Ballet Teacher Seminar Day, 14th May 2017

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"I loved the Ballet Teacher Seminar Day, it was such a beneficial and inspiring day. I would definitely attend again and recommend it to other dance teachers too".

(Sophie Tighe, Sophie Dee School of Dance).

"I thought the balance of observing, listening and participating was absolutely perfect. I learned a great deal and I felt so inspired by the wonderful teachers"

(Jane Baker, Jane Elizabeth School of Ballet).

"Thank you for organising such a wonderful informative day, I'm already looking forward to the next one! I am already using lots of new combinations in my ballet classes and its so refreshing to take back the tips from such professional people. I believe we all still have much to learn and I've been teaching forty years." 

(Bernadette Heys, Bernadette Heys School of Theatre Dance)

"I really enjoyed the Ballet Teacher Seminar. It was extremely useful and inspiring and I will definitely be coming to the next one."

(Ellie Cook, Ballet Teacher).

Ballet Teacher Seminar Day

Leeds, Sunday 14th May 2017

Who is delivering the day?

The Ballet Teacher Seminar Day is hosted by Professional Dance Experience and the sessions on the day will be delivered by a specially selected team of expert professional ballet teachers, lecturers, ex professional ballet dancers and professional choreographers.

Who is delivering the day?

The Ballet Teacher Seminar Day is hosted by Professional Dance Experience and the sessions on the day will be delivered by a specially selected team of expert professional ballet teachers, lecturers, ex-professional ballet dancers and guest speakers:

Who is delivering the day?

Judith Reyn

- Former Dancer with the Royal Ballet and former Principal Ballerina with Stutgart Ballet Company

- Former teacher of classical ballet, variations, and repertoire for Vienna State Opera Ballet School

- Guest Teacher with a number of prestigious vocational ballet schools and ballet companies

Judith Reyn Studied at the Royal Ballet School. After graduation, Judith was accepted into the Royal Ballet Company where she remained for four years, working with many leading personalities of the period, including Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. She also danced demi-solo and solo roles in ballets by Ashton and MacMillan. Judith Reyn was selected by John Cranko for his Stuttgart Company, promoted shortly afterwards to Soloist and a year later to Principal.

- Danced the leading roles in John Cranko’s important full-length ballets: Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Katharina and Bianca in Taming of the Shrew, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and also Giselle in Giselle (Peter Wright) and Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (Frankfurt Ballet).

- Studied anatomy and ballet pedagogy with Marika Besobrasova and other leading teachers in Europe under the sponsorship of the Vienna State Opera Ballet School. Continued studies in Vienna of ballet methodology, corrective gymnastics, Pilates and kinesiology.

- Joined the staff of the Vienna State Opera Ballet School under the directorship of Professor Michael Birkmeyer as teacher of classical ballet, variations, and repertoire for fifteen years. Taught the eight-year training programme many times and was largely responsible for the repertoire and the performances of the Upper Level.

- Evolved a special workshop to acquaint professional dancers and students of ballet and contemporary dance with anatomical and kinaesthetic awareness on an easy understandable basis.

- Active as an international guest teacher with invitations to leading classical ballet companies and contemporary and modern dance companies. Conducted master classes and workshops in universities, conservatories, academies, dance foundations, and dance festivals. Involved in social projects for teaching dance e.g. in the Soweto Township Johannesburg under the auspices of the Ballet Theatre African and the De Anima Company in Rio de Janeiro founded by Richard Cragun with the aim to give ballet classes to children and youth from the favelas.

Guest Teaching:

Ballet companies:
Stuttgart Ballet Company, Leipzig Ballet Company, HET National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier, Düsseldorf Ballet Company, ABT Studio Company

Universities and conservatories:
Nova College Haarlem, Australian Ballet School, Royal Ballet School London, HET Theatre Ballet School Amsterdam, Joffrey Ballet School, Central School of Ballet London, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, WAAPA Perth, QUT Brisbane, Basel Ballet Theatre School, Taipei National University of Arts, Tainan National University of Arts, Philadelphia University of Fine Arts, Konservatorium Vienna Privatuniversität, Tisch University of Fine Arts New York, Hochschule Frankfurt Germany, Ecole Vocational Ballet and Dance Theatre (Sydney, Australia), Sam Houston University of Arts, Houston Civic College of Arts, Northwest Florida Ballet (pre-professionals), Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, Elmhurst Ballet School (in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet). The Henny Jurriens Foundation Amsterdam, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Madrid Associatione for Professional Dancers, ImpulsTanz Vienna, Danceforward London etc.


