Principal : Laura Walker B.A.Hons. A.R.A.D. Registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance.
Laura started dancing at the age of three learning ballet and tap with teachers Marjorie Magill and Joyce Higgins, performing in annual shows.
Laura transferred to Maxine Graham to train for RAD graded and Vocational exams in classical ballet, becoming an associate of the Royal Academy of Dance in 1984 after achieving the RAD Advanced certificate. Laura also studied to become a teacher under Maxine’s mentorship and guidance.
Having taught for Maxine for upwards of ten years, Laura took over in 1988 to establish and develop the ‘Laura Walker Ballet School’ entering children and students for their RAD exams promoting high standards demanded of classical ballet technique, with safe practice key when training young people.
Laura danced in many shows with choreographers Ruth Adams (also a teacher at the Maxine Graham school) Alice Dalgarno, and Ray Jeffries : The shows include; The King and I, Carousel, Oklahoma, Gypsy Baron, Mikado, The Merry Widow, Iolanthe, My Fair Lady, Orpheus in the Underworld – just to name a few plus various pantomimes, with local operatic companies; Ulster Operatic, St Agnes Choral Society, Bangor Operatic, Belfast Operatic, Lisnagarvey Operatic Society, Dundalk Musical Society, also dancing with the Scottish Ballet Company in Romeo ad Juliet when they were on tour in Belfast; Belfast Studio Opera in Fra Diavlo and Opera Northern Ireland in their production of Onegin. Laura has also choreographed shows for the various groups.
In addition to training young people for RAD exams Laura is a tutor / director for Theatre at the Mill Summer Ballet and Jazz workshop which happens in August each year giving the children and students first hand experience of performing on stage – the week long workshop culminates in an evening performance for parents and friends.
Laura was a tutor on the ED (formerly ND) and HND Performing Arts courses at Belfast Metropolitan College for many years, taking the classical ballet component of the course which comprised of not only practical classical training but also history of ballet.
The aim of the ballet school is to promote confidence through dance and to make the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable.