About the Teacher

Hello, my name is Jenni and I started the Stafford School of Ballet when I moved to Basingstoke in 2017.

I grew up attending local dance schools in South Africa, and later Winchester when my family moved to England.  In 2007, aged sixteen I left home to perform and train with Ballet Theatre Afrikan in South Africa for two years. I then returned to England in 2009 to start university. In 2011, a friend invited me to join her in Canada and perform with Canadian Pacific Ballet for a few weeks, and I did! I graduated from the University of Winchester in 2012 with a 1st Class Honours degree in Choreography and Dance (combined with Journalism).

My first teaching job was at Highfield and Brookham Schools on the Hampshire / Surrey border. I started as a Saturday ballet teacher whilst still at university, but soon found myself at school everyday, and stayed for seven years. I really enjoyed preparing pupils for exams, school shows and festivals. Alongside teaching, I performed with the Chelmsford Ballet Company, travelling to Essex for week-end rehearsals. My favourite production with the company was The Sleeping Beauty where I was one of the Fairies and also understudied the role of Princess Aurora.  It was amazing to work on repertoire that is so iconic.

I am qualified with the IDTA, and have also completed the Cecchetti DDI. I am a Mutually Appreciated Teacher with the RAD and an Affiliated Teacher with the ISTD allowing me to enter pupils for exams.