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Classical Ballet

Layla’s classes are musical and focus on classical artistry and the upper body as much as technique and placement. Her classes will help to improve strength, stamina, technique and artistry, passing on knowledge from the many wonderful teachers she has worked with and her diverse career in Ballet. A good application of classical ballet technique is required. 


Layla Harrison started her training with Jean Butterworth. Her first professional experience was dancing with the Kirov Ballet Company when she played the young Aurora in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Coliseum in London. She toured New York and Canada in one of the lead roles in National Youth Music Theatre’s production of ‘The Ragged Child’ and returned to New York for a gala week of the same production the following year (The Danny Kaye Playhouse).

Layla then trained at The Royal Ballet School (graduating both Lower and Upper Schools).
Performances during her time with RBS included: creating the role of ‘The Bird’ in Mathew Hart’s ‘Peter
and the Wolf’ (performed over several years at The Royal Opera House and Holland Park and was filmed
for the B.B.C.); ‘Alice’ (Ashton); ‘solo girl’ in Mark Annear’s ‘Theme and Variations’ in her graduation performance

Layla graduated LSC with a B.A.Hons degree and performed with the classical graduate company Images for two years. During this time Layla worked with choreographers such as Christopher Hampson, Cathy Marston, Wayne Sleep, Matthew Hart, Michael Corder & Adam Cooper. Layla danced as soloist for the Royal Academy of Dancing in ‘Les Sylphides’ (York) and also danced ‘Liberty Bell’ in Balanchine’s ‘Stars and Stripes’ for its European debut. She was coached for the part by Dame Alicia Markova and footage has since been used in the documentary film ‘Ballet Russes’.

Dance work includes: ‘Cinderella’ (The Royal Ballet Company); Ballet Ireland ‘Fireworks’ tour; guest artist as ‘The Sugar Plum Fairy’ in I.N.Y.B. Company’s ‘The Nutcracker’; Peter Darrell’s Pas De Trois ‘Jeux’ (dancing with Adam Cooper and Oxana Panchenko) for the Darrell Trust’s gala in Glasgow. Layla joined English National Ballet Company in 2005. Productions for ENB included: Derek Deane’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (Royal Albert Hall); ‘Swan Lake’; ‘Sleeping Beauty’; ‘Nutcracker’; ‘Giselle’ & Nureyev’s production of ‘Romeo & Juliet’. Layla danced with Scottish Ballet Company from 2007-2011. Productions with SB included: Ashley Page’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (two seasons); Richard Alston’s ‘Carmen'(Scottish Tour); Page’s ‘Cheating, Lying, Stealing’ (Scottish Tour) for which, Layla was lucky to join a small cast of dancers. She then toured with the company to China with the same production of ‘Carmen’ & Ashley Page’s ‘Pennies from Heaven’ followed by the Autumn UK & Scotland tour of Balanchine’s ‘Rubies’ and Pastor’s ‘In Light and Shadow’. Layla danced several roles (including ‘Poppies’ and ‘French’) in Page’s ‘The Nutcracker’; and further soloist roles of ‘Prussian Princess’ and ‘Spring Season Fairy’ in his production of ‘Cinderella’. Layla finished her eighth tour with the company in a brand new production of ‘Alice’, playing several roles including ‘The Dormouse’. Layla worked with Will Tuckett on a collaboration between The Royal Opera House and Van Cleef & Arpels, held at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles and danced in ‘The Mayfly’ (studio performance (Love, The Royal Opera House). She also performed at The Global Pursuit Awards (Lynne Page), Conde Nast Awards (Lynne Page), and for JLProductions in various events including recently at Kensington Palace.

Musical Theatre work includes: ‘Olivier Awards 2014’ (Royal Opera House, Cameron Mackintosh); Meg Giry & Ballet Girl in ‘The Phantom of The Opera’ (West End 2011-2015); 25th Anniversary Gala of Phantom Of The Opera (The Royal Albert Hall); NYMT’s ‘Oliver!’ (Edinburgh festival); and The Schools Proms (The Royal Albert Hall).

TV, Commercial and Film work includes: The International Marriott Hotel campaign (Lynne Page); ‘ERTU’ Culture channel Ident (Craig Hadley); ‘Filth & Wisdom’ (Semtex, Madonna); ‘Margot’ (90 minute film for BBC4 by Mammoth Screen, Otto Bathurst); ‘STREETDANCE’ (3D feature film by Vertigo/BBC, Max Giwa & Dania Pasquini); Opening Shot, South Bank Show (I.T.V.); ‘Ballet Russes’ (Goldfine & Geller); and ‘The Dumb Witness’ – ‘Poirot’ (Edward Bennett, I.T.V.).

Teaching work:

Layla has taught at many dance schools/brands over the years whenever her performance schedule has allowed. Establishments include: DANCEWORKS professional classes; Central School of Ballet evening classes; Urdang college; Hammond School; Sayers Dance Centre (Australia); Kensington School of Ballet; West London Dance Academy; GJUUM (Royal Ballet); W.A.C. Performing Arts & Media College; Totnes School of Dance; Barton Peveril Performing Arts College; Gaynor Walter School of Dance; Northbrook College; Jean Butterworth School; The Regal School; Alison Axford’s Academy; Deborah Bond Academy; Crystal Ballet; and she teaches privately whenever time allows. For years Layla has choreographed festival solos, duets and groups with impressive results, many of which have won places at All England Dance Festival. Layla coaches an ever increasing number of students. Many of Layla’s students are now at vocational schools or in professional work. Layla has been running the successful Dunsford Performing Arts Summer Courses for eighteen years.


The marriage of both technical awareness and artistic expression makes this class very special
The class has a perfect balance of focusing on technique and body awareness, while keeping the energy alive by remembering to dance! There’s a strong focus on the body and placement but we are also encouraged to use the music to influence our dynamic and movements..
This class is tackled with a positive and encouraging energy that brings the best out of every dancer.
It’s a place you can be true to yourself and work hard, and feel the results. Leaving you feeling happier and more accomplished for going.”

Mia Barclay

“She is a lovely teacher – confident, intelligent and responsive. The class is challenging but full of movement and loads of fun.   Layla’s classes are life-enhancing in a ‘make you feel happy’ kind of way. I go whenever I get the chance”

Elizabeth Wilson

  Minimum age: 10+


Classical Ballet
Pro Level 
11:00 – 12:30
Studio 10/£8