Meet Our Tutors
Jane Worsley - Cecchetti Ballet
LISTD (Licentiate, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) in Cecchetti Ballet. ISTD National and Scottish Dancing. Fitness League diploma.
Jane was educated at The Hampshire School, Knightsbridge where, at a young age, she gained her ISTD Associate teaching exams in National Dance and Scottish Dancing. She also taught Cecchetti Ballet National Scottish and Ballroom dancing in many schools.
Jane was then awarded a scholarship at the renowned Nesta Brooking School of Ballet and Choreography where she trained as a dancer in classical ballet,Spanish and Historical Dance. She studied Cecchetti Ballet including both Advanced 1 and 2 levels gaining her Licentiate ISTD Cecchetti. She continued to be sent out to schools to teach Cecchetti Ballet during her training as a dancer.She also holds a Fitness League diploma and is recognised by the Council for Dance Education and Training.
Jane uses the unique teaching of the Cecchetti method, to encourage musicality and choreography in children of all ages and ability. She attends many courses and seminars throughout each year, ensuring that her pupils reach the highest standard.
Bruce Cornelius - Choir Director
Bruce Cornelius trained as an art teacher in Tasmania, and studied singing with Eileen Carter, and later with Edward Talbot at the Tasmanian Conservatorium. He began conducting choirs and choruses in 1973, and in 1974 founded the (still-flourishing) Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Tasmania, for which he was chorus master, conductor and often soloist and designer. He also led the Tasmanian University Choral Society, and was chorus master and repetiteur for the Tasmanian Opera Company, Polygon Theatre Company, Old Nick (the TasUni drama group) and for many other stage and college performances. In London he was vocal coach and pianist for Polka Theatre for Children (Wimbeldon), repetiteur for Opera Viva, and sang with the Chorus of St Martins in the Fields, and was later director and conductor for the John Ruskin Choral Society, Croydon, and the Guernsey Choral and Orchestral Society. During this time he also sang solos in concert and stage works, and led various college musical activities in Croydon and Guernsey. His most recent choir work was preparing a Christmas concert with a group of National Trust volunteers – many of whom had little or no singing experience - at Sheffield Park Garden. He has been an accompanist and vocal coach for over 45 years, which led him in retirement to becoming a pianist for Beacon Arts Ballet (since 2011).
Solange Leon - Artworks/Art Club/Adult Art
Solange Leon is the co-director and founder of multiple award winning Artichoke Artgroup www.artichokeartgroup.co.uk, born out of her own child's request for art lessons. She focuses on the development of observational drawing and understanding of spatial concepts, rediscovering and representing the ordinary in a different light. Trained in Chile and the UK as an architect, she worked with LCE architects for many years and in public art projects with an array of local artists including designers, crafts people and artists. She now works independently, nationally and internationally, on design, art, graphics, web and varied media. She has many years teaching experience in several venues & believes strongly in shifting education towards a creative, cross-discipline creative process, using integrated arts as a platform. Solange also trained as a soprano opera singer for 4 years and often performs in physical theatre and plays with local theatre companies.
Emily Hilson - Music
Emily is a violist with extensive classical training in the States. She is also trained in early childhood education and a mother of 2 young children. She is fascinated with the effects of music on children and the joy they receive spending time in musical environments. She moved from New York to Brighton in 2002, attended many local music groups with her children and discovered Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals is just the thing Sussex parents are looking for.
Gemma Shrub - Pilates
After training for 4 years at The London Contemporary Dance School in London, gemma moved backed to Brighton to peruse her dancing career. Her work has included: The London 2012 opening ceremony with akram Khan company, and is currently a member of Brighton based Ceyda Tanc Dance, as well as working around Europe with various companies and choreographers. During her studies and professional experience she found a passion for yoga and Pilates and the benefits it can bring, not only in her work but everyday life, and over the last year has been working towards her Pilates teaching diploma. As well as working with the fundamentals of Pilates Gemma uses her dance experience to influence her teaching.