Artists

Sophie Francesca Wright

Sophie Francesca Wright

Founder/Artistic Director/Artist
Born in London, though spending much of her early years in Australia where she was an Associate of The Queensland Ballet Company, Sophie gained a place at Elmhurst School in its inaugural year at Birmingham, in 2004. She subsequently won a scholarship to attend Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance where she graduated with a first class BA honours degree.
It was Sophie's ambition to form her own company and The London Ballet Company was founded in 2010 with the aim of providing a performance platform for up and coming artists to produce original, collaborative works based on popular culture and topical events, to invigorate new audiences.
The London Ballet Company provides a diverse performance experience for its dancers who have enjoyed travel overseas to perform with pianist Maksim Mrvica - China tour, Basement Jaxx - American and British tour, in theatres and for bespoke events. Now in its 6th year, Sophie has extended the education programme of T.L.B.C. to provide Workshops, Easter and Summer Intensives, and a new Associate Programme giving insight into the collaborative creative process, to develop strength, nurture confidence and ensure versatility. The vital elements required to sustain a career in dance which she herself developed at the Rambert School.
Sophie is a qualified and certified Progressive Ballet Technique Teacher.

Fran Mangiacasale

Fran Mangiacasale

Creative Coordinator/Artist
Born in Genoa  Italy, Fran Mangiacasale , trained with a variety of National and International teachers in ballet, contemporary, acting and singing. In Italy he performed with Koine's Dance Company, J.Nuova Partenza, and the Alyat Dance. In 2000 he moved to London where he has danced in numerous companies touring around the world including The Lindsay Kemp Company, National Dance Company of Wales, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Smallpetitlkein, YDance Unstructured Light, LoCommotion, The Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Nederlandse Reisopera. Fran was also assistant Choreographer and Dance captain in many Opera productions in London, Spain and Germany.
In 2013 he was assistant choreographer and guest soloist with the Azerbaijan State Academy Ballet in Shadow of Gobustain choreographed by Maxine Braham. 
Fran is also a freelance choreographer and has created work with companies in the UK and in Europe.
Joining The London Ballet Company in 2011, Fran's skill in music and dance has enriched the wonderful, original repertoire created and crafted in collaboration with The London Ballet Company. An expert in sourcing wonderfully evocative music to suit all occasions, and as a result of one of our performance reviews,  Fran's talent was recognised by a media company who commissioned The London Ballet Company to feature Fran in a documentary in recognition of his undisputed and unique talent.

Tasha Bertram

Tasha Bertram

Ballet Mistress/Guest Artist
Tasha began her career at the Legat School of Russian Ballet, leaving at eighteen to join Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu in Italy. It was with this company that she first established herself as a young soloist. Returning to England led to an offer with The London City Ballet where she remained for the next nine years under the direction of Harold King, establishing herself as one of the companies principal soloists. As her dancing career came to a natural end, Tasha found herself playing TV and film roles as an actress and also devoted much of her time to her two children.
She travelled a great deal with her son working on different film sets and through this, fell into producing her own films. In 2006 she formed her own Jazz band; ‘Winnet’ - “A joyous display of jazz and blues”. She still performs today at various London Jazz venues. Her work over the last ten years as freelance teacher of Ballet and Character, has lead to ongoing opportunities including Central School of Ballet and The London Ballet Company. Last year she was appointed examiner for The Russian Ballet Society, standing for Nicolai Legat and his system.

Alice Oakley-Jones

Alice Oakley-Jones

Artist
Alice started dancing from a young age at her mother's dance school The Oakley School of Dancing, where she studied Ballet and Contemporary technique. Later gaining a place at the Royal Academy of Dance she studied her teacher training BA in Ballet Education, and the teachers LRAD Certificate, whilst also achieving her Advanced 2 RAD Ballet and studying for the Solo Seal award. She then went on to establish her career as a dance teacher, teaching across south west London locations, whilst continuing her professional training under Cuban National Ballet ex-professional Miss Heredria. She has since began to fulfill her dance career performing in a variety of collaborative neoclassical choreographies, and joining The London Ballet Company as an Intern in August 2013. Alice was promoted to Company Artist in August 2014.

