Tina’s classical ballet training began at Murilova Ballet School from the age of 6yrs with Sandra McAuliffe and Murilova’s unique atmosphere instilled her with a love of dance that stays with her to this day. Tina gained all three of her Classical Ballet teaching qualifications whilst studying Dance at Chichester University. After being awarded her BA Hons degree, she completed a PGCE, being awarded NQT status. Throughout this time, Tina began working for Ballet Creations under the direction of Ursula Hageli and Richard Slaughter, dancing lead roles such as Aurora, Cinderella, Carabosse and Sugar Plum Fairy. Tina left university and joined Vienna Festival Ballet, touring England and Switzerland, dancing a wide variety of classical repertoire. She danced with VFB for a number of years, and worked her way from the corps de ballet to principal roles such as The Lilac Fairy. Tina moved onto work freelance on her own projects and with other companies as a dancer and an education outreach leader; working with English National Ballet and Swindon Dance Connect on projects with challenging teenagers; collaborating with Classical Bharatanatyam dancers for performances in India; dancing in Italy with Balletomania, Canada with Dans K Par K; returning to VFB as ballet mistress for a season. Finally Tina joined Ballet Cymru (then Independent Ballet Wales) as a dancer, where she performed a variety of classical and contemporary ballets throughout Wales. Tina retired from professional dancing aged 30 and went back to teaching all subjects in a primary school before going full circle and finally taking over Murilova Ballet School as the Principal. Tina loves sharing her passion of dance and her wealth of experience as a professional dancer and teacher with her students in fun, lively and energetic classes and is so proud to still be part of such a well established and friendly school.
Official qualifications: NATD Associate, NATD Licentiate, NATD Fellowship, BA Hons, PGCE.
Ali Board joined Murilova Ballet School age 5 under the direction of Grace Greenway, who co-founded the school. Alison has fond memories of meeting Madame and dancing with Brenda Clerici and Vanessa Linda, both Murilova allumni. Ali achieved much success as a performer in the All England Dance competitions, and took lead roles in many of Bournemouth Ballet Club’s impressive productions, working with many different teachers and choreographers such as Alan Carter and Svetlana Beriosova. Ali gained her Classical Ballet teaching qualifications and opened up her own ballet school but closed it again after 5 years as she felt nothing matched the unique family atmosphere of Murilova.
Ali continued in the arts, taking a role in her parents’ Fine Art, framing and gallery business, eventually securing a degree in contemporary fine art in 2013. Ali’s ever-growing portfolio includes regular demonstrations and workshops for the SAA, a company who has produced a number of DVD and television tutorials with her. Alongside her digital tuition, Alison runs a comprehensive range of workshops, courses and painting weekends from her studio at Downend Farm in Stourpaine, Dorset, and she regularly demonstrates for Art Societies.
Her theatre training is a huge influence on her work, alongside music and the beautiful Dorset countryside.
Whilst Tina was on maternity leave, Ali stepped into her shoes, running the school and preparing the students for their exams. She continues to teach the two flourishing adult ballet classes for the school, as well as manage the website and social media.
Official qualifications: NATD Associate, BA Hons (Fine Art), PGCert (Education)
Gemma’s passion for dance started at a young age when she studied ballet, tap and modern. As she explored her love of dance further she descovered contemporary dance and fell in love with this dance style. She went on to train in contemporary dance at the university of Chichester. After graduating with a BA Hons degree in dance she worked freelance as a performer and dance teacher and it was during this time she found her love of teaching. She undertook a PGCE in secondary dance teaching, and currently teaches GCSE and A Level dance at a local secondary school.