Meet our high qualified and super friendly teachers <3
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.
Katie grew up in Surrey, and went to train at Arts Ed Tring at the age of 16. She completed her training at London Contemporary Dance School, where she performed works by choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Richard Alston and Kerry Nichols. In 2012 she danced in the London Olympics Closing Ceremony. She has since worked in both the UK and Europe, freelancing as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She has taught and choreographed for Die Freiburg Tanz Akademie, Danceworks Berlin, and the Institute of the Arts Barcelona. In Germany she has worked for choreographers such as Canan Erek and Elisabeth Schilling, and danced in operas for Staatsoper Berlin. She has also created her own work both for stage and film. Katie thoroughly enjoys teaching, and is delighted to be able to share her practice with a wide range of people. Expect Katie’s classes to be full of warmth, fun, and beautiful classical music.
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
Liliana’s own choreographic works have been performed at Bonnie Bird