Anthony Wright ARAD (dip) PDTC. Founder and Director

At the age of ten Anthony received an annual scholarship from the Royal Academy of Dancing to enable training with Louise Browne OBE, FRAD. At sixteen he began training at The Royal Ballet School Upper School, London.

By 1969 Anthony (professionally known as Conway) was performing with The Royal Ballet Touring Company and joined The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden in 1971. In addition, he danced with Ballet for All (an educational dance programme, that toured throughout the United Kingdom, intended to illustrate the origins of classical ballet and its progressions to modern dance forms). He worked with many great teachers and choreographers including Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Jerome Robbins.

After retiring from performing in 1982 Anthony enrolled in The Professional Dancer’s Teaching Course at Royal Academy of Dancing. In 1983 he became Ballet Master at Associação de Ballet, Rio de Janeiro, teaching at Escola Estadual de Dança, Ballet Dalal Achcar. Anthony instructed on the teachers course at the Faculdade da Cidade and also established an outreach programme for boys at a local orphanage. On his return to England Anthony taught for the Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship Centre in York, later becoming director. He has also taught at various other schools in the region.

From 1989 to1997 Anthony was engaged at the London Contemporary Dance School as Ballet Tutor and Lecturer on the degree course. He was invited to the Showa Academia Musicae, Tokyo, Japan by Sir Peter Wright, and between 1997 and 1999 Anthony was responsible for the establishment and administration of a two year “finishing course” to prepare young dancers for entry to professional companies. This was a pioneering project for Japan.

Since 2000 Anthony has been working in Italy teaching for various schools in the Emiglia Romagna and Le Marche regions and has been instrumental in the opening of the new studios for L’Etoile in Urbania.