Abigail Bulfin

Abigail Bulfin

Artist
Abby trained at Central School of Ballet, graduating in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance. In her final year she toured the UK with Ballet Central, performing in a variety of pieces from classical ballet to jazz and contemporary. Since graduating Abby, has combined performing with teaching and choreography. In 2014 she choreographed her first musical theatre production, Seussical, followed in 2015 by Hairspray and Legally Blonde. She is also a freelance teacher and studying Benesh Notation. Abby performed with the London Ballet Company at Canary Wharf in July 2015 and initially joined the company as an Intern. Abby has since accepted a promotion as Company Artist in May 2016.

Jo Elisabeth

Jo Elisabeth

Artist
Jo, born in Nottingham, attended classes from a young age at a local dance school. Realising her passion for dance she decided to pursue a career in the Arts. She was accepted as an associate at the Birmingham Royal Ballet and then went onto train full time at Tring Park (formally The Arts Educational School). She then continued her training at Rambert School for Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
Jo has had a very varied career since graduating in 2010. She has performed at Large events all around the world including Morocco, Dubai, Uganda, Qatar, Egypt, all over Europe and the UK.
She has appeared in commercials for Royal Navy, British Swimming, The Natural History Museum and Honda, which received multiple awards, as well as big films such as ‘The Kingsman’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘Man from Uncle’ and most recently ‘Star Wars’. Between her dancing and film work she is also a Model and regularly works on catwalk shows, photoshoots and exhibitions.
One of TLBC’s first members, Jo has been dancing with the company since early 2011. She has performed in many of the company’s theatre productions as both ensemble and Soloist dancer. Credits include ‘00 and 7’, ‘An Olympic Dream’, ‘Jubilation’, ‘Eve’s Journey’, ‘Poppy’, ‘Ghost’ and Most Recently as Madame in ‘The Snow Queen’. As well as her involvement in TLBC’s theatre productions she was also chosen to perform with Basement Jaxx on their tour at both Koko and The 02 arena.

Georgina Egan

Georgina Egan

Artist
Georgina Egan, born in Queensland, Australia started her early ballet training aged 3. She completed her full time training in the Vagnova method at The Noosa Professional Dance Academy, gaining distinctions in all her exams. She was privileged to be assisted in this with teachers Michelle Buckley, Renee Dekuyper, Wim Broeckz, Mark Brinkley, Paul Boyd and Karen Donovan.
In 2013 Georgina performed the leading role with the Brisbane City Ballet and aged 15 she was invited to dance at The Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. This experience led to an offer of a year's placement at the Princess Grace Ballet Academy in Monaco.
Georgina joined The London Ballet Company as Company Artist in September 2016 and is very much looking forward to developing her ballet journey.

Tamra Burke

Tamra Burke

Artist
Tamra was born in Melbourne, Australia and has been dancing since the age of 3. She began her dance training under Lynn Mcnabb in Kilsyth. She then moved to Boyd Academy of Dance and went through to complete her Advanced 2 RAD examination. Tamra performed with the youth contemporary company, 'Project Y' in their performance of 'The Gallery' in 2011. She continued her training for 3 years full time with Ballet Theatre Australia, under the direction of ballet masters, Leeanne Rutherford and Oleg Timursin. Tamra studied in the Russian Vaganova method where she completed her Advanced Diploma of Elite Performance (Dance) and performed in many professional productions including Giselle, The Red Sails and Diversity. Most recently, Tamra moved to London after receiving a scholarship to dance with The London Ballet Company as an Intern.

Louise Buck

Louise Buck

Artist
Louise started dancing at the young age of three, training locally at the Lambert School of Dance under the direction of Marie Lambert. When she discovered her passion, at nine Louise continued her training and received a junior and senior scholarship with the British Ballet Organisation being taught by the Royal Ballet's Anita Young and Brenda Last.
At fifteen she started training with the London Senior Ballet at the London Studio Centre.
One year later Louise moved away from home to start her three year vocational training at KS Dance in Warrington where she toured with Allegro Dance and performed the lead role as Cinderella in her 3rd year.
Louise graduated with a National Diploma in Professional Dance bringing home merit, tap and all round dancer awards.
Since graduating in 2010 she started her career dancing in the production shows with Carnival Cruises sailing around America, the Caribbean and Australia.
Louise joined The London Ballet Company in 2012 where she made her debut in the production 00 and His 7. Since retiring from ship life in 2016 she has performed in Poppy and Ghost and looks forward to continuing to grow with the company.

