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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 home town of Chatham, Ontario and then at the National Ballet School of Canada where his... read more

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

Cara O'Shea

Head of Lower Level Pre-Professional Programme

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

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

Viki Westall

Classical Ballet Teacher

Viki was lucky enough to have Margaret Rawlinson, an early member of the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, as her first teacher, and was thrilled to be accepted by the Royal Ballet School at the age of 11... read more

Annemarie Donoghue

Academy & Graduate Programme Manager

Teaches Mini Movers, Creative Movement 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 she trained in... read more

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

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

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 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

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

Ewan Gilford

Ewan Gilford

Company Pianist

Ewan joined Northern Ballet in 2015 as a pianist with the professional Company, where he still plays along side his Academy duties.  He also acted as Musical Director for Tortoise & the Hare... 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

Siobhan Camkin

Classical Ballet Teacher

Born in Sydney, Australia Siobhan trained at The West Australian School of Dance and Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy before moving to the UK for the Academy of Northern Ballet's Graduate... read more

Emma Rodriguez-Saona

Open Programme Manager & Student Support Coordinator

Emma has worked with the Academy since 2011. Emma manages the Open Programme and the Academy Student Support Team which oversees the welfare of all students at the Academy. Emma is also a Northern... read more

Yasmin Delves

Centre of Advanced Training Manager

In 2013 Yasmin became a Performing Arts specialist for the company Artis – during this time she worked with children of all ages across Yorkshire using performing arts to influence children’s... read more