We are Ellen Maby (Founder and Director) and Jodie Hay (Manager), and together we run Bellarinas. We both found our love for dancing when we were just two years old, and have continued to dance ever since. We set up our classes as we want to pass on our love for dance and what we have been taught to the next generation of little Bellarinas!
We have both completed our own RAD dance examinations, obtained degrees from top accredited dance and drama schools including Arts Educational School and ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts), and hold dance and fitness qualifications. We are also both fully CRB checked, with years of experience working with children.>
Between us we have participated in many professional productions from television to stage, including dancing for the The English National Ballet in The Nutcracker, Copelia and the touring production of Joseph And His Technicolor Dreamcoat, to acting in recent television series Miss. Marple and Foyle’s War.
We also welcome our newest teacher Danielle who has trained in both RAD and ISTD Advanced Ballet. Danielle has experience teaching children singing, dancing and drama in both the UK and France and has also worked as a Princess at Disneyland!
We enjoy watching the little Bellarinas we teach grow in confidence and develop technique in a fun and supportive environment. We pass on what they have been taught with some help using lots of wings, wands, ribbons and scarves to encourage personal and physical development and imagination. We believe it’s very important to develop through encouragement and praise, and for children to express themselves through performance – Bellarinas does just that!