Abigail Cova RAD Registered Teacher
Classical Ballet

(Dip. Classical Ballet & Related Subjects, RAD Teaching Cert)

Abigail started dancing in Glasgow at the age of 7 with Bernadette Sloane, she successfully auditioned for the Scottish Ballet’s Junior Associate programme. She went on to full time training at Scotland’s premier dance school, The Dance School of Scotland where she performed in many school shows. In 1992 Abigail became one of the first students to attend The Royal Ballet’s new senior associate programme in Birmingham.

Abigail furthered her dance training in London from the age of 16 where she attended Central School of Ballet. During her time here Abigail won scholarships to the Vaganova Summer School and Gloucester Seminars and danced in many choreographies by Christopher Gable, Michael Barret Pink and Didi Veldman and performed with the touring company British Gas Ballet Central.

Abigail went on to dance with The Ben Love Dance Company, The Scottish Ballet performing La Fille Mal Gardee and in Aida with Harvey Goldsmith at Earls court. Abigail completed her teacher training with the Royal Academy of Dance in 2005 and continues her professional development with the Royal Ballet School and the Royal Academy of Dance teacher training courses.

Deborah Swain BA Honours FDI ISTD/CDE ISTD
Modern/Tap/Street Dance

Deborah obtained her teaching qualifications at The Centre for Performing Arts and Kingston Teachers Training College and obtained a BA Honours Degree in Dance at Hertfordshire University. Previously Deborah had attended Laine Theatre Arts and London Studio for theatre studies and musical theatre. Deborah has been performing professionally in theatres for many years and has built her career performing in musicals, plays and pantomimes, on cruise ships, television, and even sang in a girl group.

Some of her theatre credits include, As You Like it, Tommy, Forbidden Planet, Musical Memories, Aladdin, The Record Collection, Cinderella, Sleeping beauty. She performed many roles for Disney Cruise Line these include, Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, Disney Dreams. 3 Divine was the name of girl group Deborah sang in and toured west end venues. Television credits include Daziel and Pascoe.

Throughout Deborah’s career she has always taught dance and has worked as a choreographer for various companies. She has worked for large holiday companies choreographing their in house productions and worked as an assistant choreographer for Tommy and Forbidden Planet.

Deborah has worked for various dance schools for the last 4 years Teaching Modern, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre.

Robyn Holder
National Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

BA Hons at the London Contemporary Dance School.

Robyn is from Grahamstown in South Africa, it was here that she started dancing at a young age. After moving to London in 2005, Robyn began her training at Marble Hill Dance Studio under Abigail Cova and then continued her training at Lewisham College. Robyn graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School in July 2013 where she worked with choreographers including Sasha Roubicek and Theo Clinkard. It was at LCDS where Robyn developed particular interests in Contact Improvisation, improvisation for performance, choreography, teaching and dance for film.

Robyn is a freelance contemporary dance artist and a founding member and dancer for ‘Feet off the Ground Dance’, a company that performs Contact Improvisation in unusual contexts. More details can be found at: www.feetofftheground.co.uk

Robyn has taught at Marble Hill Dance Studio since 2009 as an assistant and teacher for all ballet grades, nursery classes, contemporary, choreography and body conditioning. Robyn is also a teachers assistant and cover teacher at Chelsea Ballet School.

James Groom
BA (Hons), LRAD, LNATD (Ballet), ANATD (Tap/Modern/Freestyle), RAD RTS

James started dancing with his local dance school in Essex (Talents Theatre School), at the age of 9. There, James competed in various competitions and has performed on many West End Theatres, like the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the Royal Albert Hall. He was in the ensemble choir in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre and has even performed in front of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall! He performed at the presentation of the launch of the RAD’s Discovering Repertoire Syllabus.

Having found a passion for teaching he started taking professional Associate teaching exams in Ballet, Tap, Modern, and Freestyle styles and has been a qualified teacher with the NATD for over four years, having received the Associates with Distinctions. Following his A-Levels, James was awarded a scholarship to a vocational dance school but decided to follow his passion of teaching to complete the BA (Hons) degree in Ballet Education at the Royal Academy of Dance and became a Licentiate of the RAD. James is also a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) instructor.

Now, embarking on a new adventure, he is starting to learn how to write dance, studying the Professional Award in Benesh Movement Notation. This will be done alongside teaching dance in multiple dance schools across London and began working with MHDS in January 2018.

Angela Terence

Angela trained on the Foundation Acting course at Arts Ed London and then the BA Hons Acting course at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

She works as a professional actor on stage and screen. She has had the opportunity to work at theatres such as The Royal Court, The Gate & The Hampstead Theatre. And television programmes such as Wallander (UK version with Kenneth Branagh), Endeavour, Doc Martin and The Suspicions of Mr Whitcher.

Prior to her professional training Angela attended the BRIT School for 4 years. And belonged to many amateur theatre companies in Surrey and South London from age 9.

