Ballet Teachers

Ann Roberts
The Vacation School Tradition

Ann Roberts, our school’s founder, commenced holding Vacation Schools, prior to the Vocational Grades examinations,more than 40 years ago. Her encouragement and expertise was inspirational and gave many a student the confidence to help them through their examinations and further their studies in dance. Miss Roberts always made each student and teacher feel “special”.

Although Miss Roberts herself taught at the Vacation School, she always employed a Guest Tutor to give the students the experience of being taught by either a fellow Examiner of the Royal Academy of Dancing or a very experienced teacher with their own special flair to pass onto students.


The Ann Roberts Scholarship

Each year, Ann Roberts School of Dance awards a Scholarship.

Our Guest Tutor selects a student, of any level, who shows potential for classical ballet and is consistently conscientious during the Vacation School.


Vacation School 2017
26th June to 30th June
Vacation School for all vocational exams (Intermediate Foundation and above), guest teacher Kit Lethby.

Vacation School for Music Theatre, Commercial and Jazz (all levels), guest teacher Phoebe Panaretos.


These classes are especially valuable for students (and teachers) who are keen to sharpen their skills in preparation for the RAD exams.
There is also the opportunity of winning the Ann Roberts Scholarship bursary at the end of the week.

To take part in the Vacation School, please return the registration form to Ann Roberts School of Dance.

KitLethby Kit Lethby
ARAD PDTC (Dip.) Vocational Grades Examiner RAD

Among England's most respected dancers, Kit Lethby was a principal/leading dancer with international companies such as Scottish Ballet, Basel Ballet, Australian Ballet and PACT Ballet. He has danced roles produced by renowned choreographers such as Ashton, Cranko & Kylian, and worked with numerous others including Massine, Lifar, Dolin, Gore, Tetley and Darrell. During his career he also had many roles created for him. In 1983 he began teaching and on his early retirement from dancing in 1988, went on to complete the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancer's Teacher Training Course, from which he graduated with Distinction. Mr. Lethby has been associated with Ecole Ballet, Dance Theatre, Academy Ballet & Tanya Pearson’s Academy for more than 20 years and during this association has seen many of the students graduate with success to the world's top vocational schools.

As well as choreographing over 100 solos for competitions and eisteddfods, he has mounted various ballets for Ecole including 'Graduation Ball' and 'La Sylphide Act 2' and several original works. Invited on an almost continual basis to be a Guest Teacher for Vacation Schools held by the Royal Academy of Dance around Australia and New Zealand, Mr. Lethby has also guest taught for Royal New Zealand Ballet and Sydney Dance Company. Mr. Lethby became an examiner for Royal Academy of Dance in 2004. This will be Kit’s sixth visit to Townsville for the annual vacation school.

This will be Kit’s fifth visit to Townsville for the annual vacation school.

Phoebe Panaretos Phoebe Panaretos
BMT VCA

Star of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical, Phoebe graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2011 with a Music Theatre degree. She has since gone on to play the lead Fran in Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, a television role in Mr and Mrs Murder, the Production Company’s Singing in the Rain.
The “triple threat” (singer, actor and dancer) star went to school at Newtown’s School for Performing Arts and confesses to being a complete Theatre nerd at school. She has been on the professional stage since she was 11, playing the role of Rose in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver. The role of Fran in Strictly Ballroom has been a dream opportunity for the young star, something every music theatre student aspires to. Phoebe has recently performed in Dream Lover and American Idiot.
Phoebe will offer two different styles over the three days, Commercial jazz and Music Theatre.

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Updated 12 May 2017