Faculty 

At Brighton Ballet School we pride ourselves on delivering professionally taught classes of the highest quality throughout the school.  Our teachers are all qualified professional teachers or ex-proressional dancers and possess enhanced DBS checks. 

Please note this page is still under construction.

Sonya Pettigrew

Principal of Brighton Ballet School

BA (Hons), Dip, BBO Dance Registered teacher.  Acrobatic Arts Registered teacher (Level 1 – 6) 

 

Professional Experience & Qualificaitons

Teaching :

Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics, Progressing Ballet Technique, Pointe-work Assessments

Specialities

Sonya has a particular interest in training and preparing students for vocational careers.  She has been lucky enough to have several students graduate from top schools including Elmhurst School for Ballet, London Contemporary, Rambert and Leban. She has a passion for educating dancers of all ages in preparing and establishing good pointe work technique.  

Training and qualifications

Sonya has been dancing for 40 years starting at the tender age of 4 years old, with Tina Pilgrem at King Slocombe School of Dance in Cambridge.  She passed her exams including Intermediate level.  She returned to the dance world after a short break in 1999 and trained to teach under the guidance of Esther Juon, Dancelaines in Brighton.  She completed her studies with the British Ballet Organisation shortly after and opened the school 12 years ago.  More Recently she has qualified and is Registered as a Level 1-6 Acrobatic Arts teacher.  

Xanthe Wilson

BA (hons) Contemorary Dance

Professional Expeirence & Qualifications

Teaching:

Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Body Conditioning, Personal Trainer

Specialities

Xanthe has a passion for Contemporary dance and for sharing that passion with her students.  

Training & Qualifications

Xanthe has danced all her life from a hyoung age, passing exams in Ballet, tap and Modern.  She then gained a place at the esteemed Northern School of Contemporary Dance, gaining a first class honours degree in Contemporary Dance.  She continued her studies at the University of Chichester studying a Masters in Performance Dance.  Xanthe now works as a freelance dancer and choreographer, whilst sharing her passion for dance with others through teaching.  Brighton Ballet School is fortunate to have someone of her experience leading our Contemporary Dance classes.  

Gwen Nelson

BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance. 

Professional Experience & Qualificaitons

Teaching:

Ballet, Contemporary, PBT, Special Projects, Audition Coaching

Specialities

Gwen has a vast experience as a professional dancer and is regularly offered roles internationally, dancing for Opera, Film and Dance Companies. She likes to share this wealth of experience with her students, and through her teaching.

Training & Qualifications

under construction

Zoe Epstein 

RBS Dip. DT, DDTAL, RAD (QTS)

Professional Experience & Qualificaitons

Teaching

Ballet, Special Projects, Vocational Coaching, Audition Preparation.

Specalitieis

Teaching Repetoire. 

Training & Qualifications

Under Construction 

Sheree Mercer 

Acrobatic Arts Registered Instructor (Level 1-6)  

Professional Experience & Qualificaitons

Teaching

Ballet, Tap, Acrobatic Arts 

Specalitieis

Acrobatic Arts, Teaching children from the youngest to teens with unlimiited patience, enthusiasm and encouragement.  

Training & Qualifications

Under Construction 

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