Jennifer Siegeris RAD Teaching Dip RAD RTS AISTD DDE
Principal Jennifer Siegeris began dancing at the Irish Ballet School in Dublin, Ireland. She began her professional training with the Royal Academy of Dance focusing on ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, history of dance, music theory, child development, anatomy and teaching thus gaining a Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Diploma.
On completion of this course she continued training for another three years at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts where she studied professional dance and musical theatre and ISTD teaching qualifications.
During her professional training she continued her love of teaching on top of all her professional activities. She began teaching at the well established Laird Academy of Dance, Surrey, Arts Educational Schools, London and Chelsea Ballet Schools before travelling and dancing professionally on board world cruise liners.
On her return she regained all her previous teaching posts as well as teaching ballet classes to professional students aged 16 + years at Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) and Guildford School of Acting (GSA) alongside running The Siegeris School of Dance. Jennifer is an approved mentor with Royal Academy of Dance and mentors student teachers on the RAD CBTS teaching course.
Jennifer is continuing her professional development at the ISTD approved Kingston Teacher Training College under the direction of Dr. Margaret Gajewski and enjoying being a working mummy.
Alice Oakley Jones BA (hons) ARAD RTS LRAD
From a young age Alice's passion for dance was nurtured at her mother's dance school. Alice trained in classical ballet (RAD and Cecchetti styles), modern, tap (ISTD) and contemporary. She was an associate with the Norfolk Scholars. Later, gaining a place at the Royal Academy of Dance she undertook her teacher training, BA in Ballet Education and the LRAD Teaching Certificate, whilst also achieving her Adnvanced 2 RAD Ballet and studying for the Solo Seal award.
Alice then went on to establish her career as a dance teacher, whilst simultaneously continuing her professional training under Cuban National Ballet ex-professional Miss Heredria. She has since began to fulfil her professional dance career; performing as a soloist dancer with The London Ballet Company.
Alice has entered numerous children for successful RAD examinations. She has trained advanced students up to a pre-professional standard, some of which have gone on to gain places at established vocational schools such as The Royal Ballet School. She also teaches non-syllabus ballet and contemporary technique, and has choreographed for shows and competitions such as the prestigious International 'Genee Challenge', where her student won as finalist for her age division.
Alice was also selected to develop the education department of The London Ballet Company, which has been an exciting role for her. She believes her current experiences in the professional industry hugely influences her teaching of young talented dancers.
Lauren Thomas BA (hons) RAD RTS
Lauren Thomas began dancing at a young age, training in ballet, jazz, and modern in her home town of Swansea, South Wales. After progressing through her RAD graded examinations, alongside which Lauren fulfilled four years as an assistant ballet teacher, Lauren achieved three A levels and successfully gained a place at Roehampton University in London, to study dance.
Lauren pursued a three year degree course at Roehampton, in which she trained in both ballet and various contemporary techniques as well as exploring theoretical studies into various areas such as dance anatomy and physiology, dance history, and world music. During her time studying at university, and alongside of her studies, Lauren achieved her vocational RAD examinations in Intermediate and Advanced Foundation ballet at the RAD Headquarters.
Upon graduation from Roehampton University with a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies, Lauren decided to pursue her love for ballet and teaching by undertaking the CBTS (Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies) two year course with the Royal Academy of Dance.
In November 2013, and with the help of Jennifer Siegeris acting as her mentor, Lauren successfully passed the CBTS course and is now a fully registered ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Lauren is eager to continue her professional development as a dancer in both classical and contemporary styles, as well as becoming much more involved in the world of teaching and encouraging children of all ages to express creativity and individuality through dance.
Charlotte Leigh-Dowbiggin ISTD DDE
Charlotte Leigh-Dowbiggin began dancing at 4 years of age. In her latter years she trained at Grayes Dance School focusing on ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. Charlotte has been involved in many festivals, pantomimes and musical theatre workshops including Chicago and Mamma Mia. Charlotte has also performed at Her Majesty's Theatre and The London Palladium.
Charlotte left school with two A levels and went on to study at Lewisham College for 2 years focusing on technique training in Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. Whilst at college Charlotte continued to train at Grayes and gained her intermediate qualification in ISTD Modern Theatre.
Following her training at Lewisham College Charlotte began to work wth Dr Margaret Gajewski at the Kingston upon Thames Teacher Training College. Charlotte gained her DDI and DDE in Modern Theatre Dance.
Charlotte is continuing her professional development with Dr Gajewsli and studying ISTD Intermediate and DDI Tap.
Charlotte is a qualified Zumba instructor and has been running her own classes for two years teaching a range of ages.
Charlotte is looking forward to teach her passion of Modern, Tap and Jazz at The Siegeris School of Dance.
