Rebecca Sloan-Kirton, MA Dance Pedagogy, BSc (hons) Psychology, Dip Performing Arts, Dance, was extensively trained in RAD and Cecchetti
Methods initially and then at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts she furthered her training in Kniaseff, Bournonville, Paris Opera, Royal Ballet School BALLET methods of movement
by professional dancers Lucette Aldous, Alan Alder, Mark Annear amongst other wonderful teachers and has a Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance). She has extensive knowledge of kinesiology and
has herself danced ballet professionally after which she gained a BSc (Hons) Psychology and Diploma in Life Skills Coaching.
Rebecca has had over 30 years experience and has been lucky enough to perform with the W Australian Ballet Company, Romeo and Juilet, as well as principal roles in Pas de Quatre (Grahn), The Little Match Girl, The Happy Prince, Les Patineurs (Blue Girl), as well as more minor roles in La Bayadere, Petrushka, Raymonda, Prince Igor, and as a courtier in Swan Lake with Birmingham Royal Ballet Company at the end of her career. She has also performed in Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Pantomine (Jack and the Beanstalk) as well as trained in various solos from The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote amongst others under Lucette Aldous. Rebecca also has extensive experience in Contemporary dance (Cunningham, Graham) Spanish, Classical Indian, Paris Opera pointe, Jazz, Pas de Deux, Tap, Improvisational techniques, Floor Barre, Laban Notation, Dance History and Music.
After injury prevented her from continuing with her ballet career she retrained in acting and had a successful career performing in many TV programmes: House of Elliot, Casualty (three years as Sue, the receptionist) and well as appearances in Daziel and Pascoe, Dangerfield, Chuckle Vision, Mrs Brown (film), Pride and Prejudice and Top Gear to name a few.
Rebecca has been teaching dance on and off since she was just fourteen years old first working with special need children.
After having four children Rebecca brought FLOOR BARRE to Malvern. This class is suitable for anyone aged between 10 - 70 years. It is all about regaining your body in a way that other classes can not. Floor Barre totally encompasses working every muscle as well as having a workout for the brain in a peaceful setting. The class works through many exercises in the hour in a graceful flow. Each students works with their own body to their own ability in a low impact workout. Rebecca is very excited about sharing this wonderful method, taught to her by our patron ballerina Lucette Aldous, with the people of Malvern, and sharing an amazing method of total body workout with the non professional dancing public.
Another introduction and first for Malvern is the ballet technique taught at Ballet Malvern. This takes the very best of various methods from years of passed down knowledge to create a syllabus allowing strong technique but also the individual to express their unique performance style and enable the very best from every student and bridges the gap between learning steps and becoming a dancer. We are completely unique combining Royal Ballet School, Bournonville, Paris Opera, Kniaseff and Vaganova exercises and styles to get the very best out of every dancer, passing on teachings from our patron Lucette Aldous.
Miss Rebecca attends classes and training as regularly as possible at The Royal Ballet School to make sure our ballet school continues along the high level of
training within the industry. She has been invited to days down at the Royal Ballet School observing classes from the heads of The Paris Opera Ballet School and The Royal Danish Ballet
Rebecca feels the Ballet Malvern Ballet technique is a beautiful flowing method of dance, not as robotic as some other ballet methods. This is the first school to offer this ballet style in the whole of the UK. With it's origins within the Russan schools and incorporating Bournonville, Royal Ballet and Paris Opera techniques Ballet Malvern aims to create the very highest standard of dancer. Our dancers have successfully achieved places at Elmhurst Ballet School and both The Royal Ballet School and Elmhust Associates, JA’s and MA’s, as well as Birmingham Royal Ballet productions.
Rebecca is very excited to be sharing her experience and knowledge with young dancers and feels she is bringing something very new to Malvern.
Ballet Malvern has also recently become the first school to be certified in Progressing Ballet Technique in Worcestershire which we are excited about as well as recently completing level 3 courses in T'ai Chi and Pilates.