Meet the Teachers
The teaching faculty at the Bristol School of Dancing is comprised of exceptional dancers and choreographers, who all bring a different talent to the classroom. Our teachers are chosen for their ability to bring out the best in our students, and we always ensure the highest levels of child protection. The school was built on the foundation of ballet, and we still have strength in this area. Over the years we’ve also introduced tap and modern, and more recently commercial jazz to keep up with changes in the dance world.
Bristol School of Dancing Faculty
The Bristol School of Dancing is jointly run by Miss Redgrave and Miss Felicity Redgrave. Together they share their immense knowledge and passion for dance and performance with all the pupils that come through the school
Meet the teachers
Helena Cameron BEd (Hons) Dance, RT bbodance, TBB Pointe Level 2, TBB Level 1 for Dance Teachers and Health Professionals
Helena’s initial training was at the Pauline Howard School of Dance. Here she studied RAD Ballet, ISTD Ballet, Modern, Tap and National. Helena is one of a small number of people to hold a degree initiated by LCDD (the training college for the ISTD). She trained in Cecchetti Ballet, discovered a love for Graham and Cunningham contemporary techniques as well as for choreography and studied Classical Indian dance with Shobana Jeyasingh. She undertook further training at the RAD. She has taught ballet in private studios, GCSE and A Level Dance and Theatre Studies in the maintained and private sectors, was a visiting lecturer in Dance at De Montfort University, Head of Performing Arts, teacher assessor and mentor and a drama examiner. She is also a registered teacher with bbodance. After a career break to develop her other eclectic interests, Helena returned to passing on her love of dance and its related art forms.
Melanie-Jayne Baker RAD, ISTD
Melanie trained locally in Weston-super-Mare and Taunton before going on complete a three-year teaching Diploma at The Royal Academy of Dancing where she graduated as ‘Outstanding Student’ gaining all major examinations to Advanced level in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern, Tap and National.
She taught initially for a RAD examiner in a large school in Aberystwyth, Wales, before returning home to teach at The Bristol School of Dancing. During this time Melanie has also taught ballet at several prestigious private schools and coached students to obtain their own teaching qualifications.
Having a life surrounded by dance is something that fills her with joy and she is eager to pass on her passion to pupils at The Bristol School of Dancing.
Maria Carolina Mosele DDE ISTD,
PBT Certified Teacher
Maria Carolina Mosele was born in the county of São Paulo – Brazil, where she started dancing at the age of 7 at Studio de Dança PioX. At 13 years old she joined the School Dancing Company and got Certificates from several Competitions. She is a bachelor of Arts Subjects conferred by Pontifícia Universidade Católica – SP, and an Xtend Barre Certified Instructor. She started teaching Ballet in São Paulo in 2012 for International Schools such as Chapel School, Red House School, Builders and Maple Bear Canadian School, and on a one-to-one basis. She also worked as an actress with Theatre Companies travelling across the country for several years. In 2016 she moved to the UK and started her training with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). She is a certified teacher of Progressing Ballet Technique.
Lucy Ratnett Royal Ballet School
PBT Certified Teacher
Bio to follow
Lucy Mancinetti BA (Hons) Bird College
Lucy started dancing with The Bristol School of Dancing at the age of five, training in Ballet, Tap and Modern. She was part of the BSD Performers group and competed in many festivals with the school.
Lucy furthered her training at Bird College, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. She appeared in Hansel and Gretel at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and was also asked to be part of workshopping the re-staging of the Broadway transfer of A Christmas Carol. Lucy also began her ISTD teacher training whilst at college.
Lucy has taught at BSD’s annual Summer School since 2017 and this year helped to choreograph and edit the 2020 graduate dance. She is very much looking forward to working with BSD students throughout the year and helping them reach their full potential.
Miss Sherralyne RAD, ISTD
Bio to follow
"Being a part of the schools prestigious performers group has provided opportunities, a skill-set and experience far beyond our expectations"Andrew & Jeanette Doig