Faculty

Clair Thomas

BA Hons, ARAD, PDTD, RTS

Principal

Clair trained at the Susan Robinson School in Byfleet. She was awarded the Phyllis Bedells Bursury in 1988. She won a Prix de Bourse in the 1989 Prix de Lausanne and is the only UK prizewinner from a non Vocational Ballet School, in the history of the Competition. Clair joined The Royal Ballet School on a Scholarship in 1990. She went on to win the Gold Medal in the RAD’s Flagship Competition, The Adeline Genée Awards (Now Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition) and began her professional career with English National Ballet in 1992. During her career she also danced with London City BalletHet Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam, Brussels Ballet in Belgium and The Michael Clark Company in London. Clair graduated with a Professional Dance Teaching Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2008. She has previously taught for The Urdang Academy in London and Bird College in Sidcup. She is currently a free lance teacher for the RAD both at Head Quarters and on their international Summer Schools. Clair was Head of Ballet at bothThe D&B School of Performing Arts in Bromley for three years and then for The Brighton Academy for 4 years. She is currently a Ballet Tutor for IC Theatre in Brighton teaching Ballet to Degree Students as well as teaching Ballet for BATCH Pre Vocational Dance Course at Smikle Dance Studio. She has choreographed for the Sussex Youth Ballet and various other Graduate Performances. Clair founded Ballet Brighton in 2015 and in 2020 became a certified PBT teacher.

Holly Henry

Class Assistant

Holly is currently in the second year of her Degree in Musical Theatre at ICTheatre Brighton. She has considerable previous teaching experience and is wonderful with the children. A valuable asset.


‘dance with joy and inspiration’

Testimonial:

Miss Clair is professional, enthusiastic and friendly. The classes are structured whilst remaining fun and my two daughters love it! I would thoroughly recommend.

Michelle – mother of Chloe and Florence