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Meet The Teachers

Rebecca Grant

Rebecca Grant Ballet Teacher

Holby City actress Rebecca Grant began her career as a dancer in Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical Bombay Dreams in the West End. Previously, at the Morrison School of Dance in Nottingham, she trained in all forms of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Modern.

She continued to specialise in other national dances such as Flamenco and Filipino dance, performing in prestigious venues like The Royal Albert Hall and the O2. Her role in Bombay Dreams in London and Broadway led to many Bollywood genre television appearances, including The Royal Variety Show.

After having a string of leading acting roles in theatre and film, she continued her dance expertise as the quirky soubrette Magic Wanda in 'Burlesque' in London. As an all-round performer, she also sings with UK's top jive band, The Jive Aces. She has just finished playing the lead in a feature film called 'Chakara' and is currently working for Kali Theatre for 'The Vaults' in Waterloo.

However, dance has and will always be her favourite art form key and so Rebecca continues to keep up her dance skills for future projects, not least through her work with AGSD.

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Abigail Mendonca

Abigail Mendonca

Ballet, Lyrical Jazz and cover teacher

Abigail went to stage school at the age of seven where she first trained in ballet and dance. As a teenager Abigail was cast in the English Youth Ballet productions of Coppelia and The Nutcracker. It was later while studying A-level dance at college that Abigail's love for contemporary dance really formed and she went on to to receive a degree in Dance Theatre at the prestigious Laban Conservatoire of Contemporary Dance in London.

Since graduating Abigail has successfully auditioned and worked as a production dancer for Costa Cruises which gave her the opportunity to dance all around the world, most recently working for a theatre company for two years in Greece. She also dances twice a year in the sell-out "Classical Spectacular" shows at the Royal Albert Hall and is a regular dancer in various TV events.

Abigail is currently furthering her studies in both nutrition and anatomy as I feel it can only aid my understanding of dancing. She believes that will help me become a more well-rounded teacher and to produce beautifully proficient, technical and intelligent dancers.

Sonia Bartlett Cos

Sonia Bartlett Cos

Sonia Bartlett Cos is Spanish native who lives in West Acton with her husband, Ben Bartlett, British tv and film music composer, and two children. She is a very lively and happy person who is passionate about dance and music.

For her ,dancing is a way of live. she says: “Dancing is my medicine to keep body and mind healthy”. At the age of 4 her mum took her to her first ballet class and at age 7 she started practising Ritmics Gymnastics in the Vizcaya team continuing ballet at the Euskadi Ballet with Rafael Marti as part of her gymnastics training.

Her passion for dance has driven her to practise all sort of styles; Flamenco, ballet, jazz, contemporary, salsa and latin dancing, belly dancing....always looking for the challenge.

Also, after having her first baby she took a Belly Dancing Teaching Training course with Mia Serra at the Danceworks studios in London.

She worked as a dance teacher with a close friend, Ana Ortiz Music in performing holidays workshop for kids.

Also, after having children she became a freelance photographer and later she worked in fashion.

At present, she works Part-time as dance teacher for Ballet4life doing dance workshops for primary schools and covers baby and pre-primary ballet classes at the Japanese Nursery in Acton.

Paula Cabral

Paula Cabral

Paula Cabral trained in Brazil before winning a scholarship to study ballet in London at the age of 15. Whilst a studentin London Paula secured a job with Dresden SemperOper Ballett in Germany and at the age of 18 began herprofessional career.

Paula spent 10 years in Germany moving between Dresden SemperOper Ballett and Leipziger Ballett. Whilst in Germany she was fortunate to work with many prestigious choreographers Uwe Scholtz and DavidDawson to name but a few. Paula finished her career dancing in London with the English National Ballet under thedirectorship of both Wayne Eagling and Tamara Rojo. Since Paula’s retirement she has completed the Royal BalletSchool’s Professional Dance Teachers Course (Vocational strand), Trinity Laban DDTAL, ISTD (DDI and DDE levels –classical ballet) and the Progressing Ballet Technique.

ABOUT ANGELA

Angela Grant (RAD RTS) is one of a trio of performing sisters, namely Rebecca Grant (Holby City) and Rachel Grant (Die Another Day). She was trained with her sisters from an early age by Miss Nora Morrison MBE at the Nora Morrison School of Dance in Nottingham . She went on to train at the prestigious Elmhurst Ballet School and then at the London Studio Centre.

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