Meet The Team
Jennifer Siegeris RAD Teaching Dip RAD RTS AISTD DDE (Principal)
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 continued her professional development at the ISTD approved Kingston Teacher Training College under the direction of Dr. Margaret Gajewski and is up to date with CPD regulations, holds a Chaperone License, is a Pediatric First Aider and regularly attends courses that enhance her teaching and the well being of her students. Jennifer enjoys being a working mummy!
Alice Oakley Jones BA (hons) ARAD RTS LRAD (Vice Principal)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Level 6 National Trinity Diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre, Laine Theatre Arts
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.
ISTD DDI IDTA
Originally from Cyprus, Andriani started ballet classes at the age of three at Antigoni Tasouri Dance Academy and went to perform on different television and stage productions as well as being a member of the prestigious Nicosia Youth Ballet. She began her professional training in London in 2012 gaining a Trinity Diploma in Professional Dance from Laine Theatre Arts and later on a BA(hons) in Theatre form Guildford School of Acting. Whilst training, she gained her teaching qualifications of modern dance and ballet. Andriani works as a freelance dance teacher in a variety of dance genres like ballet, modern, tap, jazz and she is a freelance choreographer for Wedding dances and upcoming artists. Andriani is a very enthusiastic teacher with a lot of passion and dedication and is excited to be part of The Siegeris School of Dance