Mangalika Jayalath

PROPRIETOR

By the end of 2008 Mangalika was stated as the principal of the Ballet Centre. She handled the accounting, financial, media and staff management as well as assisting in the reception from time to time. In 2012 she officially became to owner of the Ballet Centre. Over the past few years she has helped the Ballet Centre grow. Making an initiative to start a new branch of the Ballet Centre in Motor City, facilitated the biannual dance productions and in January 2018 used the Ballet Centre’s production of Alice in Wonderland to raise 75,000 DHS for Cancer research.

This is some of the few things of many Mangalika does for the Ballet Centre. She is a mother of 2 whose compassion and care extends to all the students and teachers. She is a strong woman whose goal has been to create a family-friendly school for everyone; somewhere she would be proud to send her own children to.

Ailsa Baker

HEAD OF BALLET

Ailsa has been with The Ballet Centre since 2017. She began dancing at 3yrs old, with Bramhall School of Dancing, and during her training she competed successfully in local and national competitions, worked to an advanced level in RAD ballet and ISTD Tap, Modern & National dance, and was involved in a variety of extra shows, including as a guest dancer with the Northern Lights Company, performing at venues across Switzerland and France, including Disneyland Paris.

While at BSD, Ailsa began assisting teaching classes and choreographing for the competition team until, at 18yrs, she gained a scholarship to train at London Studio Centre, where she achieved a BA (Hons) in Theatre Dance. After graduation, Ailsa performed with various dance companies alongside gaining her RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and, following her love of teaching, she became a full-time freelance dance teacher, working with a huge variety of age groups and abilities, guiding students successfully through exams and choreographing for competitions/shows.

Ailsa is always looking to further her dance teaching knowledge, gaining certificates in some elite training programs that help build stronger/safer dance techniques, namely Alixa Flexibility & Progressing Ballet Technique. She has also recently gained certificates through the RAD and Open University in “Working with young people in sport and exercise”, “Exercise and mental health” and “The Adolescent Dancer”.

Ailsa is currently the Head of Ballet and Events for The Ballet Centre.

Cherize Cloete

DANCE TEACHER

Cherize is a very passionate and energetic RAD Ballet Teacher who believes in revolving her practice around dedication, enthusiasm, positive energy and a lot of creativity. Cherize believes in maintaining a good balance between hard work that enhances progress, and fun that promotes a positive outcome in the dancers’ physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. She lives and breathes everything ballet has to offer and puts her heart and soul into her work. “Ballet has been my happy place and 2nd nature since the age of 9. As a very shy and introverted child, I found my way of expression and confidence through dance.”

Crystal Bates

DRAMA TEACHER

Crystal is a trained professional actress; an alumni of the prestigious ‘Italia Conti Drama School’ in London, Crystal holds BA Hons (Prof Actor) status and is a member of Equity London. Crystal continues to work professionally as an Actor herself and has extensive professional acting experience spanning theatre, film and Television. In the U.A.E you may recognize Crystal acting in MBC TV Show Zero Four or as the face of many TV, cinema and wider media advertising campaigns on behalf of numerous organisations including Emirates Airline, DU Telecom, Dubai First Bank and The Atlantis Hotel. In the cinema, Crystal was the lead actress in the award-winning film ‘The Neighbor’ a winning film at the Dubai Film Festival 2014.

Crystal’s true passion is the teaching of drama to children and young adults. Crystal has taught English and Drama to UK school pupils and has guided many hundreds of UK schoolchildren through their GCSE exams

Milla Vernon

DRAMA & MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHER

Miss Milla has trained and worked as both a performer and theatre educator for young people over many years in Australia, the United States, the UK and now the Middle East.

Sabum-Abdurahiman

TAEKWONDO TEACHER

6TH Dan Black belt

Chief Instructor of UAE ITF TKD
International Instructor and Examiner
International Umpire (Class – A)

Sabum. Abdurahiman has 32 years of experience in teaching ITF Taekwon-Do and 17 years of experience in UAE ITF TKD. With these 32 years, Sabum taught Kids, Adults, Army Commandos, Air force Police, and Forest Department. He is an expert in training kids. In many championships Sabum was the top winning champion, 1984 received best fighter award and also 2009 the best instructor award from Russia. Sabum. Abdurahiman is the member of Asian Taekwon-do Association and International Taekwon-do Federation. He is the vice president of Taekwon-do Association of India and Umpire chairperson of India. He is the president of UTAK (United Taekwon-do Association of Kerala).

