President, Patrons & Ambassadors

All England Dance is supported by a wealth of industry professionals cherishing the past, celebrating the present and inspiring the future generation.

Our President

Dame Beryl Grey CH DBE

Dame Beryl Grey began taking Ballet lessons at the age of four. Aged ten, she was given a scholarship to the Vic-Wells Ballet School and joined Sadler’s Wells Ballet four years later. In 1957 she made Ballet history, dancing Odette/Odile with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, and Giselle with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad.

Dame Beryl continued to dance as a guest ballerina with companies throughout the world until the mid-1960s. In 1966 she became Director General of the Arts Educational Schools (ArtsEd), and Governor of London Festival Ballet (today’s English National Ballet (ENB), where she later served as Artistic Director (1968-79).

Dame Beryl Grey has received numerous honorary doctorates in recognition for her work. She was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1973 and became a Dame of the same order (DBE) in 1988.

Vice-Presidents

Cynthia Carr, Brenda Last OBE, Wayne Sleep OBE

Patrons

Shevelle Dynott

Shevelle is recognised by his roles for English National Ballet productions of, The Nutcracker as the Mouse King, The Moor in Fokine’s Pertrushka.

Shevelle I now a freelance Artist and is at Identity school of acting, studying acting part time.

Lizzi Gee

Lizzi Gee is a Choreographer, Movement Director and Practitioner whose work spans across all aspects of theatre, opera, film and television. She is an Old Vic Associate Artist and is an extremely versatile creative, having worked on large scale musicals, creating a movement language for plays and opera, working ‘one on one’ to find the physical language of a character, to personal movement coach.

As a specialist in Tap dance, a choreographer, mentor and tutor and was the tap coach to all the Billy Elliots, and is often called upon to help artists improve tap skills for shows.

Lauretta Summerscales

Laurretta Summerscales is an international prima ballerina. She began her studies at Summerscales Performing Arts and Susan Robinson School of Ballet, going on to English National Ballet School when she was 16.

Over the years she worked her way up to the rank of Principal and after spending 8 years at ENB, she decided to move on to the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich. Laurretta’s repertoire includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Madora and Gulnara in Le Corsaire, Giselle and Martha in Giselle, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Sugar Plum fairy in Nutcracker and many many more.

Ambassadors

Natasha Agarwal

My AED journey started at age 4 via Manchester Dance Festival as a pupil of the Elizabeth Hill School of Dance. I first qualified for the National Finals in the Baby Song & Dance section, where I placed 3rd. Between 2003-2013 I was lucky enough to compete at the Nationals in all solo categories and various ensemble sections, culminating in me achieving my dream of winning All England Young Dancer of the Year, as well as the Molly Tanner National Award for my Indian dance solo.

I went to university to study maths (where I continued singing and dancing) and then trained in classical voice at the Royal Academy of Music. I’m now working as an opera singer with companies such as Opera North, Welsh National Opera and Opera Holland Park – and dance is still a big part of my work and life.

My AED experience was very special and it gave me the confidence, dedication and inspiration to follow my dreams and pursue a life on stage!

Christian Knight

Christian began his AED journey at 7 years old competing with Dupont Stage School at West Midlands Dance Festival culminating in 2019 as a Finalist in the Young Ballet, Modern and Tap Dancer of the Year.

His work in Theatre, Television & Film including The Prince Of Egypt; Romeo & Juliet – Matthew Bourne New Adventures; Dance Proms; Evita the Musical; Joseph & the Technicolour Dream Coat; Taking the Next Step (CBBC); Dancing On Ice 2020 Special Performance (ITV); A London Dream with director Richard Wilson (SKY TV).

Christian Knight Currently Swing, Assistant Dance Captain in the hit west end musical ’Wicked’ Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Lily Laight

Lily attended Totnes School of Dance and competed at the finals from age 7 through to 17 winning numerous gold medals in modern ballet, song and dance and character! Recently Lily played Lou Ann -first cover Amber in Hairspray (London Coliseum) Gypsy (Alexander Palace) and has just completed filming on the Barbie movie with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

She will be returning to the west end at the end of the year for her forth musical which will hopefully be announced soon!

Dex Lee

Dex is currently starring as Bear Sylvester in BBC’s Doctors, for which he was nominated for an Inside Soap Award.

Theatre: Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate (Sheffield Crucible); Curly McLain in Oklahoma! (Grange Park); Know Moe in Five Guys Named Moe (Marble Arch) – WhatsOnStage Awards Nomination; Jackie in The Wild Party (Other Palace); Danny Zuko in Grease (Curve, Leicester); Fourth/Odyssey
Dog in Father Comes Home From The Wars (Royal Court); Benny in In The Heights (King’s Cross), after Jose in the Original London Cast (Southwark Playhouse); Seaweed Stubbs in Hairspray (National Tour); Billy in Carrie (Southwark Playhouse); Charlie/Victoria in The Scottsboro Boys
(Garrick).

