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
BA Dance

Lucy works as a freelance dance artist and holds an honours degree in Dance. Her own company, Elm Dance, focuses on dance in education for children and adults of all ages and abilities. She dances and choreographs for 3rd Stage Dance Company based in the South West.

Lucy’s training and technical background are in classical ballet and contemporary modern technique. Lucy has been dancing for over 20 years and teaching for over 10 years in schools and dance schools covering GCSE and A level Dance, choreographic technique and physical theatre workshops.

Since beginning her freelance career, Lucy has built a strong reputation in dance in education. This has led to her taking the Artistic Director role for two highly successful projects funded by Wellcome Trust with St Gregory’s School based on understanding science through Dance, Music and Art.

She has experience in Special Needs and inclusion in Dance and is gaining further training in this field this year.

Lucy is also a Salsa Dance instructor, specialising in helping beginners gain confidence and take to the floor without anxiety. She is continually building her experience in other world dances.

For more details about Lucy, go to http://www.elmdance.com

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.