Cariad Ballet

Welcome to Cariad Ballet; a dance school offering expert classical ballet training for both children and adults, based in various locations across London. Explore the classes available and don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.

Levels Of Ballet To Suit Everyone

We offer recreational, pre-professional and professional dance tuition to all ages. Our friendly and inclusive classes are taught by Royal Academy of Dance accredited teachers, who ensure classes are enjoyable, whilst maintaining structure and progression. 

mini-movers

A nursery level ballet class for children aged 2 – 4 years old. Thirty minutes of fun and creativity; nurturing their imaginations and developing key motor skills.

rad Pre-primary & primary ballet

 Structured but imaginative syllabus ballet classes for children aged 4 – 5 and 5.5 – 7 years old, which can lead to Class Awards and Examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance.

RAD Grades 1 - 8

Classical ballet training for children aged 7 years and up. Adults can join from Grade 6 level and up. The syllabi covers barre work, centre, free movement and character work, leading to Class Awards and Examinations.

Vocational Grades

Pre-Professional levels for selected students wishing to further their dance education. RAD Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1, Advanced 2 and Solo Seal. Pointe work for those training in the female syllabus.

Discovering Repertoire

Levels 2, 3 and 4 RAD syllabi for both children and adults, involving barre work, centre, allegro, development exercises and a Variation performance. Content and music inspired by the celebrated great romantic and classical ballets.

Adult classes

Non-syllabus beginner, improver, intermediate and advanced levels for people continuing their training, coming back to ballet after a break or trying ballet for the first time. Fitness, Stretch & Barre-Core is a ballet-themed exercise class. Everyone welcome.

Privates lessons & Exam coaching

One-to-ones or small group bookings, for any ballet tuition you require.

Ballet parties

If your child would like a ballet-themed birthday party please get in touch for advise and to find out what we can provide for a truly magical experience.

Director, teacher and examiner Michelle Harrison named the school Cariad Ballet as a nod to her welsh heritage. We nurture students’ love of dance by capturing their imaginations, building trust and creating an environment in which they can thrive. Our classes are enjoyable and friendly, whilst remaining challenging and disciplined. We aim to develop technical proficiency, musicality and performance skills, grow  confidence, and encourage dancers to reach their full potential.

 

Our wonderful teachers are fully qualified, highly experienced, first aid trained,  insured and DBS checked. We offer students the rewarding opportunity to perform, take RAD Class Awards and Examinations, or simply enjoy dance as a hobby. Everyone is welcome in our inclusive dance studio.

Teachers

Michelle Harrison

BA (Hons) Ballet Education, RAD Examiner, LRAD, ARAD, RTS

 

Michelle is Cariad Ballet school’s Director and lead teacher. She is a classically trained ballet dancer, Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) teacher and examiner.

 

Growing up in Wales she was very fortunate to have her formative ballet training with inspirational teachers Maria Barinowsky and Miriam Riseborough (RAD examiner). She was a Junior and Mid-Associate with The Royal Ballet for five years, joined London Junior Ballet for two years and attended several renowned ballet and contemporary dance courses. She trained full-time at the vocational Central School of Ballet; graduating with a Foundation Degree in Professional Dance. Her passion was for teaching so she furthered her higher education with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Ballet Education from the RAD Headquarters; graduating with Honours and specialising in choreography.  She also achieved the Licentiate qualification (specialist in the syllabus work of the RAD) and her Advanced II vocational ballet examination. As a result she was invited to become an Associate member of the RAD with Registered Teacher Status.

 

Michelle has taught in private dance institutions, community projects, nurseries, primary and secondary schools, colleges, on Central School of Ballet’s outreach programme and as an Associate Class teacher on behalf of the RAD.  She had great success teaching in Canada for two years; winning awards at top North American dance competitions and staging theatre shows.  Her extensive experience entering students for examinations, class awards and competitions gives her a wealth of knowledge and the confidence to ensure each student always reaches their full potential. In addition, becoming a RAD examiner gave her valuable in-depth understanding of the RAD syllabi and mark schemes.

