MEET THE TEACHERS
The Ellen Elphick Dance Academy seeks to provide children with the highest quality dance training enabling each individual to take Exams, Class Awards and develop their artistry as well as technique. All of our teachers hold current DBS checks and Dance Teaching Qualifications. Children will gain confidence, creativity and inspiration by attending our Academy. They will become rounded individuals and gain skills that they may use later in life.
Principal and Teacher of Dance
Ellen is a graduate of The Royal Ballet School Upper School and Elmhurst Ballet School Lower School. Ellen danced as a professional ballerina with The Hong Kong Ballet, Scottish Ballet and The Royal Ballet. Ellen has performed in numerous ballets including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella and Elite Syncopations, to name a few. Ellen performed Rite of Spring, Manon and Sleeping Beauty with The Royal Ballet and toured to Taipei with The Royal Ballet performing Giselle. Ellen has danced internationally and toured with ballet companies to America, China, Taipei, Macau, Greece, Hong Kong and Prague and has danced nationally in Scotland and England. Ellen was a finalist in the Young British Dancer of the Year 2011 and the Molly Lake Awards 2011 where she danced classical ballet variations as a solo to a large audience. Ellen took part in the American Academy of Ballet summer intensive in 2010 and was awarded the prize for the most 'Dedicated Student'. Ellen also won the 'Most Promising Dancer' at Elmhurst in 2007 and the 'Dancing Boutique Award' in 2008. Ellen Represented the Royal Ballet School in 2011 in a performance to the delegates showing De Valois technique. Ellen also represented the Royal Ballet School in choreography competitions and solo evenings.
Since retiring from the stage, Ellen has gained her Professional Dancers' Teaching Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance and holds Registered Teacher Status. Ellen teaches at many schools across London including The Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters and Artsed London. Ellen loves developing students artistry, giving youngsters a voice through movement and allowing them to facilitate this. At EEDA dancers can learn in a safe and nurturing environment where they can explore different movements and grow in confidence. Ellen has a passion for teaching and is extremely excited to start and develop her own Dance Academy and can't wait to watch her students blossom into confident, mature dancers.
Miss Tilly - Musical Theatre and Ballet
Miss Tilly is from Scarborough North Yorkshire where she took part in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Singing and Acting lessons at Kirkham Henry performing Arts. She took part in many performances with Rydale Youth Ballet and Rydale Youth Theatre including Singing in the rain, Beauty and the Beast and Coppelia. Miss Tilly was also a Junior Associate with the Northern Ballet School in Leeds. In 2018 Miss Tilly moved to London to start her BA Hons in Ballet Eduction at the Royal Academy of Dance. She graduated with a 1st Class honours and now holds Registered Teachers Status with the RAD as well as her Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (LRAD). Miss Tilly has also successfully taken her RAD Advanced One exam. Whilst at the RAD Miss Tilly took lots of interest in Dance Science particularly the conditioning of dancers and has began her MA in Strength and Conditioning Science at St. Mary’s University Twickenham which she will completing along side working at EEDA. She is super exited to teach Ballet and Musical Theatre at EEDA and can not wait to meet all her lovely students!
Miss Grace - Ballet
Grace began dancing at Carousel School of Dancing (now Studio16) in Jersey where she grew up. She took part in many festivals and shows, a highlight being the Dance World Cup in 2016 when she was Vice Captain of Team Jersey. Throughout her dance training, she worked towards exams in ballet, character, tap, modern and jazz having recently passed her Advanced 2 Ballet and Advanced 2 Tap. Her favourite dance memories however, came from many years assisting the younger classes at her dance school which inspired her to pursue dance teaching as a career. Grace moved to London in 2018 and graduated in 2021 with a First Class B.A. (Hons) in Ballet Education from the Royal Academy of Dance, and a Distinction in the LRAD. Grace has a passion for teaching and is eager to pass on her love of dance, as well as the many benefits to future generations. An ideal opportunity for this, is at the brilliant Ellen Elphick Dance Academy. Grace is delighted to have joined the lovely team and students here, and is looking forward to the future!