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Be inspired by our team of ex-professional ballet dancers

Work with professional choreographer, Louise Bennett

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 Thank you for your interest in the Summer Ballet Course in Leeds...

We have an exciting 5 days of dancing planned for you this Summer to help you improve your ballet technique and performance skills with our team of ex Professional Ballet Dancers and Professional Choreographer, Louise Bennett.

 Places on the course are strictly limited, and this course has been fully booked with a waiting list in previous years, so we do expect the places to go quickly.

We highly recommend that you book your place today to make sure you don't miss out on this fantastic course. We look forward to welcoming you to the Summer Ballet Course 2018!

- Michael and Kimberley Berkin

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Kimberley Berkin PDTD Teaching Faculty, Summer Ballet Course Leeds

- Director of Courses and  Principal, Ballet Associate Programme

Royal Ballet School trained 

- RAD Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma (Distinction)

- International Performing Career

- Former Lecturer in Ballet Technique, Northern School of Contemporary Dance

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Meet The Summer Ballet Course Team...

Kimberley trained at The Royal Ballet School for 8 years. As a student, she performed with the Royal Ballet in various ballets including The Nutcracker, Manon and Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Kimberley also has a talent for choreography and won The Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition as a second year student at the Upper School.

After graduating, Kimberley gained a contract with Ballet Ireland where she quickly took on soloist roles and performed all over Ireland and the UK. A highlight of her career was performing as ‘Juliet’ in Romeo and Juliet at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Kimberley also performed as the lead in La Sylphide at a gala performance in London, hosted by the American Artist Karen Kilimnik. She then went onto perform with English National Ballet in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall, The Palace of Versailles and also at The Princess Diana Concert at Wembley.  

Kimberley’s talent for teaching was spotted at an early age. Whilst still a student, she was invited to work as an assistant teacher at The Royal Ballet School International Summer School for two consecutive years. This ignited her desire to teach and following her performing career Kimberley retrained as a teacher, gaining the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with distinction.

In 2008 Kimberley was offered a full time teaching post as a Lecturer in Ballet Technique at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, a Higher Education College in Leeds. Kimberley has been a year co-ordinator at NSCD, has worked as a rehearsal director, taught private and group coaching sessions and has also taught as part of the audition panel in the U.K and Europe.

Michael Berkin RBS Dip. Teaching Faculty, Summer Ballet Course Leeds

- Diploma in Dance (Royal Ballet School)

- Diploma in Ballet Education Practice (Royal Ballet School & Royal Opera House)

- International Performing Career

- Guest Ballet Master and teacher for a number of internationally recognised ballet companies and ballet schools

Michael Berkin is a former Head Boy of The Royal Ballet School. He trained there for 8 years, graduating with the Royal Ballet School Diploma in Dance. Whilst training at the school, Michael also performed in many of the Royal Ballet’s productions on the famous Royal Opera House stage in Covent Garden.

Michael has also completed the Diploma in Ballet Education Practice, awarded by The Royal Ballet School and Royal Opera House. He has since been invited to work as a freelance ballet teacher with The Royal Ballet School.  

During his professional performing career, Michael has danced with many top international ballet companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Ireland and Northern Ballet. He has performed in New Zealand, China and Thailand and toured extensively throughout the U.K and the Republic of Ireland. 

Michael Berkin’s roles have included ‘The Nutcracker Prince’ and ‘Drosselmeyer’ in The Nutcracker, the lead in Les Sylphides, ‘Tybalt’, ‘Paris’ and ‘Lord Capulet’ in Romeo and Juliet, ‘Captain Hook’ in Peter Pan, ‘Seward’ and ‘Van Helsing’ in Dracula and ‘Sharpless’ in Madame Butterfly to name but a few. 

Michael’s interest in teaching dance began early on in his career. Whilst still a student he assisted in teaching ballet classes at the Royal Ballet School’s International Summer School Programme.  Michael continued to teach alongside his performing career, working with the Learning and Access departments of The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Northern Ballet, teaching dance workshops in schools in the local community and workshops for visually impaired people as well as guest teaching at a number of dance schools. 