 

Michelle teaches with energy, enthusiasm and positivity. She instills discipline and good etiquette whilst maintaining a warm, nurturing encouraging environment. She firmly believes every student is beautiful and can benefit from being involved with ballet.

Catherine O'Keefe

Catherine began dancing at the age of 3 at the Goode School of Dance in Dublin, Ireland. Here she trained in RAD ballet graded and vocational exams as well as various dance styles, such as jazz and contemporary.

 

Following a passion for teaching dance, Catherine began her studies at the Royal Academy of Dance in London where she gained a BA(Hons) in Ballet Education. During her time at the RAD, she also completed the Karsavina Heritage award and the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance Programme.

Hannah smith

Hannah trained at the Royal Academy of Dance on their BA (hons) in Ballet Education degree programme, and whilst training at the RAD also obtained the Licentiate of Royal Academy of Dance (LRAD) in addition to her teaching qualification. After graduating from the RAD Hannah went and furthered her dance training successfully joining London Studio Centre’s ‘Images Ballet Company’, where she had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers and tour around the UK with ‘Images Ballet Company’.

 

Since graduating from LSC Hannah has had the opportunity to dance professionally in Germany and is a freelance dancer and teacher currently based in London. She has a wide range of experience teaching all ages from young children right through to adults whether it be with syllabus and non-syllabus classes, and has taught for many prestigious schools around London. Hannah has a huge amount of enthusiasm and passion when teaching and can push the most accomplished student, but also enjoys sharing her love of Ballet with our little ones too, getting each student to reach their full potential.

Amy giancarlo

BA (Hons), RBS DDT, ARAD, LRAD, RAD RTS

 

Amy first trained as a ballet teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance, earning a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education in 2011. Eager to advance her teaching practice, Amy enrolled on the Diploma in Dance Teaching at The Royal Ballet School and graduated in 2020. 

 

Currently, Amy is an Associate and Primary Steps Teacher at the Royal Ballet School. She is also on the faculty at Rambert, in addition to teaching at The Ballet School London. Previously, Amy was the Dance Subject Lead at Thomas’s London Day Schools and has also

taught at Central School of Ballet Junior School and Trinity Laban on their CAT and Youth programmes. Amy has also assisted with outreach programmes at The Royal Opera House and BalletBoyz. She has taught on a freelance basis at a plethora of private dance schools in and around London. Her work has taken her overseas and she has taught in numerous countries worldwide.

 

Amy is a qualified Progressing Ballet Technique teacher, Acrobatics Arts teacher, Merrithew Total Barre instructor and STOTT Pilates Instructor having passed her essential, intermediate and advanced mat work certifications with 94%. She is a Trustee to the Royal Academy of Dance and has tutored on their CBTS programme. She is now an accredited tutor for the new CDT programme.

 

Under her tutelage, Amy’s students have been offered places and gone onto: Arts Ed., The Brit School, Ballet Boost Associates, Boston Ballet, Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst Summer School, English National Ballet School, English Youth Ballet, Laine Theatre Arts, London Children’s Ballet, The Hammond School, National Youth Ballet, Northern Ballet School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Rambert School, The Royal Ballet School, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Trinity Laban, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Young Dancers Academy and The Urdang Academy.

Tim Clarke

Inspired by his sister, Tim started dancing at his local school at 6 years of age. After graduating from Arts Educational School London, Tim began a varied professional dancing career performing in Ballet companies, West End musicals, Royal Variety shows, Olympic Games opening ceremony in London, dancing throughout Europe and in New York.

 

After gaining all his teaching qualifications with the Royal Academy of Dance and The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Tim has taught at various full time colleges and local dance schools including: Italia Conti Academy, The Brit School, Royal Ballet School Junior Associates and Mountview Academy. Tim is also an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance.

Beth Ackroyd

Beth began her dance training in Lincoln at a local dance school and additionally as an Associate of the Urdang Academy. She then went on to graduate with a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance Studies from the University of Roehampton in 2019, an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2020, and RAD RTS status through the Royal Academy of Dance CPD programme in 2023. Beth has also been awarded the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) instructor and Rambert Grades Teacher.

