Angela DeMello Founder Dance Master Class – 2016

Angela, who passed away in December 2016 after a short illness, was the person who made all this possible. It was her energy and spirit that has made the company what it is today.
Angela was the Principal Director of Dance Master Class, which she founded in 2008 – previously she had been a Principal dancer with The English National Ballet and was a Senior Soloist with the Royal Ballet.

Born in South Africa, Angela began her ballet training at the age of six. Receiving a scholarship, she traveled to Britain to study at the Royal Ballet School; firstly at the Lower School White Lodge in Richmond Park and then at the Upper School in West London.

Angela graduated to the Royal Ballet Company Covent Garden and was promoted through the ranks to Senior Soloist. In 1991 Ivan Nagy invited her to join the English National Ballet as Principal dancer, there performing roles such as Swanilda in Ronald Hynd’s Coppelia, Bianca in John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, Snow Queen in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker and many other varied roles in the repertoire. Angela has worked world renowned choreographers and teachers including, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Dame Ninette De Valois, Sir Peter Wright, Glen Tetley, Rudolf Nureyev, David Bintley, Ben Stevenson, Michael Corder, Wayne Sleep, Mauro Begonzetti, Wayne Eagling, Vincente Nebrada, Derek Deane, Ronald Hynd and Natalia Makarova, and she has danced with Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Dowell, Wall, Sleep, Fonteyn, Sibley, Park, Collier, Mason, Seymour, Guillem and Ferri. Angela performed all the major works in the repertoire, including classics The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, La Bayadere and the modern full-length ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Manon.

Angela appeared as “the dancer” in a docufilm, Secret Lives, which was about the life of Margot Fonteyn. She features in the Royal Ballet videos of Galanteries, Still Life at the Penguin Café, Gloria, and the aforementioned classics. Her created roles include Sons of Horus, Still Life at the Penguin Café, Galanteries, Consort Lessons, The Planets, Fleeting Figures, Xcentricities, Four Seasons, Mayerling, Isadora, and Rhapsody, which was specially choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton to celebrate Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother’s 80th birthday.

After studying for a BSc Honours degree in Sport and Performance Therapy and Psychology she returned to the dance studio. Angela has taught at Reanimates, Urdang and Pineapple Studios in London. She also worked in the wig and wardrobe departments at ENB and toured with Jonathan Miller’s production of Tamerlano for the English Concert in 2001. Since 2002 Angela has been employed in Italy teaching, giving masterclasses and choreographing as well as staging and rehearsing productions of Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.