About Us

Alexandra Pink BA (Hons)
PGCE (DTLLS) AIDTA RAD RTS

Miss Alex was born in Bolton and started dancing at the age of five after being refused the part of a ‘dancing star’ in her first nativity play because she didn’t go to ballet. She then became an associate of the Royal Ballet before attending the Hammond School. She went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dance becoming a registered teacher in 2007. She also has a degree in dance and a PGCE with a dance specialism.

Miss Alex has been a professional dancer and choreographer, performing abroad and in theatres across Britain. She has performed in ballets such as Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, as a contemporary and jazz dancer for Rewind Dance Company touring the south coast, in the West End and on television for both the BBC and ITV. In 2008 she was invited to dance at the famous Estoril Sol Casino in Lisbon as the lead dancer for the summer season. She is also a very experienced teacher, teaching all over London and the South East, including the associate classes at Italia Conti.

Miss Alex helped to set up Maida Vale Ballet School in 2010 with its founder Bridget Hearne-Saliba. She took on the role of Principal in 2015 and is now also the Principal of our sister school Acton Ballet School.

Miss Alex - Principal
Amy Rowbottom BA (Hons)
NAT DIP, PDTD, RAD, ALCM

Miss Amy professionally trained for three years at SLP College in Leeds, gaining distinction in her National Diploma in Musical Theatre. She has since, furthered her study at Guildford School of Acting graduating with a BA (HONS) in Theatre. and more recently studied at the Royal Academy of Dance for a Professional Dancers' Teaching Diploma, in which she was awarded distinction.

Miss Amy has performed on board internationally renowned cruise ships, including the Costa Allegra, the Celebrity Summit and Cunard's Queen Victoria. She was also a member of the Potters Theatre Company in Norfolk, performing in shows including, Rule Britannia, The Great American Songbook, and Il Divo, Il Diva

Miss Amy was honoured to perform in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, alongside and in front of her majesty the Queen, a certain highlight in Amy's career so far.

Miss Amy teaches Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Musical Theatre in London to a range of ages from 3-16 years. She also trained with Darcey Bussell to become a qualified DDMIX Instructor, delivering to school children and adults.

Miss Amy enjoys sharing her passion of dance and performance and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

Miss Amy
Jessie Waterfield BA (Hons)
DDI

Miss Jessie began dancing at the age of 3 at Kilburn School of Dance, Northamptonshire. She then went on to train professionally at the Urdang Academy, attaining a First Class BA Hons in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.

Whilst training she worked towards her Diploma in Dance Instruction and now at the age of 25 and with the backing of a professional musical theatre agent, Jessie is pursuing her love for dance and musical theatre as both a performer and teacher. One of the highlights of her career was performing in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics with the English ballerina Darcey Bussel.

Miss Jessie is thrilled to be teaching Gymnastic Dance, Musical Theatre and First Steps at The Maida Vale Ballet School.

Miss Jessie
Louise Piears BA (Hons)

Louise is pleased to be helping Miss Alex with the Administration, website maintenance and Finance at Maida Vale Ballet School. She has had a long work history with similar responsibilities, following on from completing an Honours Degree in Economics at Kingston University

Louise is a keen believer in the importance, both physically and mentally, of enjoyable exercise and the achievement associated with this from an early age, so is particularly pleased to be supporting Maida Vale ballet school. She has always loved dancing as a leisure activity and enjoyed ballet, tap and ballroom classes as a child and teenager, but her main exercise for the last 20 years has been running, both road and off-road. She has completed three marathons and other long-distance events, often whilst raising money for charity, and particularly enjoys hilly cross country running races.

The School

Winner of the'Motherhood Live Love Local' Award in the category of 'Best Kid's Dance Class 2017

Maida Vale Ballet School was set up to offer the best quality dance education, accessible to all. The school has been recognised by the Council for Dance Education and Training, being awarded their certificate of good professional practice. This means that the school adheres to very strict guidelines with regards to the safety and welfare of its students and the quality of training offered by all members of staff.

We take great care to make sure that dance is a fun activity for all students, helping with early years development, musicality, strength, posture and concentration. Developing skills which will benefit children throughout their lives regardless of whether they decide to dance as a profession. For any children who do show the talent and desire to pursue a career in the industry there are many opportunities to audition for a variety of additional programmes.

The school cares about creating strong, technical dancers and is certified to teach the Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) programme, it is also a licensed Pirouette Surgery school. Both programmes are offered as workshops and incorporated into class work.

Miss Alex has taught students who have gone on to be associates at the Royal Ballet School and Central Ballet School, attended the Royal Ballet School at White Lodge, English National Ballet School, the Brit School, Sylvia Young and Italia Conti. Students have also performed in companies such as English Youth Ballet and London Children’s Ballet.

Each year the school put on a summer show, giving the children the opportunity to experience performing in a real theatre and to show off their talent.

