Sandra Madgwick

Course Leader Trinity Diploma

Sandra Madgwick M.A. PGCE. PDTD Dip (RAD) London Trained at The Royal Ballet School and was chosen by Sir. Frederick Ashton in her graduation year to dance the lead role of Lise in his ballet La Fille Mal Gardee at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Her professional ballet career was with Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) spanning 19 years, with 15 of those years at principal level dancing most of the major roles in the repertoire. During her time at BRB Sandra also worked in many local and international community outreach programs, including a dance project in the townships of South Africa and being on the original panel to assess children with no prior dance experience for a place on the BRB Dance Track Scheme. In 2020 Sandra was invited to become a Director on the Board of BRB.

Alongside her career at BRB guest appearances included: The International Dance Festival in Vail partnered by Kevin O’Hare, and lead roles with ballet companies in Turin, Essen and Hong Kong. Television credits include The Hot Shoe Show with Wayne Sleep, Swanhilda in the BBC Christmas production of BRB’s Coppelia. DVD’s of Hobson’s Choice and Clara in The Nutcracker. Guest teaching includes The Mark Morris Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s Company (The Car Man & Red Shoes) together with international Summer Schools for English National Ballet School, Central School of Ballet and The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).

Sandra is currently The Diploma Course Leader for the Trinity Arts Diplomas at Performers College, where she also taught ballet for many years. Sandra is also a panel member at Trinity College London as an Assessor and Moderator for the Professional Performing Arts Diplomas (PPAD) and an Artistic Associate for The Frederick Ashton Foundation. Additional roles include teaching for the Dance East CATs whilst also being a tutor for the University of Chichester BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Dance) Degree and for the RAD Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. Qualifications include an M.A in Dance in the Community and Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education PGCE (Lifelong Learning) and the Royal Academy of Dance Ex-Professional Teaching Diploma (London) with Distinction.

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