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Our Team

Meet our high qualified teachers

Miss Nina

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.

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.
In 2006, at the 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.

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.

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 England in 2011 which now feels like home. In 2013 Nina had the opportunity of returning to the stage as a guest artist with Koblenz Ballett in Germany, by invitation of Steffen Fuchs, director of the company. In this short contract, Miss Nina danced a role created for her and shared the stage with artists from all over the world.

Miss Nina has been fortunate to work as ballet tutor at a number of dance schools and studios in London before being presented with a beautiful opportunity: to lead her own dance school.

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Claire Learie

Claire 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 Clairewas 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. 


Phoebe Gray

Phoebe started dancing at the Vanessa Gardener school of classical ballet at the age of 3 years old where she continued through the school and achieved her Intermediate examination level in Cecchetti Ballet.

Phoebe has her DDE teaching qualifications and currently teaches at schools in Surrey and Berkshire. She is DBS checked, First Aid trained and is a registered chaperone and loves being apart of the Nina Montiero Ballet school family.

Liliana Della Valle

Liliana Della Valle is a London based dance artist and freelance dance

teacher. She graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and

Dance with a BA(Hons) in Contemporary Dance and is continuing her

movement research through a Specialist Diploma in Choreological


Liliana teaches creative contemporary dance at Traceworks Dance, Nina

Monteiro Ballet School and previously at Rambert’s outreach and

participation programme. Liliana also works as a ballet teacher at

Vacani School of Dance and Canada Water Dance Studios. Throughout

lockdown, she led her own online contemporary, choreography and

relaxation classes.

Liliana’s own choreographic works have been performed at Bonnie Bird

Theatre, Greenwich.

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