Georgina Pay (Georgie)
GEORGIE HEADSHOT_3Georgie started ballet once a week at the age of 5 with Barbara Radbourne in Hereford. Her time in ballet was tentative as she spent most of her time training as a gymnast and was at the age of 12 County Champion. At the age of 14 she started dancing in Worcester with Sharon Shakespeare. Whilst there, she was an RAD Scholar for two years and also a member of the Three Counties Youth Ballet. At sixteen she was awarded a place at Bush Davies Education and Theatre Arts School and after graduating from there went on to perform professionally, in Japan and Malaysia. After returning to the UK, she worked for Molly Molloy at Danceworks in London. As well as running her own school, (Georgina Pay School of Dance – GPSD), Georgie also teaches at Heath Mount Preparatory School where she has been teaching since 1996. Whilst at Heath Mount Georgie actioned the curriculum in dance for years 1-8, brought Ballet to the Pre-Prep, and has taken children on tour into Europe to perform. She has also directed and produced Annual Performances which have included both Ballet and Commercial Dance for Heath Mount. Georgie, through GPSD, now has students training at the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst School for Dance, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary dance, and Laine Theatre Arts. Other students are currently dancing professionally around the world, whilst some younger students are just beginning their journeys as associates at the Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet and at the Classical Ballet Academy at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Georgie is a fully qualified and registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and has been fully devoted to GPSD since it opened its doors more broadly in 2005.

Megan Pay
meg headshot 2017Megan trained at GPSD after taking up ballet classes at just 9 years old. She progressed quickly through her grades until finally passing her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 Exam with Distinction. Megan has been an Associate at Central School of Ballet and a Senior Associate at the Royal Ballet School. She was fortunate enough to have also been chosen to attend the Royal Ballet Schools International Summer School at Covent Garden. Megan went on to train full-time at Central School of ballet at age 16 graduating in 2015 with a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance & Performance. During her graduate year at Central Megan took a lead role in Christopher Marnie’s piece, “Scenes from a Wedding” along with dancing in other pieces whilst on tour with Ballet Central. Megan has also worked with Christopher Hampson (Director of Scottish Ballet) Christopher Bruce (Artistic Director of Rambert Dance Company until 2002) and Kit Holder (Birmingham Royal Ballet). Megan was previously a member of Three Counties Youth Ballet (TCYB) for its first 4 Seasons and in 2017 joined the team in a different role. Megan had creative and artistic input with choreography as well as making adaptations in some pieces too. She was involved with Season 5, right through from auditions to teaching daily ballet class during the rehearsal process as well as being the student’s rehearsal mistress and mentor.

Megan joined the teaching team at GPSD in September 2015 and has contributed greatly to the children’s learning and joy of dance in this time.

Michelle Styler (Shelley)
shelleyShelley started dancing at the age of 2½ yrs and danced with Sharon Shakespeare until the age of 16. During that time Shelley was an RAD scholar for three years, was awarded an RAD Summer School scholarship, two years running, and the Anton Dolin scholarship at Gloucester Seminar. She was also a Three Counties Youth Ballet member. At 16 she was awarded a place at Bush Davies Education and Theatre Arts School, and during her time there was selected to represent the school in the Prix de Lausanne and, also won the Noreen Bush Award. When Bush Davies closed Shelley finished her training and graduated from Elmhurst Ballet School. She went on to perform as a soloist with the Wiener Ballet Theatre. Having gained teaching qualifications in RAD Ballet & ISTD Modern she started her own school which she ran as Principal for 11yrs and has had children go on to train at White Lodge and Elmhurst School for Dance. She has also added to her portfolio, qualifications as a Pilates Instructor. Recently Shelley was awarded a position as an Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance and will begin her training in 2018, whilst continuing to teach with Georgie at GPSD.

ALL STAFF AT GPSD ARE FULLY DBS CHECKED, HOLDING CURRENT CERTIFICATES, AS WELL AS ALSO BEING FIRST AID TRAINED.

Georgie and Shelley together:
In 2009 Georgie and Shelley decided to collaborate and create once again the Three Counties Youth Ballet. They are co-directors of the company and work hard to produce high standards of choreography and performance. Three Counties Youth Ballet was re-created to offer young students the same wonderful opportunities that both Georgie and Shelley were afforded by their teacher Sharon Shakespeare. The first season “The Magic Begins” culminated in April of 2011 and Season 2 “Right to the Pointe” culminated with performances in March/April of 2012 at the Hertford Theatre. Season 3 of TCYB, “Let’s Dance” took place at the Hertford Theatre in March of 2013 and Season 4 “Perfectly Poised” was beautifully performed in March of 2014. In July and August of 2017 the most recent performances took place at the Hertford Theatre. “Delight, Inspire… Dance” was a wonderful success and now preparations for Season 6 of TCYB are in full swing for summer 2018 when “Magical Moments” will be performed at Hertford Theatre.

 

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