Mangalika Jayalath

PROPRIETOR

By the end of 2008 Mangalika was stated as the principal of the Ballet Centre. She handled the accounting, financial, media and staff management as well as assisting in the reception from time to time. In 2012 she officially became to owner of the Ballet Centre. Over the past few years she has helped the Ballet Centre grow. Making an initiative to start a new branch of the Ballet Centre in Motor City, facilitated the biannual dance productions and in January 2018 used the Ballet Centre’s production of Alice in Wonderland to raise 75,000 DHS for Cancer research.

This is some of the few things of many Mangalika does for the Ballet Centre. She is a mother of 2 whose compassion and care extends to all the students and teachers. She is a strong woman whose goal has been to create a family-friendly school for everyone; somewhere she would be proud to send her own children to.

Karen Monkhouse

MANAGER

Karen joined the Ballet Centre twenty years ago solely as a dance teacher, in 2011 she began assisting in the office and by late 2011 she was officially stated as the manager/vice-principal of the Ballet Center. Currently, she is in charge of customer service, event handling, answering queries and questions and many more.

Naomi Keighley

HEAD OF BALLET

Naomi is originally from the UK and began her ballet training at the age of 4 at The Angela Westwell School of Dance. Here she trained to Advanced 2 RAD Ballet and an advanced level in IDTA Ballet, Modern and Tap. Alongside this over a 6 year period, she received monthly training with The Royal Ballet School and The Hammond School. She competed for 9 years in dance festivals in the North of England; winning numerous trophies and awards

Naomi went on to further her career, moving to London at the age of 16 after sealing a place at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She graduated with a 2:1 BA Honours Degree in Ballet and Contemporary Dance and performed and choreographed for shows at the Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells. Upon graduation she was offered a position as apprentice dancer with Contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre UK Tour in 2012.

Alongside her early dance studies, Naomi assisted in dance classes at her local dance school where her interest in teaching began. She attained her Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma with the Royal Academy of Dance crediting her with registered teacher status in 2016 and then moved to Dubai.
Since joining The Ballet Centre in 2017 Naomi has furthered her teaching qualifications by recently completing the Progressing Ballet Technique course.

In September 2018 she was promoted to Head of Ballet and Events for The Ballet Centre.

Beth Hawkes

DANCE TEACHER

Beth grew up in London and began dancing at the age of four at The Del Sarto School of Ballet studying Cecchetti with Juan Sanchez.

She later began training at Redbridge Classical Dance Studios where she trained to an Advanced level in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap. Alongside this she gained her Gold Bar in Latin American and Ballroom with the IDTA competing and medaling in numerous competitions across the country.

At 18 she’s gained a place at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey where she continued her dance training. Beth has her Diploma in Dance Instruction in Ballet. Tap and Modern is currently furthering her training studying for her Diploma in Dance Education.

Beth has worked for The Ballet Centre since 2014 and is the lead teacher for ISTD Tap and Modern.

Tina Crane

DANCE TEACHER

Tina began dancing at the age of 3 at the Ellis Ballet School, London. Tina graduated from the London Studio Centre with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Theatre Dance.

Since then, Tina has performed internationally in cabaret, theatre and cruise ship productions. Tina went on to gain her Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma at the Royal Academy of Dance. She established her own classes, teaching children’s ballet and jazz and successfully trained all grades RAD ballet in major dance schools in London and Dubai.

Tina has gained her Progressing Ballet Technique certification in 2018 and is continuing to further her teaching education; she has successfully completed her first year of her Masters in Education with the RAD. She is also studying for her Pilates instructor qualifications.

Ailsa Baker

DANCE TEACHER

Ailsa began dancing at the age of 3yrs, primarily with Bramhall School of Dancing. During her training at BSD she competed successfully in local and national competitions, worked to an advanced level in RAD ballet and ISTD Tap, Modern & National dance, and was involved in a variety of extra shows, including as a guest dancer with the Northern Lights Company, performing at venues across Switzerland and France, including Disneyland Paris.

It was also while at BSD that Ailsa began assisting teaching classes and choreographing for the competition team. At 18yrs, Ailsa gained a scholarship to train at London Studio Centre, where she gained a BA(hons) in Theatre Dance. After graduation, Ailsa performed with various dance companies alongside gaining her RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and, following her love of teaching, she became a full-time freelance dance teacher, working with a huge variety of age groups and abilities, guiding students successfully through exams and choreographing for competitions/shows.

Ailsa is always looking to further her dance teaching knowledge and recently gained certificates in some brand new training programs that help build stronger/safer dance technique, namely Alixa Flexibility & Progressing Ballet Technique.

Crystal Bates

DRAMA TEACHER

Crystal is a trained professional actress; an alumni of the prestigious ‘Italia Conti Drama School’ in London, Crystal holds BA Hons (Prof Actor) status and is a member of Equity London. Crystal continues to work professionally as an Actor herself and has extensive professional acting experience spanning theatre, film and Television. In the U.A.E you may recognize Crystal acting in MBC TV Show Zero Four or as the face of many TV, cinema and wider media advertising campaigns on behalf of numerous organisations including Emirates Airline, DU Telecom, Dubai First Bank and The Atlantis Hotel. In the cinema, Crystal was the lead actress in the award-winning film ‘The Neighbor’ a winning film at the Dubai Film Festival 2014.

