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
RBS TTC Diploma, ARAD, RTS

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.