• Past Pupils

  • Rupert Pennefather

    English dancer Rupert Pennefather is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 1999. He was promoted to First Artist in 2004, Soloist in 2005, First Soloist in 2006 and Principal in 2008, following his role debut as Romeo. His other roles included Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Des Grieux (Manon), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), James (La Sylphide), Albrecht (Giselle) and Beliaev (A Month in the Country). He retired from the Company in 2015.

    Pennefather was born in Maidenhead. He joined his twin sister’s ballet class at The Elizabeth Fenton School of Dancing, aged seven and joined The Royal Ballet School as a Junior Associate, later training at Tring Park School and privately with Julie Rose. He returned to The Royal Ballet Upper School and in 1999 graduated into the Company.

    One of Pennefather’s earliest major roles was as Paris (Romeo and Juliet), partnering Sylvie Guillem. This role was soon followed by dancing Aminta (Sylvia) with Marianela Nuñez and Beliaev with Darcey Bussell. In addition to the classical and dramatic ballets, his repertory included roles in DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Chroma, Song of the Earth and Acis and Galatea (with The Royal Opera). He created roles in Sensorium and 24 Preludes, among others.

  • Freya Thomas

    Freya joined The Elizabeth Fenton School of Dancing when she was just 3 years old and joined her sister in her dancing. Freya soon showed a natural ability to dance and went on to gain a place at White Lodge with the Royal Ballet School, attending full time. Freya now dances with the Bavarian State Ballet Company.

  • Georgina Powell

    Georgina danced with The Elizabeth Fenton School of Dancing until she was 16 years old before gaining a full time, 3 year course at Bush Davies. Georgina went on to dance 42nd Street in the West End and then onto cruise ships. She had a 10 year professional dance career before going into dance teaching. Georgina spent several years teaching for The Elizabeth Fenton School of Dancing in the late 90's.

  • Storm Norris

    Storm is currently with Ballet West Scotland on a 3 year BA Hons degree course. She is currently rehearsing for an up and coming tour of Swan Lake where she is understudying the main swan. In addition she has been given the roles of swan in the ensemble, princess, lead mazurka and pas de trois. Storm hopes to complete her 3 year course and go on to be a part of a full ballet company.