Nominations and Awards

we are delighted to have won the 'Motherhood Live Love Local' Award in the category of 'Best Kid's Dance Class 2017

In 2016 we were nominated and (despite over 5,000
other nominees from across the country) shortlisted for a
'What's on 4 Juniors' award in both the 'Best local activity
for under 5's' and 'Best local activity for 5-12' categories.
We are very proud of this achievement

Royal Academy of Dance

Maida Vale Ballet School teaches the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. The RAD was founded in 1920 and has come to represent the highest standard in the teaching of classical ballet. It has grown to become the largest and most influential examining body for ballet in the world and has a presence in over 80 countries. Their headquarters are in Battersea and this is where our students go to take their graded exams.

Both the RAD and IDTA work in partnership with Ofqual meaning that qualifications achieved are recognised on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and with respect to the later and vocational grades, passing examinations could help students get UCAS points to use for application to university.

IDTA

The International Dance Teachers Association is one of the world’s largest examination boards covering a spectrum of dance styles. It has been around for over 100 years and we use their syllabi for our tap and modern classes offering the opportunity to take graded exams.

Modern Jazz is fun. It helps dancers to develop many different movements to a broad choice of rhythms and musical styles. Classes are structured to begin to prepare the physical strength and flexibility required to demonstrate emotion through interpretation exploring contrast between expansion and relaxation, fluidity and isolation.

Tap is rhythm, it’s making music with your feet. Tap has been a popular dance form for many years from the musical era of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly to the more recent shows of Tap Dogs and Stomp. It is a great way to increase fitness, fast footwork and musicality.

  • Miss Alex is an inspirational teacher to both my girls. They have made real progress since joining the school this year and they have fun!

    • Taj Giles
    • Parent of two dance students at Maida Vale Ballet School
  • Alex is a wonderful teacher. She is able to think of multiple ways to explain steps until she finds the one that works for you and is very encouraging and positive.

    • Gillian Iversen
    • Dance student
  • Alex holds herself and her students to the highest standards. She is capable of bringing out the best in every child and draws out the inner dancer in them all. Not only does she produce outstanding shows which gives each child the chance to perform, she also teaches to a very high level ensuring amazing results in exams. She is capable of taking a sow's ear and turning it into a silk purse - I should know, she's taking a group of total beginner adults and teaching us Grade Three tap! Her patience and professionalism know no bounds and her classes are brilliant fun.

    • Alice Morgan
    • Dance student and parent of dance student
  • My daughter has been attending ballet classes at Maida Vale Ballet School for just over two years. In that time I have watched her confidence and ability to socialise with children of all ages go from strength-to-strength. The weekly class has given my daughter the tools to develop life skills such as concentration, spatial awareness and is a place where she can nurture her love for ballet. Judging by the smiles I get after each class I am certain she has enjoyed her lesson. From a dance perspective Maida Vale Ballet guarantees to teach your child good solid technique (in ballet, jazz and tap) and the discipline to work towards an end goal in the form of summer shows and (if you or your child so wish) dance exams. Miss Alex immediately puts the children at ease with her very kind and approachable manner. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone wishing to introduce their child to the world of dance.

    • Katherine Emin
    • Dance student's parent
  • I've been doing ballet for six years at Maida Vale Ballet School. I've really enjoyed it because of our amazing teacher Miss Alex. Miss Alex has taught me during this time and has made all the lessons really fun and enjoyable. While I have done ballet at this school I've made lots of friends including Emma, Yara, Jhameira and Luna-Belle (she's my cousin). This year it has been very fun and I am looking forward to grade 3 (if I get into the exam) and for more years of continuing to dance and exams at Maida Vale Ballet School!

    • Autumn Star
    • Grade 2 ballet student, age 8
  • Our daughter has been attending Maida Vale ballet schools since she was four years old (2011). She started off a very quiet and shy little girl but over the years her self-confidence has grown immensely. She is now more outspoken and even likes to organise the others into the correct places before they start performing. Miss Alex runs the classes excellently and caters for girls and boys of all abilities, differentiating her teaching techniques according to each individual child so they can grow in confidence and thrive to their full potential through hard work and dedication. The Ballet school organises performances for parents to come and see and the choreography is amazing. Miss Alex and all her students make such a great effort to put on a good show and it pays off every time. We are so glad we let our daughter join. The discipline and commitment needed to attend classes and perform at the shows is all taught through the great example set by Miss Alex and we as parents have seen the vast difference in our daughter’s whole life not just at the ballet school. Our daughter has had some hearing difficulties and operations to correct this issue but neither her nor Miss Alex have let that hinder her progress. Miss Alex has been so supportive and helpful and we would like to say thank you very much to her it means so much to us seeing our little princess so happy and we would highly recommend anyone thinking of classes for their daughter or son to give it a go and see what happens.

