Sarah has been involved and employed in the professional performing arts educational training industry for over 30 years and during much of this time worked as an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance. Sarah has not only run her own business in dance tuition but also held the positions of teacher, Head of Dance and Deputy Principal in a leading (government funded) vocational training establishment. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Performing Arts Professional Education (Distinction) and a Certificate in Education together with Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance qualifications. Sarah is a highly motivated, dynamic and resourceful senior manager with a proven record of developing quality assured training programmes within the field of professional performing arts (dance and musical theatre). Sarah is also recognised for her pastoral care skills, ensuring the welfare and safety of learners, supporting staff and other professionals, providing advice and guidance in relation to vocational arts education and supporting the good order and wider needs of the learning community. Sarah currently holds the position of CEO / Artistic Director at the Academy of Professional Physical Arts - Northern Ireland where she is developing training schemes for combined and integrated physical arts tuition. Sarah is honoured and delighted to accept the position of patron to The London Ballet Company.
London born, Thomas Brodie Sangster, an English actor and musician, is known for his role as Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones, his voice as Ferb Fletcher in Phineas and Ferb, his roles as Sam in Love Actually and Newt in the 2014 film The Maze Runner. Other films include, Paul Macartney in Nowhere Boy and Death of a Superhero with Andy Serkis. He started acting, age 10 with his first role in a BBC film, Station Jim. He subsequently appeared in more television films, including the lead roles in Bobbie's Girl, Stig on the Dump, Featherboy and Dr.Who. Sangster also plays bass guitar, and plays regularly with his family band, Winnet. They hold a monthly residence at Toulouse Lautrec in Kennington.
"I am delighted and honoured to be Paton for The London Ballet Company. I applaud their work and tenacity and look forward to seeing them into the future."
Basement Jaxx are a British electronic music duo consisting of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe . The pair got their name from the regular night club they held in their hometown of Brixton, London, UK. They first rose to popularity in the late 1990s. As the British Hit Singles & Albums book duly noted "they surfaced from the underground house scene, are regular transatlantic club chart-toppers and won the BRIT Award for Best Dance Act in 2002 and 2004".
Canadian born Susan has been a balletomane since seeing The National Ballet of Canada’s production of Nutcracker at the age of five. Living in London for the past nineteen years, Susan has become familiar with the dance scene here through her membership in The London Ballet Circle. For the past four years, she has been Chairman of that organisation. It is with delight that Susan joins The London Ballet Company as a Patron.
Sarah Wildor studied at the Royal Ballet School, She joined the Royal Ballet Company and rose through the ranks to become a Principal dancer. Roles included Juliet, Giselle, Manon, Anastasia, Cinderella, Sugar Plum Fairy, Ondine, Swanhilda (Coppelia), Titania (The Dream), Lise (La Fille Mal Gardée), Ballerina (The Concert), Chloe (Daphnis and Chloe),Desdemona (Othello), Push comes to shove, The Invitation, Enigma variations, Rhapsody, Symphonic Variations, Vera (A month in the Country),Young Girl (Two Pigeons), Irina (Winter Dreams)Gloria and Jeux. She created the Tightrope Walker (Sawdust and Tinsel) and roles in Fanfare, Dream of Angels, The Crucible and Mr Worldly Wise. She represented the Company at the Erik Bruhn Competition.
Sarah also created the title role in Matthew Bourne’s production of Cinderella, which she has performed during sell out seasons in London’s West End and Los Angeles.
Sarah starred in Susan Stroman's Contact at the Queens Theatre London for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She also starred in On Your Toes at the Royal Festival Hall London and on tour in Japan. Other acting roles include Elizabeth in Frankenstein, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peg in Wallflowering and Essie in You Can’t Take It with You.
ther dancing roles include creating the role of Madame de Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses which she performed on tour in Japan and at Sadler’s Wells Theatre London, starring in A Tribute to Sir Kenneth MacMillan for Star Dancers in Japan and the Exeter Festival and starring in Shall We Dance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre London.
T.V and Film work includes Jonathan Toomey directed by Bill Clark for 7 Productions, The Da Vinci Code directed by Ron Howard for Sony Pictures and Holby for BBC.
Sarah is also a qualified Pilates instructor and teaches private reformer and matwork classes.
Sarah attained The Royal Ballet School PDTC Diploma and Trinity Laban’s Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning.
Steve gained a BA (Hons) Performance Arts Degree from Middlesex University and has combined a successful career as an actor and freelance director/choreographer specialising in developing new work for the stage and devising new choreographic pieces for respected companies in Opera and Musical Theatre.
He is perhaps best known as the presenter and choreographer of BBC 2, Our Dancing Town, which saw 4 Towns in Yorkshire, come to together and celebrate the power of community through dance. Steve is currently entering his fourth year as the Artistic Director of Carmarthen Youth Opera, with JC Superstar in development for 2017. He has worked as a director and choreographer for many major youth companies in UK and Ireland, which include National Youth Music Theatre, Youth Music Theatre UK, Chichester Festival Theatre Youth Company and Belfast based Music Theatre 4 Youth. Most recently, Steve's UK freelance teaching credits include, MA Musical Theatre Degree atRoyal Central School of Speech and Drama, Arts Educational Performance Arts School, and was also invited by Ken Cazan to teach on the highly acclaimed Vocal Arts and Opera course at the prestigious USC Thornton school of Music, LA.