one just never stops learning "
started ballet classes at the age of three, taking my RAD exams,
in my hometown of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. I used to go to
classes before school started at 7 o'clock in the morning! I joined
the Bach ballet Group and performed in The Netherlands and toured
around Europe in the holidays. After gaining my High School Diploma,
I went to London at the age of 18 and was accepted onto the Teachers
Training Course of the Royal Academy of Dancing. I graduated after
three years and returned to the Netherlands to start teaching
at my old ballet school. However, I missed dancing and returned
to London where I joined the Stella Mann School of Dancing, to
gain further qualifications. (Stella Mann, who started the school
in 1946, still lives in Hampstead!)
I enjoyed dancing so much that I decided to audition and my first
dancing job was in Birmingham with a company called Atmozphier
Dance. We worked hard but also had a lot of fun. After that I
worked with Paul and Judy Delme, danced on televison and spend
time dancing in and organizing shows on cruise ships (the best
time of my life!)
After performing for a few years I decided I wanted to teach and
I started teaching at the Stella Mann College, West Street School,
Royal Academy of Dance and directed the Youth Dance Theatre with
my partner Linda Streat. After teaching for a few years I was
asked to become an Examiner for the RAD and in 1996 I started
a Degree course at Durham University (Dance and Contextual Studies).
Whilst studying for this degree my daughter Anya was born in 1997.
After the Degree I decided to take a PGCE in Dance at the Institute
of Education, which I finished in 2005. So I've been studying
a lot over the past few years. One just never stops learning!
At the present time I am still examining for the RAD and teaching
at Stella's, the RAD, St Mary's and other schools, but am really
looking forward to teaching you at the Royal School.