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Principal Theresa Crumb

Former member of the Royal Ballet School

Theresa trained ballet from age 7 with founding member of the Royal Ballet Company, Leo Kersley and his wife Janet Sinclair; she danced leading roles in The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty as well as dancing the Blue Bird pas de deux with Japanese ballet star Hideo Fukagawa.

Theresa danced at Sadler’s Wells in ballets by leading British choreographer Kate Flatt and in a specially devised ballet by Wayne Sleep, before joining the Royal Ballet School age 16.

As a professional dancer, she appeared globally including 13 years in Germany, with ‘Theater des Westens’ Berlin, appearing also as a soloist in German Television productions for Channels ZDF and ARD, as well as assisting American choreographer Gene Reed. She danced the lead in an Italian dance production for TV channel RAI.

Theresa was a founding member of the ‘Berlin Tanz Project’ as well as dance tutor for ‘Vladimir Gelvan Tanz Schule’, principal dancer of the Berlin Opera House. Theresa was also an invited guest teacher for professional dance companies in Munich, Augsburg and Ulm.

Theresa Crumb, Principal of Ballet First

Theresa Crumb, Principal of Ballet First

She held an engagement as dance company co-ordinator, Ballet Mistress and Assistant Choreographer for the State Theater of Muenster, collaborating with international Choreographer Vivienne Newport (Ex Pina Bausch).

Theresa also engaged in a six year collaboration with the Bayern German Authorities pioneering and delivering a program of ‘free movement’ for special needs young adults.

In Britain, Theresa worked collaboratively with the Educational Consortium as Peripatetic teacher in mainstream Schools in Herts and Essex for Key stages 2, 3 and 4 as well as being a member of the Royal Ballet School ‘Teacher Link Outreach’ program.

Theresa founded Ballet First in May 1999 where she continues to teach and choreograph for her dance students, many of whom have continued into vocational schools and international dance companies.

Theresa as Aurora, aged 15

Theresa as Aurora, aged 15