MEET THE TEAM

Rosemary Lane RAD RTS

Principal & Ballet Teacher

Rosemary has been teaching dance in and around Milton Keynes since 2001. Born and raised in Manchester, Rosemary trained as a teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance following her own professional dancing career. She co-founded the school with esteemed local teacher Kathleen Woollard. Kathleen retired in 2005 and Rosemary will always be indebted to her for her guidance and inspiration.

Throughout her years of teaching, Rosemary has prepared many children and young people for successful attainment in Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations. She has also embraced the Academy’s new curriculum designed to improve the teaching of pre-school children, ensuring her very youngest dancers receive the best possible start. 

 

Past and present students have successfully auditioned for associate programmes and full-time vocational training at leading ballet schools including The Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst School for Dance, English National Ballet School and Central School of Ballet.

Passionate about teaching ballet to students of all ages, Rosemary aspires to use her expertise to help every child, teenager and adult who enters her studio to reach their full potential.

Owen Lane

Vice Principal

Owen Lane began training aged 7 at the Rosemary Lane School of Ballet. During this time he completed multiple RAD and ISTD examinations and furthered his training in ballet at the Royal Ballet School Junior Associate Program in London. Using this training he was able aged 11 to gain full scholarship to the Vocational ballet school, Elmhurst School for Dance. He furthered his studies in Classical Ballet and various other styles over an 8 year period. Whilst at Elmhurst he performed on multiple occasions with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in productions including: Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast and Two Pigeons. On graduation from Elmhurst, Owen gained his first professional contract and joined the Croatian National Ballet. In his first season with the company he performed roles including: Prince (The Nutcracker), Don Jose (Carmen), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Young Prince (Scherezade) and Puck (Midsummer Nights Dream). After this time Owen was invited as a guest artist of the Slovenian National Ballet in Ljubljana for the creation of a new ballet “Doctor Zhivago” with renowned Czech choreographers Jiri and Otto Bubenicek, he was then offered the chance to join the company on a full-time basis. Over the next years he performed in multiple productions of the Slovenian repertoire including: Prince/Policeman (The Nutcracker), Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet), Benno (Swan Lake), Orpheus (Orpheus). During his time with the Slovenian National Theatre Owen managed to attain Principal Dancer Status. Following this Owen decided that he would take the knowledge gathered during his professional career and give it to the local community of his youth. Owen has a proven track record of working with children having owned and operated three annual summer schools as well as various other teaching credits. He has also discovered a passion for creativity in the last few years with multiple choreographic credits to his name both at professional level (“The Quality of Mercy” Slovenian National Ballet) and Local Level ("Romeo & Juliet" The Venue, “Savage Beauty” Stantonbury Theatre).

Gemma Clark ARAD, RTS

Head of Junior School & Ballet Teacher

Gemma began dancing at the age of 2 in her home town in Scotland. She studied the RAD syllabus and at age 9 successfully auditioned to join the Junior Associate programme of Scottish Ballet. Gemma then went on to full time vocational training at The Dance School of Scotland where she gained her Advanced 2 Ballet with Distinction and was awarded ARAD from the Royal Academy of Dance.

In 2013, Gemma furthered her vocational training at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham where she gained a Diploma in Professional Dance. During her final year of training Gemma was given the opportunity to perform the soloist role Alaskan Rag, in Elite Syncopations and was privileged to perform with Birmingham Royal Ballet on the UK tour of Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s "Romeo and Juliet”

After completing her education Gemma made the decision to move into a teaching career and was awarded Registered Teacher Status from the RAD. Gemma is also a certified Progressing Ballet Technique Teacher.

 

Gemma has been teaching at RLSB for 3 years now and has received great praise for her commitment and hard work to each and every student encouraging them to reach their full potential and develop a true love of dance. 

Jo Meredith

Contemporary Teacher

With nearly two decades of experience in the dance and theatre world Jo Meredith is an international movement director, choreographer and teacher. She was Creative Director of English National Ballet’s ENB Youth Co for four years and Artistic Director of ENB’s education project ‘Dance Journeys’ for three years. She has worked for the education departments of Sadlers Wells, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera House. 

 

As a movement director in opera she has worked at Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Teatro Real, Madrid.  

 

Jo has recently moved to Northampton, she creates work with and for everybody.

Olivia Beckett

Apprentice Ballet Teacher

Olivia began her training with Miss Rosemary at the age of 2 and has worked her way through the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus to Advanced Level. She has performed regularly in the local area in various productions including “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping beauty” and “The Nutcracker” the last of which in soloist roles. In recent years, she has had the opportunity to pass on her love for ballet and performance through assisting with the junior school. 

 

Olivia is very excited to begin teaching the students and hopes to pass on her love for performance to the next generation.

Jessica Yeo

Apprentice Contemporary Teacher

Jess has been training at The London Contemporary Dance School’s Centre for Advanced Training for the past 6 years. Here she has been training in Contemporary Technique and choreography. Through this programme, she has created and performed pieces with companies including Richard Alston, Rambert and Random Dance who have all inspired her love for choreography. To further her versatility, Jess trained with Avant Garde Youth where she learnt to fuse hip-hop, contemporary and musicality. Underpinning this is Jess’ love for classical ballet and strong classical technique, she has studied this style since the age of 8 with RLSB. During her classical training she has managed to reach Advanced Level as well as performing in various productions culminating in the Lead role of Clara in “The Nutcracker”.

 

Jess has been a teaching assistant with the junior school for a number of years and is excited to pass on her extensive Contemporary knowledge to the students.

Danielle Casey

Teaching Assistant

Danielle began her dance training 5 years ago after having trained in Musical Theatre from the age of 7. She has worked alongside such bands as Collabro, performed on the West End and found a love for dance after having explored many different styles during her time studying musical theatre. Her studies include exams within the styles of Modern, Tap, Ballet and a LAMDA examination. Her ballet training with Miss Rosemary started 5 years ago and has helped her develop a greater love for the style and has recently found herself to have focused her performance training around ballet and it’s contemporary and the neoclassical variations that are provided at the Rosemary Lane School of Ballet. Recently, Danielle has been involved in local productions including RLSB’s “Isn’t that something” and MKDT’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” where she had the opportunity to create and explore within the role of Kylian. 

Danielle is excited to start teaching and hopes to inspire students to love the world of performance.

All of the teaching faculty at The Rosemary Lane Ballet School are fully qualified and DBS checked.

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