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 in 1995.
She gained her ISTD CDE in Dance Teaching in Spring 2007, the Cecchetti Diploma in 2009 and Fellowship (the highest teaching award given by the ISTD) in 2010.
Julie guest teaches regularly in the UK and internationally and for the Cecchetti Faculty. She is a founder member and regular guest teacher for the Auguste Vestris Society, a non-profit, Paris based teaching organisation and Auguste Vestris in Italy and 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
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 at Highgate Ballet School.
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, Teacher
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, Teacher
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.
Emma Moran, Teacher
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.
Hannah Lancaster, Teacher`
Hannah Lancaster graduated from Bird College with a National Diploma in Professional musical Theatre and ISTD DDE teaching qualification. She has performed extensively in the UK and abroad inluding Kiki in Flashdance The Musical, Italian Tour and has worked in theatre management as Team Leader. She trained at Kate Simmons in the Cecchetti Method and has worked as a teacher and teaching assistant at KS Dance.
Hannah is teaching the Saturday Jacksons Lane classes from September 2017
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. 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. She also runs the blog Oxford Dance Writers. Susie is currently researching the ballet class for a PhD at Roehampton University.
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
Mary Moloney, Pianist
Mary Moloney joined Highgate Ballet School as accompanist at the Jacksons Lane venue in January 2016
Osman Tack, Pianist
Osman joins Highgate Ballet School as an accompanist in September 2017. He enjoys giving solo recitals as well as playing in chamber groups and accompanying other soloists, singers and performers. He is experienced in accompanying a wide range of genres and with performers at a variety of events. Currently he is studying for a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford on using functional imaging to investigate the action of anaesthetics on consciousness while receiving piano lessons from Ian Jones at the Royal College of Music.