Ballet Introduction with Nicola Simpson

Summer Dance Courses 2016

£65 (for the week)

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Ballet Introduction with Nicola Simpson

part of Summer Dance Courses 2016

Enjoy your first steps into dance in these relaxed and informative sessions for absolute beginners. Participants will be guided through the basics, providing an insight into our regular eleven week Ballet Introduction courses. 

This fun and inspirational course will guide students through the key principles, providing a sound knowledge of the basic classical technique and movement vocabulary. Sessions will focus on posture and correct placement of the body, whilst building student’s coordination and confidence in moving.

Nicola’s teaching style reflects her background as a professional dancer and training as a dance scientist. In a positive and encouraging atmosphere she endeavours to achieve a balance between technique and performance; ensuring her students understand their own physiques to optimise technical execution, help prevent injury, and give them the confidence and freedom to perform to the best of their abilities. 

This course will run from Monday 15 – Friday 19 August, 10am – 11.30am each day.
The course fee of £65 covers all five classes. 

About Nicola Simpson

Nicola trained at Central School of Ballet in London under the direction of Christopher Gable. Upon graduation she gained a contract with Northern Ballet (Theatre) performing nationally and internationally, dancing a wide variety of soloist and principal roles in the company's diverse repertoire, including Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Cathy (Wuthering Heights), Mina (Dracula), Belle (A Christmas Carol), Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Odilia and Cygnets (Swan Lake).

Upon retirement from performing Nicola retrained as a teacher gaining a distinction on the Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance and furthered her education by studying Dance Science at Trinity Laban. She has taught classical ballet, pointe work and repertoire in various vocational and pre-vocational colleges across London, including Central School of Ballet, Trinity Laban, London Studio Centre, Cecchetti Associates and Transitions Dance Company. She currently teaches at D&B Academy of Performing Arts and the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) at The Place. She is Artistic Director of Arc Dance Academy London and volunteers at her local primary schools leading dance workshops and assisting with productions.

Nicola has also choreographed for dance school shows, and Big Dance 2008 & 2010. She staged Blue Ball from Christopher Gable’s production of Cinderella for Ballet Central, and she choreographed and directed productions of The Battle of Trafalgar and Widecombe Fair at Cadogan Hall in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Times: 10 - 11.30am
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: at The Place
Level: Introduction
Style: Ballet