Donya Keys – En Pointe Dance School In York

We are grateful for the support of Donya Keys and her colleagues at the En Pointe Classical Dance School in the beautiful city of York.

logo-enpointeDonya Keys was born in York. She started dancing at the age of two and a half years old. She has passed her Royal Academy of dance major examinations and all grades with Distinction. In 1996, Donya became an associate with the Royal ballet as well as dancing at the Louise Brown Yorkshire Scholarship Centre for seven years.

Idonya-en-pointen 1998, Donya danced as an associate with the Northern ballet Theatre for five years along side achieving the Dame Alicia Markova Scholarship awarded to her in 1999 and the Gladice Thorpe award in 2003.

Also in this year Donya was accepted into Elmhurst Dance School in association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet where she gained an A Level in Dance and Diploma in Dance.

ballet-school-yorkShe then went onto performing with the Birmingham Royal Ballet as a soloist in façade and later danced in firebird in 2005. Donya has danced with include, Royal Opera Company, European Ballet Company and Yorkshire Youth Ballet Theatre.

Donya then progressed to become a qualified teacher, undertaking a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies at the Royal Academy of Dance. Donya started teaching in 2006 and being based in the London area, taught at many dance sballet-dance-yorkchools as well as taking her classes into private schools and nurseries.

She is DBS checked. She now has own ballet school, bringing all her experience and knowledge back to her hometown of York.

En Pointe Classical Dance School is a vibrant, creative ballet school which offers professional expert teaching to all of their students.

Ballet is at the heart of the school and we are proud to teach the world recognised Classical Ballet RAD syllabus in our beautiful city of York. The School engages its students with our fun and inspiring classes that are designed specifically to the students age and ability.

Follow the link for more info on En Pointe Classical Dance School, York, England


Kirsten Evans – Festival Ballet Providence

Originally from Massachusetts, Kirsten Evans began training in the Festival Ballet Providence School in Rhode Island at age 11. 

kirsten-evans-providence-balletShe performed as a member of FBP’s Junior Company for 5 years before joining the main company as a trainee in 2010.

Kirsten Evans has attended summer intensives with The Nutmeg Conservatory, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Valentina Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory NY, and was a member of the Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Festival in 2009.

Ms. Evans was a two time finalist in the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition in New York City, where she was awarded several scholarships as well as a traineeship with Ballet West in Utah.

Previous roles with FBP include first and second pas de trois in Balanchine’s Agon, Pas de Trois and Cygnets in Swan Lake, Willi in Giselle, Factory Girl in Viktor Plotnikov’s Carmen, the roles of Clara, Lead Snowflake, Lead Flower, Marzipan and Spanish in The Nutcracker, Witch in Plotnikov’s The Widow’s Broom, and Wendy in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan.

Kirsten is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts/Journalism at Providence College part time.

Follow the link to read Kirsten’s blog Setting The Barre

Rebecca King – Miami City Ballet

Rebecca King is a Corps De Ballet dancer with Miami City Ballet. In her blog, readers can follow the everyday life of a professional ballet dancer living and working in one of the most glamorous and trendy places in the world, Miami Beach.

rebecca-king-providence-ballet“My mission is to provide insight into the life of a professional ballet dancer and my goal is to create an entertaining blog that will appeal to people who know ballet and those who don’t.

Ballet is a glamorous art form and I want to reach out to people to educate them and excite them about what I do for a living.

Rebecca King was born and raised in Northern California.

She received her ballet training from former San Francisco Ballet School Director and ABT dancer Richard Cammack, former ABT and SFB dancer Zola Dishong, former NYCB dancer Charles Anderson and former Royal Swedish Ballet dancer Katarina Wester at Contra Costa Ballet Centre in Walnut Creek, Calif.

King spent two summers studying at San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Gloria Govrin. Her senior year in high school, she attended The Rock School in Philadelphia. After graduating in 2006, she moved to Miami to train at Miami City Ballet School.

rebecca-king-ballerinaKing joined Miami City Ballet in 2007 as a company apprentice and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2008. Since then, she has worked with many of today’s most sought-after choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett and Justin Peck.

