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Academy faculty biographies

Read more about the Academy of Northern Ballet directors, teachers and pianists.

David Nixon, OBE

David Nixon, OBE

Artistic Director

David Nixon has been Artistic Director of Northern Ballet since 2001. David trained as a dancer, first in his hometown of Chatham, Ontario and then at the National Ballet School of Canada where his... read more

Yoko Ichino

Yoko Ichino

Ballet Mistress & Academy Associate Director

Born in Los Angeles, Yoko studied with renowned ballerina Mia Slavenska and began her professional career in 1972 when she joined Joffrey Ballet II as an Apprentice. What followed was a career that... read more

Annemarie Donoghue

Academy & Graduate Programme Manager

Teaches Mini Movers, Creative Movement, Intro to Ballet and Over 55s Annemarie trained in classical ballet from a very young age and from the age of 13-18 she attended Intake High School where... read more

Cara O'Shea

Classical & Jazz Teacher

Cara trained with London Junior Ballet where she won a competitive scholarship in her graduation year, and was a Cecchetti Scholar for four years, winning the senior division at the Cecchetti Mabel... read more

Viki Westall

Viki Westall

Classical Ballet Teacher

Viki was born in Alderley Edge, Cheshire and began ballet lessons at 5 years old, progressing to White Lodge at 11 and then continuing her training at the Hammond School, Chester. At the age of 17... read more

Georgina May

Georgina May

Classical Ballet Teacher & Pilates

Georgina joined the Company as a dancer in 2002 and retired in June 2012. During her time with the Company she created roles such as Aurora in A Sleeping Beauty Tale and Ophelia in Hamlet. Since... read more

Christopher Hinton-Lewis

Christopher Hinton-Lewis

Guest Ballet Master, Classical Ballet Teacher

Christopher Hinton-Lewis was born in Wolverhampton and trained at the English National Ballet School. He joined the Company as a dancer in 1999 and was promoted to Premier Dancer in 2008. Throughout... read more

Jane Tucker

Jane Tucker

Classical Ballet Teacher

Born in West Yorkshire, Jane undertook her early training with the Northern Dance Centre and completed it at Central School of Ballet and Northern Ballet School where she performed and toured with... read more

Fiona Beale

Fiona Beale

Classical Ballet Teacher

Fiona was born in Solihull where she started dancing, later she moved to Southampton and attended the Parkewood School of Dance. After this Fiona spent a year at the West Street Studios before... read more

ELizabeth (Lisa) Rae with Richard Sykes, Frankfurt Ballet

Elizabeth Rae

Classical Ballet Teacher

Dip R.B.S (TTC) ARAD, AISTD (NDB), IBF, CSF Elizabeth started training with Margaret Jaffé at The Northern Dance Centre (formally Braybrooks Academy) in West Yorkshire UK, before winning a... read more

Jessica Mais

Classical Ballet Teacher

Born in Harrogate, Jessica started Dance training age four at a local Dance school and with Central School of Ballet. She then graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2010 with a First Class... read more

Douglas Thorpe

Contemporary Teacher

Douglas trained at London Contemporary Dance School in 1982. He joined Phoenix Dance Company in 1987 and spent four years with the Company. After taking a nine-year break from performing, Douglas... read more

Tony Louis

Contemporary Teacher

Tony started dancing with the Harehills Youth Dance Theatre and went on to dance with the National Youth Dance Theatre. He trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance and the Northern... read more

David Plumpton

Academy Pianist

Born in North Yorkshire, David is widely regarded as one of the foremost dance accompanists in the UK. In a career spanning over 25 years, he has worked with some of the finest and most respected... read more

Gerard Power

Academy Pianist

Gerard Power has over ten years experience as a piano accompanist for ballet. For some of that period, he has worked with Northern Ballet in various capacities including as a touring company pianist... read more