About Ailsa Baker
HEAD OF BALLET
Ailsa has been with The Ballet Centre since 2017. She began dancing at 3yrs old, with Bramhall School of Dancing, and during her training 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.
While at BSD, Ailsa began assisting teaching classes and choreographing for the competition team until, at 18yrs, she gained a scholarship to train at London Studio Centre, where she achieved 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, gaining certificates in some elite training programs that help build stronger/safer dance techniques, namely Alixa Flexibility & Progressing Ballet Technique. She has also recently gained certificates through the RAD and Open University in “Working with young people in sport and exercise”, “Exercise and mental health” and “The Adolescent Dancer”.
Ailsa is currently the Head of Ballet and Events for The Ballet Centre.