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Clare Wall

Clare received her early training in London at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters and as a student with the London Junior Ballet. Since 2004 she has trained under Richard Slaughter, dancing leading roles in his ballets for New Ballet Creations. She has attained Advanced Level in Cecchetti Classical Ballet. Since 2008 Clare has also worked widely in other fields as a freelance performer, writer, artist, educator and historical researcher/actor. She is regularly engaged by Wrexham, Denbighshire ,Shropshire and Yorkshire Councils to lead educational/entertainment events for children and adults in schools, libraries and museums. Her repertoire includes her popular song, dance and storytelling presentations as Mary Poppins, and portrayals of various women through history.

 

 

Michael Wall

Michael received his early training at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in London.He trained for five years as an associate student of The Royal Ballet School and has danced leading roles with Richard Slaughter’s New Ballet Creations. He has attained Advanced Level in Cecchetti Classical Ballet. Michael is also a pianist currently working to achieve the ABRSM Diploma in Piano Performance. He has been awarded the Keith Hill Trophy for Piano Performance at the Chester Festival three years running from 2010 to 2012. He gave his first independent public  recital in June 2012, and works as accompanist for The Ballet Pod Associate classes  Michael is also assistant organist at St Mary’s Church in Chirk.

 

 

Ann Wall

Ann received her early training in London. She studied for five years  as an associate student of The Royal Ballet School, and has danced leading roles in Richard Slaughter’s New Ballet Creations. Ann has attained Advanced  Level in Cecchetti Classical Ballet. In Young British Dancer of the Year 2011 she was awarded the scholarship to attend  Yorkshire Ballet Summer School  and in Young British Dancer of the Year 2012 she gained the scholarship to the Summer School at The Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden. Ann is a dancer on the associate programme of Ballet Cymru. Her other interests include Benesh Movement Notation, dressmaking and costume design, art history and English Literature. She also makes many of the head-dresses for The Ballet Pod’s wardrobe. 

 

 

Richard Slaughter

Richard trained at the lower and upper Royal Ballet Schools before graduating to the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden in 1977. He twice won the Ursula Moreton Choreographic award and danced principal roles on tour with Ballet for All. He danced in most ballets in repertoire at Covent Garden before leaving to pursue a freelance career. He was a member of Werkcentrum Dans in Rotterdam and spent a year filming the Dark Crystal with The Muppets. He joined London City Ballet as a principal dancer to partner Ursula Hageli in Swan Lake on a tour of Norway, at the time when Princess Diana became patron of the company.
 
Ursula and Richard’s subsequent partnership lasted for twenty-one years when they were a couple much in demand on the international circuit dancing the major classical ballets and an enormous variety of roles, repertoire and new works. They were principal dancers of the Royal Ballet Education Unit and started Ballet Creations of London in 1989 with their first production: A Portrait of Anna Pavlova.

Richard subsequently choreographed The Little Mermaid 1991, Cleopatra 1993 and the Gala Performance of Ballet. They maintained their educational work staging numerous workshop days and ballet productions for children. Richard choreographed for the National Youth Ballet, English Youth Ballet and the Bournemouth Ballet Club. Ballet Creations performances were given all over the UK and abroad, with appearances at the Barbican, Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. He has produced and directed productions of Coppelia, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty and created new ballets Cinderella and The Snow Queen.

Richard is an associate teacher of the Imperial Society of Dancing, Cecchetti Method, and has an MA in dance studies from the Laban Centre and an MA in Spirituality from the University of Wales. He is currently a lecturer at Chichester University and has been thoroughly enjoying his new challenge as artistic director of The Ballet Pod.