"I am a freelance dance teacher, and believe that anyone can dance, regardless of their background, age or ability. The student's welfare is always my top priority during classes, but that doesn't mean I sacrifice skill for safety. I am in the unique position of having a vocationally trained background along with all the skills and theory of a fully qualified teacher. "
Holly is a Royal Academy of Dance qualified dance teacher who has eight years professional teaching experience. Five of these years have been teaching numerous different styles of dance, across a wide range of locations in London. This also includes teaching experience in every sector from community dance, to a pre-professional level.
In 2021 Holly returned to her roots in Wales and began her role as the Associate Programme Officer at Ballet Cymru. This role combines administrative duties in addition to delivering monthly classes to gifted and talented young dancers, who form part of the Ballet Cymru Associate Programme.
Holly began her training locally in Mid Wales, Newtown at the age of nine. She then progressed with her training through the RAD syllabi to Grade 4. At the age of twelve Holly successfully auditioned for Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and trained there for four years.
During her time at Tring Park, Holly continued training in numerous different genres as well as developing an interest in choreography. Holly also had a challenging time during her training with injuries, which only furthered her interest in dance science and injury prevention.
After completing her GCSEs Holly began attending Abbots Bromley School for girls and continued her dance training there through the vocational dance programme with the Alkins School of Dance. Holly was the dance prefect and was responsible for liaising between students and the Head of Dance.
In 2013 Holly successfully auditioned for the BA (Hons) Ballet Education programme at the Royal Academy of Dance. During her time there, she achieved her Advanced Two Classical Ballet Exam and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance. Her professional performance experience during this time included performing on the Move It Main Stage in 2016, as well as Her Majesty's Patrons Lunch Parade, with a special finale alongside world renowned ballet star Darcey Bussell. She has also featured on The One Show (BBC) and Strictly Come Dancing (BBC).
Holly is extremely passionate about inclusion in dance, and this has been demonstrated by the fact she has partnered her brother Joe Powell-Main, who is a disabled dance artist. Holly and Joe competed in the Freestyle Combi at the UK National Para Dance Championships between 2017 and 2019, and were holders of national titles for three consecutive years. Holly's passion for inclusive dance has been further demonstrated by the support she has provided to her brother with translating classical ballet vocabulary, and also her participation in Capezio's Instagram Live inclusive ballet classes during the lockdowns of 2020.
Holly is incredibly excited to now to be offering private tuition for anyone who wishes to dance. Holly will be offering classes for all ages and abilities, as well as specific coaching for auditions, variations, wedding dances, choreography for competitions, audition photos and even advice for pointe shoe fittings. Whether you're a complete novice, or a dance professional, or anything in between, classes will be tailored to your individual requirements.
Students under her tuition (since she graduated) have 100% Merit rate or higher in their RAD ballet exams.
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