The Pamela Miller Ballet School is a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and The Cecchetti branch of Classical Ballet. Established for over 35years, the school offers training in the Cechetti Style of Classical Ballet together with choreographic classes and music appreciation.  Students of all ages and abilities are welcome.  Classes are held across the Swansea and Neath areas.

For more information on our class timetables and locations please see here.

Pamela Miller ADV.(CECC.B) F.I.S.T.D
Principal

Pamela Miller trained in London to be a professional dancer. Her great love was the Cecchetti style of Classical Ballet, which she studied under the eminent teacher Nesta Brooking. She also studied many other forms of dance, but appreciated the strength and artistic development her Cecchetti training gave her, and the help it was in her career as a professional dancer. As a child she loved to dance, and those happy memories of preparing for the first Cecchetti grade examinations convinced her that this was the method of dance she would teach her in school.

The Pamela Miller Ballet School has been established for over 35years, although prior to this Pamela taught in London. During these years Pamela has been invited several times by the Cecchetti Branch of the Imperial Society of Teacher of Dancing to judge their prestigious National Competitions, and she jointly organised the West Country Mabel Ryan Awards for 12 years before establishing the Wales and the West Cecchetti Awards, and the Welsh Classical Ballet Associate program.

Pamela was a Cecchetti examiner for 15 years, examining children and students from all over Great Britain. Ten yeas ago, she was awarded the Rita Emerson Shield, and more recently, the Cechetti Society presented Pamela with a special award in appreciation of her many years of service – The first ever award of it’s kind given by the Society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abigail Miller

 

Abi Miller has been taught by her grandmother Pamela Miller since the age of 3. She then progressed through the Cecchetti Standard and Grade examinations achieving Distinction results.

Abi has been teaching for 4 years and has a 100% pass rate when entering her pupils for NVQ recognized Cecchetti Standard and Grade examinations, which are held twice per year. She has a talented eye for ballet correction and her passion for dance and teaching shines through.

Abi has also attended courses at the Cecchetti Classical Ballet teacher’s summer school at the Birmingham Royal Ballet School Elmhurst facility.

Abi has a Diploma in Children’s learning, care and development, which has taught her invaluable skills when teaching and nurturing our pre-school and young pupils. This reflects in her teaching and enables her to communicate and interact with the children in a very positive and effective way. Leading to a hardworking principal and excellent progression from her pupils.

The Cecchetti Society

Enrico Cecchetti, the celebrated Italian dancer and teacher, was born in Rome in 1850. At the height if his career he migrated to St. Petersburg where he joined the Imperial Russian Ballet. So prodigious were his techniques and his gifts as a mime, that he created both the vistuoso role of the Bluebird and the mime role of the Carabosse at the premiere of The Sleeping Beauty in 1890. Cecchetti eventually taught the Maryinsky dancers and amongst his pupils were Pavlova, Karsavina, Preobrajenska and Nijinsky. Cecchetti joined Diaghilev in Western Europe in 1909 and here his pupils included Leonide Masine, Alicia Markova, Ninette de Valois and Marie Rambert.

Cecchetti had trained under Giovanni Lepri, and in his own teaching, Cecchetti developed further the method of Blasis, grouping the vocabulary of movements into six sets of exercises, one for each day of the working week.

It was at the instigation of Cyril Beaumont, that the Cecchetti Society was founded, 1922, to preserve and promotoe the Mastro’s work. In 1924, the Cecchetti Society became embodied in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), founded in 1904.