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 too strict and rigid 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 hold an A level and Diploma in Dance. I was fortunate enough to have 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.
Merrilyn is a fully qualified dance and performing arts teacher holding a Masters of Performing Arts and Dance Teaching. She has trained extensively in ballet using the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and many other dance styles. She is a bubbly and enthusiastic teacher who has been a dedicated and favourite teacher and party entertainer at Bellarinas.
Daisy trained in Dance and Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts. Since graduating she has been lucky enough to perform in Mamma Mia (RCCL), All Or Nothing (UK tour), as well as other theatre and TV productions for the BBC. As well as performing she absolutely loves teaching and has experience teaching ballet, jazz and tap in dance and primary schools.
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.