She believes the fun and confidence that performing gives you serves you well in all professions and areas of your life not just for those who wish to pursue performing careers. Having an awareness of the voice, your breathing & the body and how to use it properly can greatly increase your confidence and the way you deal with social situations.

Alice McDermott

Alice grew up in Jersey, Channel Islands where she started dancing at the age of 5 studying ballet, tap and modern dance in the RAD, IDTA and ISTD syllabi. Over the years, Alice has enjoyed participating in showcases with principal dancers of the Royal Ballet and competing in local festivals and national competitions. In 2016, she was successful in winning a bronze medal at the Bloch Dance World Cup Finals.

Alice moved to London in 2017 to begin her studies at the Royal Academy of Dance. She is now in her final year of studying for her Bachelors degree in Ballet Education and the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance program. In addition to her studies and working as a tutor at Marble Hill Dance studio,  Alice is also part of The Semaphore Ballet Company where she enjoys performing and collaborating with local artists.

Alice Tagliento

Alice began dancing at the young age of 3 years old. She originally trained in ballet and contemporary dance at her local dance school in Italy (Arke Turin). From a young age Alice travelled as she wanted to deepen her knowledge and train with some of the world’s top dance professionals such as teachers and dancers from Martha Graham Dance Company. She moved to London to join Rambert School and during her training she had the chance to work and perform works by Darren Ellis, Jenna Lee, and Didy Veldam, to mention a few. In 2017 she was awarded with a First Degree BA hons.

Alice danced with Rambert Company in 2016 at Sadler’s Wells in Mark Baldwin’s The Creation and performed at the Barbican in April 2017 in On with the Dance, a piece choreographed by Arielle Smith to a composition by Danyal Dhondy. She joined Michael Clark Company in 2017 and since then she has had the opportunity to perform and teach nationally and internationally for students in Australia, Germany and United Kingdom. More recently, Alice performed for Gucci Milan Fashion Week in 2018 and appeared on BBC 4 in the broadcast of “To a simple rock and roll song” by Michael Clark.

Alice enjoys performing, but she also loves to share her knowledge and offer her experience to younger students. One of Alice’s cherished accomplishments is to see her students understand , grow and enjoy dance.

Jordan Sylvester BA (HONS) RAD

Jordan began dancing at the age of 7 at Walsall Academy of Dance, where she took part in examinations across the IDTA, ISTD and RAD examination boards. Over the next few years, she also participated in a number of shows and festivals. After assisting and teaching at her local dance school, Jordan knew this was the career she wanted to pursue and went on to achieve her IDTA Ballet Pre-Associates.

Jordan then gained a place at the Royal Academy of Dance and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education. She went on to teach full time in London, until moving to Australia early 2018 to travel and work for two years.  Jordan has excitedly spent the last year free lancing in London and being a part of the Marble Hill Dance Studio’s team where she continues to share her passion for dance amongst her students!’

Lorella Patrizia Reggiani 

Miss Patrizia has over 20 years of experience as a professional dancerin ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip hop, street dance. She has taught in many schools in London, Milan and Rome and is an experienced teacher, performer and choreographer.

Patrizia started her first steps in dance at the Pilar Sampietro Dance Academy, Vercelli, Italy. She continued training at the dance school The Balletto di Milano, founded by Carlo Pesta where she graduated in the Russian method of Vaganova, she continued her training with Walter Venditti, ballet master and principal dancer at La Scala Theatre, Milan.

Patrizia performed professionally with the ballet Company Associazione Balletto Classico with directors Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu, she performed on TV, dancing in several prime TV productions. Patrizia has worked with wonderful choreographerssuch us:

Steve La Chance of American Ballet Theatre, Ranko Yokohama from Hamburg Ballet, Garrison Rochelle, the talent scout for Italian show ”Amici”, Joel Gaglietti and Silvano Scarpa of the Ballet of Rome.

Patrizia is having a great time teaching ballet, acrobatics, and body conditioning at Marble Hill, she has recently been appointed teacher of our associate program; she says she enjoys working with precision to develop the technique and performance of our students.

Airin Iten

Ballet, Musical Theatre, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Fusion, Contemporary, Street Dance, Drama & Singing

Airin was born in Switzerland. He started at ballet class age 3 and realising how much he loved to dance, soon joined many other disciplines as well as voice and drama.

Airin achieved his Diploma from the Zurich University of Arts, in Musical Theatre, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet and Dance Pedagogy. He opened his own performing arts school; Wave in 2001,where he was teaching his students aged 3-75, for over 17 years.

His students competed successfully from 2010 until 2017 at the Swiss Dance Championships and World Championships. Alongside managing his school, Airin performed regularly on stage for over 20 years in musicals, such as Cats, Space Dream, The Magic of Music,Bärenstark and Swan Lake. Airin also performed with Masayo Tomita’s Dance Company in New York and he performed self written musicals, as well performances with his professional contemporary company each year.

At the end of 2019, Airin decided to give his life a turn and moved to London to embark on a new chapter. He is a welcome member to the Marble Hill Dance Studio team and has vast and valuable knowledge & experience to share with our students.