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)
Raised in her Mother’s Dance School Alice discovered her love of the performing arts at an early age. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance with a BA (hons) in Ballet Education specializing in performance, and gaining the LRAD Teaching Certificate, whilst also achieving her Advanced 2 RAD Ballet and studying for the Solo Seal award. Alice then studied privately with ex-Ballerina Chilian Heredria, and has performed as a soloist dancer with The London Ballet Company. Alice 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. Her philanthropic side has lead her to dance for charity campaigns and children's programs as far away as South America. From theater productions to fashion campaigns, Alice has a vast repertoire of industry skills that have seen her travel all over the world. Recently moving in a more commercial direction and signing with AKM Talent Management, Alice has been photographed for many campaigns, as well as danced in both independent and Feature Films, and a range of music videos. Alice is a keen advocate for bringing Ballet forward into more mainstream culture. Alice’s ingenuity has transcended her roots in classical ballet and contemporary dance to original performances and gained her global recognition. http://aliceoakleyjones.com/
Charlotte leigh Dowbiggin
Head of Modern & Tap
Charlotte Leigh Dowbiggin ISTD DDE Head of Modern & Tap 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 and has enjoyed performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre and The London Palladium. Charlotte trained at Lewisham College studying Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz and continued her teacher training at the ISTD Kingston upon Thames Teacher Training College under the direction of Dr Margaret Gajewski. It was here Charlotte gained her ISTD modern and tap qualifications. Charlotte is head of modern and tap at Siegeris Dance and enjoys preparing the students for examinations, choreographing for shows and specialises in teaching adult jazz and tap classes, Charlotte is also a qualified Zumba teacher. Charlotte enjoys sharing her passion for dance to everyone she teaches at Siegeris Dance.
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.
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 Siegeris Dance
Marina Molero Maltby
BA (Hons), LRAD, RAD RTS
Marina began dancing at the age of three, taking classes in her hometown of Plymouth. She since has trained to a vocational level in ISTD and RAD Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary and Jazz. Alongside her dance training, she has performed and coordinated many performances including those at her local dance school, as well as professional pantomimes. Her dedication towards Ballet, combined with her joy for teaching drove her towards successfully gaining a place at the Royal Academy of Dance, Ballet Education programme in London. This degree has allowed her to train in an array of teaching settings including both private and public sectors as well as becoming an active member in the local community involving RAD projects such as Project B, Silver Swans, and RADiate. During her time in London, Marina has immersed herself in working for exciting opportunities such as Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and Move It. Alongside this, Marina also completed her Licentiate of the RAD qualification giving her detailed knowledge of the RAD syllabus and ballet teaching. Marina is a Ballet Teacher who is very excited to share her enthusiasm with all the dancers at Siegeris Dance to ensure they enjoy the wide benefits of ballet dancing!
BA (Hons), LRAD, ARAD, RAD RTS
Shannon has been dancing since she was just three years old in her hometown of Clacton-on-sea. She participated in many classes in her younger years at her local dance school. These classes consisted of ISTD Tap, Modern and Jazz, as well as the RAD Ballet syllabus. She has performed various roles in ballet shows with her local dance school, her favourite being the lead role she was given as Cinderella. Her passion towards teaching and commitment for ballet over the years was rewarded by her being offered a place to study at the Royal Academy of Dance, on the Ballet Education degree. The degree has allowed Shannon to explore new styles of dance, such as contemporary, in addition to further developing her skills as a teacher. These skills have allowed her to gain experience in teaching within multiple settings, including private dance schools and public sectors such as Silver Swans and Dance For Lifelong Wellbeing. Shannon has thoroughly enjoyed her time studying and has taken any given opportunity to expand her teaching knowledge alongside the degree. This is evident by her also achieving her Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance, as well as accomplishing her Advanced 2 exam, thus becoming an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance. Shannon is very excited to join Siegeris Dance and is a ballet teacher, who is passionate about sharing her knowledge on the RAD syllabus to all her students, bringing fun and enthusiastic energy to every dance class.
Paul Doyle is currently the only Irish representative on the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) panel of examiners. He was recently appointed as Lecturer in Dance Education for the Royal Academy of Dance Faculty of Education from May 2018 he has been the Programme Manager for the global teaching qualification the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. He is a fully qualified RAD teacher as well as holding Licentiate status with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD). Paul also tutors registered teachers on the RAD CPD scheme. He is currently studying with University of Roehampton for an Msc Exercise and Sport Science His dance training began at the Wexford School of Ballet and Modern Dance 20 years ago. During his time spent training at the school, he partook in many school shows and many local amateur productions; he also completed ISTD Exams.
Miss Laura Cooper
Laura began her training at the Liz Robinson School of Dancing and became passionate about dance from an early age, competing at festivals in the UK and internationally, including the Dance World Cup finals. She continued her training at Performers College, graduating in 2014 with a Diploma in Dance Theatre along with her ISTD DDI examinations. Laura is also a registered teacher in Progressing Ballet Technique. Laura’s professional credits include dancing for the FA cup final at Wembley Arena, ‘One Night Only’ at the London Palladium, Paul Roberts ‘The Tide’ and the 2014 film ‘Cuban Fury’. Since then she has enjoyed teaching in a number of schools in the Channel Islands and most recently in London.
Miss Silvia Birro
Silvia decided to move from home at the age of 14 to join a professional ballet dance school and be part of the Il Balletto Junior Company. During her 5 years in the Junior Company she had the opportunity to perform as a soloist and with her group all over Italy as well as in Brussels, Barcelona, New York and Paris. As her interest in contemporary dance grew, Silvia decided to join Rambert School where she had the opportunity to investigate both contemporary and ballet technique in depth performing pieces by Mark Baldwin, Darren Ellis and Jenna Lee, as well as being a choreographer herself. After Rambert Silvia embarked on a new adventure with the Royal Academy of Dance and joined their CBTS training course to become a qualified teacher. Silvia is now a freelance ballet and contemporary dance teacher and she is thrilled to be part of the Siegeris Team.