About Us

In January 2017 local ballet teacher, Sian Wade, started a Friday lunchtime adult ballet class in Chepstow.  Now, as Monmouthshire Adult Ballet or MAB, the outreach from this small start has extended to Monmouth and Usk.

Teacher
Louise Hudson

Louise started dancing at the age of five and attended the Rambert Lower School of Ballet.  At the age of 16 she attended London Studio Centre.  Louise attened her mother's (Thlema Litster) classes and joined Chelsea Ballet.  As well as performing, Louise started to choreograph and teach for the company.  Following Thelma's passing in 2002 Louise took on the Directorship of Chelsea Ballet.  Over the years Louise has produced many full length ballets for the company including The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Giselle

Louise has been a regular guest teacher at the Harlow Ballet Association and held the postiion of Vice-President.  She has also been a guest teacher for Allsorts Dance in Swindon and the Hitchin School of Russian Ballet.  Louise regulary teaches and choreographs for Ballet Bristol.
Louise moved to South Wales in 2016 and continues to travel weekly to london to teach and perform with Chelsea Ballet.  Louise also organises a weeklong summer for school for adults.

With over 40 years experience of Adult Ballet, Louise is delighted to accept Sian's invitiation to join the team at Monmouthshire Adult Ballet. 

Principal and Teacher
Sian Wade AIDTA (Bt., Anat.Dip), BA (Hons) Dance Education.

 

It's all about Adult Ballet!  With over 20 years experience of leading adult dance and, as the principal of Monmouthshire Adult Ballet (MAB) - I get to teach the most fabulous group of adult dancers every week.  

I've always loved ballet and threw myself into my classes as a teenager.  Unfortunately, like many other young ballet students, I was told that I wasn't really suitable for ballet and I eventually floated away from classes.  I returned to dance several years later and, after taking my Intermediate IDTA exam, began teacher training.

 

Fully back in the ballet world I joined Chelsea Ballet, an amateur ballet company - dancing roles that I never dreamt possible in the greatest classical ballets - Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutracker, The Sleeping Beauty...I was in amateur ballet heaven.   After moving to Bristol I set up Ballet Bristol in 2008 - which is now a thriving amateur ballet company.  I also ran popular classes for adult dancers, Ballet Bristol Studios, and taught at the University of Bristol Dance Society.  Another house move brought me to Monmouthshire in 2015.  By then a fully qualified teacher I set up a small ballet school - which has now evolved into MAB.

 

As well as gaining Distinction in my teaching exams with the International Dance Teachers' Association, I am a certified Progressing Ballet Technique teacher and a Silver Swans Licensee. In 2019 I graduated with a first class degree in Dance Education from the Royal Academy of Dance.  During my degree I was able to focus my studies towards adult ballet practice, including my dissertation - Dancing in the Amateur Ballet World: An Empirical Study into Adult Amateur Dancers' Experience of Performing the Classical Ballet Repertoire. 

 

My dance teaching practice emphasises a student centred approach where each dancer is supported in an environment in which they can reach their full potential, gain confidence in their individual expression, progress in correct technique, and enjoy dance.  I hold Enhanced DBS clearance, Insurance and first aid training.  

 

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