Julie Cronshaw Director
RBS Dip TTC (FISTD) CDE Enrico Cecchetti Diploma.
Director Julie Cronshaw is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School’s Teacher’s Training Course and has danced professionally in ballet companies in Germany, the United States and Russia.
She began teaching in the United States returning to England in 1994 to open Highgate Ballet School a year later.
Having attained her CDE in Dance Teaching in Spring 2007, securing the school’s future as a Cecchetti school, Julie gained her Cecchetti Diploma in 2009 and Fellowship (the highest teaching award given by the ISTD) in 2010.
Julie guest teaches regularly in Paris and for the Cecchetti Centre in London. She is a founder member of the Auguste Vestris Society, a non-profit, Paris based teaching organisation which is dedicated to promoting classical ballet, particularly the work of great ballet masters such as Enrico Cecchetti and August Bournonville. She has written several articles for the Vestris Society to accompany the series of ‘White Nights’ Masterclasses in Paris between November 2009 – July 2011, celebrating Russian, French and Italian ballet masters of the 20th century and at which she has taught a Cecchetti Thursday class and co-hosted an evening comparing the Italian and French schools of pointework.
In April 2012 she organised the first ever weekend seminar of masterclasses bringing together Cecchetti, Bournonville and the Escuela Bolera with international guest teachers in London.
In November 2012 Julie shared a Masterclass event in Paris focusing on the 5th position and in April 2013 taught at the Paris ‘Cecchetti-Bournonville and Escuela Bolera’ event. In the summer of 2013 she taught Cecchetti and GYROKINESIS ® Level 1 classes at the first International Ballet Summer School, Gdynia, Poland. In February 2015 she taught at the Redondanses Masterclass initiative in Paris .
Julie qualified as GYROKINESIS ® Level 1 Teacher in May 2014
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In July 2015 Julie launched a new online resource for dancers and teachers, all about Enrico Cecchetti and his Method of teaching classical ballet called TheCecchettiConnection.com. A documentary to illustrate the physical principles behind the Days of the Week is currently being filmed in London and Florence with assistance from the Auguste Vestris Society in Paris and the Hamlyn School, Florence.
Maddy Woolf (nee Wynne-Jone)s trained in Canada in the 7 year Professional Ballet Stream at the Ottawa School of Ballet. Upon graduation of the course she completed her formal training in the Graduate Intensive Programme at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, before transferring her emerging career to London. Here she worked as a freelance ballet and contemporary dancer before founding Tempered Body, a professional contemporary dance company, in 2007. In 2009 she was appointed Artist in Residence at Chisenhale Dance Space in East London. She has been teaching at the Highgate Ballet School since 2007, and in 2009 developed the Highgate Ballet School Youth Dance Company.
Maddy gained her Diploma in Dance Instruction for the Cecchetti branch of the the ISTD in Spring 2012.
Valerie Borg started dancing at the age of 3 at the Princess Tanya Bayona Poutiatinee Academy and later with the Debbie McNamara School of Dance in Malta. She has performed as a young dancer on Italian television, in dance competitions and festivals and in numerous productions in Malta. She started assisting and teaching ballet and jazz to children during this time.
In the UK she has studied tap, singing and acting at the London Studio Centre and has assisted and taught for the Susan Zalcman school of Ballet and at Chelsea Ballet schools. She has her DDI (Diploma in Dance Instruction) and is completing her DDE (Diploma in Dance Education) in Cecchetti Method.
Hannah Rawlinson began her dance training at Highgate Ballet School in the after school classes. After completing her A-levels she gained a place at Ballet West on the classical dance HNC course and danced with the school’s company on their ‘Nutcracker’ Asian tour. Hannah trained for three years at Kate Simmons on the classical dance and performance course gaining professional performance experience at venues such as The Lowry theatre and The Royal Albert Hall in ‘Dance Proms’. She successfully graduated in 2013 with a National Diploma level 6.
Hannah has been working towards her DDI ballet teaching qualifications whilst continuing to keep up her dance training and joined HBS in September 2015.
