Ballet Teacher Seminar Day, 6th March 2016

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

Our special guests at the Ballet Teacher Seminar Day 2016 include:

* Raymond Chai Ballet Teacher on the Centre For Advanced Training programme at The Place and International guest teacher

* Eric Assandri former Ballet Master, Lecturer in Ballet Technique and International Examiner

*Vikki Westall Former Principal Ballerina and specialist in Pilates training for dance students

* Plus an audience with Kenneth Tindall award winning choreographer and former Northern Ballet Principal

To find out more about the 2017 Ballet Teacher Seminar Day, call our office today on 0113 2249 144

"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 fourty 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

Sunday 6th March 2016

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 professional choreographers.

Raymond Chai

- Former Ballet Dancer with The National Ballet Of Portugal

- Guest Ballet Teacher with a number of prestigious international ballet companies 

- Lecturer in Ballet Technique at The London Contemporary Dance School

- Ballet Teacher at the CAT (Centre For Advanced Training) at The Place, London


Raymond has worked in television, musical theatre and classical ballet. He danced with the National Ballet of Portugal and in musical theatre productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company; the London Palladium; National Theatre and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, as well as in Stuttgart, Hamburg and Zurich. 
He has been guest teacher for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; Richard Alston Dance Company; Hong Kong Ballet; Akram Khan and The National Ballet of China; Ballett de Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe; Ballett de Niedersachsische Staatstheater Hanover; National Ballet of Portugal; Singapore Dance Theatre; English National Ballet; DV8, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, Rambert Dance Company, Random Dance, Carlos Acosta and Friends at The London Coliseum, Yuan Yuan Tan and Fang Yi at Sadlers Wells and the New English Ballet Theatre. 
Raymond teaches Professional Ballet at DanceWorks in London and was the Chief Ballet Master for Ballet Black for 10 years. He is also currently a Ballet Lecturer at the London Contemporary Dance School.
Raymond's credits for German television include Tatort and Zorc and he choreographed for the UK television show, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet for the BBC. His other choreographic commissions include working for Ballet Black (Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House), the National Ballet of Portugal; Hong Kong Ballet; Sommer Tanz Fest (Switzerland); Staatstheater Karlsruhe, East London Dance(Stratford Circus), Artelier at the Music Room, The BrideWell Theatre and the King’s Head Theatre in London. He also choreographed for the film ‘Lilting’ starring Ben Whishaw.  
His latest projects include Unbroken Silence for Cloud Dance Festival at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London, which was performed again at the Robin Howard Theatre at The Place, London and  a piece for CAT (Centre of Advanced Training) called ‘And The Band Played On’ – performed at the Robin Howard Theatre in August 2014


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.

Eric Assandri 

- Former Professional Ballet Dancer

- Former Ballet Master 

- Lecturer in Ballet Technique at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance

- International Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance


Eric trained at the Conservatoire de Nice (1ST Price) and at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monaco. He went on to work professionally in Toulon, Marseille, Toulouse and then in Salzburg, where he performed several leading roles and was awarded best performance for a young dancer. He danced as a guest artist in Bournonville Pas de Deux and in ballets with Dinna Bjørn and with the soloists of the Royal Danish Ballet in Denmark, France, Spain.

While he was still performing, Eric was then asked to become an assistant to the Artistic Director in Salzburg as well as taking on the role as Ballet Master. Eric was responsible for teaching the company in their daily class along with leading rehearsals and assisting with the choreography.

Eric wanted to pursue his love for teaching so he took up the post of Lecturer in Ballet Technique at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) in Leeds. Eric delivers and is involved in the assessment of the ballet technique classes on all of the Programmes at NSCD including the Foundation Course, the Degree Programme and Post Graduate courses. He has, in the past been a Year Co-ordinator for 5 years and is part of the national and international audition panel at NSCD. Eric has also mentored other members of the teaching staff and has recently completed his PGCLTHE through the University of Leeds. Last year Eric decided to train to become an RAD Examiner of which he was successful and he has already travelled internationally examining for the RAD.


Kenneth Tindall

- Award winning choreographer 
- Former Principal Dancer with Northern Ballet
- Works created for Northern Ballet, ENB, John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet Junior Company and more


Kenneth had a professional dance career that spanned 15 years. In that time he performed with The Israel Ballet, K-Ballet and was a Principal Dancer with Northern Ballet where he created and performed many of the principal roles. Career highlights include guesting at the XIII International Ballet Festival of Miami and the closing Gala of the Stars and also closing the 5th International Beijing Dance Festival. He retired from the stage in May 2015.

