Sophie Ward BA (Hons), RAD: RTS, ARAD
Sophie started dance at a young age, training in ballet, tap and modern at the Styler School of Dance. As her training developed, she took various graded examinations in RAD ballet and ISTD modern and performed in various events and productions. Sophie then trained at the Georgina Pay School of Dance before pursuing an ambition to become a ballet teacher. In 2009 Sophie gained a place at the Royal Academy of Dance on the BA (Hons) Ballet Education programme gaining registered teacher status and achieving associate status on completion of the Royal Academy of Dance's Advanced 2 Examination.
Sophie has enjoyed a varied and exciting teaching career, preparing students for examinations, show choreography and rehearsal, teaching audition classes, leading workshops and short courses, as well as taking on a role as Head of Ballet for a performing arts school.
In 2017 Sophie founded Barre Define, developing ballet-inspired fitness classes, based on her knowledge and experience as a classical ballet teacher, along with extensive research and participation in additional courses, to study the way in which our muscles move during dance, and exercises we can do to strengthen our core, tone our muscles and improve our posture, whilst carefully considering a range of limitations, including pregnancy, post-pregnancy, injuries, and age related issues. Sophie is dedicated to offering all-inclusive classes, where you can really enjoy exercising and socialising in a friendly and non-judgemental environment.
Ellie has danced since she was 4 years old, training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Commercial, Contemporary & Musical Theatre; she has a true passion for Dance.
She trained at SLP College Leeds for three years and gained a Trinity Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance. She is also a qualified dance teacher with the International Dance Teachers’ Association as well as being a qualified Yoga Instructor.
Ellie has an impressive range of experience in dance, fitness and teaching. She currently teaches at local dance schools and choreographs competition pieces, as well as successfully running her own classes for children and adults in a variety of dance and fitness disciplines.
Ellie is a bubbly character and is passionate about creating a fun and inclusive atmosphere in her classes. We are delighted to have her on our team here at Barre Define.