The aim of the schools is to help each pupil gain as much benefit and enjoyment as possible from the classes. Pupils are given individual help and encouragement to develop imagination, self-confidence and dance quality as well as technique and musicality.
The classes are carefully graded to suit pupils at different levels.
An experienced pianist accompanies all classes.
Children can start dancing at the schools from three years. These classes consist of songs with actions, stories and movements to develop co-ordination. Simple balletic movements are introduced at this stage but more formal teaching of technique does not begin until pupils are old enough to enjoy a more structured approach.
Kezia Mitchell (Jolly)
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Principal and Ballet Teacher of ‘Vacani Ballet, Bayswater’ and ‘The Marylebone Ballet School’. I would like to tell you a little about my training and teaching experience.
I graduated from the London College of Dance, Middlesex University in 1998 with a 1st class BA Hons Degree in Dance and four teaching qualifications in Cecchetti Ballet, Imperial Ballet, Modern and National Dance. I was also awarded the ballet award for artistry and technique for two consecutive years.
Since then I have gained my FDI (Foundation in Dance), CDE (Certificate in Dance Education) and Licentiate teaching qualification in the Cecchetti method, and have been awarded the Nora Roche scholarship by the Cecchetti Society. I have completed and passed my Advanced II exams in Cecchetti Ballet, Imperial Ballet and Modern Dance. I have performance experience, including dancing in the ‘All England Dance Competitions’, ‘Sadler’s Wells’, and ‘The Queen Elizabeth Hall’ in London.
I began teaching Cecchetti Ballet full time for the ‘Vacani School of Dancing’ in 1998. I became the Principal of the Marylebone Ballet School, in 2003, and the Principal of Vacani Bayswater in 2005. Since then the ballet schools have continued to grow and develop and we strive to ensure all our pupils feel unique and inspired to dance.
I completed my Dance for Parkinson’s training and course in 2016, and am enjoying working with Parkinson’s UK to establish classes in the local area. These classes are uplifting and inspiring, which will aim to try and help alleviate some of the Parkinson symptoms as well as create a welcoming, warm and safe environment which is inclusive to sufferers and careers.
I am married and have three children, so I have a very good understanding and personal experience of children’s needs as well as a parent’s expectations. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and running the ballet school and feel privileged to be able to watch the children grow and develop as they progress through the ballet school.
Monica trained as a professional dancer graduating with a BA (Hons) in Dance with Fine Art: New Media, a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies (Laban) and an MA in Dance Performance (University of Chichester).
She gained her FDI and DDE in Cecchetti Ballet from Kate Simmons, alongside working as a professional dancer and choreographer. She was a dancer for ‘mapdance’, Scope Dance Theatre, Carpe Diem Dance company, Dance Digital, London 2012 Olympics Ceremony, BSkyB, working with several acclaimed choreographers.
As a choreographer, her company’s (MonixArts) work has been performed in various venues including Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Robin Howard Theatre.
Olivia started dancing when she was 4 years old. She became a Royal Ballet Associates for many years before going to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she graduated with a BA. Olivia has worked with Scottish ballet while she was at school and trained with Yat Sen Chang (ex Principal of English National Ballet) and his dance company.
Olivia began working at the ballet school in 2014.
Anastasia was a former pupil of Kezia’s.
During the time Kezia trained Anastasia she became a Cecchetti Associate and a Royal Ballet Associate, continuing all the way through the program, as well as continuing training at the Vacani Notting Hill and Marylebone Ballet Schools.
When she was 11 Anastasia started training with Miss Bryony Brind, who was the patron of ‘Vacani’. Anastasia attended the English National Ballet School and then the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, and has since gone on the win the Cecchetti ‘Barbara Geoghegan Musicality Award’.
Anastasia greatly enjoys being a ballet assistant at her former school.
Hannah starting dancing at 4 years old, in ballroom, Latin and freestyle until the age of 18. During school she successfully completed GCSE and A level dance. Hannah danced with a group called 'Rhythm Junkies' for 2 years. She is currently a teaching assistant at Alameda middle school and runs 4 dance clubs within the school. Hannah started assisting Kezia in 2013.