Michael has taught as Guest Ballet Master for Northern Ballet, teaching and rehearsing the professional ballet dancers on the U.K tour of ‘The Ugly Duckling’, a ballet for children. He has also taught on the Professional Graduate programme at Northern Ballet and taught and rehearsed the dancers for the 2014 tour of ‘The Three Little Pigs’.

Michael Berkin has taught at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, at Leeds University and at the Northern Ballet Academy. He has also been invited to teach ballet masterclasses for the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Michael worked alongside Wayne Sleep and Monica Loughman delivering ballet classes on the Channel 4 documentary, Big Ballet.

 

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Summer Ballet Course Leeds 2018

Improve your Ballet Technique and Performance Skills

with ex-Professional Ballet Dancers and a Professional Choreographer

Take part in an exciting mix of classes including repertoire, solos, pointe work, choreography and more...

Improve your musicality by working with a classical pianist in daily ballet class

Take part in an end of week performance

Make new friends who share your love of ballet

Staff are DBS checked and 1st Aid trained.

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Summer Ballet Course Today...




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Raymond Chai, Choreographer, Summer Ballet Course Leeds

- 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

 

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“Once again my son has loved every moment of the ballet week, its especially nice to see him mixing with the other boys as this is rare for him at dance school being surrounded by girls.  His strength is improving and we’re still working on the “limbering”.  Sign him up for next year please!”

(Liz Jackson, Huddersfield)

"My daughter has had an amazing experience and enjoyed every minute, she came home with beaming smiles. It has given her an amazing experience and an insight of a professional dancer.  Thank you so much for giving my daughter the opportunity to live her dream for the week."

(Claudine Dwyer, Guildford).

"Starting with the performance, absolutely brilliant! I have seen my daughters confidence grown even more. The week has been an amazing experience for her and I can’t wait for her to come back next year and not alone but with a friend to whom I will highly recommend. Thank you."

(Shelley Fernandes, Chertsey).

"Thanks so much for all the work you and the rest of the team put into the Summer Course, my son had an amazing time and learnt so much. He said that he thought the quality of the teaching was brilliant and that you all took a genuine interest in correcting him and helping him. We were also really impressed with the show of work.

He would definitely be interested in the course next year! I have passed on information about how good he has found it to a dance teacher friend of mine and will also be recommending the course to others at his local dance school. Thank you".

(Claire Newman, Somerset).

“Both of my daughters have thoroughly enjoyed the summer course.  They both found it structured and challenging which is exactly what we were looking for. The organisation of timetables and communication is superb.  My husband and I were both bowled over by the standard and content of the end of week presentation.  Money well spent and completely worth it.  Many thanks to all involved.”

(Helen Firth - Halifax)

“This is my daughter's 2nd year doing the summer course.  Once again she had a fantastic time and has improved so much. The quality of teaching second to none and every child is given a chance to perform on stage. She will be counting down till the next one. Thank you to all who put the course together, it was great!”

(Tracy Horwell - Leeds)

"Very well organised course with inspiring team whose roles each contributed different aspects of ballet.  Good structure to week, offering insight and depth to the creative process and a very impressive show to parents at the end. My daughter loved the course, learned many things, enjoyed working in a new and more professionally connected way. She liked the other students, some of similar ability and some to whom she can aspire. I only wish she could gain this sort of experience more often - such an opportunity for personal growth. Thank you"

(Tim Boulton).

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"Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her time at the Summer Ballet Course and when we asked her what she liked most, her response was 'everything'. We could see that she had a great time and were personally exceptionally impressed by the overall professionalism of all the team in all aspects of the course. Naturally culminating in the end of course show which was simply outstanding and a testament to the calibre of teaching staff. However the greatest compliment we can pay is that our daughter spent the whole week smiling, which as parents makes us very happy." (Claire and Anthony Harrison) 

Thank you for your interest in the Summer Ballet Course in Leeds...

We have an exciting 5 days of dancing planned for you this Summer to help you improve your ballet technique and performance skills with our team of ex Professional Ballet Dancers and Professional Choreographer, Louise Benett.

 This course has been fully booked with a waiting list in previous years, so we do expect the places to go quickly.