She has danced in the majority of MCB’s Balanchine repertoire, as well as classical full-length ballets and contemporary works. Since 2010, she has served as a Company Representative on behalf of the dancers.

In 2010, she founded a dance blog,, which has enabled her to reach out to dancers and audience members from around the globe. King currently sits on the advisory board of The Dancers Studio in Stuart, Fla.

World Dance Management – London Dance Agency

World Dance Management is based in Covent Garden in central London and represents the world’s leading dance performers and produces shows in all genres of the art of dance.

world-dance-managementAs a dance agency and dance agents they represent the very best commercial and specialist dancers who work worldwide for blue chip corporates, theatre productions, music video, films and commercials

As a dance management company, they mange a unique collection of famous dancers, dance acts and dance companies from television, films and theatre providing career development, contract negotiation, intellectual rights management.

And as show producers, they finance, promote, and manage West End and national touring dance shows and create and manage the creative teams for theatre shows, casinos and corporate clients.

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Claudia Folts – Tutu.Com Ballet Costumiers

We are thankful to Claudia Folts and her colleagues at Tutu.Com for their kind support.


Tutu.Com, the world-wide leader in teaching and creating beautiful costumes, welcomes you to our TutuSchools for a magical journey through the art of creating beautiful professional-quality Classical and Romantic tutus, and other ballet costumes.

At TutuSchools, you will learn everything you need to know to create your own professional tutus, dance dresses, men’s costumes, and headpieces, from time-honored costume shop techniques to proper fit and pattern alteration, as well as design and ballet-world dos and don’ts.

Tutu.Com teachers, all top ballet industry designers, pattern-makers and technicians, will lead you step-by-step through this fascinating process. They will generously share their knowledge amassed through years of working in the top ballet costume shops and companies, with professional dancers and directors, and with IBC (International Ballet Competition), Prix de Lausanne, and YAGP (Youth America Grand Prix) competitors.

Our teachers and lecturers are all working professionals with clients ranging from New York City Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Houston Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland’s Studio Company, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on CBS, and shows on Broadway and television.

TutuSchools are held yearly in New York City; Southern and Northern California; Charlotte, NC; and in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, Australia.

TutuSchool is also held at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS, every four years, with Project Tutu, the only tutu design competition and fashion show in the world. We are in the process of adding TutuSchools locations in New Orleans, San Francisco and Europe.

Follow the link for more info on Tutu and Ballet Costume Design at Tutu Schools

Travelling Tutus – Donating Ballet Costumes & Slippers

Travelling Tutus believe unneeded costumes and dance attire are a precious resource that can be recycled to bring joy to children all around the world. 

travelling-tutus-ballet-charityBy collecting, packaging, and shipping those no longer needed items we are allowing children all over the world to experience one of life’s greatest joys, DANCE!

As a dancer, dance parent, instructor, or friend of the arts you know all to well how dance can be used to instill confidence, give joy, and foster self expression. Help share that gift with others. A recital costume that was used once and then tucked into the back corner of your closet can do so more much good if given the chance.

Let your costumes dance again! More importantly though, let your costumes bring joy to others!  Follow the link for more on Traveling Tutus

Ballet Nouveau Academy of Dance – Maryland

Ballet Nouveau Academy of Dance’s BALLET PROJECT is committed to educating today’s youth in a complete training program that generates the accessibility of ballet to multi-cultural communities within Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

ballet-nouveauThe Ballet Project partners directly with local community organizations for 4 to 6 week sessions to introduce the basics of ballet to today’s youth.

A short demonstration is completed at the conclusion of the session and the families of our students are encouraged to attend and continue educating their youngsters through the arts.

We strongly believe in the open-ended benefits of exposing children to the performing arts at a young age

Ballet Nouveau’s mission is to provide Maryland with a fully professional ballet-based conservatory, community outreach program and ensemble that exceed both artistic and recreational needs of all students and audiences.

