Teachers

Sue Wightmore A.R.A.D.

Sue Wightmore A.R.A.D.

Sue Wightmore is principal of the Wightmore School of Dance.

Sue started dancing aged 7 and trained at The Bristol School of Dancing with Muriel Carpenter, Lyn Britt and Mary Hoskins. Regularly danced at the Bristol Hippodrome with the Bristol Old Vic Company and in shows with Bruce Forsythe and The Seekers.

Formal training: The Royal Ballet School, London under principal Barbara Fewster. While training at RBS, Sue observed the Royal Ballet Company rehearsing dancers such as Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.

Sue was offered a contract with the Northern Ballet Theatre (Northern Dance Theatre) and danced soloist roles with the company for 7 years. Sue was one of the original 7 dancers, when Laverne Mayer founded the company in 1969.

She is an associate of the Royal Academy of Dance having been awarded the Advanced 2 qualification and is a life member of the Academy. After relocating to Devon Sue taught at Ravenswood School and Blundells School. Wightmore School of Dance was founded in 1980 and a performing company which regularly raised money for Action Research, The Umbrella Project, Clic Sargent and Save the Children.

 

Christina Wightmore BA (hons), A.R.A.D, RAD RTS, AIDTA.

Christina Wightmore BA(hons), ARAD, RAD RTS, AISTD DDE, Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap, Acrobatic Arts Module One Certified.

Christina teaches Ballet, Modern Theatre, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatic Arts and Contemporary.

Formal training: Scholorship place at Northern Ballet School and Ballet West. Christina graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Professional Dance, Royal Academy of Dance Teaching certificate and her Advanced 2 qualification becoming a associate of the Royal Academy of Dance. Christina also holds her advanced 2 qualification in ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre Dance.

Christina performed with the Ballet West Company in full length touring productions of Swan Lake, Coppelia, Upstage, The Nutcracker throughout Scotland in large metropolitan theatres, and Ballet Creations production Coppelia under directors Ursula Hageli and Richard Slaughter.

While studying at Northern Ballet School, Christina had the opportunity to teach 1st year pointe classes which she found an invaluable experience gives her an insight into teaching at a vocational school. She taught on the Ballet West Outreach programme in Scotland. Christina graduated from Middlesex University with a BA(Hons) Professional Practice Dance Education and then completed her ISTD teaching qualification in Modern Theatre, Tap and Imperial Classical Ballet.

In assisting students to achieve their dance potential, Wightmore School of Dance are committed to continuing professional development to ensure the knowledge and teaching practice remains at a consistently high standard. All ISTD Modern Theatre Dance, Imperial Ballet, Tap and RAD Ballet exams now carry UCAS points which can be used when applying for further education, college and University.

Patrons

Ursula Hageli - A.R.A.D dip.P.D.T.C

Ursula Hageli - A.R.A.D dip.P.D.T.C

Ballet Mistress Royal Ballet Company, London.

Born in Zurich, she began her training there, then at the Royal Ballet School. During a performing career of over 30 years her repertory included most of the leading classical roles and she had many roles created for her. Her professional career began in New York aged 17, with Stuttgart Ballet. Three years later she joined Northern Ballet Theatre as a principal in 1980, London City Ballet, where she was coached by Svetlana Beriosova for her first Odette/Odile and many other roles. While there she met Richard Slaughter and together they founded Ballet Creations, with whom she appeared in Portrait of Pavlova, re-creating Pavlova’s most famous roles, and created the title roles in The Little Mermaid, Cleopatra and Cinderella. She has also been a principal with The Royal Ballet's Education Unit.

Phillip Landsdale Kelly

Philip Lansdale

Choreographer, Ballet Master and Teacher

Philip has always worked intensively as a teacher, and enjoys visiting and taking classes at the Wightmore School of Dance. Since 2006 Lansdale has been working in youth theatre projects, and community dance projects in Germany. After 7 years at the Royal Ballet School, his first engagement was with English National Ballet. There followed further engagements as a principal dancer with Northern Ballet Theatre, Bonn Ballet, the Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Ballet Hannover, were after his solo career, he became ballet master.

In 1987 he was appointed Ballet director of the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Germany. From 1992 until his engagement in Bielefeld, in 1998, he was Ballet director of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Normandie in Rouen, France.

We hope that he will soon be making a visit to the School, so he can share once again his expertise with our students.

Mark Hindle

Mark Hindle

Mark is currently performing in 'The Lion King', 'Disneys Award Winning Musical' in Holland.

Mark trained at Northern Ballet School. Since then he has been working professionally on a variety of dancing and acrobatic performances such as Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Australia, Rapunzel the musical, Pirates of the Caribbean Jubilee Hyde Park, ITV's Mrs Biggs and Freej Dubai/Saudi Arabia.

Mark has also been teaching for KNT Danceworks in Manchester and Liverpool.