Viki Westall

- Former Principal Ballerina with Northern Ballet Theatre and former dancer with London Festival Ballet

Guest Teacher at a number of vocational ballet schools and companies

- Body Control Pilates 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 she joined London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) under the artistic directorship of Dame Beryl Grey and spent 7 years with that company dancing in all the major classics (Swan Lake, Nureyev's Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Giselle, Cranko's Onegin, La Sylphide) both in England and abroad (China, Venezuela, France, Denmark and Italy). She danced the principal role of Pigtails in Graduation Ball and many other soloist parts. With directors John Fields and then Peter Schaufuss she worked alongside many international guest artists and inspirational choreographers.

In 1986 Viki joined Northern Ballet Theatre, becoming a principal the following year  under the artistic directorship of Christopher Gable. During her time with the company she created many roles including the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet , Mrs Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, The Stepmother in Cinderella, and Dancing Girl in Swan Lake. She danced the principal roles of Giselle, Juliet, Swanhilda (Coppelia), Odile (Swan Lake), Kitri (Don Quixote), Berthe Morisot (Memoire Imaginaire), Alice (Alice in Wonderland) and The Woman in Red (Liasons Amoreuses) many, many times! She was also noted for her performances of Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, The Pianist in Flemming Flindt's The Lesson,Stepsister in Cinderella, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Elizabeth Lowry, performing alongside Christopher Gable in Gillian Lynn's A Simple Man. Viki also guested abroad, dancing in New York and Florida and performing Odette/Odile throughout Germany.
In 1996 Viki retired from the stage and re-trained, returning to Northern Ballet Theatre to work as Events Manager until January 98. On finding it difficult to sit still, she began work at Northern Ballet School in September 98 as Head of Classical Dance, a post she held for 3 years. Whilst there she choreographed and staged The Nutcracker and Coppelia for Manchester City Ballet. She also began, at Christopher's request, teaching the Northern Ballet Theatre Associates. From 2002 - 2004 Viki was part of the faculty at London Studio Centre, and also a guest teacher for the RAD, BBO and ISTD organizations, and other vocational schools.
During the summer of 2000 Viki spent 2 weeks at BalletMet, Ohio training with Yoko Ichino and learning her technique. Since then she has worked consistently with Yoko teaching both the Associate, Professional and Graduate programs at Northern Ballet Academy. She also teaches in Italy for the Academy on the Formazione Tersicore project.
Viki is a qualified Body Control Pilates teacher, both matwork and reformer, and also writes and reviews for Dance Europe magazine.

What are the timings of the Ballet Teacher Seminar?


The day will begin with registration from 09.15 am ready for the first session which begins at 10.00 am. The Ballet Teacher Seminar day will finish at 5pm.

Will I be able to claim CPD points for attending the Ballet Teacher Seminar?


The Ballet Teacher Seminar day will be a fantastic opportunity for your continuing professional development and if you would like to count the day towards your CPD points for the year I am pleased to say that we have been in contact with a couple of the Syllabus bodies and they have assured us that the day should count for your required CPD points.

To help you in documenting your attendance at the Ballet Teacher Seminar Day, you will receive a pack containing:

- A certificate of participation

- The aims and objectives of the Ballet Teacher Seminar

- The learning outcomes of the day

We have been assured that this will be everything that you need for you to claim your required CPD points for the day if you wish to.

How much of the day will I be expected to participate in?


Will lunch be provided on the day?


Yes, lunch will be provided on the day along with drinks served throughout the day.

Can I bring other teachers, friends or colleagues with me on the day?


Yes, you can book more than one place at the Ballet Teacher Seminar day if you wish to bring along any of your colleagues. In fact, we would encourage you to do so. Whilst you could attend on your own and take back your notes to share with your other teachers and colleagues at your school, nothing really compares to them coming along in person and experiencing the whole of the day for themselves!

How do I reserve my place at the Ballet Teacher Seminar Day?


Is there a Guarantee?