Kenneth started choreographing in 2011. In 2012 he received his first full commission for a one act ballet, this ballet Project #1 went on to win the Production Prize at the 26th International Choreographic Competition Hannover. In 2013 Kenneth received his 2nd commission ‘luminous Junc•ture’ for Northern Ballet. Luminous Junc•ture was shown in a critical acclaim triple bill at the Royal Opera House, London alongside work by Lar Lubovitch and Hans Van Manen.

By 2014 Kenneth had received a Tagilioni European Ballet Award nomination for Best Young Choreographer and created work for Gala’s at Sadlers Wells and Frieze Projects for Frieze Art Fair London.Kenneth was selected to be part of the Dance UK Future Art Leaders programme 2014/2015 which saw him commissioned to create work for the English National Ballet. By 2015 Kenneth’s third one act ballet had received its London premiere to much critical acclaim. ’The Architect’ has now been nominated as Best Classical Choreography in the Critics Circle Dance Awards 2015.

Kenneth’s work has not only been nominated but he himself has been nominated as Emerging Artist for the Critics Circle Dance Awards as well being selected as one of the 14 industry experts for the Leeds European Capital of Culture bid 2023.

Kenneth also has an extensive portfolio of work in collaboration with artists. His first collaborative ballet with Linder Sterling generated a huge buzz and was filmed at it’s premiere by the Tate. His site specific work has been performed in galleries all over the UK and Europe and his critically acclaim ballet ‘Children of the Mantic Stain’ continues to be performed as part of the British Art Show 8.

Kenneth has created numerous works for companies all over Europe including John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet Junior Company and Kiel Ballet’s, International Gala of the Stars, he is currently working on his first full length ballet.


 Venue Address: Northern School of Contemporary Dance, 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4BH

Where does the Ballet Teacher Seminar Day take place?


The Ballet Teacher Seminar Day takes place at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) in Leeds. The excellent facilities, including fully sprung floors, floor to ceiling mirrors, piano and ballet barres, will allow you to make the most out of every session. 

NSCD is situated on Chapeltown Road in Leeds with accessible public transport to and from the city centre. Buses 2/2A, 3/3A run frequently throughout the day and stop just outside the College.

If you will be travelling by car, NSCD is within close distance of the Leeds inner-ring road and has free on-site parking available making it an easy place to drive to. Leeds is very well connected, being just off the M1 if you are travelling up from the South and also very well connected to the North East and North West by Motorway.  

If you will be travelling by train, NSCD is a very short bus or taxi ride from Leeds train station. Leeds station is just over two hours from London by train, and is very well connected with the North West and North East.  

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

What are the timings of the Ballet Teacher Seminar?


The day will begin with registration from 09.30 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

- How the day links into your career as a dance teacher

- 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?


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

Raymond Chai’s session will involve you watching him teaching a ballet technique class, followed by a discussion and question and answer session. You will be welcome to join in with the discussions, or simply enjoy watching, listening and making notes. 

Eric Assandri will be delivering a ballet class for you to enjoy taking part in if you wish to. It is totally up to you how much of the class you wish to join in with - 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. I am sure Eric will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have throughout the class. 

Viki Westall’s session may involve a combination of presentations, demonstration of exercises and 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 Kenneth Tindall' where Kenneth will talk about his career as a Principal Dancer with Northern Ballet and as a Choreographer. There will be the opportunity to ask Kenneth questions, or you can simply listen and enjoy the discussions. 

Will lunch be provided on the day?


What will I have to wear?


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

There is no need to get out your leotard and tights for the day! You can if you wish to, but 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!

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 seminar and we will refund the full cost of your ticket, no questions asked. If you pay 

your deposit to reserve your place, but fail to pay your remaining fee before the final booking deadline of 22/02/2016 then your deposit is not refundable under any circumstances.

To reserve your place, simply click the orange button below and pay your £79 deposit. The remaining balance is due by 22/02/2016. Alternatively, if you wish to discuss the ballet Teacher Seminar Day in more detail or pay your deposit over the phone, please call our office on 0113 2249 144. 

To find out more about the 2017 Ballet Teacher Seminar Day, call our office today on 0113 2249 144