FIONA DEAR M.R.B. soc & P.D.T.A
Vice President of The Russian Ballet Society.
Fiona Dear was awarded a full scholarship to train at The Legat School of Russian Ballet under the tutelage of Mme Eunice Bartell. Fiona graduated to the Scottish Ballet Company at the young age of 17 due to her artistry and stage presentation gained by her Legat training. During her twelve years as a professional ballet dancer, she danced solo roles in all the major productions including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Giselle and had roles created for her by the company founder and acclaimed choreographer, Peter Darrell CBE.
On retiring, Fiona became a professional choreographer. Three of her pieces, Highland Clearances, Ragtime and Skazka (a three act ballet for children commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council), became part of the Company’s repertoire. Fiona has also choreographed for the Scottish Opera, stage shows at the Edinburgh Lyceum, Fashion shows for Burberry and House of Fraser and even a Royal Variety Performance.
During her professional career, Fiona gained her teacher’s certificates for The Russian Ballet Society. She now travels all over the world to places like Japan, Slovenia, Malta and Italy as an examiner and guest teacher for the Russian Ballet Society and Legat Foundation.
Since leaving Scotland, Fiona has established her own successful dance school, North Star Academy in Hertfordshire.
Fiona is now looking forward to being part of the Russian Ballet Awards.
Tamara Moubayed, M.R.B.soc, Snr Tch, Examiner and Trustee.
Tamara trained at the Legat School of Russian Ballet, first by Nadine Nicolaeva- Legat in her early years and then by Leon and Eunice Bartell. Tamara graduated in 1972 and joined Heidelberg Company to begin her professional career. With another second year contract offered to her, she also successfully auditioned for Frankfurt Company but decided not to accept any contract and returned to England to recover from an injury. She decided to study teaching and found herself drawn back to the Legat School. Tamara loved teaching so much that she stayed longer than she had planned even when the Director from Malmö visited the school and offered her a contract she declined to remain as teacher.
Between, 1974-1982, she studied, and gained all the relevant levels of the Russian Ballet Teaching Certificates. During this time Tamara was offered the position of full time ballet teacher at Legat under the directorship of Mme Eunice Bartell. This gave her an absolute insight into working with children of all ages and abilities. Apart from daily teaching, the opportunity to act as répétiteur for rehearsals and to choreograph was an experience that has remained with her throughout her teaching career.
In 1982 Tamara left Legat School to establish her own ballet school, with her husband John Moubayed, who is also an ex-legat pupil. The ‘Moubayed School of Ballet’
1991 –Present. Opened ballet school number 2, ‘Southborough School of Dance’
During her years of teaching, successful pupils have gained places and studied at: Rambert School for Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Northern Ballet School, Kate Simmonds School of Dance, White Lodge Royal Ballet School & Royal Ballet Upper School, Alvin Ailey in New York, and Joffrey School of Dance in New York.
The many years of connection Tamara has had with Legat brings a strong sense of loyalty for its tradition. It gives her great pleasure to be a part of the Society’s growth and she feels very privileged that now she can give back to those who gave her so much! The Russian Ballet Awards is yet another way to promote the Russian teaching and Tamara believes the ‘Legats’ would fully endorse this new venture.
Olga moved from St.Petersburg to London when Lady Sainsbury invited her to study at The Benesh Institute of Choreology. There she pioneered an exam based Character syllabus for students up to 18 years old, and trained teachers to implement this.
Olga also helped to develop a Vaganova based Syllabus for the Senior school at Central School of Ballet.
Olga trained as a professional ballet dancer at St.Petersburg’s prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy, Alma Mater of many of today’s international ballet stars. Interestingly, her mother was one of the last students to study under the great Vaganova. After a ballet career Olga completed a four years professional teaching/coaching course at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and was awarded the PDTC Diploma with Distinction and MA ( Hons).
Olga taught ballet for Junior and Pre-graduation classes at The Vaganova Ballet Academy. Her former students are now dancing in leading Russian and International Companies.
In London, she has taught at different ballet schools and professional ballet companies as a Ballet Mistress. Currently, Olga is teaching at Central School of Ballet, English National Ballet School and is Director of ‘Masters of Ballet Academy’ together with Elena Glurjidze.
Olga is one of most highly regarded Character tutor in the UK.
Also she is a Character and Ballet guest teacher at different school in the UK and abroad. Olga is adept in Ballet, Character and Contemporary choreography.
Ambassador of ARBTA (Honorary), Honorary Advisor of Vaganova Method at Hong Kong Youth Ballet Academy.
“Olga Semenova is clearly not only knowledgeable but inspirational”.
Amanda Jennings ” Dance Europe”
” Olga Semenova’s choreography of “Gypsy Dance” showed the impressive skills of the schools’ youngest students”
Laura Dodge ” Dancing Times”
” ….audience were treated to one or two unusual character dances taught by Olga Semenova”
David Mead, “Ballet Europe Reviews”.