Emma Moran trained in Sydney Australia completing all her Cecchetti classical ballet exams including the Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma, at the Lane Cove & Roseville Dance Academies and at Alegria Dance Studios. She completed her BPA (Hons) and Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds and danced with Phoenix Dance Theatre. In Australia she has danced with SCIMM and Sydney Dance Companies. Emma is a freelance choreographer, and has created pieces for Cecchetti Society of Australia National Congress and for Lane Cove & Roseville Dance Academies competition solos and groups.
Emma joined HBS in September 2016 and is teaching Cecchetti ballet and Contemporary dance on Thursdays.
Barbara Massey, Assistant
Barbara Massey is a professional actress and has danced all her life. She was born in Hungary and grew up in Philadelphia, USA. She has also lived and worked in Paris and is a fluent French speaker. She translates Hungarian and French. Barbara has been assisting at Highgate Ballet School since its inception in 1995.
George Massey, Assistant, Filmmaker
George Massey is a former pupil at Highgate Ballet School and a professional filmmaker, actor and keen amateur dancer. He is co-directing the documentary on the physical principles behind the Days of the Week with Julie Cronshaw
Guest Teacher Friday night Pre-vocational Ballet Class: Susie Crow
Susie Crow danced with Royal and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet becoming a soloist; now based in Oxford she choreographs for Ballet in Small Spaces (BiSS) and teaches students, adults, professionals and teachers. Twice a finalist in the Madrid Choreographic Competition, she has made ballets for SWRB, Dance Advance (of which she was a founder director), National Youth Dance and Ballet companies; BiSS work has included curating two editions of the Solos Project, works based on Dante in Cambridge, Inside Out and Commedia, and Two old instruments in 2014. She holds an MA in Dance Studies from University of Surrey and a Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education from London’s Institute of Education, where she taught 2003-’07, becoming Course Leader on the PGCE/Cert Ed. Performing Arts (Post-compulsory); she has also lectured and mentored for the BBO and ISTD’s teaching qualifications. In 2002 she directed the Revealing MacMillan conference at the Royal Academy of Dance. Her longstanding collaboration with Jennifer Jackson has included Ballet Independents’ Group projects, writing, choreographic research, and participation in the mature dancers’ project Dancing the Invisible – Late Work in 2012-13. Collaborative creative research projects in Oxford with dancers, musicians, visual artists and academics have included DEC Drawing Dance and Avid for Ovid; she also runs the blog Oxford Dance Writers. She is currently researching the ballet class for a PhD at Roehampton University.
Richard Glasstone MBE Guest Teacher
Richard Glasstone is an internationally recognised master teacher and senior examiner of the Cecchetti Method, lecturer and author. He graduated from the Dance department of Cape Town University, South Africa and was resident choreographer and principal teacher at the Turkish State Ballet company from 1965-69 before being invited by Dame Ninette de Valois to join the staff at the Royal Ballet School where he worked for 15 years.
Mr Glasstone went on to direct the Istanbul State Ballet Company and then joined the staff at the Rambert School. He has written several books on ballet and contributed articles to the International Encyclopedia of Dance and the International Dictionary of Ballet, The dancing Times and Dance Now.
Mr. Glasstone taught at the Cecchetti-Bournonville-Escuela Bolera event in April 2012
Justin Stevens: Senior Pianist
Justin Stevens has been accompanying at HBS since 2000 and is also a composer. He has accompanied in various vocational schools around London and is currently at London Studio Centre.
Igor Mukhortov: Senior Pianist
Igor Mukhortov has accompanied at HBS since 2002 and was born and trained in Stavropol, Russia. He accompanies also at various ballet schools in London and at Surrey University on their dance programme
Karolina Pancernaite: Pianist
Karolina Pancernaite joined HBS as an accompanist in 2014. She was born in Lithuania and currently studies music at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Mary Moloney joined Highgate Ballet School as accompanist at the Jacksons Lane venue in January 2016