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Karen Aspinall

Karen left BCDA, aged sixteen, to complete her training at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom. Her first West End show was ‘Spamalot’ in 2007, since then she has danced in ‘Grease’ at the Piccadilly Theatre, London (understudy for Patty and Cha Cha), 'Wicked' at the Apollo Victoria, London (ensemble and Melena), ‘42nd Street’ at the Chichester Festival Theatre, 'Lend Me a Tennor' at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue and has completed a tour of 'Chicago"' in which she was the onstage swing dancer. She appeared in "Singing In The Rain" at the Palace Theatre in London's West End in 2013. She then danced in 'Guys n Dolls', Chichester Festival Theatre and 'White Christmas' at the Dominion Theatre, London, then winning a contract in Paris at the Theatre de Chatelet in 'Singing in the Rain'. Karen performed in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' at Kilworth House Open Air Theatre and then back to the Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, in '42nd Street'. Karen has most recently danced in one of her all time favourites, 'Chicago', in Singapore and can be seen in the new 'Hotels.com' advert!

Carlie Milner

Carlie danced at BCDA until the age of sixteen and then commenced further training at Elmhurst Ballet School 2003/2006. She worked professionally in the Corps de Ballet with Birmingham Royal Ballet in "Sleeping Beauty" and with English National Ballet in "Swan Lake". From 2009 to 2012 she has worked as a Dancer/Dance Captain with Belinda King Creative Productions, Cunard Cruises Queen Mary II & Queen Victoria. Carlie danced in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular in Norfolk, 2012/13. Carlie performed in the 'Dirty Dancing' tour of Spring 2014. In the new Dirty Dancing tour 2016 Carlie has been given one of the lead parts playing Penny. Carlie will continue in this role when Dirty Dancing will be transferring to the West End in 2017.

Dominic Harrison

Dominic trained at The Bailey-Cox Dance Academy before commencing his vocational training at Central School of Ballet in London. Upon graduating with a First Class degree from CSB in 2011, Dominic worked with Scottish Ballet and Northern Ballet where he performed in various productions such as Sleeping beauty, Hamlet, Cleopatra, The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, Madame Butterfly and I Got Rhythm. In 2012 he moved to The National Ballet of Ireland where he performed the lead role of Cavalier in The Nutcracker, was original cast for Royal Ballet’s Ludovic Ondivielas piece entitled Lost, and also had the lead role of Don José created for him in Morgann Runacre-Temple’s original production of Carmen which toured nationally and internationally in 2013. In 2014 Dominic started working with Ballett Vorpommern in North Germany. Since joining the company he has performed the lead role in Fokine’s Spectre de la Rose and has also appeared in many works by choreographer and director Ralf Dörnen including Beauty and the Beast, Serenade, Casanova, Anna Karenina, Rite of Spring, Rhapsody in Gershwin, The Nutcracker and more. He has also worked with 6 international guest choreographers whilst in Germany including Byran Arias, Robert Glumbeck, Johan Heckman, US winner of “So you think you can dance” Sabra Johnson and more. Dominic is also a frequent guest teacher at The Dance Institute in Dublin, a summer intensive for aspiring dance students. where he teaches classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Contact Improvisation and Choreographic tasks.

Charlotte Talbot

Charlotte Talbott

Charlotte trained at BCDA until the age of sixteen when she left to attend the Central School of Ballet in London. She is now working as Guest Ballet Mistress, Guest Rehearsal Director and Governor at the Northern Ballet after a long and illustrious career as Principal Ballerina where she created the roles of Juliet in "Romeo & Juliet" and Cathy in "Wuthering Heights". She is married to composer Claude Michel Schönberg of "Les Mis" fame. 

Jane Sansby

After training at BCDA, Jane went onto further training at Laine Theatre Arts. She then performed in Cabaret work in Portugal, Pantomime in the UK and several Caribbean cruises. Eventually she achieved her dream of becoming a world famous Bluebell dancer at the Lido on the Champs Elysees in Paris. She has worked her way up to gain the prestigious position of Ballet Mistress de Lido de Paris in 2008 and is now in charge of 70 artiste including the world famous Bluebell Dancers. Jane's position gives her the opportunity to travel worldwide whilst also managing the Lido touring company.

Naomi Cox

Naomi trained at BCDA from the age of 2 and left aged 18 to further her training at Performers College London where she obtained a Scholarship for a 3 year Dance and Musical Theatre Course. She graduated with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre whilst still travelling back to Sheffield every weekend to teach for Bailey-Cox. She has performed in "Strictly" at Towngate Theatre, Basildon in 2012 and "Vibe 25" in June 2013. In May 2013 she performed in the opening ceremony for the FA cup final at Wembley and was Dance Captain for Christian Storm, the choreographer. Naomi’s first engagement was at the prestigious Benidorm Palace in Alicante, Spain. She performed in “Q” 2015, “Q” 2016 and has just completed her 3rd contract there dancing in the new show for 2016 “Icons”. Naomi travelled to Berlin for the Christmas period 2016 to dance at the famous Roncalli Circus.

Naomi is currently teaching dance, musical theatre, street and drama at BCDA.

Sophie Knights

Sophie completed her final year at the Northern School of Ballet in Manchester in 2010 having trained at BCDA until the age of sixteen. She has enjoyed three world cruises on P & O ships and undertook further training for aerial dancing. She has danced twice in the famous Thursford Christmas Spectacular and has performed short contracts with Vegas Showgirls. She has just landed a 6 month contract in Paris at the Nouvelle Eve.