We highly recommend that you book your place as soon as booking opens in January 2018 to make sure you don't miss out on this fantastic course. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Summer Ballet Course 2018!

- Michael and Kimberley Berkin

Flexible drop-off and pick up times for parents to fit in around your schedule more easily! Drop off from 09.00 to 09.30 am and pick up from 4.00 to 4.30 pm. 

Improve your ballet technique and performance skills

Be inspired by our team of ex-professional ballet dancers

Work with professional choreographer, Louise Bennett

Take part in an exciting mix of classes including repertoire, solos, pointe work, choreography and more...

Improve your musicality by working with a classical pianist in daily ballet class

Take part in an end of week performance

Make new friends who share your love of ballet

 Venue Address:

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

The Summer Ballet Course Leeds 2018 takes place at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) on Chapeltown Road 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 lesson. The studios are large, light and airy, giving you lots of room to practice and the Riley Theatre is a fantastic space to perform in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

If you plan to stay in Leeds for the week there are numerous hotels very close by to suit every budget. 


Book Your Place on the Summer Ballet Course Today...





Meet The Summer Ballet Course 2017 Team...

- 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 Chai

Choreographer, Summer Ballet Course Leeds

Kimberley Berkin PDTD

 Teaching Faculty, Summer Ballet Course Leeds

- Director of Courses and Principal, Ballet Associates Programme

- Royal Ballet School trained

- RAD Professional Dancer's teaching Diploma (Distinction)

- International Performing Career with Ballet Ireland and English National Ballet

- Former Lecturer in Ballet Technique, Northern School Of Contemporary Dance

Michael Berkin RBS Dip

Teaching Faculty, Summer Ballet Course Leeds

- Diploma in Dance (Royal Ballet School)

- Diploma in Ballet Education Practice (Royal Ballet School & Royal Opera House)

- International Performing Career with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet

- Guest Ballet Master and teacher for a number of internationally recognised ballet companies and ballet schools

Book Your Place on the Summer Ballet Course Today...

 

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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
 

 

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

The Summer Ballet Course Leeds 2018 takes place at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) on Chapeltown Road 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 lesson. The studios are large, light and airy, giving you lots of room to practice and the Riley Theatre is a fantastic space to perform in.

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.

If you plan to stay in Leeds for the week there are numerous hotels very close by to suit every budget. 

Michael Raynaud trained locally in the South of France before beginning his formal training at The Paris Opera Ballet School at the age of ten. Whilst at The Paris Opera, Michael performed all over the world touring to Japan, NewYork, Greece and France.

Michael went on to train at the National Conservatoire in Paris, where he gained his Arts Baccalauréat and Unités de Valeurs. He was a semi Finalist in the International Ballet Competition in Budapest as well as the Maia Plissetskaia Competition in St Petersburg.

On completing his training Michael joined the English National Ballet for their worldwide tour of Swan Lake. He then became a permanent member of the company, performing many roles including ‘Paris’ and ‘Benvolio’ in Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet, ‘Pas De Quatre’ in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake and ‘Winter Season’ in Michael Corder’s Cinderella. 

Michael has toured with English National Ballet to Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong and Europe. His favourite ballets to dance to are Harald Lander’s Etudes and Kenneth Macmillan’s Rite of Spring.

Michael has taught ballet classes to students of all ages and also helps ice skaters with their choreography. Michael delivers Professional Ballet Workshops and Masterclasses for Professional Dance Experience in London and the South. 

Michael Raynaud - Teaching Faculty, Summer Ballet Course Leeds

- Professional Dance Experience ballet teacher & workshop leader 

- Trained at The Paris Opera Ballet School and the National Conservatoire. 

- International performing career with English National Ballet

- Semi finalist at international Ballet Competitions in Budapest and St Petersburg. 

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Michael Raynaud

Teaching Faculty, Summer Ballet Course Leeds

- Professional Dance Experience ballet teacher & workshop leader 

- Trained at The Paris Opera Ballet School and the National Conservatoire. 

- International performing career with English National Ballet

- Semi finalist at international Ballet Competitions in Budapest and St Petersburg. 

