, Bloc party, The Other Animal, and performed “Onegin at the Royal Opera House to name a few. Rose has performed as a soloist in Barcelona for Huawei and in Paris as a guest artist for Rolex at the Palais Opera Garnier. Rose has been a regular guest teacher for Franco Dragone’s cast of Taboo in Macau.

She has also led Movement Direction for Net-A-Porter, Huawei, Central St Martins, designer Irene Jia and more. On film Rose has choreographed and performed in Feature films ‘Love Sarah’ and ‘The Parisian as well as short films ‘Husk’, ‘The Choke’ ‘Heroine’ and ‘Fire’.

Rose is the Artistic Director and founder of International Arts Collective. Under Rose’s direction IAC have performed in Beijing, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Kunming, Paris, Kazakhstan and London. Thus far she has clients such as Tiffany & Co, Patek Philippe, BMW, Jaguar and Huawei.

Rose has produced two full length shows in London in both 2016 and 2019 with International Arts Collective and is the co-founder and producer of the newly launched Loud Groupe.

Rose Alice

Freelance Dance Artist, Choreographer, 

Artistic Director & Teacher

Born in Amiens, France, Constance fell in love with the world of dance, performance and fitness. Her wish and determination to become a professional ballerina led her to train pre-professionally at the Rosella Hightower school in Cannes, then at the English National Ballet School, in London.

 

Constance joined The Scottish Ballet permanently in 2009, was promoted to Soloist in 2014 and became a Principal dancer in 2016. Some of her highlights include: Odette/Odile, Swan Lake (choreography David Dawson), The Sugar Plum fairy in The Nutcracker (choreography Peter Darrell), Cinderella and The Snow Queen (both choreographed by Christopher Hampson). She has been practicing Yoga alongside her career and passed her Yoga Level 3 instructor diploma in 2018. Constance is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science in Sport, Fitness and Coaching and also teaches all level ballet classes and workshops. More recently, in 2020 Constance has achieved her meditation diploma. 

Constance is a very passionate artist, always seeking to inspire her audience both on and off the stage.

Constance Devernay

Principal Ballerina, Teacher & Coach