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Putney High School, 35 Putney Hill, London SW15 6BH

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Teacher – Nicola Henshall

Nicola Henshall

nicky2Originally from Stoke On Trent, Nicky started training at the age of 6, studying all types of dance at Jayne brown School of Dance. At 11 she was a BBO Junior Scholar and won the Peggy Wilson Cup twice at BBO dance days. At 12 Nicky became a Mid Associate with The Royal Ballet and attended weekly classes in Birmingham. At this point Nicky started training under  Marye Humphreys for classical Ballet and over the next 18 months became even more committed to Ballet. At 14 she was the only girl accepted into White Lodge at this age and completed the next two years of her academic studies and ballet training at The Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park. Whilst there Nicky won The April Olrich Award for most dynamic dancer and was chosen to perform at Buckingham Palace. At 16 Nicky was successfully chosen to continue on to The Royal Ballet Upper School to complete another three years of intensive training. NickyHere Nicky won The Pamela Self award and The Ashton Award along with a commendation prize at The Young British Dancer Competition in 2007. She worked with many choreographers including Wayne Mgreggor who created a role on her and Sir Anthony Dowel who coached her in ‘The Dream’, She performed these ballets along with others  at The Royal Opera House school performance. In her 3rd year Nicky worked extensively with The Royal Ballet Company and was lucky enough to be offered a contract with English National Ballet Company, she has been there for 6 years and danced in all the classical ballets including Swan Lake performed at The Royal Albert Hall and many ballets at The London Coliseum. She has been cast for numerous roles including a principle role in Wayne Eaglings ballet Jeux and a soloist role in Etudes.
Nicky has spent some of her professional career carrying injuries and rehabbing from surgeries – however she has found new passions in teaching and coaching for safe dance practice and injury prevention. She hopes that the knowledge she has accumulated over the years can help others be the best dancer they can be but above all to enjoy themselves.
 She is excited to be joining The Holly Mayer academy of Dance from September.