Click Here To Fill Out The Booking Form And Book Your Place Online


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Summer Ballet Course Leeds

Monday 6th - Friday 10th August 2018

5 Inspiring Days Of Ballet Including Repertoire, Solos, Pointe Work, Choreography And More With Our Team Of Ballet Teachers And Professional Choreographer, Louise Bennett

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Join us in Leeds for 5 inspiring days of dance for students aged 8-19

Improve your ballet technique, confidence and performance

Take part in an exciting mix of classes including repertoire, solos, pointe work, body conditioning and more...

Choreographic workshops with Professional Choreographer, Louise Bennett

Learn from our team of professional teachers, who have performed with some of the world's top ballet companies

Take part in an end of week performance

Reserve your place today for just £100 deposit

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Meet the Summer Ballet Course Leeds 2018 Team

Kimberley Berkin PDTD Director Of Courses and Teaching Faculty, Summer Ballet Course Leeds 2018

 Director of Courses and  Principal of the Professional Dance Experience Ballet Associate Programme

Royal Ballet School trained 

- RAD Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma (Distinction)

- International Performing Career

- Former Lecturer in Ballet Technique, Northern School of Contemporary Dance

- Founder of tipsonballettechnique.com 

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Kimberley started dancing at the age of three at The Classical Ballet Centre in Chippenham, Wiltshire before going on to train at The Royal Ballet School for 8 years. As a student, she performed with the Royal Ballet in various ballets including The Nutcracker, Manon and Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Kimberley also has a talent for choreography and won The Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition as a second year student at the Upper School. 

After graduating, Kimberley gained a contract with Ballet Ireland where she quickly took on soloist roles and performed all over Ireland and the UK. A highlight of her career was performing as ‘Juliet’ in Romeo and Juliet at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Kimberley also performed as the lead in La Sylphide at a gala performance in London, hosted by the American Artist Karen Kilimnik. She then went on to perform with English National Ballet in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall, The Palace of Versailles and also at The Princess Diana Concert at Wembley.  

Kimberley’s talent for teaching was spotted at an early age. Whilst still a student, she was invited to work as an assistant teacher at The Royal Ballet School International Summer School for two consecutive years. This ignited her desire to teach and following her performing career Kimberley retrained as a teacher, gaining the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with distinction.

In 2008 Kimberley was offered a full time teaching post as a Lecturer in Ballet Technique at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, a Higher Education College in Leeds. Kimberley has been a year co-ordinator at NSCD, has worked as a rehearsal director, taught private and group coaching sessions and has also taught as part of the audition panel in the U.K and Europe. 

Kimberley joined Professional Dance Experience full time as the Director of Courses and Ballet Associates Principal in 2014. Since then she has helped a number of our Ballet Associate students successfully audition for further training at vocational dance schools. Kimberley has also been responsible for the development and running of the Professional Dance Experience Summer, Easter and Christmas Courses and in 2016 she created the Youth Ballet Theatre. Kimberley is invited by many local dance schools to deliver Ballet Masterclasses including exam preparation and pointe work technique. Through her website, www.tipsonballettechnique.com Kimberley helps ballet students and teachers across the world to improve their ballet technique with downloadable videos and DVDs.

Michael Berkin RBS Dip. Teaching Faculty, Summer Ballet Course Leeds 2018

- Diploma in Dance (Royal Ballet School)

- Diploma in Ballet Education Practice (Royal Ballet School & Royal Opera House)

- International Performing Career

- Guest Ballet Master and teacher for a number of internationally recognised ballet companies and ballet schools

- Guest Teacher at the Royal Ballet School International Summer School, White Lodge 2017 and 2018

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Michael Berkin is a former Head Boy of The Royal Ballet School. He trained there for 8 years, graduating with the Royal Ballet School Diploma in Dance. Whilst training at the school, Michael also performed in many of the Royal Ballet’s productions on the famous Royal Opera House stage in Covent Garden.

Michael has also completed the Diploma in Ballet Education Practice, awarded by The Royal Ballet School and Royal Opera House. He has since been invited to work as a freelance ballet teacher with The Royal Ballet School.  

During his professional performing career, Michael has danced with many top international ballet companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Ireland and Northern Ballet. He has performed in New Zealand, China and Thailand and toured extensively throughout the U.K and the Republic of Ireland.