Narshaleh Palac

ADMIN STAFF

She is commonly called ”Sasha”. She is a girl with a built-in smile on her face. Sasha was invited to visit Dubai in August 2017 and joined The Ballet Centre in the same year. She started working in Jumeirah main branch for a year and reassigned to Motorcity branch up to present. For Motorcity inquiries, Sasha is there to help!

Cheril Camay

ADMIN STAFF

Cheril has been with The Ballet Centre since December 2014. She finished her Business Administration 4 year course in the Philippines. Whilst in University she enjoyed involving in local politics, as she was elected as the Chairwoman of the Youth Section in their province until she graduated. She then worked devotedly as Project Admin/Account In-Charge in a construction company for  4 years. Cheril then moved to Dubai and happily joined The Ballet Centre in December 2014.

She is now enjoying as a customer service in-charge, answering enquiries and assisting the manager behind admin and accounts work.

Cynthia Lajum

ADMIN STAFF

Cynthia spent much of her career as a Customer Service Representative in the Philippines, working in the Business Process Outsourcing. In 2017, she decided to work overseas, moved to Dubai and happily joined The Ballet Centre in August 2017 as the company Receptionist/Shop clerk and also assists with administrative tasks.

On a daily basis, Cynthia is responsible for answering and forwarding incoming phone calls and providing customer assistance. She performs other clerical duties such as filing, record-keeping and receiving payments from customers.

Tala Kudrya

DEVELOPER/LEAD & PIANO TEACHER

Tala is an Early Childhood Educator, with practical experience since 2015. Developer of a unique approach to the child’s early years development based on the world’s recognized and approved Early Years’ practical methods. Author of unique media materials, composed for the course (exercises, music, songs and finger play rhymes) that help children achieve their best results in a natural way and thrive in life.

Additionally, Tala teaches piano since 2011 both for leisure as well as exams, pop and classical. For beginners, she would usually devise ways to foster good reading skills and also proper hand techniques to ensure that they become independent music readers and fluent players. This will propel them further in their musical journey.

Tala selects appropriate materials and writes lead sheets at times to introduce chord learning and composition skills. She tries to find the right motivation for students and is methodical to impart concepts so that they can be applied in children’s learning. She has taught students of different ages – from kids to teenagers!

Kamilla Khasanova

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS TEACHER

Kamilla is a graduate of the Ballet School of Uzbekistan where she was a student for eight years. Kamilla then studied for four years at the Tashkent State Higher School of National Dance and Choreography where she completed their demanding course qualifying as a Certified Ballet Teacher in 2006.

From 2006 to 2013 Kamilla held the prestigious position of ballet teacher at the Tashkent State Higher School of National Dance and Choreography was the choreographer for the Uzbekistan Gymnastics Federation for four years and was the manager of the White Swan private ballet school in Tashkent.

In addition to all of these impressive achievements Kamilla was a soloist and principle ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre of Uzbekistan for fifteen years from 2000. Taking the bold step of moving to Dubai Kamilla joined Dugym in 2013 and is now a vital member of the family acting as one of the choreography coaches.

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Saranga Rajapakse

MUSIC TEACHER

Saranga is an enthusiastic teacher with a knack for making learning exciting and enjoyable, motivated by the belief that all children can be successful learners. She is working as a Music instructor and an Early Childhood Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the UAE.

She is qualified with Trinity College of London examination and capable of handling Piano, Electronic/Digital Keyboard and Theory of Music of all levels. She also has developed many activities to use Music to promote creative development through songs, games and dance to the Primary age group.

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Fiona Macdonald

DANCE TEACHER

Fiona grew up in Aberdeenshire, where she began dancing from an early age at North Aberdeenshire Dance Academy (NADA) under the guidance of Kerrie Bruce and Hilary Caldwell. Growing up Fiona was a NADA pupil in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz classes, where she also gained her ISTD DDI Qualifications in Modern Theatre and Tap.

