3-5 years: Thursday at 16.00-16.45

5-7 years: Thursday at 16.45-17.30


Jill Thomas School of Ballet was first established in 1982 at Marske-by-the-Sea.

From the age of 5 I learned R.A.D ballet at the Jean McDonnell School of Ballet in Redcar. During my time there I took part in a number of exams from Primary to Intermediate until I reached the age of 16, when I decided to become a ballet teacher.

I then started studying at The Hammond School in Chester to gain my teaching qualifications alongside other dance exams. From there I took my first teaching post in Bari Southern Italy for a year which was an experience I will never forget.

From 1985 I have lived in Ingleby Barwick and as time went on I wanted to move my school there. So in 1993 I started teaching in Ingleby Barwick at the Church Hall which was just a prefab portable building then!

I have now been teaching successfully in Ingleby Barwick for the past 22 years and had many children take R.A.D exams with a 100% pass rate.

My working week now also takes me to Hemlington Recreation Centre and Helmsley Arts Centre where I teach ballet.