Faculty Members

Founder and Director - Miss Helen Leonard

Diploma, London College of Dance & Drama, Certificate in Education, (Chelsea College of Human Movement, East Sussex University), Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher and Former member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Academy of Dance

After training in Nottingham with Sissie Smith, Helen gained all her RAD Grades and Major examinations before continuing her training in London. She spent three years at London College of Dance & Drama and then a further year at East Sussex University where she gained a Certificate in Education, specialising in Dance & Drama. After graduating, Helen founded the then named, "Helen Leonard School of Dancing", now Leonard School of Dance, and also worked as a freelance teacher and choreographer in and around the Nottingham area. She has now been teaching and entering students for their RAD ballet examinations for over 39 years.

Director - Miss Michelle Widdison

ARAD (Advanced 2), Royal Academy of Dance Teacher's Certificate and Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher

Michelle trained at Leonard School of Dance, gaining all her Grade and Major examinations up to Advanced 1 and then continued her training at Ballet West. During her time with Ballet West, Michelle gained her Advanced 2 examination and the Student Teacher Certificate of the Royal Academy of Dance. She also toured with the company, performing in many of the major classical ballets including Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

Michelle gained the Teacher's Certificate of the Royal Academy of Dance and has now been teaching and entering students for examinations at Leonard school of Dance for nearly 17 years.

Musical Director - Mr Jeremy Fleet

GRSM Dip RCM (Teacher) Piano

Jeremy has many year's experience teaching the piano in mostly traditional-style lessons, but with an informal and encouraging approach. He also works in general primary musical education and is an accompanist. He has a keen interest in song and dance. Jeremy accompanies some of our classes and also plays for our RAD examinations.

Helen and Michelle regularly attend Continued Professional Development courses and are fully up-to-date with the current syllabus, teaching methods and codes of conduct. All faculty have current DBS Enhanced Disclosures.