Ballet Nouveau’s mission will be fulfilled through:

MISSION – We use dance to foster community, create positive influence and inspire the individual.

VISION – We are a responsible and stable model of excellence in dance education, health and wellness, and non-profit management.

VALUES – We value mentorship and partnership, and believe that dance should be available and accessible to all.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH- We are committed to educating today’s youth in a complete training program that generates the accessibility of ballet to multi-cultural communities.

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Ray Lindsey of the Pennsylvania Ballet

We are extremely grateful to Ray Lindsey of the Pennsylvania Ballet. for his kind donation of music for our ballet workshops in Gambia, West Africa.

Ray LindsyRay Lindsey has played for dance companies all over the United States, including Kansas City Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and currently Pennsylvania Ballet.

Besides piano, he also plays mBira, violin, xylophone, guitar, harp, and various other instruments. His styles range from classical to blues to jazz to African and other world music.

In addition to playing the works of other composers, he has composed many of his own pieces including numerous works for modern dance choreographers.

Teachers and inspirations include George Salisbury, Kansas City jazz pianist; Trudy Pitts, Philadelphia jazz pianist; Baby Gramps, eccentric Seattle ragtime guitar player; and Aaron Bebe, Ghanian xylophonist

Follow the link for more on Ray Lindsey and music for ballet dancers

Ballet Lessons & Training For Young Football Players In Africa

Classical ballet dancers have a saying that ‘if ballet was easy it would be called football’.  The challenges faced by the best young ballerinas and youth football players are very similar

Both require immense dedication and training, many of the same muscle groups are used, both require finesse, speed, strength and balance in bursts, and even similar injuries can be found between the best football players and today’s top ballet dancers.

England captain Rio Ferdinand was so good at ballet he won a five-year scholarship to the Central School of Ballet before becoming a professional football player. Former Manchester United striker Dion Dublin used the dance discipline to aid his recovery from a career-threatening injury. Queens Park Rangers had a tie-up with the English National Ballet and even Wimbledon during the years of the so-called ‘€˜crazy gang’€™, featuring the likes of Vinnie Jones and Dennis Wise, trained with a ballet company.

Many football players exhibit strength, but may be lacking in other areas. Ballet lessons for youth and grassroots football players can help develop and increase flexibility and agility. This helps players learn how to move quickly on their feet, change directions with greater balance and stability and so play better football and avoid injuries.

Ballet dance routines and training stimulates a connection between your brain and your body that helps you do your best in all activities, including football. Ballet lowers your stress, stimulates you intellectually and helps you recognize and deal with patterns, spacial issues and sequences, which are essential to football strategy.

Ballet also gives young players the mental concentration and confidence to perform well in front of an audience or in big matches.

Academy of Dance and Art, Nairobi, Kenya

The Academy of Dance and Art first opened its doors in September 2009 and is now in its sixth year of operations. We now have 250 pupils who come to the Studio for Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap classes. In addition to this we teach at various school around Nairobi.

The emphasis is on having fully qualified teachers who can put and maintain the high standard that have been set and achieved over the years. We follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) from London’s syllabus for ballet and The Imperial Society of Dance Teachers (ISTD) syllabus in respect of Modern, Jazz and Tap. This enable us to offer the opportunity of taking exams in the chosen genre of dance.

The aim is for the students to have fun whilst learning the discipline dance gives but that we can also lay the foundations for students to take this to a professional level.

We are located in Rhino House on Karen Road, the building houses three studios, one with a harlequin floor to ballet and pointe work especially. A smaller studio that especially is used for tap and a ballroom that is used for exams, our shows and dance classes.

We have ballroom dancing for adults on a Wednesday evening starting at 19.00 and all are welcome. This is fun, good exercise and keeping you fit.

Follow the link for more info on Academy of Dance and Art, Nairobi, Kenya