June Mitchell MA B.Phil (Hons) FRAD ARAD LRAD LISTD
June Campbell Mitchell was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) on the 22nd June 2004 for her dedicated services to Ballet and to the Academy. This prestigious award, rarely bestowed carries the letters FRAD before all other Academy qualifications and is a notable accolade of her achievements in the world of dance.
June trained initially at the RAD in London after dancing professionally for some years. Her first teaching post was at Elmhurst Ballet School in Camberley, Surrey. This was followed by a three year contract to Canada to teach with a branch of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet based in British Columbia. During this time she was invited to teach and choreograph at the summer schools held at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Calgary, Alberta. She also accepted a one year posting as Artistic Director to the Rhodesian National Ballet (Zimbabwe) producing two seasons and travelling into the townships in Africa with an educational dance group.
June eventually returned to England to become a Grade /Vocational Graded Examiner for the RAD. She became a faculty member of the College of the RAD for many years and was a prominent figure in the search for validation for the original BA degree course in the Art and Teaching of Classical Ballet: eventually granted by Durham University in 1993. During this time she also taught at the Royal Ballet School, Stella Mann College and New Hall Convent, Chelmsford and for over forty years has been Head of Dance at St. Helen’s School and Northwood College, Northwood, Middlesex.
In later years June gained a first degree in Philosophy and was then awarded a scholarship from Durham University for Postgraduate study. The research dissertation is housed in both libraries of Durham University and RAD.
Alongside her many examining commitments worldwide her current teaching programme still includes weekly teaching at RAD headquarters and at schools in Surrey/Sussex.
Nicola Miles FISTD : Member and Registered Teacher of RAD : RTS : DDE
Principal Nicola Miles FISTD Member and Registered Teacher of the RAD: DDE is a fully qualified and experienced teacher of Ballet Modern Tap and National. Having trained at Bush Davis an locally, Nicola went on to take her Associates at Drusilla Duffill school in Burgess Hill and took her Licentiate and Fellowship exams also with Drusilla and Paddy Hurlings in Portsmouth.
Nicola has appeared on stage and on TV including many Pantomimes in Worthing, Reading, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Aylesbury, and Warwick. TV appearances include Noel Edmonds, Tenko, Mr Bean and Ever Decreasing Circles.
She has also choreographed shows all over England,an animation sequence for the El Nombre TV series and appeared in several TV commercials including one in Portugual and a documentary for German TV.
For the past 6 years she has choreographed Christmas Productions in Gloucestershire and in Tenbury Wells for the last 3 years. This year she will be choreographing a Childrens Christmas Show in Eastbourne.
Sarah Lidbetter LRAD, ARAD, AISTD.
Sarah graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance ( LRAD ) in 1986 when she freelanced in the South East region before taking up a contract in Brazil in 1987. Whilst working at the Academia de Ballet da Bahia in Salvador, she taught Classical Ballet at all levels and was also involved in the choreography of and participation in productions. On returning to the UK Sarah took up a post at The Hammond School, Chester where she became Dance Coordinator with special responsibility for the Associate Department and training of the Teaching Certificate of the RAD. In 1996 she qualified as a Grades Examiner and, after further training, as a Tutor for the RAD.
On becoming married Sarah returned to the South of England where she now freelances and has taught at the Nicola Miles Theatre Studios for 20 years.
Hannah Jeffery DDE : BA (Hons)
Hannah attended Nicola Miles Theatre Studios where she trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap and Contemporary until the age of 18, when she left to attend the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. On completing her BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre she returned back to West Sussex where she now teaches. She recently completed her ISTD DDE Modern Tap and Ballet.