Wimbledon Village
School of Ballet

Our staff

Fiona Keeble, AISTD Dip., CDE, DDE
Principal

Fiona started her dance training at the Laine Theatre Arts, Epsom, completing her studies at The Hammond school, Chester, with a diploma in teaching. She reached Advanced level in ballet, modern and tap dance. After 10 years of professional dancing around the world, Fiona settled in Northern Italy where she spent 6 years teaching dance at the Marisa Faccio School, Ventimiglia.

In 1996 Fiona returned to Britain to marry her husband John and have daughter Jessica and son James. She continued teaching ballet, tap and modern at the Margaret Dixon school of dance, Sutton. In 2002 she met Vernie Stilwell and has been happily teaching at the Wimbledon Village School of Ballet ever since. When Vernie decided to retire in December 2007 Fiona joined Michelle Townsend in partnership. Fiona continues to run the Ballet School after Michelle's retirement in 2013.

Serena Hordon, AISTD Dip., CDE, DDE, AITDA
Ballet Teacher

Serena was born in Yorkshire and moved to London after dancing professionally in Europe and England working in theatre, film and television. She has her Advanced Ballet and Modern certificates and holds her ISTD DDE teaching diplomas in these disciplines. She is also qualified in RAD and IDTA.

Having taught for over 20 years, she has choreographed and created shows for children at Kings College, Epsom Theatre, Kingston College and Surbiton Assembly Rooms, raising money for Anthony Nolan Trust and the Born Too Soon Campaign. She has taught students who have progressed to full time dance college.

Serena is enjoying teaching at Wimbledon Village Ballet School.

Victoria Butcher - Assistant Teacher

Victoria trained at London College of Dance gaining a BA (Hons) in Dance. On graduation she won the Pamela Wray award for choreography. She continued her training at London Studio Centre which incorporated a UK tour with Intoto Dance Company.

Victoria has worked with various contemporary choreographers including Everaldo Pereira of Nutempo Dance Company. She has performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre, the Brazilian Embassy, Embankment Gardens Outdoor Theatre and even Covent Garden Market!

After taking a few years to bring up her two children Rosanna and Thomas, she has returned to dance and is very happy to be teaching at the Wimbledon Village School of Ballet. Alongside teaching, Victoria is currently studying to be a Pilates instructor and also for ISTD ballet qualifications.

Ann Booth - Pianist

Ann Booth is a graduate of Trinity College of music, London and has combined a career as a piano teacher and accompanist with raising four children. Playing for Adult Education 'keep fit' evening classes and teaching adult piano classes led to playing for ballet classes at Pineapple Studios, Covent Garden and ballet and tap classes at Chelsea and Kensington Institute as well as teaching class singing at various London schools.

Since retiring from school work Ann now concentrates on playing and singing in choirs, accompanying at the Wimbledon Village School of Ballet, teaching piano and babysitting 6 grandchildren aged 2-6yrs!

Ben Ward - Pianist

Ben was born in Hertfordshire and studied Maths at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he played in several concerts and had his introduction to choral accompaniment, leading to a more musical than mathematical life.

He has worked as a pianist and teacher for eight years, accompanying (and occasionally conducting) for choirs and choral societies, ballet classes, theatre groups, school choirs, opera singers and instrumentalists. He has performed as an organist, a classical guitarist, a rock keyboardist, a piano accompanist, and a concerto soloist. He holds the Associated Board's diploma in piano performance with distinction.

His current teaching practice spans all ages from six to mid-forties, and all standards. He is interested in all styles of music, and in encouraging students to achieve a variety of goals, whether they are interested in passing exams, playing with others, or just having fun making music.