Nicola Gaines

Nicola Gaines Bphil (Hons) LISTD

Nicola is a specialist performer and a teacher of early dance. She worked with Belinda Quirey MBE for many year after graduating from the London College of Dance and Drama and the the Royal Ballet School’s Teachers Training course.

She has also recorded highly acclaimed video on Baroque dance with Christopher Tudor, Michael Holmes and Dr Susan Danby (1998).

Nicola has worked and performed on several educational projects with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment including the orchestra’s 25th celebrations at the Festival Hall.  She has also led educational projects for the Victoria & Albert Museum and Viva (East of England Orchestra).

Nicola is the administrator and lecturer for the Dance Research Committee of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) She has also taught on numerous courses run for dancers (Yorkshire Ballet Seminars, ISTD Congresses  and Cecchetti Summer School) as well as for musicians, (EPTA, ESTA, Susuki and mtpp. Summer Courses, ISM London conference 2004, Pro Corda the Menhuin and Purcell schools).

As a senior teacher for the Junior Associates Scheme at the Royal Ballet School, she is responsible for the use of Early Dance material in the JA training programme, and has arranged and choreographed early dances for the JAs, the Dance School of Scotland and Focus on Dance.