Ballet Faculty

Moorland School Ballet Tuition

Lynsey Kidd – Artistic Director

lkidd@moorlandschool.com

As a former pupil of Moorland school, I am proud to be a founding Director of the Moorland International Ballet Academy programme, and as such I would like to extend to you a warm welcome.

Lynsey Kidd started dancing at the age of 3 at the Lupino School, Bury. When Lynsey was 11 she successfully auditioned and gained a prestigious place at The Royal Ballet School in London.

During her time there she performed with the Royal Ballet Company and danced at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with the productions of Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Lynsey also performed with the London City Ballet and was selected to perform a pas de trois in an exclusive performance for the late HRH Princess Diana.

Lynsey continued her training at the Central School of Ballet London under the Direction of Christopher Gable and performed with Ballet Central. Upon graduating she was offered sought after contracts including; Meg in the West End musical Phantom of the Opera; London City Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre.

Lynsey became a professional ballerina joining Northern Ballet in 1994 and spent 11 years performing nationally and internationally dancing a wide variety of solo roles in the Company’s repertoire including World Premiere performances for the Royal Family and HRH visits.

She retired from the stage as a dancer to pursue a career in teaching-training. Lynsey gained her teaching qualifications with distinction for all exams and has worked for the past 8 years as a freelance Ballet Coach/Teacher with Northern Ballet and Northern School of Contemporary Dance, KS dance, Phil Winston Theatre School and lecturing for societies.

As a founding Director of Moorland International Ballet Academy, Lynsey is dedicated to tutoring and inspiring future generations of Professional Ballet dancers and Performers.

Simon Kidd – Classical Ballet Director

skidd@moorlandschool.com

As a former professional dancer for Northern Ballet, I too have performed Internationally and instructed many professional Ballet students.

Simon was born in Wembley, he began his training in Manchester at The Gwyneth Hare School of Dance and then The Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park. At secondary level Simon went to the Central School of Ballet in London under the direction of Christopher Gable and tutored by Murray Kilgour and Greg Horsman.

Simon performed with Adventures in Motion Picture, English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and Northern Ballet, where he danced several lead and titled roles including Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Beast (Beauty and the Beast) and Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Whilst with Northern Ballet he performed and created works by many world renowned choreographers including David Nixon, Massimo Moricone, Cathy Marston, Didy Veldman and Nacho Duato.

After passing all his teaching certificates with distinction Simon has taught extensively guest teaching for the IDTA the RAD and the ISTD. He has spent many years in employment by the United Kingdom’s leading vocational schools and been invited to teach many Company Classes around the Country.

As a founding Director of Moorland International Ballet Academy, Simon is proud to tutor and encourage future generations of Professional Ballet dancers and Performers.

Kenneth Tindall – Guest Teacher / Choreographer

Kenneth had a professional dance career that spanned 15 years. In that time he performed with The Israel Ballet, K-Ballet and was a Principal Dancer with Northern Ballet where he created and performed many of the principal roles. Career highlights include guesting at the XIII International Ballet Festival of Miami and the closing Gala of the Stars and also closing the 5th International Beijing Dance Festival. He retired from the stage in May 2015.

Kenneth started choreographing in 2011. In 2012 he received his first full commission for a one act ballet, this ballet Project #1 went on to win the Production Prize at the 26th International Choreographic Competition Hannover.

In 2013 Kenneth received his 2nd commission ‘luminous Junc•ture’ for Northern Ballet. Luminous Junc•ture was shown in a critical acclaim triple bill at the Royal Opera House, London alongside work by Lar Lubovitch and Hans Van Manen.

By 2014 Kenneth had received a Tagilioni European Ballet Award nomination for Best Young Choreographer and created work for Gala’s at Sadlers Wells and Frieze Projects for Frieze Art Fair London. Kenneth was selected to be part of the Dance UK Future Art Leaders programme 2014/2015 which saw him commissioned to create work for the English National Ballet.

By 2015 Kenneth’s third one act ballet had received its London premiere to much critical acclaim. ’The Architect’ has now been nominated as Best Classical Choreography in the Critics Circle Dance Awards 2015. Kenneth’s work has not only been nominated but he himself has been nominated as Emerging Artist for the Critics Circle Dance Awards as well being selected as one of the 14 industry experts for the Leeds European Capital of Culture bid 2023.

Kenneth also has an extensive portfolio of work in collaboration with artists. His first collaborative ballet with Linder Sterling generated a huge buzz and was filmed at its premiere by the Tate. His site specific work has been performed in galleries all over the UK and Europe and his critically acclaim ballet ‘Children of the Mantic Stain’ continues to be performed as part of the British Art Show 8.

Kenneth has created numerous works for companies all over Europe including John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet Junior Company and Kiel Ballet’s, International Gala of the Stars, he is currently working on his first full length ballet.

Gillian Hurst – Guest Teacher

RBS Dip (TTC), ARAD, DDE (NB), PDB and Examiner Spanish Dance Society. A Fellow and Senior Examiner Cecchetti Society and Holder Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma. Gillian received an all-round training at Bush Davies School before completing the Craftsman’s Course at The Royal Ballet School, where her final year was spent as Head Student. She then embarked on a teaching career, spending six years at Elmhurst Ballet School, a short time as Principal of a school in Malta, teaching freelance in London at West Street School, the Cecchetti Centre and London Contemporary Dance School.

After moving to the Northwest, she taught at The Hammond School. She is responsible for BBO Scholars North and Northern Associates and is Deputy Head of Dance at KSDance Ltd. where she is responsible, amongst other things, for the teaching qualifications. Her teaching and examining has taken her to Europe, Canada, USA, Malaysia and Japan.