Spring term 11th January - 28th March


Principal: Mrs Brewer


Mrs Helen Brewer started Ballet aged 7 in Malvern with one of the earliest RAD examiners, Marjorie Chater Hughes. Mrs Brewer then went on to train full time at the Hammond School, Chester where she considers herself fortunate to have received the very  best training from teachers such as Gillian Anthony and Holly Price.

After graduation Mrs Brewer danced professionally for three years with Link Up Dance and Theatre company. This included work with the Royal Opera House Education Departments project for the blind and visually impaired, guesting with Working Parts theatre company  and appearing on BBC TV "Watch".

Whilst dancing professionally Mrs Brewer began teaching for Stephanie Ledger in St Albans. An former examiner herself, Stephanie remembered coming to Malvern to examine Mrs Chater's students! A year after starting teaching for Mrs Ledger, Mrs Brewer began teaching  for Louise Sheaves in Harpenden (now Harpenden Dance School) and had special responsibility for Boys classes and Vocational training, now included at BDA.

On retiring from professional dancing Mrs Brewer joined the RAD special needs project, leading the team and nationwide courses for 15 years. Mrs Brewer continues to lead dance sessions at Weatherfeld school in Dunstable.

Mrs Brewer was extremely honoured to be asked to take over from Stephanie Ledger back in 2014. A continued feature of the school is to value live accompaniment by professional pianists in the Ballet classes. This we feel is particularly important for developing  musicality and listening skills essential for young dancers.

Mrs Brewer feels that everyone, whatever age or ability should have the opportunity to learn about the rich art of Ballet. We have a policy of being all inclusive and encourage all students to achieve the best possible standard that they personally can achieve  whether they are a pre schooler or an adult beginner!

She very much hopes that students, like her, will be enabled to have a life long love of Music, Ballet and Performing arts in general.

Teacher: Dawn Botchway-Kistruck


Dawn Kistruck holds a BA in Contemporary Dance as a Practice and is a qualified yoga instructor. She attended the London contemporary dance school for three years where she gained a qualification to work as a profession dancer and choreographer in the styles of Ballet, Contemporary and Tai chi chuan.   

Dawn went on to study Indian classical dance and Afro carribean dance, where she was fortunate to tour and perform in Holland, France and in the UK at London's Barbican theatre with the Carribean Carnival Extravaganza show.  

Dawn has also won lottery funding for her choreographic work at WAC (London's weekend Arts College), and has worked in contemporary projects perfoming at Sadlers Wells Theatre and the Royal Ablert Hall. 

Dawn  also has extensive experience in Jazz dance styles, working with Temujin Gill and Co, training with the Jiving lindy hoppers in traditional Jazz and Matt Mattox Jazz dance style. 

Dawn attends the adult ballet classes at Brewer Dance Academy and has taught dance workshops for BDA over the last two years.  

Dawn is very excited to be offering a Contemporary dance and yoga class at BDA, which is enriched and enfused with her background in Contemporary, Classical, Jazz and cultural dance styles. 

Teacher: Mr David Brewer



David Brewer immersed himself in ballet from a very early age, originally working his way through the RAD syllabi and at age eleven beginning full time vocational training; five years at White Lodge and three at Tring Park. This in turn led to a successful performing career with touring productions of various narrative ballets, frequently featuring David in leading roles. A passion for teaching  has been persistent in David’s life (even leading him to briefly become a special educational needs teaching assistant) and since 2016 David has worked extensively with the well-regarded London Boys Ballet School, a teaching position he still holds. When he  is not working at schools in London, David is increasingly more involved with Brewer Dance Academy, not just in the teaching of RAD syllabus classes, but also in the creation of exciting performance workshops.

Teacher: Miss Cole

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Pianist: Julia Andrews


Julia Andrews started piano lessons after her parents took  her to a concert at age 4.  She enjoyed experimenting with her own pieces as she grew up. Julia started working part time at Brewer Dance Academy after graduating with BA Music from Middlesex University.  She loves working in the team and seeing the dancers  learn new skills, grow in confidence and express their creative ideas.  Julia’s favourite exercises to play for are the imaginative sequences.

Julia has two almost grown up children and loves walking,  dancing and having cups of tea with friends.  And in 2019 Julia took her very first ballet exam as an adult dancer with Brewer Dance Academy.

Pianist: Ruth Dallaway


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Pianist: Simon Gargrave


Simon is an all round musician, an experienced performer, composer and teacher. He teaches the piano for Hertfordshire Music Service, privately, and has  accompanied dance classes and choirs.  Simon regularly plays timpani and percussion with local orchestras.  As a concert pianist he has performed concertos by Beethoven, Mozart and Grieg.  His compositions include a number of short orchestral pieces and film  scores that have been received favourably by players and audiences alike.  Simon has played in the theatrical pit for a wide range of shows including Les Miserables, West Side Story, Hairspray and Jesus Christ Superstar, a production that was also staged at  the Edinburgh Fringe.  Disney's Beauty and the Beast marked his Musical Director debut followed by Annie, The Wiz, Seussical, Sister Act and Bonnie and Clyde to name a few.

Pianist: Hilary Glanville


Hilary Glanville ARCM

Studied viola and piano at Royal College of Music, London. 

Ballet pianist for about 15 years

Pianist: Sue White


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