SEBS tutors are all highly experienced in the world of classical ballet as performers as well as tutors. We feel it is important that students learn from the best in order to find the best within themselves, and that they learn about the reality of a career in dance
Mrs Patching started dancing at the age of three and trained at The Hammond School, Cheshire and The Ballet Rambert School, London. She danced with Northern Ballet Theatre in Manchester in both the corps de ballet and as a soloist.
Mrs Patching has trained with renowned teachers including Svetlana Beriosova, Sara Neil, Walter Trevor, Dame Alicia Markova, Dame Beryl Grey, Barbara Fewster, Julia Farron, Brenda Last, Christopher Gable, Lynn Seymour, Alfreda Thorogood, Nanette Glushak and Frank Freeman.
Mrs Patching has also worked with leading choreographers in both classical and west end productions including Gillian Lynne, William Forsythe, Anthony Van Laast, Arlene Phillips, Gary Lloyd, Massimo Moricone and Jean-Christophe Maillot.
From 2010 to 2018 Mrs Patching has been awarded the prestigious Dancing Times Cup from the Imperial Ballet Faculty at the Senior Imperial Ballet Awards.
L.I.S.T.D (Licentiate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance)
F.I.S.T.D (Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance)
A.R.A.D (Associate member of the Royal Academy of Dance )
MA Dance, Dip.D.Ed, PTTLS
Gregory Apostolidis graduated from the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, Australia with a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey Dance Centre in New York that led to an MA in dance. As a performer he has worked with such prominent choreographers as; Peter Michaels performing in Thriller, Twyla Tharp, Vincent Paterson and Maurice Bejart. Upon his return to Australia he performed with the Sydney Dance Company (Graham Murphy) before embarking on a career as dance educator and choreographer. He has been leading, training, choreographing and delivering courses successfully for over 23 years. Arriving in London in 1992, he has worked in several European, American and British institutions such as; Alvin Ailey School, Netherlands Dance, Elmhurst, Hammond, Royal Ballet School, Royal Academy of Dance, and Urdang Academy. As course leader he has held the post of Director of Education and Training at Performers College, successfully leading the college through CDET accreditation, and Masters College. His work with schools has been highly recognised and praised by, CDET, Trinity and Ofsted. In 2006 he was appointed Course Director and Head of Dance at Italia Conti Academy of theatre Arts and in 2014 was promoted to Vice-Principal. Under his direction the Academy achieved 3 consecutive Outstanding Ofsted inspections. Gregory is the quality assurance consultant for the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) and most recently became a subject specialist inspector for Ofsted. Currently, Gregory is a freelance Choreographer, teacher and consultant for standards in education and training within the professional dance and musical theatre sector.
Classical Ballet Teacher
Caroline started Ballet at the age of 3 years old and won a scholarship to join a full time vocational Ballet school ( The Stonelands School )at the age of 7yrs old. During this time, she was one of 10 children to be be chosen to dance at The London Coliseum with The Kirov Ballet Company in The Sleeping Beauty. Caroline went on to further her training at the Legat School where she also travelled to London at weekends to train at The Royal Ballet school as a Senior Associate, before joining The English National National Ballet School at 16.
Her Classical career has lead her to travel the world dancing various roles. She was given the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake when she was 18 years of age at The Vienna Festival Ballet traveling Switzerland and the UK. She went on to dance with many prestigious Ballet companies such as Schaufuss Ballet in Denmark which later performed at The London Coliseum dancing alongside Natalia Osipova in Romeo and Juliet. Other companies include The English National Ballet Company and Ballet Gwent where Caroline performed the role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Her career took a surprising turn into Musical Theatre where she landed her dream role in Bill Kenwright’s Cabaret in The West End before finalising her career travelling the world with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera.
Caroline Obtained her classical teaching qualification at The Royal Academy Of Dance in London. Caroline has mainly taught at vocational schools in London and in Sweden including the professional Ballet classes in Sweden. Caroline also holds a Pilates teaching qualification and enjoys bringing it into the classical training.
Classical Ballet Teacher
Michael Raynaud was born in Antony , near Paris. He danced locally from the age of seven before starting his formal training at The Paris Opera Ballet School for six years. Whilst at the School, Michael performed all over the world , as well as with the Paris Opera Company as a student. He went on to train at the National Conservatoire in Paris, where he gained his Arts Baccalauréat and Unités de Valeurs in anatomy, Ballet history and musicality.
On completing his training Michael joined English National Ballet for their worldwide tour Swan Lake. He then became a permanent member of the company , performing many roles in the company’s Repertoire, from Rudolph Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet to Derek Deane’s Swan Lake and Michael Corder’s Cinderella . His favourite ballets to perform are Harald Lander’s Etudes and Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s Rite of Spring.
Upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancers Diploma , Michaël was invited to teach workshops and summer schools for the RAD in London, Italy and Germany.
He has taught ballet classes to students and professionals of all ages . He was Associate Tutor for Ballet studies at GSA at the University of Surrey and ballet teacher at the London Boys Ballet School, London Junior/Senior Ballet at ArtsEd as well as guest teaching and judging in New Zealand for DanceMasters International , Italy , Japan , Sweden , Singapore and Brazil.
He recently left the faculty of The School of Ballet Theatre UK after two years to concentrate on new opportunities worldwide.