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Lincolnshire Youth Ballet

Showcasing our region's talent

Maggie Purr

Maggie is a former pupil of Welland School of Dancing. Under the tutelage of Miss Desbruslais, Maggie gained a place at the Royal Ballet School as a junior associate, and then at Central School of Ballet in 1996. In her final year, Maggie toured the UK with Ballet Central, selected as soloist for the reworking of Christopher Gable’s beloved ballet “Celebration”. Maggie’s first professional contract was with Vienna Festival Ballet touring the UK, Austria and Germany with Swan Lake, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker. Maggie’s Musical Theatre debut came in 2000, when she joined the UK tour of Phantom of the Opera as one of the Corps de Ballet. Her other performance credits include the 2001 World Tour of Rhythm of the Dance, with the National Dance Co. of Ireland, and the World Tour of Phantom of the Opera from 2005-07, touring Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong and Singapore, where she met Mr Skinner.

In 2004 Maggie graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance, Teaching Certificate Programme, with Distinction. Since then she has taught extensively throughout the UK and Australia, as a guest teacher for New York State University, Head of Dance at St. Georges School Windsor Castle, and Ballet teacher for Bodyworks Cambridge.

In 2006 Maggie started up her own children’s dance company in Windsor called Twinkle Tots Dance, specializing in Under 5 movement, dance and creativity. In 2010, Maggie took over the running of Welland school of Dancing from Miss Desbruslais. Since then, she has overseen the successful move to new larger premises on Broad Street in Stamford. The school has successfully performed 7 original dance productions at the Stamford Corn Exchange theatre under her guidance. 

Maggie is looking forward to being able to bring the local ballet talent in our region together in Lincolnshire Youth Ballet's first production of Cinderella in August 2021.

Henri Tatton

Henri started dancing at the age of 3. She gained her RAD Advanced Ballet, ISTD Tap and Modern exams at a young age. She then went on to study her performance and teacher training at The Theatre School, Edinburgh in 1987, finally attending the prestigious West Street School of Dance in Covent Garden, London for 3 years gaining a first class Diploma in Dance. On leaving college, Henri enjoyed a career as a professional dancer.

Her experience on stage includes The Broadway Musical Company touring Japan, The Lido Paris World Tour, Dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Jean Ann Ryan Production Cruises where she performed in Grease, Snow White & Cinderella at the Eden Court Theatre Inverness, Dancer at Disney Land Paris and performing with the Scottish Ballet in Romeo and Juliet. Henri joined the Welland School of Dancing teaching staff in 2011. Henri formalized her teacher training at the Royal Academy of Dance graduating in July 2013 and is also an Xtend Barre instructor running classes throughout Stamford and Oakham.