Principal: Sally-Ann Hill

Sally-Ann Hill
RAD Teaching Cert, ISTD Associate Diploma – Modern Theatre, AIDTA, RSA – Exercise to music

Sally-Ann Hill born in Bristol and an RAD scholar from 11-13 years passing all RAD Graded Ballet Exams with Honours and Intermediate at 12 years old with The Milton-Taylor School of Dancing.

Sally-Ann also studied Floristry and opened a Flower Shop in Bristol called ‘Forget-Me-Not’. The shop was very popular and was taken over by the family when Sally-Ann decided to follow a Dance career; it continued to thrive for many years to come.

Sally-Ann firstly studied dance full-time at The Hammond School in Chester and then Rambert in London where she won an Award. Rambert split into the Central School of Ballet and The Rambert Contemporary Dance School and Sally-Ann chose to stay at Central where she was taught by some experienced teachers including Carole & Christopher Gable and Morwenna Bowen.

Sally-Ann danced with many small companies that enabled her to travel throughout Europe, The Middle East and The Far East. Eventually she settled in Japan studying Japanese and teaching English as a foreign language and Aerobics with a TEFL & RSA Qualification. During that time Sally-Ann started two businesses; an English School for Japanese students of all ages and a small Ballet School on the island of Ishigaki in Okinawa.

On returning to England she studied for the RAD teacher’s certificate with Mrs Franklyn an RAD Examiner in Chippenham whilst teaching Ballet at her School and also supporting Japanese children in Swindon whose parents were working for Honda.

In 2000, after having settled in Corsham with her partner and had two children Sally-Ann started Pound Ballet Studio with 11 students at The Pound. Since the refurbishment of the Arts Centre, the School has gone from strength to strength with around 400 students learning Ballet, Modern, Contemporary & Tap.

There’s not been much time for hobbies but Sally-Ann enjoys cooking, all kinds of exercise & spending time with her family.

Nikki Purkess

Nikki Purkess
ISTD Associate Diploma, IDTA

Nikki is a fully qualified dance teacher of ISTD Ballet, Tap & Modern. She has been teaching since 1985 and successfully ran her own dancing school in Hertfordshire before moving to Wiltshire.

For many years, Nikki danced professionally as part of a dance group. She went on to become director and choreographer of the group whilst continuing to enjoy performing with them. She has taught in several schools including 14 years at the Malmesbury School of Dance and also at The Royal Masonic School, Rickmansworth.

As well as teaching at the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham, Nikki currently runs a Dance Club at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Malmesbury and has two teenage boys, which also keeps her on her toes!

Lucy Thynne

Lucy Thynne
Modern & Contemporary Teacher

Lucy Thynne (BA), is a freelance dance artist. She holds an honours degree in Dance and her training and technical background are in classical ballet and contemporary modern technique. Lucy has been dancing since she was tiny and teaching full time since 2008 – in schools and dance schools covering GCSE and A level Dance, choreographic technique and physical theatre workshops.

As a choreographer and performer, Lucy was a founder member of Third Stage Dance Company, based in The South West. Her own company, focuses on Dance in Education for children & adults of all ages, abilities and special educational needs. Her work develops students to be unique performers & choreographers. Lucy is also a Partner Dance instructor, and enjoys helping couples gain confidence and take to the floor without anxiety.

She is continually expanding her experience in other world dances and movement styles to develop her work. Most recently studying Chinese Martial Arts, and touring the UK with a Middle-Eastern Dance Company.

Gillian Money-Kyrle

Gillian Money-Kyrle

Gillian Money-Kyrle, born Gillian Perry, is originally from London and graduated from the Royal Ballet School in 1976 with Dip RBS Teacher Training Course, Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance, Associate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (Cecchetti Ballet and National Dance Branches) and the Benesh Notation Teaching Certificate.

Her wish to learn foreign languages took her to Europe for the next 20 years, working in Germany at the Wuerttembergische Staatstheater Stuttgart from 1978 to 1989 (John Cranko Schule), where she taught classical ballet to vocational students, Character Dance, Spanish Dance, castanet technique, Benesh Notation, History of Ballet, Improvisation and Student Choreographic Projects. Further training (Graz 1987) led to a teaching certificate in the Foundation Years of the Waganowa Classical Ballet Method. Inspired by a visiting teacher, Jose de Udaeta, she went to Madrid for 6 months (1986) to study Flamenco Dance and Escuela Bolera, and began to develop a following of Flamenco students on her return to Stuttgart.

After a further 3 years, the freelance teaching opportunities, such as with the Stadttheater Aachen (1989), drew her away from her position at the John Cranko Schule and she moved to Essen, forming her own Flamenco Ensemble and founding a Dance Centre that could accommodate both Classical Ballet and Flamenco, Tanzhaus Essen. Here she employed several further teachers and encouraged an all-round dance education for the 400 students, a concept that led to experiments in Dance Performance with combined dance genres. Her Flamenco Ensemble continued to perform in the North-Rhein area for several years.

The arrival of her first child in 1996 meant a drastic change of lifestyle, and Gillian moved back to England in 1998, this time to Wiltshire, to pursue family life. A life-long passion for gardening led to the next few years at Wiltshire College Lackham, studying horticulture and founding a new business in garden design. In 2012 Gillian returned to the world of dance, firstly acquainting herself with the new RAD syllabi and now working freelance as a teacher of Classical Ballet and Benesh Notation at various schools. She is a Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher. Gillian joined the team at Pound Ballet Studio in March 2014.

Julie Anne Clark ARAD AISTD

Julie received her professional ballet training and education with The Hammond School & the prestigious Royal Ballet School. She obtained twelve RAD ballet exam levels including the society’s most esteemed Solo Seal Award.

This is the highest vocational graded examination and focuses on exceptional solo performers. In addition, Miss Julie possesses exam credentials in Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap & Ballroom. She is an avid musician as well, playing the cello and piano.

From 1981-1986 Julie toured Great Britain as a professional Ballerina with the Royal Ballet. She has danced various leading roles, in ballets such as- Swan Lake, Giselle,La Fille Mal Gardee and The Nutcracker, to name a few.

After her performance career, Julie founded and established her own ballet school in Nürnberg, Germany – Dance Vision. For thirteen years she fluently taught in German and English, training young ballerinas, and preparing them for RAD ballet exams. She then worked in Canada as a Guest Artist & gained a place in The Professional Adjudicators Alliance.

Julie is now a qualified PBT ( progressing ballet technique) instructor & also trains the GB rhythmic gymnastic team to improve their ballet skills for the next Olympics.