Ballet Faculty

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Lynsey Kidd

Artistic Director

One of our ballet coaches, Lynsey Kidd, started dancing at the Lupino School, Bury.

Lynsey trained The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge and performed with the Royal Ballet Company dancing at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Lynsey also performed a pas de trois in an exclusive performance for the late HRH Princess Diana.

Lynsey trained at The Vaganova Academy, Russia and then continued her training at the Central School of Ballet London under the Direction of Christopher Gable and performed with Ballet Central. Upon graduating she was offered sought after contracts including; Meg in the West End musical Phantom of the Opera; London City Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre.

Lynsey became a professional ballerina joining Northern Ballet in 1994 and spent 11 years performing nationally and internationally dancing a wide variety of solo roles in the Company’s repertoire including World Premiere performances for the Royal Family and HRH visits.

She retired from the stage as a dancer to pursue a career in teaching. Lynsey gained her teaching qualifications with distinction, and has worked as a freelance Ballet Coach/Teacher with Northern Ballet and Northern School of Contemporary Dance, KS dance, Phil Winston Theatre School and lecturing for the BBO scholars, the Cecchetti scholars and the IDTA.

As a founding Director of Moorland International Ballet Academy, Lynsey is dedicated to tutoring and inspiring future generations of Professional Ballet dancers and Performers.

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Simon Kidd

Classical Ballet Director

As a former professional dancer for Northern Ballet, Simon has performed Internationally and instructed many professional Ballet students.

Simon was born in Wembley, he began his dance training in Manchester at The Gwyneth Hare School of Dance and then The Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park. At secondary level Simon went to the Central School of Ballet in London under the direction of Christopher Gable and tutored by Murray Kilgour and Greg Horsman.

Simon performed with Adventures in Motion Picture, English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and Northern Ballet, where he danced several lead and titled roles including Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Beast (Beauty and the Beast) and Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Whilst with Northern Ballet he performed and created works by many world-renowned choreographers including David Nixon, Massimo Moricone, Cathy Marston, Didy Veldman and Nacho Duato.

After passing all his teaching certificates with distinction Simon has taught extensively and been invited as a guest teacher for the IDTA the RAD and the ISTD. He has spent many years in employment by the United Kingdom’s leading vocational schools and been invited to teach Company Classes around the Country.

As a founding Director of Moorland International Ballet Academy, Simon is proud to tutor and encourage future generations of Professional Ballet dancers and Performers.

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Kenneth Tindall


Another exciting addition to the teaching programme is Kenneth Tindall, former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer and choreographer of the award-winning ballet Casanova.

Kenneth trained at Central School of Ballet and previously danced with The Israel Ballet and K Ballet. He later joined Northern Ballet in 2003, where he was a Premier Dancer before developing as one of the UK’s most exciting young choreographers.

With his first professional commission, Project #1, Kenneth won the Production Prize at the 26th International Choreographic Competition in Hanover. In September 2014 Kenneth was nominated for ‘Best Young Choreographer’ at the inaugural Taglioni European Ballet Awards. In 2015 he was nominated for two National Dance Awards from the Critics Circle, for ‘Emerging Artist’ and ‘Best Classical Choreography’ for his ballet The Architect.

Most recently Kenneth was recognised again for his work, with a second ‘Best Classical Choreography’ nomination at the Critics Circle National Dance Awards 2017. Kenneth was the recipient of the ‘Outstanding Achievement in a New Dance Production’ in the Broadway World UK Awards 2017, for Casanova.

I am delighted to be asked to be the Patron of Moorland School’s International Ballet School.This is a wonderful school with excellent facilities and world class teaching. It has all the ingredients to become a world renowned centre for excellence and I look forward to watching it grow under the expert and ever nurturing eyes of Simon and Lynsey Kidd.
Kenneth Tindall

Guest Teacher / Choreographer

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Gillian Hurst

Guest Teacher

RBS Dip (TTC), ARAD, DDE (NB), PDB and Examiner Spanish Dance Society. A Fellow and Senior Examiner Cecchetti Society and Holder Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma.

Gillian received an all-round training at Bush Davies School before completing the Craftsman’s Course at The Royal Ballet School, where her final year was spent as Head Student.

She then embarked on a teaching career, spending six years at Elmhurst Ballet School, a short time as Principal of a school in Malta, teaching freelance in London at West Street School, the Cecchetti Centre and London Contemporary Dance School.

After moving to the Northwest, she taught at The Hammond School. She is responsible for BBO Scholars North and Northern Associates and is Deputy Head of Dance at KSDance Ltd. where she is responsible, amongst other things, for the teaching qualifications. Her teaching and examining has taken her to Europe, Canada, USA, Malaysia and Japan.



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