Michael Berkin’s roles have included ‘The Nutcracker Prince’ and ‘Drosselmeyer’ in The Nutcracker, the lead in Les Sylphides, ‘Tybalt’, ‘Paris’ and ‘Lord Capulet’ in Romeo and Juliet, ‘Captain Hook’ in Peter Pan, ‘Seward’ and ‘Van Helsing’ in Dracula and ‘Sharpless’ in Madame Butterfly to name but a few.

Michael’s interest in teaching dance began early on in his career. Whilst still a student he assisted in teaching ballet classes at the Royal Ballet School’s International Summer School Programme.  Michael continued to teach alongside his performing career. He has worked with the Learning and Access departments of The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Northern Ballet, teaching dance workshops in schools in the local community and workshops for visually impaired people as well as guest teaching at a number of dance schools. 

Michael has taught as Guest Ballet Master for Northern Ballet, teaching and rehearsing the professional ballet dancers on the U.K tour of ‘The Ugly Duckling’, a ballet for children. He has also taught on the Professional Graduate programme at Northern Ballet and has taught and rehearsed the dancers for the 2014 tour of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Michael has taught at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, at Leeds University and at the Northern Ballet Academy. He has also been invited to teach ballet masterclasses for the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Most recently, Michael has taught students at the Royal Ballet School at both White Lodge and the Upper School. Michael has also been invited to join the faculty of the Royal Ballet School's International Summer School at White Lodge.

 

Louise Bennett, Guest Choreographer, Summer Ballet Course Leeds 2018

- International performing career

- Royal Ballet School Trained Professional Choreographer

- Former winner of the Kenneth Macmillan and Dame Ninette De Valois awards

- Works created for The Royal Ballet, Ballet Central, The Royal Ballet School, Tivoli Ballet and more

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Louise Bennett was born in Bristol and attended the Royal Ballet School from age eleven to eighteen. She has danced with English National Ballet, the Norwegian National Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet, and has attained a degree in English Literature from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Louise started choreographing at age 11 and regularly participated in school choreographic competitions. She won both the Kenneth Macmillan and Dame Ninette de Valois awards, and at age sixteen, her work 'Elegy' was performed in the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House. 

Since leaving the school Louise has worked with some of the most famous dancers of this generation including Sergei Polunin and Xander Parish. Louise has choreographed new works for The Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet School, Ballet Central, Artelier, Tivoli Ballet and most recently the National Youth Ballet, as well as taking part in The Royal Opera House's Draftworks workshop and Dancelines project with Wayne McGregor. She also took part in a mentoring program where she worked under the guidance of Kim Brandstrup, and has led a series of creative workshops at Rambert School as part of the redevelopment of West End show Voices of the Amazon. In 2017 Louise created 'Summer Adventure' for Professional Dance Experience's 'Youth Ballet Theatre', and is thrilled to be returning to PDE.

Michael Raynaud - Teaching Faculty, Summer Ballet Course Leeds

- Professional Dance Experience ballet teacher & workshop leader 

- Trained at The Paris Opera Ballet School and the National Conservatoire. 

- International performing career with English National Ballet

- Semi finalist at international Ballet Competitions in Budapest and St Petersburg. 

Michael Raynaud trained locally in the South of France before beginning his formal training at The Paris Opera Ballet School at the age of ten. Whilst at The Paris Opera, Michael performed all over the world touring to Japan, NewYork, Greece and France.

Michael went on to train at the National Conservatoire in Paris, where he gained his Arts Baccalauréat and Unités de Valeurs. He was a semi Finalist in the International Ballet Competition in Budapest as well as the Maia Plissetskaia Competition in St Petersburg.

On completing his training Michael joined the English National Ballet for their worldwide tour of Swan Lake. He then became a permanent member of the company, performing many roles including ‘Paris’ and ‘Benvolio’ in Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet, ‘Pas De Quatre’ in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake and ‘Winter Season’ in Michael Corder’s Cinderella. 

Michael has toured with English National Ballet to Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong and Europe. His favourite ballets to dance to are Harald Lander’s Etudes and Kenneth Macmillan’s Rite of Spring.

