Ruth Egerton-Stein, Founder/Owner

Ruth Egerton-SteinAt the age of 11 Ruth was awarded a prestigious scholarship with the Royal Academy of Dance which she held until joining the Royal Ballet Upper School aged 16, where she was a contemporary of Alessandra Ferri, Michael Clark and Russell Maliphant.

After graduating, Ruth accepted a contract in Germany with The Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern and then as a soloist with The Staedtische Buhnen Osnabrueck.

Having danced professionally in Europe for 12 years, performing in classical ballet, opera ballet, contemporary repertoire and musicals, Ruth retired from the stage after the birth of her son, and discovered the joy of teaching and the chance to pass on the magic of dance and theatre.

Ruth received her teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance with distinction and has trained and coached students, in England and Europe, to successful entry into some of the world’s top vocational dance schools, including The Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, Tring Park, Laine Theatre Arts, Rambert School, London Contemporary, London Studio Centre, Northern Ballet School, Performers College, Ballet West, Laban, Millenium Performing Arts, Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, John Neumeier School Hamburg, The State Opera House in Leipzig and The Rotterdam Dans Academy. She has held a series of lectures in Hamburg on The Art of Safe Teaching Practice and Understanding Dance Technique.

Ruth currently teaches ballet at Laine Theatre Arts and at Chichester University as well as running her own school. She is an experienced choreographer. Her choreographic achievements include full length children’s productions: The Nutcracker, The Pied Piper of Hamlin, Peter and the Wolf, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Beatrix Potter.

Richard Slaughter, Founder/Owner

Richard SlaughterRichard was born in Sussex and trained at the Royal Ballet School, where he twice won the Ursula Moreton choreographic award and appeared as a student with the Royal Ballet.

He joined the Royal Ballet Company after dancing the leading male in Balanchine’s Serenade in 1977. He subsequently danced with Ballet for All with a performing career which spanned 40 years. He has danced all the major classical roles with many companies world-wide: particularly Swan Lake with Ursula Hageli. He was principal dancer of the Royal Ballet Education Unit for three years.

In 1989 he started Ballet Creations of London with Ursula, for which he created and staged A Portrait of Anna Pavlova, The Little Mermaid, Cleopatra and productions of Coppelia, Cinderella, Snow Queen, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Richard is currently artistic director of the Ballet Pod, with recent achievements including the Ulverston Music Festival and a major education project visiting seven schools in Berwick on Tweed, culminating in a new version of La Fille mal Gardée.

He continues to enter pupils for ISTD Cecchetti exams and teaches at Chichester University, in Portsmouth and North Wales. He holds an MA in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre and an MA in Spirituality from the University of Wales.

In 2015 he launched Youth Ballet Academy with Ruth Egerton-Stein, new regional training courses which will focus on enhanced creative and technical training for performance, aimed at young dancers who aspire to a career in the dance profession.

Elizabeth Mackey, Course Administrator

Elizabeth MackeySince leaving the teaching profession, Elizabeth has been working as an administrator in the dance profession and as a dance costumier.

She has extensive experience working with young people aged 3-18, and in addition has spent many years as a “ballet mum”, giving her a unique understanding of the aspirations and tribulations of Youth Ballet Academy students and their parents!