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Amanda Britton MA

Principal and Artistic Director of Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Amanda Britton has over 30 years of experience as a dancer, teacher, rehearsal director, mentor and course leader. Having trained at the Rambert Academy, she joined Ballet Rambert in 1984. She went on to become a leading dancer, performing roles in works by Christopher Bruce, Merce Cunningham, Richard Alston, Glen Tetley and Trish Brown amongst others. On leaving Rambert she went on to create and perform work with Siobhan Davies Dance Company.

After retiring from performance Amanda joined the faculty at London Contemporary Dance School, where alongside a full-time teaching role she completed an MA in Dance Education and Training.

In 2005 Amanda returned to Rambert School as Head of Undergraduate Studies, assisting in the introduction of the FD/BA Hons courses, validated by the University of Kent. She was appointed Principal and Artistic Director of Rambert School in July 2015.

Amanda has retained strong links with Rambert Company, overseeing a number of collaborative performance projects, and in 2018 launching the MA Professional Dance Performance/Rambert 2 in partnership with the Company.

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Christopher Marney

Artistic Director of Ballet Central

Christopher Marney is Artistic Director of Ballet Central, having studied as a dancer under the direction of Christopher Gable, and completed his Master's degree in Choreography at Central School of Ballet.

As a dancer Christopher has worked for Ballet Boyz, Gothenburg Ballet, Ballet Biarritz, Bern Ballet, Michael Clark Company, Ivan Putrov's Men in Motion and Matthew Bourne's New Adventures where he has danced many principal roles. 

The Critics Circle National Dance Awards nominated him for Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance two years running as well as being included in Dance Europe's Outstanding Male Dancer 2013 list.

As a choreographer he has created works for Ballet Black, Images of Dance, English National Ballet's Emerging Dancer Competition, Regensburg Opera House and the Edinburgh Festival. 

In London's West End Christopher has choreographed McQueen The Play, Tell Me on a Sunday, Hotel Follies and was the Associate Choreographer for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures. He was named Associate Artist of the UK Foundation in 2009.

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Ruth Brill
Artistic Director of
London Children's Ballet

Ruth Brill is a local girl who started classes with Judith Wilson before going onto train at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and English National Ballet School. She danced with English National Ballet (2007-2012) and Birmingham Royal Ballet (2012 - 2019). Ruth was promoted to first Artist in 2014 and retired from dancing in September 2019 to pursue her freelance choreographic career. Ruth is also the Artistic Director of London Children's Ballet. 

Ruth's commissions for BRB include Rhapsody in Blue (2014), Matryoshka (2015), Arcadia (2017) and Peter and The Wolf (2019). Ruth has also choreographed for The Rugby Worlds Cup welcoming Ceremony for England (2015), Future Dreams Charity Gala at The London Palladium (2018), Breakdance Ballet for Grand Opera House Belfast (2019), re-staging Cathy Marston's production of Ballet Shoes for London Children's Ballet (2019) and creating various works for National Youth Ballet, where she was the interim Artistic Director for the 2019 season. Current projects include a documentary film about Gillian Lynne, a new work for New English Ballet Theatre, My First Cinderella for English National Ballet and a new work for Wayne McGregor. 

Ruth's television work includes BBC news, 'An American in Paris' at the Royal Variety Performance, the Peace One Day Concert at the O2, the Concert for Diana at Wembly Stadium and the Cecchetti Legacy Project at The Royal Opera House. Ruth has a strong interest in outreach and has delivered development programmes including across the UK, France and USA.