Miss Emily Hughes-Lewis ARAD BA(hons) Professional Dancer
Born in Wales, Emily trained in Ballet West School, Scotland for three years attaining a BA degree in Classical Ballet and Dance Performance. Whilst in Scotland, Emily studied to the highest level of the RAD, achieved Advanced II with Distinction and went on to compete in the Semi-Finals of the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition held in South Africa 2011.
Emily worked with Ballet West Company during and after her training and performed soloist roles in their international tours to China twice with repertoires such as 'The Nutcracker' and 'Romeo and Juliet' dancing the role of Romeo's gypsy, Juliet's friend, as well as 'Big Swan' in their 2012 tour of 'Swan Lake'.
Emily's TV and Film credits include promotional films for Newport filming industry as well as Pure Gym advertisements. Emily was chosen to dance alongside Darcey Bussell in the Olympic Ceremonies 2012. In the same year, Emily gained a contract with The London Ballet Company and has been cast with soloist roles in many of their theatre productions and bespoke events as well as dancing with Migrations Company, Wales.
Emily's recent success has been joining 'Make a Difference Theatre' as a TIE actress.
To supplement her professional career, Emily has taught dance to age groups from 3 years upward for many London schools.Her recent work involves funding 'North Wales Dance Workshops' in her hometown where she has successfully organised, taught and managed each workshop with children aged 8-18 with a very positive response throughout the community.
Emily believes in the importance of the performing arts for children's development. "It teaches children an understanding of their own body and helps them express themselves in a fun and creative environment". Emily thinks it is vital to incorporate her own experiences that she gains from dancing with professional companies to help the students reach their individual goals successfully.
Rania Leontiou MA, BA(Hons) LRAD, ARAD, RTS
Rania is ballet teacher registered with Royal Academy of Dance as well as a freelance dancer and choreographer who has the ability to offer a wide range of dance genres and styles with an absolute passion for working with a diverse range of people. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance with a Batchelor of Arts degree in Ballet Education (First Class Honours) and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance, Rania chose to further her studies at Roehampton University where she obtained a Masters degree in Performance and Creative Research. As a young dancer she was also trained in the Vaganova Syllabus which proved to be very helpful in her career as a ballet teacher offering her a better understanding of the art of ballet. In addition to her ballet teaching career, Rania is a freelance choreographer working with talented children and offering them the opportunity to perform to various dance events such as Big Dance, IMAGINE Festival and other Performing Art Festivals based in London. Rania’s passion for precision and clarity in movement as well as the biomechanics of the body led her to complete BASI (Body Arts and Science International) Pilates Mat Teacher Training and Comprehensive (Equipment)Teacher Training Program in January 2011.
Elena Georgiou MA, BA (Hons) Ballet Education, LRAD, RAD RTS
Elena grew up in Cyprus and discovered her passion for dance when taking her first ballet class at the age of 5. Growing up she participated in a number of performances and dance seminars where she was trained in different dance styles.In 2009, she was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dance where she completed her degree in Ballet Education as well as the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance. Elena decided to further her studies in dance and undertook the MA in Dance Cultures at the University of Surrey which she completed in September 2013, with Distinction. She currently lives and teaches in London and aspires to reinforce students’ expression and performance enjoyment.
Lucie Ashley RAD CBTS RTS AISTD
Lucie began her dance training with the Royal Ballet Junior Associates and Central School of Ballet. Here her passion for dance was firmly established and at 16 years old Lucie was offered a place at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts, where she studied a three year full time course and was awarded her Musical Theatre Diploma. It was during her professional training at Laine Theatre Arts that Lucie gained her ISTD Associate teaching qualification in classical ballet. Lucie is also a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and coaches for graded and vocational examinations.
Lucie is an enthusiastic and dedicated ballet teacher with over ten years of teaching experience in and around Cambridgeshire and London. Her passion for ballet continues to grow and she loves to share this with her students and encourage them to thrive in their dance environment.
Lucie is delighted to be a part of the Siegeris School of Dance.
Summer RAD CBTS RTS AISTD
Summer started dancing at the young age of two. She first started her vocational training with the Royal Ballet Junior Associates, which led onto being awarded a full scholarship to Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet age eleven where Summer developed her professional classical training for seven years, Summer performed with the Birmingham Royal Ballet In multiple seasons and gala performances. Summer then wanted to expand her career and was awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts for a further three years of vocational training, specialising in Musical Theatre and Dance where she worked with many West End Choreographers and graduated with a Level 6 National Trinity Diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre. Since graduating Summer has performed professionally around the world performing in all genres of dance for productions such as The Voice, The Opening of the London Olympics,
Walt Disney Productions and Dancing with The Stars. Summer has been lucky enough to perform in venues such as the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre, Saddlers Wells Theatre, The Royal Albert hall and Wembley Stadium. To date Summer is completing a two year CBTS course with the Royal Academy of Dance and can't wait to pass on her vast amount of knowledge through teaching.