The School is run by teachers who believe in achieving a standard of technique as well as developing a love of dance. Class sizes are kept small to ensure each individual's needs are met and that every pupil is encouraged to achieve their full potential. Open days are held at the end of every term so that parents can observe and enjoy their child's progress.
Denise Winmill ARAD RBS Dip. TTC AISTD
Vocational Grades Examiner
Denise Winmill began her training in 1954 at the Muriel Tweedy School in Manchester. At 16, she was successful in gaining a place at the Royal Ballet Upper School in London, to train as a professional dancer. She received her tuition under the expert eye of Dame Ninette de Valois, Valerie Adams and Julia Farron, to name but a few. Upon graduation, she joined Sadler's Wells Opera Ballet Touring Company under the direction of Peter Darrell. After many happy years with the company, she retired to devote her time to her family.
In 1980, she returned to the Royal Ballet School to embark on their prestigious Teachers' Diploma course and graduated in 1981.
In 1982, she opened her own school in Long Ditton. At this time, she was invited to become a Major Examiner of the RAD and later, was the tutor for the Professional Dancers Teachers' Course at the Academy Headquarters. Her association with the Royal Ballet School remains strong; she taught students on the Teachers' Training Course for 17 years and was recently invited to teach both boys and girls at the Royal Ballet Lower School, at White Lodge in Richmond Park.
Her freelance teaching takes her to Italy, Portugal and across the UK and she continues to examine worldwide.
She is also a member of the Artistic Committee of the RAD.