Proprietor & Contemporary Teacher: Lucy Thynne

Lucy Thynne
BA (Hons) Dance, ISTD Contemporary Affiliate

Lucy 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.

She taught secondary dance – KS3, GCSE and A Level for 9 years. And still offers satellite sessions in schools to support education in choreographic methods, contemporary technique, and physical theatre training.

As a choreographer and performer, Lucy was a founder member of Third Stage Dance Company, based in The South West.
Her company, Elm Dance 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 delivering styles such as Charleston, Lindy Hop and Salsa at events and fundraisers.

She is continually expanding her experience in other world dances and movement styles to develop her work. Most recently studying Chinese Martial Arts, Yoga and touring the UK with a Middle-Eastern Dance Company in 2016 and 2018.

Lucy was thrilled to become Principal Teacher and Proprietor of PBS Dance in 2020.

Patron & Ballet Teacher: Sally-Ann Hill

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

Sally-Ann was the Founder and is now Patron of PBS Dance/Pound Ballet Studio.

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.

Ballet & Tap Teacher: Nikki Purkess

Nikki Purkess
RAD RTS, ISTD Associate Diploma, AIDTA

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!

Ballet Teacher: Gillian Money-Kyrle

Gillian Money-Kyrle
Dip RBS TTC, ARAD, RTS, RAD Examiner, Benesh Teaching Certificate

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.

Ballet Teacher: Emma Macdonald

Emma started ballet at her local ballet school (Sylvia Bebb’s School of Ballet) in Bedfordshire. Age 16 she made the difficult decision between her love of science and love of dance to pursue a career in dancing. She trained at Ballet Rambert, meeting wonderful teachers such as Clover Roope, Therese Cantine and Hazel Merry.

Aged 18 she entered into a professional dancing career, dancing with the small ballet companies Vienna Ballet Theatre (playing Clara in the Nutcracker) and Alexander Roy Ballet (dancing numerous roles).
In 1989 she was fortunate to join Scottish Ballet under the directorship of Nannete Glushak; here her love of Balanchine began where she had wonderful opportunities of dancing principle and soloist roles such as Scots girl in Scotch symphony, Red girl in ‘Who cares’ and soloist in Concerto Barocco. The diversity of the company also enabled her to undertake roles in other dance genres such as red couple in Forgotten land (Juri Kilian), Pas de trois and cygnets in Swan Lake (Peter Darol), Raymonda solo (staged by Galina Samsova).

In 1994 she moved with her husband to the English National Ballet company under the directorship of Derek Deane. Here she was again lucky to encounter several genres of dancing, such as Makarova’s staging of Swan Lake (dancing cygnets and the Neopolitan duet), Graduation Ball (David Lichine, dancing lead girl) and Symphonic dances (Mauro Bigonzetti).

Retiring from Dancing in 1996, Emma felt it was time to pursue her love of science she was fortunate to be able to study and gain a first class honours degree in Human Biochemistry, Biomedical Diploma and Msc in Clinical Chemistry. Emma currently works part time as a senior biomedical scientist at the RUH Bath.

For the past nine years Emma has choreographed and taught dances to pupils of Shoscombe C of E Primary School for numerous school productions and the annual Dance Umbrella in Bath. For the past year Emma has been teaching and coaching RAD ballet in Andover, something she said was, ‘like coming home’. She is currently hoping to take the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching in 2020.

Ballet Teacher: John Macdonald

John started ballet at the age of 5 as it was more fun joining in than waiting for his sisters to finish their lessons. At the age of 12 John began training at the Hammond school in Chester where, alongside ballet he learned tap, modern, and supported adage (early partnering work). At the age of 16 John earned a place at the Royal Ballet School. During his third year, he performed with The Royal Ballet, The Kirov Ballet and The Australian Ballet.
Upon graduation, John successfully auditioned for the Scottish Ballet (1989). Whilst with the company John performed many roles including the Bluebird (Sleeping Beauty), Pas de Trois (Swan Lake), The Lover (Lilac Garden), King Fool (Romeo and Juliet) and The Birds (Cinderella).
In 1994 John moved with his wife to London joining the English National Ballet under the directorship of Derek Deane. Here he had the chance to work with various choreographers including: Derek Deane (Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Nutcracker), Michael Corder (Cinderella), Christopher Hampson (Irish Tune) and Christopher Deane the ice skater, who created his first ballet (Encounters) for the company. English National Ballet has a large and ever changing repertoire of ballets incorporating many different styles of dance. The number of performances that the company makes, particularly over the Christmas season, means that dancers have to learn many different roles leaving their dancers with a wealth of experience. John gave his last performance as a professional dancer in 2002.
After retiring John was lucky enough to be a stay at home dad to his two wonderful children. In 2011 John gained a degree in Biology and Education followed by a PGCE and now works in a small primary school, where he is enjoying his 5th year as the Key Stage 2 teacher. John’s interest in teaching dance began at his children’s primary school where he helped to coach pupils for various dance performances. John regularly assists a former English National Ballet dancer at her school in Hampshire and was delighted to join the Pound Ballet Team in Summer 2019.

Regular Guest & Cover Teacher: Sarah Gilmartin

Sarah Gilmartin BA(Hons) Art and Teaching of Ballet, LRAD, AISTD Modern, PG Cert Choreography and Contemporary Dance, PG Dip Dance Movement Psychotherapy.

Sarah left Ireland at 16 to train at the Dorothy Stevens School of Ballet before attending the Royal Academy of Dance in London and then London Contemporary Dance School achieving all RAD and ISTD Advanced examinations in Ballet, National and Modern Dance as well as studying Royal Courts, Contemporary and Choreography.

