Years Ballet

Victoria Quelch- - I have been training in ballet and dance from the age of three, but my true passion always remained with the art of ballet. Throughout those years I participated in many of number of shows in London and around the country with companies such as, The English Youth Ballet, The National Youth Ballet and The London Children’s Ballet. I also trained with The Royal Ballet as a senior associate in convent garden; I would say this was my greatest dancing achievement, alongside achieving 100% in my grade 8 ballet exam.

I started teacher training as an assistant at 15 alongside my own training, where I found a passion in passing on my knowledge and loved watching my students develop and grow as dancers. I went to university following my passion for theatre, where I gained a BA(Hons) Degree in Costume with Performance Design. I am now very much looking forward to teaching again and watching the strength, posture and performance quality develop in my students.


Romy Nicholson -Romy initially trained at Graham School of Dance, then moved onto Jaqui Ison Theatre Arts where she studied various styles of dance including, Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Modern, Jazz, Tap and National dance. As a child, Romy took part in many festivals and All England Dance National finals and has performed with the English Youth Ballet. Romy has progressed through the all of the RAD graded exams and has completed her first vocational graded exam.

Romy then went on to study psychology at university and decided to further her studies by undertaking her post-graduate certificate in education. Romy is currently teaching at at a local primary school and enjoys being part of the silver years ballet team.

Carrie Johnson. -  Having spent 20 years as a dance school Mummy, and had careers in administration, marketing and business. The creation of Silver Years Ballet was developed while noticing a need for gentle exercise to beautiful music solely for the retired.  I investigated the many benefits of ballet improvements in flexibility, poise and posture. Silver Years Ballet not only improves health but offers companionship.

I am married to Allan and have four beautiful daughters and two handsome sons.

Our Teachers

Melissa Douglas (DDI) Melissa began dancing at 3 years old, training in Ballet following the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. She began by assisting her own teacher in various classes at this school before embarking on her own teaching career in 2011 where she began her teacher training with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing at Penny Meeking’s Teacher Training College in Royston, Hertfordshire. Here she gained her teaching qualifications in Imperial Ballet and National Dance.
She has experience with festival choreography, organising shows and entering children into exams.
Melissa teaches children from as young as 3 as well as adults, but is now enjoying the different challenge of taking these classes specifically designed for the retired and is looking forward to seeing the huge improvements in the flexibility, posture and overall health of those who attend these classes.