Miss Yvonne Burns, Dance Teacher-Pilates Instructor
BA (Hons) Ballet Education, MA in Dance Studies, LRAD, ARAD, RAD RTS, Certified in Stott Pilates & Pilates coach
Yvonne was born in Limassol, Cyprus where she began receiving her ballet training at the age of four at her mother's ballet school – Niki School of Ballet. As she grew up she was interested in furthering her dance knowledge therefore she attended modern and jazz classes at Niki School of Ballet. At an early age she become a member of Ballet Cyprus where she danced for several productions including the "Nutcracker", produced in cooperation with the RAD, and "Sleeping Beauty", all choreographed and taught by British and Russian choreographers. Furthermore, in 2004 she became a member of the Diastasis Cultural Association where she also participated in several performances too. By being a member of two different in context dance companies, Yvonne had the opportunity to be taught by various teachers who have enriched her knowledge and progress in ballet and contemporary dance.
After graduating high school, Yvonne moved to London, England to begin a degree program at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). During her undergraduate studies Yvonne was presented with a wide range of subjects including dance history, ballet and contemporary dance techniques and repertoire, dance analysis, dance notation, dance science, choreography, and pedagogy methods and education theory.
Alongside her degree, she was simultaneously enrolled at the Licentiate (LRAD) programme, which gave her the opportunity to specialise in the work of the RAD syllabi from Pre-Primary to Advanced 2 level, therefore enabling her to teach ballet and prepare students for RAD examinations. At the same time, Yvonne, during her three years at the RAD, also had the opportunity to practice her dance teaching skills through teaching dance in different dance sectors, such as private ballet schools, secondary schools and community centres.
Yvonne graduated from the RAD with a First Class BA (Honours) degree in Ballet Education, and was also awarded the Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) and the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (LRAD). Moreover, Yvonne has furthered her dance studies by completing an MA in Dance Studies at Roehampton University. Through her MA, Yvonne had the opportunity to be educated in depth on the dance subject, exploring it from a socio-cultural and philosophical perspective. She strongly believes that her studies equipped her with essential qualifications so as to become a broad-minded successful dance educator and eligible enough to contribute and be responsible for the growth of dance in Cyprus.
Yvonne is a Certified in Stott Pilates & Pilates coach.