Sarah taught Ballet and Modern Dance in schools across London and Surrey including at the RAD headquarters in Battersea. Touring life took over first as a dancer and later a lighting designer and technical manager, which took her all over the world.

Sarah moved into dance management after getting married and settling in Surrey. Passionate about enabling people to participate in dance, she continued working as a teacher, artist, local authority arts officer and producer. Sarah managed and delivered sessions, courses, festivals and projects in a range of settings as well as training and mentoring programmes for artists. She founded iID and Surrey Dance Collective who receive Arts Council England funding for training, commissioning and festival work.

Sarah relocated to Wiltshire in 2016 and has most recently been focusing on developing dance and other arts for health opportunities particularly for older people and people with dementia. Sarah currently works: in Bath hospitals as a DMP (completing her MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy); in care homes and day-centres with her Creative Lunch project; as a producer for Anjali Dance Company on their 2018 International tour; and with artists across the South West to form the Open Arms Artists Collective.

Sarah is delighted to be returning to her teaching roots by becoming part of the Pound Ballet Studio team.

Dancer in Residence: Dan Baines

Dan joined the team in 2021 and will be working with our dancers to offer them variety in dance styles and insight into the professional world of Dance.

Dan Baines began dancing at the age of 7 at Minety Dance Theatre School where he found a passion for Breaking. He continued training in HipHop whilst attending Malmesbury School and the CAT Scheme at Swindon Dance before moving to London in 2017.

He graduated from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance with a First Class BA Hons in 2020. During his time at Rambert School he worked with numerous world renowned choreographers such as Matthew Bourne, Christopher Bruce and Akram Khan. In his third year of training he joined BalletBoyz as the apprentice dancer.

Dan describes himself as a verstile, athletic and technical artist who has a strong energy and presence. He has a unique movement language and enjoys dancing to complex musical scores. He also finds endless enjoyment in creating movement through improvisation, especially with floor work.

Graduating as a young professional artist during the COVID-19 pandemic meant consistant work in the dance sector was hard to come by. Whilst still participating in various artistic projects, Dan began working as a Teaching Assistant at Sheldon School in January 2021. He is currently performing with Rosie Kay Dance Company in their production of Romeo and Juliet alongside Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Regular Guest & Cover Teacher: Emma Drewett

Emma Drewett RAD RTS is an experienced, enthusiastic teacher who is dedicated to passing on her passion and skills to others. Emma has a good understanding of dance as she has loved dancing since starting ballet aged three. Emma then went on to study Jazz and Modern dance at advanced levels in all of these dance subjects.

After completing her A levels (including dance) Emma auditioned for several dance schools and accepted an offer into the Northern Ballet School. Emma started their three year performer’s course.

After realising that she truly wanted to pass on her passion and skills to others by teaching dance, she enrolled on the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies Course at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and graduated in November 2010.

In 2012 Emma founded and ran her own dance school, Dance4Life which specialised in offering tuition in ballet (to children and adults) and modern. In the same year Emma became a licensed Zumba Fitness instructor and in 2015 achieved her Diploma in Dance Teaching Instruction in Modern Theatre Dance. After deciding to relocate in 2017, Emma is continuing to teach and is passionate about supporting the arts in the local community.

Student Teachers: Isobel Kirkwood & Ellie McDonald

Isobel is passionate about expanding her dance and teacher training and experience. She has worked for PBS since 2018. Isobel is an experienced tap-dancer gaining all of her grades. She has a GCSE in Dance & Choreography, was part of the original Debut Dance Company cast and has a lot of experience leading young dancers from ages 3-16. She currently trains with us in Ballet and Contemporary Dance as well as assisting and teaching with Tap and Ballet, all whilst studying for her degree in Psychology.

Ellie is an ex-pupil of PBS dance and is currently in her 3rd year of professional dance and performance training at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA); a prestigious performing arts University founded by Sir Paul McCartney.
Ellie trains in a variety of genres of dancing including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Commercial styles including Voguing and Hip-Hop as well as Musical Theatre skills such as singing and acting.
During her time at LIPA, Ellie has had the opportunity to learn from many leading industry professionals including casts of Cabaret, Hamilton, Bring it On, West Side Story, Fame, Cats and Mamma Mia as well as companies such as Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures and leading Hip-Hop Company Boy Blue Entertainment among many more.
Ellie’s goals and aspirations include wanting to work on the West End and as a company member with New Adventures.

Ellie has always been a fabulous helper with younger students and we were pleased to welcome her as part of the team in 2021.

Regular Teaching Assistant: Lisa Blackman

Lisa has been part of the PBS team since 2017 is an experienced theatrical performer and is expanding her training with us in Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She is very experienced with youngsters and sends her daughter to us for training in all genres too!

Admin Support, Cover Teaching, Accompaniment: Claire Tryner & Julia Andrews

Claire started dancing as a young girl taking exams in Ballet, Tap and Modern along side studying contemporary dance as part of GCSE and A Level. She has an honours degree in Dance and a PGCE in Secondary Dance. Claire taught dance at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level in three secondary schools between 2001 and 2019.

Claire’s connection with PBS started when she attended the adult contemporary class from 2009, finding at this point that PBS was run by Sally who had taught her as a teenager! This developed into her becoming part of the teaching team from the first summer school in 2011 and performing in many PBS shows.

Claire is also a keen seamstress so has happily helped with costumes for shows and summer schools over the years. Claire is delighted to continue to be part of the PBS team.

Julia joined the PBS team in January 2020 to provide some support behind the scenes. She is also a hugely experienced piano teacher and accompanist; you may well see her smiling face peeking out from behind the piano at exam sessions and rehearsals.