Academy biographies

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...
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...
Mini Movers and Creative Movement, Associate Programme Manager
Annemarie trained in classical ballet from a very young age and graduated from Bretton Hall College with a BA Hons in Dance in 1994. On graduation she taught GCSE and A Level dance at Ossett High...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
ELizabeth (Lisa) Rae with Richard Sykes, Frankfurt Ballet
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...