Your investment in the Ballet Teacher Seminar day is backed by our 100% Money Back Guarantee. Our Guarantee is simple - If you invest the money to come to this event and you decide on the day that you have made the wrong decision and it's not worth every penny of the ticket price, then simply let us know by 1pm on the day, you can leave the Ballet Teacher Seminar Day and we will refund the full cost of your ticket, no questions asked. 

To reserve your place, simply click the orange button below and complete our quick and easy online booking form.

* Judith Reyn former Stutgart Ballet Principal and International Guest Teacher

* Viki Westall former Northern Ballet Theatre Principal, Ballet Teacher and Body Control Pilates Teacher

* Musical Accompaniment by David Plumpton

* Plus an audience with Royal Ballet Principal, Alexander Campbell

Spend a whole day immersing yourself in the expertise and knowledge of top professional teachers, lecturers and special guests...

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Alexander Campbell

- Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet

Guest Artist with Australian Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet


Photo: Rob Moore

Born in Sydney, Alexander Campbell trained at Academy Ballet, Sydney, and The Royal Ballet School. 

In 2003 he won silver at the Genée International Ballet Competition and was a Prix de Lausanne finalist. He joined BRB in 2005, promoted to first soloist, 2009. At BRB he created roles in Le Baiser de la fée and E=mc²

Alexander joined The Royal Ballet in 2011, promoted to Principal, 2016. His repertory with the Company includes Prince Florimund, Colas, Basilio, Magician/Mad Hatter, Lewis Carroll/White Rabbit, Hans-Peter/Nutcracker and Prince (Nutcracker), Young Man (Two Pigeons), Jack (Sweet Violets), Emble (Age of Anxiety) and roles in ‘Emeralds’ (Jewels), Voices of Spring, In the Night, Connectome, Ceremony of Innocence and Woolf Works, among other works. He created Henry (Frankenstein) and a role in Obsidian Tear. He has performed as a guest artist with Australian Ballet and BRB.

David Plumpton

- Accompanist for a number of international ballet companies, schools and examination bodies 


David Plumpton 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 dancers, teachers and choreographers of his generation.

David is a regular class and examination accompanist for the Royal Academy of Dance, Imperial Society and the British Ballet Organisation and has played for regional and national courses for these respected bodies.

David Plumpton has regularly accompanied Professional Dance Experience’s events and has also worked with such international artists as Darcey Bussell CBE, Jonathan Cope, Dame Beryl Grey, Gillian Lynne CBE, David Bintley CBE, Sir Anthony Dowell CBE, Wayne Eagling, Christopher Gable CBE, David Nixon OBE and Wayne Sleep OBE.

David has accompanied the Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, New Adventures, Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, New English Contemporary Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group; additionally he has collaborated on education projects with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Northern Ballet and has played for the Royal Ballet School’s Associates programme. 

David Plumpton is passionate in his interest for dance, for working with teachers, professional performers and aspiring students. He is delighted to have released a series of ballet class CDs which capture and embelish his belief that ballet can be fun, exciting and above all else artistically emotive.

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 Venue Address: Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peter's Square, Leeds LS9 8AH

The Ballet Teacher Seminar Day takes place at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds. The excellent facilities, including fully sprung floors, piano and ballet barres, will allow you to make the most out of every session. 

Yorkshire Dance is two minutes walk from Leeds city bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station. There is a little on-street parking outside the centre, and near by carparks include: NCP on New York Street; NCP on The Headrow; West Yorkshire Playhouse Carpark; Quarry Hill Carpark and George Street Carpark

If you plan to stay in Leeds overnight, there are numerous hotels very close by to suit every budget. 

It is up to you to decide how much of the day you wish to participate in!

You will be welcome to join in with the discussions, or simply enjoy watching, listening and making notes. 

There will also be more practical sessions, including a ballet class for you to enjoy taking part in if you wish to. You can do the whole class, just the barre, or you are welcome to watch the class, make notes and again join in with the discussions. 

 If you wish to try some of the exercises for yourself so that you are familiar with how they feel on your own body before you go and pass them on to your students, you will be more than welcome to do so. Or again, if you wish to just watch and take notes, that will be absolutely fine too. 

The day will also include 'An Audience With Alexander Campbell' and there will be an opportunity to ask Alexander questions about his life and career as Principal dancer with the Royal Ballet. 

What will I have to wear?


We would recommend that you bring loose and comfortable clothing if you do want to join in with the more active parts of the day!

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Ballet Teacher Seminar Day, 14th May 2017

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