Teaching Faculty


Reena Bhattacharjee

BA (Hons), RAD RTS, ISTD DDE

Principal

Reena trained at the Royal Academy of Dance, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education, as well as achieving further qualifications with the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing. After qualifying, she began working as a freelance performer – including dancing in the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony. Reena started En Pointe in 2010, alongside freelancing for other schools. She currently teaches for the Junior School of Ballet Black, as well as for RAD HQ, and tutors on the RAD's Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies programme for trainee ballet teachers. Reena was also the Chairperson of the RAD’s London & Middlesex Regional Advisory Committee for 5 years, and is currently working towards an MFA in Dance Science at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich, undertaking a year-long research project looking at the sleep of professional ballet dancers.

  

 

Saffron Armstrong

BA (Hons), ISTD DDI

Ballet & Jazz teacher

Saffron began dancing in Southampton where she trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Contemporary. She successfully gained a Distinction in RAD Advanced 2 Ballet before moving to London to continue her training at Bird College, where she graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. Whilst training at Bird, Saffron also gained her DDI teaching qualifications. After graduating, Saffron began teaching at a number of dance schools whilst continuing with professional performing jobs, including Theatre in Education, commercials, stage shows and appearing on BBC’s The Greatest Dancer.

 


Caitlin Barnett

BA (Hons)

Street dance & Tap teacher

Caitlin is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher and trained at the world renowned Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. She has worked within all areas of the industry performing in immersive theatre, contemporary dance, music videos and commercials. Caitlin has her own contemporary dance company who have gone on to perform across a variety of platforms and festivals and she has recently become an Arts Council England funded artist. Caitlin has extensive teaching experience working regularly with young children, college students and dancers undertaking their professional training.

  

 

Ciara Gallagher

BA (Hons), LRAD, RAD RTS

Ballet teacher

Ciara began her training in Ireland, studying both RAD Graded and Vocational syllabi. She began assisting ballet classes at 14 and from there discovered her love for dance education. To date Ciara has gained experience teaching and assisting ballet classes, workshops and summer schools in London and Ireland. She graduated with first class honours from the BA (Hons) Ballet Education (BABE) programme at RAD headquarters in 2020. Ciara also completed the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (LRAD) while studying at RAD. She is passionate about student centred, holistic teaching and learning practices in dance education.

 


Léa Hamilton

MSc, BSc (Hons), CBTS, RAD RTS

Ballet teacher

Léa spent her early years in France, and moved to London in 1999 and began taking classes at the RAD. After studying for a first degree in Psychology at Durham University, she then completed an MSc in Sports Psychology where she specialised in the coaching of classical ballet dancers and the psychology of performance. Léa is currently working in a number of private dance and local primary schools delivering both syllabus and non-syllabus classes as well as choreographing for their shows.

  

 

 

Emily Egan

BA (Hons), LRAD, RAD RTS

Ballet teacher

Emily began dancing at the age of three in her local ballet school in Northern Ireland, studying RAD ballet whilst also joining commercial and contemporary classes. Emily danced here until the age of 18 when she moved to London to study a degree in Ballet Education at the Royal Academy of Dance. Here her training included classes in ballet and contemporary with a particular focus on teaching practise - in addition to this Emily pursued her interest in many other styles of dance such as jazz and commercial whilst studying in London. Alongside her studies Emily worked and taught in various dance schools across London and Surrey including part time work with various teachers at the RAD Dance School. Emily graduated in 2020 and is now freelancing for schools across London.

  

 

 

Anaïs Huning

Ballet teacher

Anaïs started dancing at the Grosvenor House School of Dance, and keen to follow a career in dance she further enriched her training with the Pattinson Theatre Arts School. She has a background in ballet, tap, modern, lyrical and character and has won trophies and medals at reputable festivals across the Midlands. Anaïs is currently training as a ballet teacher with the RAD on their BA (Hons) Ballet Education programme, and is performing with the Semaphore Ballet Company.

  

 

 

Brittany Hodge

BA (Hons)

Ballet teaching assistant

Brittany has been dancing since the age of 3, and attended regular lessons in ballet, modern, tap and national dance throughout her school years and up to the age of 18 (including being taught by Reena for many years!). She completed an undergraduate degree in Sociology, and is now pursuing a career in acting after completed a Masters in Acting at Arts Ed in London.

  

 

 

Ailsa Cullen

Ballet teaching assistant

Ailsa started attending dance classes in Luxembourg at the age of 3. In 2019 she moved to London in order to study at the Royal Academy of Dance on the BA (Hons) Ballet Education course alongside working towards her Advanced 2.



Cover Ballet Teachers 

 

Cover ballet teachers at our school of dance.

Zoi Karapostoli, Jasmin Armstrong, Rebecca Carrera (left to right).