Director of Dance: Angelina Spurrier
The current owner and principal of the CWS Dance, Angelina Spurrier BA Hons (Dance) AISTD (Cecchetti) AISTD (Imperial), is proud to continue its outstanding tradition of excellence. Miss Angelina, as she is known to her pupils, started her teaching career in 2000 at the Seven Islands Leisure Centre, Surrey Quays. Angelina subsequently became the owner of a well known London ballet school, The Vacani School of Dance. Further information about Vacani’s intriguing heritage can be found here. The Vacani school was located in Clapham and Swiss Cottage. Miss Angelina still remains a Director of the Clapham branch, however Swiss Cottage was passed over to one of her former pupils. Miss Angelina was thrilled to be given the opportunity to return to her roots in Surrey Quays/Canada Water and she is delighted to now be working alongside a wonderful Team of Teachers in the beautiful ballet studios at Canada Water Studios
Miss Angelina (as she is known to her pupils) started her ballet training with Molly Wright and Phyllis Adams in Great Yarmouth at the Phyllis Adams School of Dance, where Kenneth Macmillan (Choreographer, Royal Ballet) first started his ballet training. At the age of 6 Angelina gained a place at Merle Park’s School of Ballet (Merle Park was a Director of the Royal Ballet School) in Chiswick.
In 1979, at the age of eight, Angelina was offered a scholarship at the Paris Opera Ballet School. As a petit rat de LOpera (a name give to the young students attending the Opera ballet school) Angelina danced in a number of professional productions including The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Rosella Hightower, Le Festin de L’araignee and Movements, choreographed by Claude Bessy, Director of the Paris Opera Ballet School. She also participated in Nureyev’s rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet. Angelina danced for President Mitterand, and one of her most memorable experiences was when she met and danced with Gene Kelly in a tribute to An American in Paris.
When Angelina returned home to England she continued her training at Bush Davies, The Royal Ballet, Upper School TTC and Central School of Ballet.
Angelina danced with the Braunschweig Staatstheater, Germany, and danced in a range of classical and contemporary ballets; she was a member of the corps de ballet and was invited to perform the solo role (as understudy ) of Queen of Spades in Jeux de Carte. Repertoire includes Giselle, Nutcracker, Rite of Spring, La Fille Mal Gardee, Bolero and a selection of other classical and contemporary ballets.
Angelina first started teaching for Vacani in 1997 and since then has gained a first class honours degree in the Theory and Practice of Dance, and gained Distinctions for both her ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) Imperial and Cecchetti method teaching qualifications.
Angelina is currently the ballet director of the Vacani School of Dance in Clapham ; and Owner/Principal of Canada Water Studios.