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Michael Berkin Ballet Teacher

  Michael Berkin is a former Head Boy of The Royal Ballet School. He trained there for 8 years, graduating with the Royal Ballet School Diploma in Dance. Whilst training at the school, Michael also performed in many of the Royal Ballet’s productions on the famous Royal Opera House stage in Covent Garden.

  Michael has also completed the Diploma in Ballet Education Practice, awarded by The Royal Ballet School and Royal Opera House. He has since been invited to work as a freelance ballet teacher with The Royal Ballet School. 

  During his professional performing career, Michael has danced with many top international ballet companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Ireland and Northern Ballet. He has performed in             New Zealand, China and Thailand and toured extensively throughout the U.K and the Republic of Ireland.

  Michael Berkin’s roles have included ‘The Nutcracker Prince’ and ‘Drosselmeyer’ in The Nutcracker, the lead in Les Sylphides, ‘Tybalt’, ‘Paris’ and ‘Lord Capulet’ in Romeo and Juliet, ‘Captain Hook’ in Peter Pan, ‘Seward’ and ‘Van Helsing’ in Dracula and ‘Sharpless’ in Madame Butterfly to name but a few.

  Michael’s interest in teaching dance began early on in his career. Whilst still a student he assisted in teaching ballet classes at the Royal Ballet School’s International Summer School Programme.  Michael continued to teach alongside his performing career, working with the Learning and Access departments of The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Northern Ballet, teaching dance workshops in schools in the local community and workshops for visually impaired people as well as guest teaching at a number of dance schools.

  Michael has taught as Guest Ballet Master for Northern Ballet, teaching and rehearsing the professional ballet dancers on the U.K tour of ‘The Ugly Duckling’, a ballet for children. He has also taught on the Professional Graduate programme at Northern Ballet.

  Michael has been invited to teach ballet classes for The Royal Ballet School at both the Upper School and White Lodge and most recently has been invited to teach at The Royal Ballet School Summer School. He has also taught at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Leeds University and has been invited to teach ballet masterclasses for the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Michael worked alongside Wayne Sleep and Monica Loughman delivering ballet classes on the Channel 4 documentary, Big Ballet.

Michael Berkin Ballet Teacher

Michael Berkin RBS Dip.


Managing Director,

Professional Dance Experience.


- Diploma in Dance (Royal Ballet School)

  1. -Diploma in Ballet Education Practice

  (Royal Ballet School & Royal Opera House)

  1. -International performing career

  2. -Guest Ballet Master and teacher for a number of internationally recognised companies and schools. 

Michael Berkin teaching ballet class at the Royal Academy of Dance Scholarship day, 2013.

Photo: Karen Hesmondhalgh, Moving Forms Photography.

Photo: Martin Bell.

Professional Dance Experience Ltd
Call: 01132 249 144 / 07717 367 704
email: info@professionaldanceexperience.co.uk    
“learn with the professionals” at our inspiring and exciting dance events
Christie Bell

Christie Bell


Former PDE Ballet Teacher &Workshop Leader


  1. -Royal Ballet School and Central School of Ballet trained.

  2. -Diploma in Classical Ballet

  3. -International performing career

  4. -Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal, and  finalist at the prestigious Adeline Genee International Ballet Competition.

Christie trained at The Royal Ballet School for five years. She then went on to train at Central School of Ballet, where she gained the Diploma in Classical Ballet and Related Subjects.


On completing her training, Christie went on to perform professionally with Northern Ballet. Here she danced many soloist and leading roles including ‘Clara’ in The Nutcracker, ‘Helena’ in A Midsummer Night's Dream, ‘Nurse’ in Romeo and Juliet and ‘Young Cathy’ in Wuthering Heights. Christie's career with the company has seen her dance all over the world, touring in China, Thailand and Milan.


Christie Bell has now retired from teaching with Professional Dance Experience and runs her own dance school in Fareham.

Photo: Martin Bell.

Professional Dance Experience Ltd
Call: 01132 249 144 / 07717 367 704
email: info@professionaldanceexperience.co.uk    
“learn with the professionals” at our inspiring and exciting dance events
Professional Dance Experience Ltd
Call: 01132 249 144 / 07717 367 704
email: info@professionaldanceexperience.co.uk    
“learn with the professionals” at our inspiring and exciting dance events

Laura trained at Elmhurst School for Dance from the age of 16. She was a semi-finalist in the Young British Dancer of the Year competition, winning a scholarship for the Birmingham Royal Ballet Summer School.


After graduating from Elmhurst School for Dance, Laura joined Birmingham Royal Ballet. During her time with the company, Laura performed a wide variety of repertoire including works by Balanchine, Ashton, Macmillan, Cranko, Sir Peter Wright and Bintley. Her performing career took her all over the world, dancing in Japan, China, USA, Germany and Spain.

Laura Davenport


Former PDE Ballet Teacher &Workshop Leader


  1. -Trained at Elmhurst School for Dance 

  2. -Diploma in Professional Dance

  3. -International performing career with Birmingham Royal Ballet

  4. -Former ballet teacher at The Elmhurst Summer School

Photo: Peter Teigen

Michael Raynaud


Ballet Teacher &Workshop Leader (South Region)


  1. -Trained at The Paris Opera Ballet School and the National Conservatoire.

  2. -International performing career with English National Ballet

  3. -Semi finalist at international Ballet 

  Competitions in Budapest and St 

  Petersburg.