    • Stuart and Claire Hewer
    • Dance student's parents
  • This is the forth year my daughter attends this ballet school. Thank you for your hard work and patience with the kids. I have seen my daughter blossom through the years and become more and more focused and graceful in her dancing. I treasure the DVDs of every show and I can see how each year becomes a further achievement. It is evident how Miss Alex takes her job seriously and how hard she works to organise and run the school. A special thank you to her. I recommend this school to anyone who wants a committed and white hearted teacher who would motivate and push your child to love ballet and improve him/herself.

    • Aliyah Rahal
    • Dance student's parent
  • My daughter only started part-way through term at that start of this year, but with Alex's teaching method and patience my girl has grown so much. More confident, more happy and loves to dance. Thank you Alex, couldn't recommend this school any higher!

    • Famida Ayub
    • Dance student's parent
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  • Miss Alex is an inspirational teacher to both my girls. They have made real progress since joining the school this year and they have fun!

    • Taj Giles
    • Parent of two dance students at Maida Vale Ballet School
  • Alex is a wonderful teacher. She is able to think of multiple ways to explain steps until she finds the one that works for you and is very encouraging and positive.

    • Gillian Iversen
    • Dance student
  • Alex holds herself and her students to the highest standards. She is capable of bringing out the best in every child and draws out the inner dancer in them all. Not only does she produce outstanding shows which gives each child the chance to perform, she also teaches to a very high level ensuring amazing results in exams. She is capable of taking a sow's ear and turning it into a silk purse - I should know, she's taking a group of total beginner adults and teaching us Grade Three tap! Her patience and professionalism know no bounds and her classes are brilliant fun.

    • Alice Morgan
    • Dance student and parent of dance student
  • My daughter has been attending ballet classes at Maida Vale Ballet School for just over two years. In that time I have watched her confidence and ability to socialise with children of all ages go from strength-to-strength. The weekly class has given my daughter the tools to develop life skills such as concentration, spatial awareness and is a place where she can nurture her love for ballet. Judging by the smiles I get after each class I am certain she has enjoyed her lesson. From a dance perspective Maida Vale Ballet guarantees to teach your child good solid technique (in ballet, jazz and tap) and the discipline to work towards an end goal in the form of summer shows and (if you or your child so wish) dance exams. Miss Alex immediately puts the children at ease with her very kind and approachable manner. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone wishing to introduce their child to the world of dance.

    • Katherine Emin
    • Dance student's parent
  • I've been doing ballet for six years at Maida Vale Ballet School. I've really enjoyed it because of our amazing teacher Miss Alex. Miss Alex has taught me during this time and has made all the lessons really fun and enjoyable. While I have done ballet at this school I've made lots of friends including Emma, Yara, Jhameira and Luna-Belle (she's my cousin). This year it has been very fun and I am looking forward to grade 3 (if I get into the exam) and for more years of continuing to dance and exams at Maida Vale Ballet School!

    • Autumn-Star
    • Grade 2 ballet student, age 8
  • Our daughter has been attending Maida Vale ballet schools since she was four years old (2011). She started off a very quiet and shy little girl but over the years her self-confidence has grown immensely. She is now more outspoken and even likes to organise the others into the correct places before they start performing. Miss Alex runs the classes excellently and caters for girls and boys of all abilities, differentiating her teaching techniques according to each individual child so they can grow in confidence and thrive to their full potential through hard work and dedication. The Ballet school organises performances for parents to come and see and the choreography is amazing. Miss Alex and all her students make such a great effort to put on a good show and it pays off every time. We are so glad we let our daughter join. The discipline and commitment needed to attend classes and perform at the shows is all taught through the great example set by Miss Alex and we as parents have seen the vast difference in our daughter’s whole life not just at the ballet school. Our daughter has had some hearing difficulties and operations to correct this issue but neither her nor Miss Alex have let that hinder her progress. Miss Alex has been so supportive and helpful and we would like to say thank you very much to her it means so much to us seeing our little princess so happy and we would highly recommend anyone thinking of classes for their daughter or son to give it a go and see what happens.

    • Stuart and Claire Hewer
    • Dance student's parents
  • This is the forth year my daughter attends this ballet school. Thank you for your hard work and patience with the kids. I have seen my daughter blossom through the years and become more and more focused and graceful in her dancing. I treasure the DVDs of every show and I can see how each year becomes a further achievement. It is evident how Miss Alex takes her job seriously and how hard she works to organise and run the school. A special thank you to her. I recommend this school to anyone who wants a committed and white hearted teacher who would motivate and push your child to love ballet and improve him/herself.

    • Aliyah Rahal
    • Dance student's parent
  • My daughter only started part-way through term at that start of this year, but with Alex's teaching method and patience my girl has grown so much. More confident, more happy and loves to dance. Thank you Alex, couldn't recommend this school any higher!

    • Famida Ayub
    • Dance student's parent
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