About Us

 

Penzance Ballet School’s aim is to be a nurturing and inspiring family for dance students of all levels and ages.  We work to safely develop technique, skill, artistry and confidence, preparing our students to take their ISTD Cecchetti Classical Ballet exams and to perform in our dance shows.  We are constantly thinking of new opportunities to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of the wonderful art of ballet and dance.

We look forward to welcoming and inspiring your children to develop their love of dance.

Our History

Penzance Ballet School was formerly Anne Webb School of Dance, one of Penzance’s distinguished long running and beloved centres of dance training.

Anne Webb

Anne Webb built the school in the 1970s and provided ballet, tap, modern and ballroom tuition to generations of children and adults in Penwith. In more recent years Anne concentrated her efforts into teaching her great love: Cecchetti ballet. Upon her retirement from teaching, Anne passed her school to Rachel Puddiphatt & Jane Betts, and with her blessing, the school has now changed name to Penzance Ballet School.  Although retired, Anne still lives locally and enjoys coming to see how the children are progressing with their studies.

Our Principals

Rachel Puddiphatt started her ballet training aged 8 with Esme Preston before going on to train professionally at Bush Davies, a respected vocational school for the performing arts.  After a short career performing and teaching dance, she went on to work in the environmental consultancy sector. However, she never lost her love of ballet and in 2015 she became teaching assistant to Anne Webb. Although her background is in the RAD Syllabus, Rachel values the defined structure, safe progression and robust technique of the Cecchetti Method and is retraining under Kay Jones (Fellow of the ISTD Cecchetti Faculty) and Gillian Hurst (Fellow of the ISTD Cecchetti Faculty, examiner and teacher trainer) towards her Cecchetti DDE.  Rachel is married with three children and a dog.  She is also a governor at Sennen Primary School and has undertaken Safeguarding and First Aid training.

Jane Betts of Penzance Ballet School

Jane Betts started her ballet training with Eileen Langman.  She won a place as Junior Associate at the Royal Ballet School at age 8 and a Cecchetti Scholar at 11 before going on to train professionally at Arts Educational School. A back injury put an end to her dance career and Jane went on to train and work as assistant ballet teacher to Cecchetti examiner Elisabeth Swan and Juan Sanchez, ex principal of Festival Ballet before relocating to Cornwall in 2012. As a qualified Cecchetti teacher, Jane was overjoyed to find Cecchetti Ballet in Penzance and joined Rachel in taking over the school on Anne’s retirement.  Jane is married with two children and two dogs!

 

Penzance Ballet School takes your children’s well-being seriously and safe dance practice is paramount in all that we do. Our teachers are professionally trained and qualified and all have enhanced DBS checks in place. The school is insured and our teachers undertake regular training with the ISTD for their professional development.

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