Elizabeth Haslam

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Elizabeth Haslam trained at Central School of Ballet where she toured with British Gas Ballet Central with Jane Regan as ballet mistress. During this time she was selected by Christopher Gable to work with Northern Ballet Theatre on their adaptation of ‘Dracula’ where she performed the duet (Late night tv). She then went on to perform as part of the corps de ballet in ‘Aida’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra having been selected by Lynn Seymour. Soloist in ‘Vis av Magi ‘ Norway (ABT Choreographer) Elizabeth then progressed to a more contemporary root finishing her 10yr career doing film and tv work.

After performing, Elizabeth moved into the world of teaching and choreography.  This has taken her all over the world, teaching master classes in London, Italy, India, Antigua and Guadeloupe along side Patricia Ruanne (ex principle of the Royal Ballet Company) and Fredrick Jahn  (ex principle of the Australian Ballet)

Elizabeth has taught in many colleges and judged vocational competitions e.g. Tring Ballet Cup. Elizabeth was head of ballet at the Midlands School of Dance and Drama (for 9yrs) and has also enjoying teaching at Leicester College of Performing Arts and Addict Dance Academy. The Haslam Dance Academy has been running for 50yrs under Iris Haslam and together Elizabeth and her mother continue to inspire through this school. 

The highlight of Elizabeth’s teaching career was working with Ballet Theatre UK where Elizabeth was the original ballet mistress to the company working on The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Snow Queen, A Christmas Carol and Alice. Since having her daughter Elizabeth enjoyed teaching at The School of Ballet Theatre Uk as head of 1st yr training.

REC is something Elizabeth is excited to start with two other fantastic teachers. It feels wonderful to give her experience and love of dance to the next generation.

Rosie Price


Rosie Price, BA Hons, CBTS (RTS RAD), trained at Elmhurst School for Dance and graduated from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Returning to the midlands, Rosie works as a freelance contemporary, ballet and body conditioning teacher and choreographer within the community. She holds an MSc in Dance Science which has further fuelled her passion of understanding the way the body moves and functions and ensures her delivery of her Pilates and Progressing Ballet Technique body conditioning methods is safe and effective for students of all ages.

As former Head of Contemporary and Choreography at The School of Ballet Theatre UK and now at Kings International Ballet Academy she relishes developing contemporary dance techniques with classically trained dancers and uses a mix of Cunningham, Graham and Limón (after completing the teachers course in Prague with the Jose Limón Foundation), to enhance movement vocabulary, dynamics and performance skills as well as delivering contemporary repertoire and exploring improvisation and other choreographic approaches.

Rosie is a Royal Academy of Dance registered teacher and currently coaches’ classical ballet for Addict Dance Academy and Kings International Ballet Academy. She loves coaching privately and working alongside her fellow graduates, friends, and colleagues around the country. Schools she has guested at include Caroline Carr Dance Studios, Spitfire Dance Company, SYM Dance and Chantry School of Contemporary and Balletic Arts. She joined the faculty of the Birmingham Royal Ballet Dance Track programme in 2019 and Elmhurst Ballet School Young Dancers associate programme in 2021.

Rosie co-founded REC Ballet in 2017 and loves teaching the students that join them from all over country. She welcomes the fun and is continually inspired by hardworking and passionate young dancers and aims to create an environment to nurture and enhance further.

Guest Tutors

Graeme PhotoGraeme Pickering

Graeme Pickering joined us at our Winter Warm Up and Pre-Vocational Intensive 2019.

Graeme is a UK-based Choreographer and Casting Consultant. After a successful performing career on both land and sea, Graeme is now a sought-after creative providing services in Casting, Choreography and Masterclasses.

He continues to work with Celebrity Cruises as their casting associate across Europe, Australia and most recently New York City. He is also proud to announce he will lead the casting for the UK Tour of ‘Rip It Up – The 70s’ for TCB Group.

Graeme has choreographed sell out productions across the UK for established companies, pantomime producers and leading drama school graduate musicals and showcases.

Graeme is fortunate to be able to offer workshops and masterclasses to students and industry professionals. He is also the creator and founder of Nottingham Musical Theatre Associates.

Carrie HeadshotCarrie Johnson

Carrie joined the REC Ballet Team in August 2019 for our Dance Summer School.

As a student Carrie trained with Marilyn Baker and Tring Park gaining Bronze at The Genee International Ballet Competition and Young British Dancer of the Year Competition 2003. She has danced worldwide with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Ballett am Rhein (soloist), New Adventures (principal) Phantom of the Opera and the Mconie Company. Most recently she danced in Disney’s ‘Nutcracker & The Four Realms’ choreographed by Liam Scarlett.

She is a graduate of the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma 2015 (Distinction) and currently teaches at The Urdang Academy and London Studio Centre. She is a guest teacher for New Adventures and Yorke Dance Project and has taught at the Royal Academy of Dance’s Singapore, Kuala Lumpar and Battersea Summer Schools. Last year she also taught for the RAD’s prestigious Phyllis Bedell’s Bursary.

Carrie has taught workshops and classes for Yorkshire Ballet Seminars, Dance East, Tring Park, Performers College, MTA, London Junior and Senior Ballet, Staffordshire Youth Ballet and Ballet Boost. She is currently Associate Artistic Director at National Youth Ballet, having in previous years been repetiteur for Christopher Hampson’s ‘Carnival’ and Drew Mconie’s ‘Old Man of Lochnagar’.

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Sophie Mergaliyev

We were lucky enough to have Sophie joined us at Easter 2019.

Sophie trained at Elmhurst Ballet School and graduated in 2011. Since graduation she has danced with various companies worldwide including Croatian National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet and Grand Rapids Ballet company in America. She has performed many soloist roles within her repertoire including classics such as Swan Lake, Nutcracker and also various neo-classical and contemporary works. She is now based back in London and is a creative director and artist with International Arts Collective.