FIONA JAYNE FOSTER A.R.A.D.
Principal and ballet teacher
Fiona began dance lessons at the age of 5 years old. From that age she began to participate successfully in examinations and shows. She later progressed to festivals and professional pantomimes.
At the age of 11 years old she attended The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, London and then The Hammond School, Chester.
Her professional training was at Central School of Ballet, London, where she graduated with a diploma in classical ballet and related studies. She danced with British Gas Ballet Central and Northern Ballet Theatre.
Fiona gained her teaching qualifications at The Royal Academy of Dance with certificates in grades and vocational grades and a teaching diploma which included papers in anatomy and dance history.
Suzanne France gave Fiona her first teaching opportunity in several private schools in central London. She passed responsibility for these over to Fiona upon her retirement. They also started a joint venture in musical theatre in the form of a children's performance group. This evolved to holiday workshops.
Fiona started her own school in East Dulwich in 1994, which continues to this day, and recently started teaching adult ballet in Beckenham following the retirement of Ysabelle Taylor.
Emma Ferguson trained at both the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Rambert school of ballet, London and later at Arts Educational school where she gained her Advanced R.A.D and Cecchetti. She worked professionally as a ballet dancer for 12 years in companies including London City Ballet and also as a soloist for the Israeli National Ballet. Emma then joined the west end production of Phantom of the Opera where she played the role of Meg. She has also worked as an actress for the De Musset company at the Swan theatre Stratford, for the Redgrave theatre company in several produtions including Noel Coward’s ’This Happy Breed” and for Granada Televsion in the Sherlock Holmes series. Emma currently teaches ballet and pointe work to both adults and children