Dilek Taptik, Principal (Ex Ballerina)
Born in Germany, Dilek developed an early passion for dance and decided to pursue a dance career aged 14. Initially training in Vaganova technique, her more professional training began in Turkey, Mersin Conservatoire for Dance. She later trained at the Ballet Academy Cologne, Germany and simultaneously gained her RAD STC, TC,TD teaching qualifications.
She had the pleasure of working with well established international teachers.
Teaching became an early passion and she graduated with a national and international Teaching Diploma, as well as the Registered Teachers of the RAD.
Dilek danced as a Soloist in Turkey, the role of 'Giselle' , coached extensively by Nevin Arikoglu from Joffrey Ballet. She danced 'Les Sylphides and 'Arabian Dancer' in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake corps, Cologne Physical Theatre Ensemble and many other contemporary and opera pieces mostly in NRW opera houses.
In 2003 she was awarded a scholarship at the London Contemporary Dance School 'The Place', where she got the chance to work with Trisha Brown Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, DV8 and Kerry Nicholls. Dilek toured for a Physical Theatre Ensemble Cologne and worked for dance-films at Roundhouse, London.
She later trained in New York, USA where she took class with Merce Cunningham Dance School, Merce Cunningham before he passed away. She was a dancer for the Cannes Film Festival and acted in a motion picture alongside Vanessa Paradise.
Dilek is focusing on her teaching mostly at her school now, focusing on the technical accuracy and artistic development.
She taught a variety of students from RAD ballet to professional dance students. She especially enjoys coaching for exams and repertoire. She was senior Ballet Tutor at the Arts Educational Schools London for 6 years, teaching Classical Ballet, A-level Dance, Choreography and BTEC-Ballet. Dilek also teaches adult classes at the City Literary Institute, Covent Garden. She has previously taught for Dance Society at Roehampton University, Pineapple Dance Studios, London Studio Centre, Transform Adult Dance Company, Footsteps School of Dance and Drama, and many schools in Germany including the Greiner Ballet Academy in Cologne. Dilek is also a Mentor for the RAD's CBTS program.
At DT Dance students regularly enter exams certified by the Royal Academy of Dance and the school prides itself with receiving brilliant results.
Hazel Morrison: Ballet
Hazel Morrison was awarded B.A.T.D Associate Teacher status in Ballet by the British Association of Teacher’s of Dancing (B.A.T.D) . She studied music at The University of Edinburgh and performed with various orchestras and jazz bands, whilst continuing to dance and working as a dance teacher at The Reid School of Dance. As an Assistant in the Education and Development departments for Scottish Ballet, she worked at a number of company performances whilst on tour around Scotland. On graduating with a BMus (Hons) Hazel took up the position of Development Officer at Scottish Ballet whilst also working as a music and dance teacher at The Academy of Theatre Arts in Edinburgh, working with ages 3-18 and training students for SQA and Associated Board of the Royal School of Music examinations. She worked as a dance tutor across the Glasgow area as part of Glasgow Council Active Schools scheme.
Moving to London , Hazel studied for a Masters in Ballet Studies at Roehampton University London. During this time she also worked as an assistant ballet teacher at Scottish Ballet’s annual summer school and took up work with London Children’s Ballet on their annual production at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre. She began dance training with Dilek Taptik at Roehampton University and working on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus which led to her beginning to work as an Assistant teacher at The Dilek Taptik School of Dance.
Hazel currently works as UK Centre Examinations Organiser for The Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dancing and continues to enjoy training and teaching. She is currently applying to work towards gaining her teacher status with The Royal Academy of Dance.
Linda Boninsegni: Ballet
Linda was born in Italy and is an experienced dancer and dance teacher. After her ballet training under the system of Rad®, she continues her training in Austria (SEAD), and dances professionally in Switzerland (Ballet de Genève) and most recently in England, where she also works as a teacher for ballet and contemporary dance since 2009. Especially her three-year commitment to a company specialised in works for a young audience (Tees Valley Dance) brought her closer to the educational work with children in a special way. At Roehampton University London, Linda also completed her Masters in Choreography and Performance in 2012. Most recently, she taught ballet, contemporary and modern dance in a dance academy in Germany for nine months.
She is familiar with the educational system of the Rad® but she also teaches free syllabus classes from beginner to professional level, as well as National Curriculum creative dance classes for Primary schools. Linda's educational work, both with children and adults, is characterised by a patient and lovable nature, creativity and attention to details. Linda speaks German, English, French and Italian of course.