Gemini School of Dance

Principal : Jacqui Everson A.I.S.T.D.(Dip)

Teachers: Jacqui Everson, Adam Cornes, Rosie Balfry

The Gemini School of Dance in Griffithstown has been running for 30 years. Jacqui is a fully qualified member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, teaching the Cecchetti method of ballet. She also taught Performing Arts Dance at Crosskeys Tertiary College and St. Albans RC High School for 7 years. Jacqui was a founder member of Independent Ballet Wales formerly known as Gwent Ballet Theatre and danced in the early years with Darius James, artistic director of Independent Ballet Wales. Jacqui is also responsible, along with Newport Cecchetti teacher Carol Goode, for organising monthly Associate classes for the Wales and West Cecchetti Ballet Associates and its annual Cecchetti Awards competition.
Rosie Balfry has been teaching at Gemini School of Dance since September 2014. She trained at The Dance Station in Bristol and is a past pupil of the school.
Adam Cornes is now teaching a boys dance class at Gemini. Adam is fully qualified with ABD dance society and is a freelance dance teacher and also a dancer with Gemini school of dance.
Our other class teaching assistants are Ashleigh Ellis, Elodie Chard, Kaitlyn Hall and Nicole Mills.

Gemini School of Dance has around 200 pupils teaching Ballet and Jazz. Ballet classes for young children start from the age of four. Classes for the very young are based upon syllabus work and the first examination can be taken from the age of five. The set syllabus work is gradually introduced and dances with stories and costumes using mime all make for an enjoyable way to experience the early years learning the discipline of Ballet class. Pupils learn about correct posture, co-ordination and the technique of ballet, which all leads to a confident and happy dancer. Ballet technique is the foundation of all dance genres.

The decision to start pointe work should only be decided by the qualified dance teacher and pointe shoes should only ever be purchased and fitted by a trained fitter of pointe shoes with several pairs of shoes with differing widths and vamp lengths fitted. Students are not to attempt pointe work before the age of 11 or 12. This is due to the pressure of bodyweight on the bones of the foot and toes, which are still growing. From the age of 11 or 12 the bones start to harden and this is the reason why this age is chosen for pointe work. It is not compulsory for students to have pointe shoes as going on pointe is not key to studying Ballet, but it should be the decision of the dance teacher who would have the best interests of the student at heart.


You can contact us at:

Gemini School of Dance
112 Sunnybank Road
Griffithstown
Pontypool
Torfaen
NP4 5LL
Tel: 01495 756567
Mob: 07962233396
E-mail: Jacqui.everson@aol.co.uk

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