John Clare: Advanced After graduating from The Central School of Ballet, John spent 13 years working as a soloist in a number of European ballet companies. In that time he toured in 10 countries dancing in productions such as; Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardée, Midsummer Night's Dream, and Coppélia. John has now retired from professional dance, and has been a member of the ballet club since 2010.
Joanna Lawrence: Contemporary Joanna trained in classical ballet and modern dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Milwaukee Ballet School, Makaroff School of Ballet, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has performed in works by choreographers including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Heather Malloy, Jin Wen Yu, Christopher Walker, Nadia Thompson, and Jeanette Makaroff, and danced in numerous productions of works from the classical ballet repertoire. After a haitus from dance to pursue education, Joanna joined the Ballet Club in 2018 as Odile in their production of Swan Lake, and as a teacher. She is currently a PhD student in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, researching Bronze Age Scandinavian rock art.
Eleanor Ramsden: Intermediate and Intermediate Pointe Eleanor trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London where she graduated in 2013 with her BA (Hons) in Ballet Education and her Registered Teacher Status with the RAD. She is also affiliated with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Since graduation, she had taught in Germany and now splits her time teaching between Suffolk, London and Cambridge.
Erin Payner: Advanced Pointe Erin began her classical ballet training in the Vaganova method with Pavel Rotaru in Atlanta, GA. She has studied with such renowned ballet companies as the American Ballet Theater in New York City, the San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. In 1998, Erin was selected to represent the United States as a competitor in the VI USA International Ballet Competition, often referred to as the "Olympics of Ballet'. She has performed as a guest dancer with numerous companies throughout the Southeastern U.S., notably in the leading roles of the Sugarplum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Giselle in Giselle, and Mercedes in Don Quixote.
In 2002, Erin graduated the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, cum laude. She was the founding director of Gifted Kids, an Atlanta area dance outreach program and spent 12 years with global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, initially as a subject matter expert in the Travel & Logistics practice and most recently as the Head of Professional Development for global expert-track consultants. She currently acts as an independent executive coach and strategy consultant to business leaders.
As a dance instructor for over 20 year with students ranging in age from 3 to adult, Erin is known for her caring and musical teaching style, cultivating a love of dancing in her students.