Michael Raynaud trained locally in the South of France before beginning his formal training at The Paris Opera Ballet School at the age of ten. Whilst at The Paris Opera, Michael performed all over the word touring to Japan, NewYork, Greece and France.


Michael went on to train at the National Conservatoire in Paris, where he gained his Arts Baccalauréat and Unités de Valeurs. He was a semi Finalist in the International Ballet Competition in Budapest as well as the Maia Plissetskaia Competition in St Petersburg.

On completing his training Michael joined the English National Ballet for their worldwide tour of Swan Lake. He then became a permanent member of the company, performing many roles including ‘Paris’ and ‘Benvolio’ in Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet, ‘Pas De Quatre’ in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake and ‘Winter Season’ in Michael Corder’s Cinderella.


Michael has toured with English National Ballet to Australia, Japan, Hong-kong and Europe. His favourite ballets to dance to are Harald Lander’s Etudes and Kenneth Macmillan’s Rite of Spring.


Michael has taught ballet classes to students of all ages and also helps ice skaters with their choreography. Michael delivers Professional Ballet Workshops and Masterclasses for Professional Dance Experience in London and the South.

After graduating, Kimberley gained a contract with Ballet Ireland where she quickly took on soloist roles and performed all over Ireland and the UK. A highlight of her career was performing as ‘Juliet’ in Romeo and Juliet at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Kimberley also performed as the lead in La Sylphide at a gala performance in London, hosted by the American Artist Karen Kilimnik. She then went onto perform with English National Ballet in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall, The Palace of Versailles and also at The Princess Diana Concert at Wembley. 


Kimberley’s talent for teaching was spotted at an early age. Whilst still a student, she was invited to work as an assistant teacher at The Royal Ballet School International Summer School for two consecutive years. This ignited her desire to teach and following her performing career Kimberley retrained as a teacher, gaining the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with distinction.


In 2008 Kimberley was offered a full time teaching post as a Lecturer in Ballet Technique at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, a Higher Education College in Leeds. Kimberley has been a year co-ordinator at NSCD, has worked as a rehearsal director, taught private and group coaching sessions and has also taught as part of the audition panel in the U.K and Europe.


Kimberley joined Professional Dance Experience full time as the Director of Courses and Ballet Associates Principal in 2014. Since then she has helped a number of our Ballet Associate students successfully audition for further training at vocational dance schools. Kimberley has also been responsible for the development and running of the Professional Dance Experience Summer, Easter and Christmas Courses and in 2016 she created the Youth Ballet Theatre. Kimberley is invited by many local dance schools to deliver Ballet Masterclasses including exam preparation and pointe work technique. Through her website, www.tipsonballettechnique.com Kimberley helps ballet students and teachers across the world to improve their ballet technique with downloadable videos and DVDs.

Kimberley Berkin

Director of Courses and  Principal, Ballet Associate Programme


- Royal Ballet School Trained

- RAD Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma (Distinction)

- International Performing Career

- Lecturer in Ballet Technique, Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Kimberley started dancing at the age of three at The Classical Ballet Centre in Chippenham, Wiltshire before going on to train at The Royal Ballet School for 8 years. As a student, she performed with the Royal Ballet in various ballets including The Nutcracker, Manon and Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Kimberley also has a talent for choreography and won The Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition as a second year student at the Upper School.

Left: Michael Raynaud in the Dance of the Mirlitons,

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker.

(ch. Christopher Hampson)

Emily Edwards


Former Ballet Teacher &Workshop Leader


  1. -Trained at The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

  2. -International performing career with Ballet Cymru

  3. -Former teacher on Ballet Cymru Ballet 

  Associate Programmes and Summer 

  Courses.

  Emily Edwards trained at the Susan Robinson School of Ballet and later at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.  After graduating with a Higher National Diploma in dance, Emily worked as an apprentice to Cathy Marston at the Royal Opera House before joining Vienna Festival Ballet and then Ballet Cymru, whom she danced with for seven years.


  In addition to numerous collaborative works, Emily’s soloist roles included ‘Juliet’ in Romeo & Juliet, ‘Giselle’ in Giselle, ‘Swanhilda’ in Coppelia, ‘Belle’ in Beauty & the Beast, ‘Bluebird’ in The Sleeping Beauty and ‘Titania’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 


   Emily retired from teaching with Professional Dance Experience in 2017 to pursue other teaching opportunities. We wish Emily all the best in her teaching career.

Photo: Sian Trenberth

Laura retired from teaching with Professional Dance Experience in 2016 to pursue a new career as a midwife. We wish Laura all the best in her new career and thank her for her many years of fantastic, inspiring teaching.

Bethan Smith


Former Ballet Teacher &Workshop Leader


  1. -Trained at The Elmhurst School for Dance

  2. -International performing career with The Slovak National Ballet

Bethan Smith began her training at a local dance school in Ripley, Derbyshire before joining Elmhurst School for Dance where she trained from the age of 11 to 18.


At the age of 18 Bethan joined The Slovak National Ballet and stayed with the company for several years. Here she danced a fantastic range of repertoire from the classics such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Bayadère and La Sylphide and more contemporary works such as Four Seasons, Nijinsky, Laban and Slovak Dances.


Bethan retired from teaching with Professional Dance Experience in 2017 to pursue other teaching opportunities. We wish Bethan all the best in her teaching career.