Michael has taught ballet classes to students of all ages and also helps ice skaters with their choreography. Michael delivers Professional Ballet Workshops and Masterclasses for Professional Dance Experience in London and the South.

Most recently, Michael Raynaud has been invited to teach ballet workshops at the Royal Academy Of Dance Headquarters in Battersea and has also been teaching on their Ballet Associates classes in Hampshire. He has also become Associate Tutor for Ballet at the Guildford School of Acting at Surrey University, ballet teacher at the London Boys Ballet School, and has been teaching ballet classes at London Junior/Senior Ballet at ArtsEd and at the London Studio Centre.

Monday 6th - Friday 10th August 2018

5 Inspiring Days Of Ballet Including Repertoire, Solos, Pointe Work, Choreography And More With Our Team Of Ballet Teachers And Professional Choreographer, Louise Bennett

Summer Ballet Course 2018

Michael Raynaud - Teaching Faculty, Summer Ballet Course Leeds

- Professional Dance Experience ballet teacher & workshop leader 

- Trained at The Paris Opera Ballet School and the National Conservatoire. 

- International performing career with English National Ballet

- Semi finalist at international Ballet Competitions in Budapest and St Petersburg. 

“Once again my son has loved every moment of the ballet week, its especially nice to see him mixing with the other boys as this is rare for him at dance school being surrounded by girls.  His strength is improving and we’re still working on the “limbering”.  Sign him up for next year please!”

(Liz Jackson, Huddersfield)

"My daughter has had an amazing experience and enjoyed every minute, she came home with beaming smiles. It has given her an amazing experience and an insight of a professional dancer.  Thank you so much for giving my daughter the opportunity to live her dream for the week."

(Claudine Dwyer, Guildford).

"Starting with the performance, absolutely brilliant! I have seen my daughters confidence grown even more. The week has been an amazing experience for her and I can’t wait for her to come back next year and not alone but with a friend to whom I will highly recommend. Thank you."

(Shelley Fernandes, Chertsey).

"Thanks so much for all the work you and the rest of the team put into the Summer Course, my son had an amazing time and learnt so much. He said that he thought the quality of the teaching was brilliant and that you all took a genuine interest in correcting him and helping him. We were also really impressed with the show of work.

He would definitely be interested in the course next year! I have passed on information about how good he has found it to a dance teacher friend of mine and will also be recommending the course to others at his local dance school. Thank you".

(Claire Newman, Somerset).

“Both of my daughters have thoroughly enjoyed the summer course.  They both found it structured and challenging which is exactly what we were looking for. The organisation of timetables and communication is superb.  My husband and I were both bowled over by the standard and content of the end of week presentation.  Money well spent and completely worth it.  Many thanks to all involved.”

(Helen Firth - Halifax)

“This is my daughter's 2nd year doing the summer course.  Once again she had a fantastic time and has improved so much. The quality of teaching second to none and every child is given a chance to perform on stage. She will be counting down till the next one. Thank you to all who put the course together, it was great!”

(Tracy Horwell - Leeds)

"Very well organised course with inspiring team whose roles each contributed different aspects of ballet.  Good structure to week, offering insight and depth to the creative process and a very impressive show to parents at the end. My daughter loved the course, learned many things, enjoyed working in a new and more professionally connected way. She liked the other students, some of similar ability and some to whom she can aspire. I only wish she could gain this sort of experience more often - such an opportunity for personal growth. Thank you"

(Tim Boulton).


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We are delighted to have received Over Fifty 5 Star Reviews on our Facebook page from parents, students and teachers who have loved our courses and programmes... (you can read all of the reviews on Facebook here)

Read on below for comments and feedback we have received via email over the years that we have been running the Summer Ballet Course...  

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Photo: Martin Bell

Photo: Martin Bell

Photo: Martin Bell

Photo: Brian Slater

Booking is now closed for the Summer Ballet Course 2018.

Please call 0113 2249 144 if you would like to find out more about our courses and classes. 

Booking is now closed for the Summer Ballet Course 2018.

Please call 0113 2249 144 if you would like to find out more about our courses and classes. 

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