My name is Ellen Maby and I am the Founder and Director of Bellarinas.
I created Bellarinas in 2010, after taking my daughter Bella to ballet classes. I found that most ballet classes were often a little strict and formal and I felt strongly that children, especially the younger ones, should be allowed to learn and enjoy ballet in a less structured and more creative way. I wanted to design a class that was magical and fun, developing confidence and technique in a supportive and encouraging environment.
I was trained at the Arts Educational School then the London Studio Centre. I was fortunate enough to have had parts in both the English National Ballet’s Nutcracker and Copelia, as well as numerous other dance productions on stage. I have experience teaching ballet and street dance to children with Bellarinas and in schools.
Lauren trained in dance and musical theatre at Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford where she obtained her ATCL and LTCL graded distinction. Lauren has been dancing from a young age where she attended Sylvia Young. Lauren loves teaching dance and has previous experience teaching ballet with various dance academies including Stagecoach.
Eleanor trained in dance and musical theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has had experience working and training with the Mathew Bourne Ballet Company. More recently she has been teaching dance and drama at various dance and primary schools and is passionate about inspiring children through dance.
Jodie trained at ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) and holds many dance and fitness qualifications. Jodie has had experience in both television and stage as well as teaching dance to children. She has been with Bellarinas for many years and is a firm favourite with many parents both teaching classes and entertaining at parties.