After leaving school Fiona went on to study Dance at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona where she trained in the disciplines of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Commercial.

Following on from this Fiona went on to study towards and gain her ISTD Diploma in Dance Education in both Tap and Modern Theatre at Escola de Dansa y Musica Elisenda Tarrago based in Barcelona under the guidance of Meritxell Paradell. During this time Fiona also taught for the Justine Garner Dance School Sitges Branch.

Moving back to the UK Fiona began teaching at various dance schools and Primary Schools in Central Scotland, entering students into ISTD Examinations and coaching/choreographing for shows and competitions locally and internationally. Fiona is also a trained PBT Teacher (Progressing Ballet Technique).

After being introduced to Pilates whilst undergoing training in Spain Fiona took a keen interest in Pilates and the benefits it provides in dance training. Fiona is currently completing her Pilates Matwork Teacher Training through Body Control Pilates.

Fiona is very excited to be teaching at The Ballet Centre and looks forward to meeting all of the lovely dancers.

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Rita Nicholas

ART TEACHER

Rita Nicolas is a leading woman in the fashion and Interior design industry. Have seeded many fashion designers in the fashion world and helped many students with their portfolios to reach high-ranking universities. She is a happy creative woman full of life designer and architect. A Lebanese national with 22 years of extensive expertise in teachings. Graduated as an architect from Kaslik University of Beaux Arts in Lebanon. She is teaching fashion design and Interior design in Dubai for the last 22 years.

Winner of Maestro fashion illustration in 2018. She ran workshops, ateliers and fashion shows in Dubai, Lebanon, France, Italy, Georgia, and Morocco. She was the main organizer of the Bloom Fashion show from 2005 – 2020. Many participants of her fashion courses and Interior design and jewelry went on to develop their own Fashion lines and boutiques. She is proud of being the teacher for many students winning the runway Dubai show. She organized and presented the Dubai International fashion week and International Cultural show in Agadir Morocco. She recently ran a workshop for the hosts of Arab Orient TV and helped to organize and presenting Runway Dubai 2019 and Dubai International Fashion week. In addition to being the fashion director for the international ‘Being She’ Event. Rita is also an influential leader for Arabic women’s fashion empowerment at Cardiff Sharjah. She is a Council and panel speaker at G.world for Management.

A digital influencer at technical training and management improvement Victoria London University.

The Fashion Ambassador of FWKG .

Winner of the Most fashionable public figure in UAE 2020 & 2021.

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Ipek Karakaya

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS TEACHER

She has had a love for gymnastics since she was a child, she was in the Turkish National Team of Rhythmic Gymnastics. She is also National RG Judge. She has been teaching with DuGym Angels Rhythmic Gymnastics, Aesthetic Group Gymnastics, Gymnastics for All Club as a Recreational – Performance Program Lead Coach. Some of her interests also include yoga, tennis, archery and windsurfing. Later she fell in love with teaching and being with kids. You can expect from Ipek’s training smiles, laughs, and having fun.

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Ravien Prakash George

HEAD OF MUSIC

With over 25 years of extensive experience in Teaching Music from beginners up to Diploma students, Ravien has vast knowledge, deep understanding of methodologies in the subject. He was a teacher for both Academic and Studio settings. In Dubai, He worked as a Music teacher in a prominent Music Institute since 2000 and became the Head of Music in 2010.

He started learning Music from Sr. Veronica, a Catholic Sister, where he learnt up to Licentiate Diploma in Piano and Amus TCL Diploma in Music Theory conducted by the Trinity College of Music, London. He also Completed Grade 8 Flute from ABRSM London. And during his training, he was a trainer and a Conductor of both the School Choir and Orchestra.

Ravien has also been a Music teacher at the School of Knowledge, (St. Mary’s Group of Schools, UAE) and St. Benedict’s College, Colombo, where the schools won several Music competitions “All Island Championship”, “Best Choir” awards. Also, he was the Director for several productions for the Primary School and also organized numerous concerts and shows for the secondary level.

As the Head of Music, he has put in place a student progress plan, got several higher achievers for Music Exams conducted by the Trinity College of Music London in both Practical and Theory of Music. Also, his students have participated in several Gulf Talent competitions and won several awards.