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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.

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.