Rafal Minkiewicz

Rafal Minkiewicz

Artist
Born in Opole in Poland, Rafal began dancing at the age of fourteen. He trained with coach Elzbieta Podejko-Duda and modern dance team Adena, which specialized in jazz, modern and show dance. He performed in many dance championships and shows in Poland and internationally, including Choice (2009), Peter Pan (2011), Cottage (2011), Secrets of the Fire King (2011), and Empty Walls (2012). Rafal gained a degree in Cultural Animation and Art Therapy from the University of Opole.
In 2012 Rafal moved to London to train full-time at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where among many achievements he performed in a piece by Darren Ellis, worked with Christopher Bruce, and danced in La Bayadère, graduating in 2015.
Rafal has travelled to Japan and Canada, where he trained with Kenny Pearl (Martha Graham Company), Meredith Dincolo (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Herve Courtain (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens), Francois Chirpaz (Ballets Jazz Montréal), Honji Wang (Company Wang Ramirez), and Tatiana Tchernova (National Ballet of Canada). He has also taken workshops at Broadway Dance Center in New York.
A passionate and versatile artist, Rafal loves creating performance pieces. He finds inspiration in watching people in their everyday lives, and particularly enjoys collaborating with artists working in other media such as fashion, film, and the visual arts.
Having performed in Snow Queen in 2016, Rafal is very excited to have joined The London Ballet Company in January 2017.

Christian Carnio

Christian Carnio

Artist
Christian Carnio was born in Venice, Italy and started Ballroom and Latin dancing at the age of six. He competed at a national level in these disciplines and completed a FIDS degree. At the age of 18 he started concentrating on Modern, Contemporary and Jazz dance amongst other styles including Ballet.
His varied dance background has allowed him to excel in versatile roles, including dancing in the film Casanova with Heath Ledger, the opera La Piccola Volpe Astuta at the renowned Teatro Regio in Turin, and the musical Don Bosco in Rome.
Christian moved to London in 2016, and has recently featured in the Emmi music video You Said You Loved Me. He is now a Company Artist with The London Ballet Company. Christian's most recent role in the Company has been playing Kai in the production of The Snow Queen. He continues to pursue diverse roles to develop his career as a professional dancer in the UK.

Imogen Browne

Imogen Browne

Artist
Imogen was born in Melbourne, Australia where she trained in ballet, contemporary and jazz at the Gay Wightman School of Ballet. She won 1st place Australia wide with Honours in the BMAAD Intermediate and Advanced ballet exams. In 2011 Imogen was an apprentice with Melbourne Ballet Company where she performed for Clinique and with Deakin University Motion Laboratory as a trainee.
After completing her high school diploma she accepted a position at the Joffrey Ballet School, New York in their full time trainee program commencing in 2012. Her highlights include performing the roles of the Ugly Step Sister in Cinderella, Arabian
Princess in The Nutcracker, Big and Little Swan in Swan Lake and also as a soloist in Gerald Arpino's Birthday Variations.
Since graduating Joffrey's program she has worked with Ballet Popular and performed in their first performance as a company presenting the Manon pas de deux. She then went on to spend a year as assistant director at the Joffrey Ballet School for their performances of The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. During that time she also performed with Mei/Co directed by Meggie Pinones in The Hatch Series and for the Microsoft Corporation at their 5th Avenue, New York, Flagship Store.
Imogen moved to London to pursue her love of ballet and is looking forward to the new adventure that TLBC has to offer.