James Lomas

James was sent to BCDA for ballet training prior to the opening of "Billy Elliot" in the West End in which he played the title role. After his contract finished with the show he went on to complete his training at the Millenium School in London 2006/2009. His credits since then include "Dirty Dancing" in the West End, "Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" on tour  in Bochum, Germany performing in "Starlight Express".

Robert Massey

Robert attended the Northern School of Ballet after leaving BCDA aged sixteen. He danced for Royal Caribbean Cruises for many years and secured the role of "Peter Pan"in Disney, Tokoyo. He now owns a dance school out in South Dakota, US.

Jodie Milner

After training with BCDA and qualifying as a teacher, Jodie completed her dance studies with Performers’ College in Essex. She then worked on cruise ships. Jodie has now settled in the UK and several schools in the Birmingham area. She worked as a Show Girl with “The Vegas Showgirls”, and performed in a UK theatre tour with “Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular” and “The Elvis Legacy”.

Ryan Milner

After training at BCDA Ryan attended the Northern Ballet School 2000 -2003. His professional career includes two contracts on Cunard Cruises (The QM2), three pantomines for Duo entertainment, two years at Butlin's, one contract on Costa Cruises (The Costa Victoria), one year touring the Butlin's resorts, two performances at the Isle of Wight Festival and currently working for Qdos/Celebrity cruises (Celebrity Millennium). Ryan took a break from dancing professionally and came to teach boys class and pas de deux at BCDA in 2012-2013. He then took a contract with Celebrity Cruises. Ryan went on to work for a company called Viva Productions who produce touring shows around the Butlins Resorts from October 2013. Ryan very quickly worked his way up to Dance Captain and by 2015 Ryan was Company Manager. Now he does freelance Production Manager work for Viva whenever he is needed but he is putting his energy into his own Fitness Studio in Kent, which he owns with his girlfriend Holly.

Clare Buckham

Clare finished her training by completing a 3 year degree course at the Bird College of Performing Arts. She then went on to perform on ships as dancer and dancer/singer in production casts and finally as a singer in the jazz lounge as a duo.

Cara Asaba (nee McKinney)

Cara trained with BCDA until she was sixteen, then continued her training at the Central School of Ballet in London. She danced at the Lido de Paris as a Bluebell Dancer and at the Moulin Rouge.

Rachel Nunn

Rachel trained with BCDA then furthered her training by completing a 3 year degree course at Laban. Since then she has enjoyed a long and successful career including a tour of the US as principal dancer in Matthew Bourne's "Edward Scissorhands". She is now Artistic Director of the Cirque De Soleil in Barcelona.

Lily Olpin

Trained at BCDA from being 3 years old. She then went on to  complete her training at Performers’ College, Essex. From there Lily secured a prestigious teaching post in China starting September 2015 as Dance Teacher and Choreographer for Drama UK in Beijing. Lily spent summer 2016 as Dance Captain for Tui Hotels in Turkey and has just been invited to return to Beijing again for the Christmas season.

Caitlin Smith

Caitlin started dance training at BCDA late, aged fourteen. Through focus and determination she was able to gain a place at Laban aged eighteen, where she completed a degree course in dance. Caitlin is still a dance practitioner and has widened her practice to include flamenco and circus performance.

Georgia Usborne

Started training at Central School of Ballet in 2007 after leaving BCDA aged 16. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Dance and performance after touring the UK with Ballet Central, the graduate company of the school. From there she joined Bern Ballet in Switzerland through the London School of Contemporary Dance apprenticeship program and worked for two years as a dancer with the company whilst simultaneously completing an MA in contemporary Dance. She then accepted a full contract for the 2012/2013 season.

Francesca Pearce

Trained at BCDA and then at Northern Ballet School, Manchester. She worked on cruise ships for nearly 9 years, progressing from dancer to company manager !! She is now a flight attendant for Virgin Atlantic.

Lucy Haighton

After leaving BCDA at age 18, Lucy trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds and the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee graduating in 2012. As a performer Lucy has worked with a number of companies/choreographers including Fertile Ground, Gary Clarke, Lisa May Thomas, Gerry Turvey, Balbir Singh, Hype Dance, Sonia Sabri, Manasamitra and the Dance Network Sheffield. Lucy creates live performance work as a solo artist and also works collaboratively with others both in dance and other art forms including theatre, sound design and film. Lucy’s collaborative practice extends to the community where she has a strong interest in participant led projects as well as regular teaching work.

Jhosmar Chitty

Jhossy danced with BCDA while her father was studying at Sheffield University and then returned to her native Venezuela. She graduated from UNEARTE, a university of arts, as a classical ballet teacher. She is currently dancing at the Dance National Company of Venezuela, and also belongs to an independent company called DRAMO which mixes dance theatre with contemporary dance.

Adam Davies

Adam left BCDA aged 16 to begin a 3 year full time course at the Central School of Ballet in London. He is now in his third year.

Anastasia Paschali

Anastasia left BCDA aged 18 to train full time at the Royal Academy of Dance. She is now in her third year.

Jacob Whawell

Jacob left BCDA aged 18 to study Musical Theatre at the Doreen Bird School. He is currently in his second year.

Ollie Harrison

Ollie left BCDA aged 16 to begin a 3 year full time course at the Central School of Ballet in London. He is in his first year.

Tessa Raby

Tessa left BCDA aged 16 to begin a 3 year full time course at the Central School of Ballet. She is in her first year.