 

 Beth is a dance teacher, community dance artist, choreographer and dance science educator. She has a vast amount of experience facilitating dance for people aged 1 to over 80 in various styles of dance and different populations. At present Beth is Vice Principal of Butterfly Ballet; a Freelance Dance Artist with DanceWest, Sadlers Wells and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Step into Dance Programme; Academic Tutor at Urdang; and a Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) Assessor for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) among many other teaching and academic roles.

Caitlin moody
Originally from Wales, Caitlin graduated with BA (Hons) Ballet Education, the Licentiate Award and Karsavina Heritage Award from the Royal Academy of Dance. She also achieved her RAD Advanced 2 examination whilst studying. She has both assisted and taught at schools across London and Surrey, classes ranging from toddlers to adults.

Caitlin first found her spark in providing for others when conducting both mental health sessions, working with the charity Changing Minds, and creating Lego therapy sessions for ALN children, supporting communication.

Her performing experience includes: a contemporary dance film in support of Mental Health Awareness Week with Jack Philip Dance in 2019; summer schools at Ballet Cymru; and participating in the English Youth Ballet production of 
Coppélia in 2011 at the New Theatre, Cardiff.
Lauren Haith

BA (Hons) Ballet Education, RTS

 

Lauren first started dancing before the age of 3 at Just Dance in Kent, she then moved to Dance Warehouse in Kent, where her enthusiasm for dance quickly grew from a hobby to a vocation. She studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Street Jazz and from a young age furthered her dance experience by taking part in RAD award days and courses, residential courses, festivals and shows. Lauren performed annually in the Sounds New Music Festival and bi annually in productions at the Marlowe and Gulbenkian theatres in Kent; she has also performed with companies such as the English Youth Ballet.

 

Lauren followed the RAD Graded and Vocational syllabi obtaining her Primary-Grade 8 examinations as well as completing her vocational exams to Advance 1 level before becoming a highly qualified teacher and receiving her Ballet Education degree. Lauren has gained teaching experience at the RAD Dance School, Chelsea Ballet School, Kingston Ballet School amongst others, enabling her to become a well-rounded teacher having taught in a number of different sectors and to a wide demographic. She has taught a variety of dance styles, provided private coaching, prepared and entered students for exams with 100% success rate in the Checchetti and RAD Syllabus, prepared students for auditions, festivals and choreographed for solos and shows.

Our Certification

Term Dates 2024 / 2025

Autumn-Winter

9th September – 15th December

 ~ Half term break 28th October – 3rd November

~ Watching week 9th – 15th December

Spring

6th January – 6th April

 ~ Half term break 17th – 23rd February

~ Watching week 31st March – 6th April

~ Easter Camp 7th – 9th April

Summer

28th April – 21st July

~ Bank holiday 5th May

 ~ Half term break 26th May – 1st June

~ Watching week 14th – 20th July

Uniform

Find out your class uniform requirements below. 

You will soon be able to purchase uniform direct from our website – watch this space!

Mini-Movers

No set uniform. Tutu dresses and other items can be ordered. Ballet shoes compulsory.

Pre-Primary

– Light pink short-sleeved leotard

– Chiffon wrapover skirt

– Optional Cardigan

– Socks/tights

– Ballet shoes

Primary

– Lilac short-sleeved leotard

– Chiffon wrapover skirt

– Optional Cardigan

– Socks/tights

– Ballet shoes

Grade 1

– Light blue leotard and belt

– Optional Cardigan

– Socks/tights

– Ballet shoes

– Character skirt

– Character shoes

Grade 2

– Navy leotard and belt

– Optional Cardigan

– Socks/tights

– Ballet shoes

– Character skirt

– Character shoes

Grade 3

– Teal leotard and belt

– Optional Cardigan

– Socks/tights

– Ballet shoes

– Character skirt

– Character shoes (cuban heel)