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Faculty

Sonya Nichols Sonya Nichols
Sonya was originally from Kent and began her training at Page & Masons Schools. She then attended The Royal Ballet School where she won the coveted Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award, The Devalois Solo Award, The National Award and The Theatre Cup. During her career she has toured and performed in Russia many times and in 1993 she choreographed a dance for children and won the choreographic award for Moscow Regions. She has choreographed for The Kent Youth Ballet works including, Remembrance Day, The Snowman, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and The Beast.

She has also choreographed pieces for International Easter Course, The Cecchetti Summer School, London Palladium, Portugal Escola De Danca, the Mabel Ryan Awards. Sonya has choreographed the main ballets for Surrey Youth Ballet’s twelve previous seasons, which included; Cinderella, Giselle, The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe, Little Princess, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Swan Lake, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alice and The Sleeping Princess.

Past Teachers and Choreographers have included:
  • Annabeth Berkeley - Ballet Rambert School
  • Ash Mukherjee - Ash trained in the south Asian classical dance before studying classical ballet at London Studio Centre
  • Bridie Willis - TCRG World Irish Champion
  • Carla Nicholson 
  • Chris Baldock - Italia Conti
  • David Fielding - Royal Ballet School
  • Deborah Brown – Scottish Contemporary School & London Contemporary School
  • Ellen Foggarty - The Royal Academy
  • Helena Holland - Ballet Rambert School
  • Helen Missing - English National Ballet / Millennium Dance 2000
  • Jamie Harris - Arts Educational & Laine Theatre Arts
  • Jo Burgess - London Contemporary Dance School
  • Jo Denham - The Royal Ballet School
  • Joel Morris - Central School of Ballet
  • Julia Galloway - The Royal Academy of Dance
  • Kelly Rowden - Laine Theatre Arts
  • Lottie Smith
  • Mark Biocca - The Royal Ballet School - Northern Ballet Theatre
  • Marina Guarnieri - Rome Italy
  • Roisin Mullins - Irish Dance Champion
  • Samantha Brown – Laine Theatre Arts
  • Sergio Giacomelli - English National Ballet School
  • Sonya Nichols - The Royal Ballet School (TTC)
  • Vanessa Atkins-Clairvette - Symonds Stage School
  • Victoria Collinson - The Royal Ballet School (TTC)
  • Victoria Maitland - The Royal Ballet School (TTC)
  • Photographer - Martin Bell
  • Resident Seamstress – Kathy Gibbons
  • Resident Stage Manager – Alison Gibbons