Iselin is a former professional ballet dancer. Trained by Frédéric Jahn and Patricia Ruanne, Ex Ballet Masters of the Paris Opera and Ex Directors of La Scala, Milan, and by Sheila Styles of the Royal Ballet, she also trained with Margaret Barbieri and David Ashmole at London Studio Centre, from where she graduated with Distinction and the award for Outstanding Achievement in Classical Ballet, and at Prodanza, Cuba. She performed and toured for over ten years with companies including Ballet Cymru, Ballet Russes, Ballet Theatre UK and Ballet Laura Alonso. Her roles include Giselle, Myrtha, Juliet, Lady Capulet and Titania.
Iselin taught extensively for Ballet Cymru’s Education Programme, including the Associate Programme, Outreach Programmes and Summer Schools. She then went on to teach in many schools and settings, including London Russian Ballet School, where she worked with teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet and the Vaganova Academy, and Thomas’s Kensington, where she was Head of Ballet. She is experienced in teaching Classical Ballet Technique, Floor Barre, Body Conditioning, Pointework and Repertoire. She plays the piano and has also taught Music.
Iselin is now very excited both to be a teaching specialist in the TASIS Early Learning Center, and to be a lead in the TASIS Dance Academy.
Stephanie began dancing at a very young age and was an active member of The Madeira Amateur Dramatic Society (MADS) led by Nigel Miles-Thomas. At the age of 18, Stephanie was successful in securing a place at London Studio Centre. This provided her with a broad base of professional training in ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance and music theatre. Stephanie graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Theatre Dance, specializing in the Jazz Company under the direction of Petra Siniawaski.
For the next decade, Stephanie enjoyed a successful career working with renowned choreographers, Lisa Marie Bertoni, Paul Roberts and Gareth Walker. Her career highlights include promoting Beyoncé’s UK Tour, dancing at The Royal Albert Hall in the productions “Classical Spectacular” and “The Night of 1000 Voices”. Stephanie performed on cruise liners, theatres and thrived in her role as dance captain/assistant choreographer.
Since then, Stephanie retrained as a teacher and has excellent experience and success as both a classroom and a dance teacher. She has recently coordinated an Afterschool Programme and taught dance in various settings. Stephanie is very excited at the prospect of being a part of the TASIS Dance Academy and sees it as a wonderful opportunity to share her passion and knowledge for the performing arts with her students.
Samantha found her love of dancing very young and has been dancing for nearly twenty years. She trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip hop and everything in between. Over her years of dancing, Samantha has completed high-level Ballet examinations through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in both the Graded and Vocational syllabi, completed Modern examinations through the Association of International Dance Teachers (AIDT) and represented Team Canada at multiple World Dance Championships.
Through Samantha’s passion for dancing, she found her love for teaching. While studying Elementary Education at the University of Victoria, Samantha taught Ballet, Jazz, and her speciality, Contemporary for students aged 3-12 at different studios in the area.
Samantha is also a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher with a focus on Trauma-Informed practice, as well as a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
Samantha is very excited to share her love of Dance and Yoga in the TASIS Dance Academy, as well as in her Grade 2 classroom!