Nina Monteiro, our Principal Teacher, was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
At the age of six, she was introduced to ballet at the Grupo Cultural de Dança – Ilha, and fell in love. Whilst ballet was her passion, she also took lessons in Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop.
“To me, ballet was my second home, my home from home” Miss Nina reminisces about those early days “I felt so comfortable there – it gave me the confidence to believe that if I worked hard, I could realise my dream to dance ballet in Europe. The studio was my personal playground and gave me the security to immerse myself completely in my roles and become the characters”
During her ten years at the GCDI, Miss Nina was chosen to perform in every show and frequently represented them at national and international festivals and competitions with huge successes in both technical and artistic performance.
Miss Nina’s professional dance career began in Curitiba, Brazil, in 2007 at the Balé Teatro Guaíra, where she performed various classical and contemporary pieces such as The Nutcracker and Treze Gestos de um Corpo by Olga Roriz.
And then, her second love was born. In 2006, at the tender age of 20, the School Director Patricia Marques, invited Miss Nina to work as her rehearsal assistant and ballet teacher. It was as if ballet had defined her, but teaching had taught her to make a difference.
In 2009 Nina moved to Germany to work with Theater Nordhausen Ballett where she was able to co-create many of the leading roles she was given.
She then moved to Surrey in 2011 which now feels like home. She has been fortunate to work as ballet tutor at a number of acclaimed various dance schools and studios. She teaches pupils of all ages, from 3 years to 73 years, male and female, fledgling to exceptional.
Nina Monteiro is member of the ISTD and holds a DDI qualification in Cecchetti Classical Ballet.
Miss Sarah Riches attended the Susan Handy School of Dancing, training in Cecchetti and ISTD Tap and Modern. As a
child she was part of The London Children’s Ballet and toured with The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain. She continued her training at Laine Theatre Arts, where she gained a
National Diploma in Dance. Sarah has appeared on stage in The Tour, Starlight Express and A Christmas Carol as well performing at Buckingham Palace as
part of A Performance for Young People in the Arts.
Miss Sarah has appeared on screen as a dancer for The X Factor, Big Brother, Grease is the Word, Saturday Night Takeaway and the Disney Channel. She was a featured dancer in Captain America-The First Avenger and can be seen skating in the global H&M Christmas commercial 2016.
Sarah has taught at many primary, dance and theatre schools across the country, teaching ages 2 yrs to 25 yrs. She teaches various styles from Ballet to African and loves being able to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of young performers.
Miss Claire Learie trained at The Hammond School, Bird College and London School of Musical Theatre. Her professional debut was Our House – The Madness Musical in London. After that Claire was given her Hogwarts letter, so off to Universal Studios Japan were she was a member of the Frog Choir. Claire teaches Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre in various schools across London and Liverpool.
Miss Georgia Tuft started dancing at Southport Dance academy at the age of 4, and qucikly found her love for dance. Here
she gained her professional grades with the IDTA in ballet, tap, modern and theatre craft; being invited to the compete in the scholoship programme every year from the age of 11 to 18.
While studying in Liverpool, Miss Georgia was able to perform in many different caberets directed by Sally Rapier and Dr Nick Philip's in the Liverpool Philharmonic, Everyman and the Echo Arena. She was later cast as Little Red Riding Hood in their production of Into The Woods. After these performances, the cast were invited to be the entertainment for HSBC's 2017 awards evening at the Echo Arena.
After gaining her diploma in Muscial Theatre and teaching qualifications in Ballet and Freestyle at Studio 76, she finished her professional training in Musical Theatre at Rare Studio in Liverpool. During this time she worked in several different schools around Merseyside from ballet, to drama, street dance and national, from the ages of 2 to 22.