Ella Marjorie Betts

Ella Marjorie Betts

Artist
Born in Newcastle Australia, Ella began her training with Susan Shiner (RAD syllabus). She attended the Hunter school of the Performing arts and was a member of the NSW State Dance Company and various ensembles and troupes. At the age of 15 Ella was given a scholarship to attend the McDonald College for classical ballet and complete her HSC and her Royal Academy of dance examinations. She performed in many productions with the college, and numerous ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote, as a member of the Premier state ballet company run by directors Allan Cross and Josephine Jason. Ella has also performed in the annual Evening of classical ballet held in the Sydney Opera House, and also performed as an extra in the Australian Ballets Sydney season of Manon (also held in the Sydney Opera House). She later graduated from the Australian International Ballet Academy with a distinction under the direction of Jacquie Dumont. Ella then took a position as a company Trainee with the Ajkun Ballet theatre in New York City. Whilst with the company, she performed many ballets choreographed by Leonard Ajkun and Dr.Chiara Ajkun. Whilst in America Ella performed a season contract with the Albany Berkshire ballet and went on tour with the company’s production of the Nutcracker. Ella was an assistant teacher for the Ajkun ballets Young Dancers program and in her spare time completed her yoga teaching certification. Ella then moved back to Australia and taught at numerous schools, primarily based in Newcastle at Susan Shiner Dance academy and Newcastle Ballet Theatre. Whilst in Australia she ran the auditions for the Ajkun Ballet theatre in Melbourne and Sydney. Ella has now moved to London and is thrilled to be joining The London Ballet Company as an Intern.

Rachel Adler

Rachel Adler

Intern
Rachel was born on the Gold Coast, Australia and began her ballet training at the age of six.  Trained in the RAD Syllabus, she was awarded Distinction in all levels, culminating with a Distinction in RAD Advanced 2 in 2013.  Rachel performed as a Guest Dancer with Expressions Dance Company in their 2013 production of Carmen Sweet at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane.  Moving to London shortly thereafter, she continued her training at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, graduating with a BA (Hons) in July 2016.  Throughout her three years at Rambert School, Rachel participated in many events, including Design for Dance at the Platform Theatre.  Upon graduation, she performed in The Creation with Rambert Company and Garsington Opera at Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch.  Rachel was delighted to be offered an Internship with The London Ballet Company and she is really looking forward to being part of the TLBC team.

Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson

Intern
Ellie started dancing when she was three, at a local ballet school in her hometown of Swindon. During her early teens, Ellie attended Associate Classes at The Tring Park School for the Performing Arts while completing her ballet exams in which she was awarded Distinctions in all. She then went on to join English National Ballet’s Youth Company in which she danced at many venues, including The Coliseum with English National Ballet in their production of Petrushka within their Tribute to Nureyev in 2013. At the same time, Ellie gained Russian Ballet training from Chika Temma and Yuri Demakov with annual performances including Cinderella; performing a pas de deux with Arionel Vargas, before joining Rambert School in 2013. During her time at Rambert she had wonderful performance opportunities and worked with Choreographers such as Antonia Franceschi before graduating with a BA (Hons) in July 2016. After Graduating, Ellie worked with Mark Baldwin performing 'The Creation' with Rambert Company at Garsington Opera in Oxfordshire followed by a month creation period and a weeks performances at Dulwich Picture Gallery in their Winifred Knights Exhibition with Dane Hurst and Company. Ellie is excited to be joining The London Ballet Company as an Intern and is looking forward to expanding her abilities with the Company.

 

Laura Glare

Laura Glare

Intern
Laura started ballet at age 4 in a small country school in Ballarat, Australia. In the years that she was there she attended many competitions and discovered a true passion for being on stage and performing.  Aged sixteen, Laura started full time Vaganova method classical ballet training at Ballet Theatre Australia. Whilst there, she received exceptional training and was given opportunities to perform repertoire from Giselle, Le Coursie, and many original classical and neoclassical works by Oleg Timursin, Leeanne Rutherford and Karalyn Rutherford.  In 2015 Laura moved to Sydney to train with Tibor Horvarth at Studio Tibor. Whilst there, she performed the principal role in La Esmeralda and performed soloist roles in Le Coursie, Swan Lake, and Tarentella. In 2016 Laura moved to Europe to dance with Brussels International Ballet School under the direction of Anderson Santana where she further strengthened her classical technique as well as expanding her contemporary repertoire knowledge, performing soloist roles in the Brussels International Ballet Junior’s production of Swan Lake. Laura also performed the principal role in the school’s production of “Parcours” a piece involving high level acting skills and contemporary repertoire by Mats Ek. Laura is now very excited to be performing with The London Ballet Company for their 2017 season of '00 And His 7.'