Carol Allen – our founder

Carol began dancing at an early age, and from 7 to 18 years studied ballet at the Eileen Colgrove school of Dancing in Bangor North Wales. At the age of 11, she gained a scholarship to Bangor Grammar School for Girls. Carol continued to study dance, completing all her examinations in RAD, the Cecchetti Method and the Empire Society for Teachers of Dancing.

Outside of dance, Carol studied Tracer/Draughtsmanship and worked for the ‘Dennis Ferranti Company’ in Bangor, where screening took place for work involving MI5 (As a draughtsman, not a spy!).  She stayed here until she moved south after marriage doing more drawing office work at British Aerospace in Hatfield. Throughout her working life, dancing was her real passion.

As well as dance, art figures greatly, and Carol was honoured to have a painting exhibited at the ’National Children’s Art in Wales’ receiving an Exhibitor’s Invitation.

While working, Carol attended Russian Ballet and Flamenco classes with company director Dimitri Vladimirov and was chosen to partner his principal dancer for various stage productions.

Further classes were taken with the Iris Caldicott School of Dancing in Southgate London. Carol studied with the examiner for approximately 8 years where further degrees were gained with the International Dance Teachers Association. But while studying for a Fellowship Miss Caldicott retired to Spain.

To gain more experience, classes were taken with Eileen Langman in Chingford Essex, a highly regarded Examiner in the Cecchetti Method, whose teaching  descended through the line from Maestro Cav. Enrico Cecchetti – Mrs Langman was an examiner to the Royal Ballet School.  Classes were continued for approximately 15 years studying ballet from the first grades through to qualifying to teach.

Spanish was studied for a few years, but German for approximately 20 years. After taking the O level examination, 2 years were spent at A level before continuing the course at Luton University gaining membership of the Institute of Linguists.

Carol has covered many diverse methods of Ballet which provides a wide range of dance knowledge for the school.

Carol passed away on 8th June 2019.