Crystal’s true passion is the teaching of drama to children and young adults. Crystal has taught English and Drama to UK school pupils and has guided many hundreds of UK schoolchildren through their GCSE exams.

Sabum-Abdurahiman

TAEKWONDO TEACHER

6TH Dan Black belt

Chief Instructor of UAE ITF TKD
International Instructor and Examiner
International Umpire (Class – A)

Sabum. Abdurahiman has 32 years of experience in teaching ITF Taekwon-Do and 17 years of experience in UAE ITF TKD. With these 32 years, Sabum taught Kids, Adults, Army Commandos, Air force Police, and Forest Department. He is an expert in training kids. In many championships Sabum was the top winning champion, 1984 received best fighter award and also 2009 the best instructor award from Russia. Sabum. Abdurahiman is the member of Asian Taekwon-do Association and International Taekwon-do Federation. He is the vice president of Taekwon-do Association of India and Umpire chairperson of India. He is the president of UTAK (United Taekwon-do Association of Kerala).

Thanuja Nadishanie

MUSIC TEACHER

I have over thirteen years of experience in teaching Piano, keyboard instruments and preparing students for International exams (Trinity College London from Grade one to Diploma). I have produced several prize winners during my career. I am qualified with Trinity College London. Advanced Level – Music Literacy and Child Care & Teaching skills Diplomas.

My goal is to change student’s lives through music by making them much better musicians.

Parul Parasramka

ART TEACHER

A BFA graduate from the International College for Girls, India, I have spent my early days amidst a rich and heady mix of history, culture and natural beauty. It was indeed a revelation for me when I started to understand and experience all the art I saw around me, both, man-made and natural. And it is to this affinity that I felt for such glorious expression of human emotions, that I attribute my desire and inspiration for becoming an artist. Classical art training at the ‘The Julian Ashton Art School’, Sydney, helped me smoothen my rough edges considerably and enhanced by current interests in experimenting with different mediums in such artistic pursuits.

Narshaleh Palac

ADMIN STAFF

She is commonly called ”Sasha”. She is a girl with a built-in smile on her face. Sasha was invited to visit Dubai in August 2017 and joined The Ballet Centre in the same year. She started working in Jumeirah main branch for a year and reassigned to Motorcity branch up to present. For Motorcity inquiries, Sasha is there to help!

Cheril Camay

ADMIN STAFF

Cheril finished her Business Administration 4 year course in the Philippines. Whilst in University she enjoyed involving in local politics, as she was elected as the Chairwoman of the Youth Section in their province until she graduated. She then worked devotedly as Project Admin/Account In-Charge in a construction company for  4 years. Cheril then moved to Dubai and happily joined The Ballet Centre in December 2014.

She is now enjoying as a customer service in-charge, answering enquiries and assisting the manager behind admin and accounts work.

Cynthia Lajum

ADMIN STAFF

Cynthia spent much of her career as a Customer Service Representative in the Philippines, working in the Business Process Outsourcing. In 2017, she decided to work overseas, moved to Dubai and happily joined The Ballet Centre in August 2017 as the company Receptionist/Shop clerk and also assists with administrative tasks.

On a daily basis, Cynthia is responsible for answering and forwarding incoming phone calls and providing customer assistance. She performs other clerical duties such as filing, record-keeping and receiving payments from customers.

Uliana Maksimova

MUSIC TEACHER

Passionate Music Teacher with extensive knowledge and experience of the music industry in relation to vocal performance, vocal and instrumental training.

She did 3 Years Advance Diploma in Music Arts at College of Culture and Arts, Hrodna, Belarus Year 2010 – 2013.

She completed 4 years of Bachelor of Art in Music out of 5 years at Belarusian University of Culture and Arts, Minsk, Belarus Year 2013-2017.

Becky Palin

DANCE TEACHER

Becky was born in Shropshire, England and started dancing at the age of three in Carmichael School of Theatre Arts.  After completing her graded and vocational exams with the Royal Academy of Dance for ballet and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for tap, modern and jazz she then went on to study for her teacher training.  Becky completed her CDE in Imperial Classical Ballet and Tap Dance and FDI in Modern Theatre with the ISTD.  She joined the Ballet Centre in 2011 and has since worked with multiple dance schools across the UAE and built up her portfolio by teaching many different styles along the way.

Kamilla Khasanova

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS TEACHER

Kamilla is a graduate of the Ballet School of Uzbekistan where she was a student for eight years. Kamilla then studied for four years at the Tashkent State Higher School of National Dance and Choreography where she completed their demanding course qualifying as a Certified Ballet Teacher in 2006.

From 2006 to 2013 Kamilla held the prestigious position of ballet teacher at the Tashkent State Higher School of National Dance and Choreography was the choreographer for the Uzbekistan Gymnastics Federation for four years and was the manager of the White Swan private ballet school in Tashkent.

In addition to all of these impressive achievements Kamilla was a soloist and principle ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre of Uzbekistan for fifteen years from 2000. Taking the bold step of moving to Dubai Kamilla joined Dugym in 2013 and is now a vital member of the family acting as one of the choreography coaches.