About the Principal

Julia Last  A.R.A.D.  A.I.S.T.D.  Fully Registered I.S.T.D. teacher & Mutually Recognised I.D.T.A. teacher .

Ex - Professional Ballet Dancer

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Julia started dancing with Leo Kersley at Harlow Ballet . With Harlow Ballet she danced in many of their ballets and played Clara in the Nutcracker . At the age of 12 years she danced with the Harlow Ballet at the opening of the Snape Theatre in Aldburgh

At 13 years she went on to study at Bush Davies Theatre School .

At Bush Davies she  gained Advanced Two I.S.T.D. Ballet , Modern Theatre Dance & National all with distinction . Advanced Tap with Commended and Advanced Two R.A.D. Ballet .

She also gained her I.S.T.D. Associate ballet teachers examination  with distinction .

After leaving Bush Davies Julia's first job as a professional ballet dancer was in Sweden where she danced for three years .

She then went on to dance with Ballet Classique de Paris , Stars of British Ballet , Vienna Festival Ballet and New Rome Dance Theater as a Soloist .

One of the highlights of Julia's professional career was to dance in Petrushka at the

London Coliseum when Rudolf  Nureyev danced the leading role .

Due to injury Julia had to retire from dancing and went to re- train as a teacher with I.S.T.D. examiner Ivy Baker .

She began  teaching with Saffron School of Dance and then started her own dance school in Steeple Bumpstead in 1987 .