Harry Robinson

Harry starting his training at Freedom Dance & Performance in Nottingham from the age of 12. During his time at Freedom he had the opportunity to compete for many years at the All England Northern Regionals; competing in a variety of genres such as modern, tap and ballet. He then further went on to compete at the All England Finals representing Freedom against some of the countries best dance schools.

Harry is currently in rehearsals for the International Tour of the world famous production of Cats where he will being playing the role of Mungojerrie. Harry will be touring top European arenas throughout 2022 and early 2023.

Jak Skelly

Whilst training with the DuPont Dance Stage School in Leicester I was a part of the festival scene from the age of 8 and continued to compete until I was 17.

Competition was a major factor in my growth as a performer and the All England Finals allowed me to focus my training to a point where I was ready to enter the industry as a professional.

I have since been working on of some of the industry’s most prolific musicals, including, West Side Story, The Addams Family and CATS to name a few. I am currently performing as Oaken in the Original West End cast of Disney’s Frozen the Musical. I believe that my journey to becoming a pro has been connected by my time as a performer on the festival circuit and for that I am very grateful.

Grace Swaby-Moore

I was a competitor in the All England from the age 5, all the way through until I left for college at 16. I was trained by my mum at Swaby Dance Centre and then went on to train at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

Throughout my time at the All England I was fortunate enough to win gold, silver and bronze medals both at the regional and national finals, and later went on to win the Molly Lake Award and appear as a guest performer at the 2015 Finals at the Hackney Empire.

At 18, the summer after my 2nd year at Tring, I went to an open call and successfully auditioned for the international tour of CATS the Musical as the role of Jemima (understudy Victoria and Rumpleteaser). I stayed with the show for 2.5 years and went on to perform in Saturday Night Fever and ‘To Gillie, With Love’ at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. I am now currently touring the UK as ensemble and 1st cover Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and am thrilled to be performing at the London Palladium this summer.

I’m so pleased to be in the UK for the All England this year. I can’t wait to watch the next generation of my mum’s pupils and all the talented competitors at our northern regionals and of course the finals in London.

I hope everything runs smoothly for you all!

Miriam Teak-Lee

After leaving school, Miriam made her London stage debut in Leonard Bernstein’s musical On the Town at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2017. Two months later she made her West End debut in the original London production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

In Hamilton, Miriam was a member of the ensemble and the understudy for the leading roles of Eliza Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler Church and Peggy Schuyler. In 2019, she was chosen to play the eponymous protagonist in the juke-box musical & Juliet at the Manchester Opera House and then at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End. For her performance Lee won critics’ praises and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical,

Amelia Thompson

I started my All England Dance journey at Academy Theatre Arts with Helen Sears and competed in lots of different dance genres. At my first AED Finals in 2015 I was lucky enough to win the ‘Anne Tyrer Greek Award’ with my Classical Greek solo. I realised soon after this that I would like to focus more on my classical ballet training as it was the genre that I enjoyed the most. I also came runner up in the final Molly Lake Award competition in 2016 which was an honour! I was both a Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet School associate until I joined Elmhurst Ballet School full time at 16 for 3 years.

Whilst I was a student I was lucky enough to experience working with Birmingham Royal Ballet in their productions of Giselle and Nutcracker in which the skills that I learnt whilst competing at All England Dance really aided me with performing under pressure and my ability to portray a character on stage – two elements which I had previously really struggled with. During my graduate year I was incredibly grateful to receive an Artist contract with Birmingham Royal Ballet which is where I am currently dancing! Dancing with such a prestigious and international ballet company was something I could have only dreamed about when I was younger. I think that the fire that All England Dance initiated in me to work hard and always strive to be better and the support that Helen and Academy Theatre Arts has given me has paved the way for my future in the arts.

Tara Yasmin

All England Dance festivals were a massive part of my life growing up as a performer, and I’m very lucky that I received a bursary from them to further my training at Laine Theatre Arts.

Now in my first professional job, Susan Stroman’s ‘Crazy For You’, I am delighted to continue my connection with All England Dance as an ambassador, and to give back to them after all their support over the years.

Ivano Turco

I was very late to the idea of a career in the industry and I had never received any training until the age of 16 when I attended ‘Arts1 6th form’ in the preliminary year. In the second year of that I then joined and trained under Leanne Hughes Theatre School where I discovered and competed in the All England dance competition.

In 2017 I was awarded runner up for “young modern dancer of the year” which was amazing and surreal and something I didn’t think would happen. Following that I received a full scholarship to train at The Urdang Academy in London.

I was fortunate enough to work professionally along side my training – and in my third year I was cast in the returning West Side Story as “Baby John”. Unfortunately that was halted due to COVID 19 but following on from that was then cast as “Prince Sebastian” in the then upcoming new musical “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella” to which I am currently playing.

Working in the industry so far has been made easier due to the connections from All England Dance! And I’m so happy it’s been a proud part of my journey thus far.