Principal, Head of Ballet Department
Laura danced from the age of 5 in her home county of Lancashire, taking exams in all dance subjects and was awarded a scholarship to study ballet part time in London with the British Ballet Organisation at the age of 8. She travelled every fortnight for classes and trained for 2 weeks at Easter up until the age of 11. Laura also successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet Summer School at White Lodge in Surrey and spent most of her weekends and holidays competing in dance festivals and competitions, making it to the All England Finals on 3 occasions.
Laura then went on to professionally train at Laine Theatre Arts at the age of 16, one of this country's leading professional dance training institutions. She graduated with 4 ISTD teaching Associate exams, all qualified with distinction, and having won the classical award in her final year. After performing in numerous productions, Laura moved to the West Country to begin her teaching career. She continued to further her ISTD qualifications gaining 3 Associate Diplomas and Licentiate Ballet and the RAD teacher's certificate, with distinction. She was awarded the Mavdor scholarship for most promising teacher of classical ballet and successfully ran the dance school at the China Fleet Country Club in Saltash for several years.
Laura then went on to teach for a ballet school in Vancouver, Canada, before returning to England to take on the post of 'Head of Junior Ballet' at Laine Theatre Arts in London. Laura was also a tutor for the ISTD teaching qualifications and is qualified to train dancers to become dance teachers.
Laura then returned to the West Country with a wealth of experience and established Ballaré a unique performing arts school offering an exceptional level of training in all subjects.
Ballaré has had great successes with pupils performing in professional productions, being accepted onto the outreach training programs of prestigious schools such as Elmhurst and The Royal Ballet School, several pupils awarded full time training at age 11 a t Elmhurst Ballet School and most recently a pupil accepted into White Lodge, The Royal Ballet School which only accepts 12 boys and 12 girls a year from all over the world. In addition to this pupil have been accepted for full time training at vocational theatre schools in London including Bird College, Arts Educational, Performers College, London Studio Centre and Masters Performing Arts.
Ballaré has held four very successful shows of its own - World of Wonder (July 2013), Over The Rainbow (June 2015), Love, Laugh, Dance (July 2017) and A Step In Time (July 2019).
Ballaré has its own premises to ensure that the dancers have a 'home' with nice facilities and the possibility of different classes running simultaneously to provide a great learning atmosphere. Laura has worked hard to ensure the staff at Ballaré follow her ethos and deliver the best training available to children wanting to learn to dance.
Ballaré follows the worldwide recognised ISTD syllabus and has a 100% pass rate in all exams undertaken, with some exceptional results over the last ten years.