Our Teachers

Our Teachers

Helen Held, Principal


Helen began dancing when her elder sister took up ballet, tap and acrobatics at Nan Davies Stage School in London, unable to sit still and watch, she joined in and became a pupil aged 3.


Aged 6, the family relocated to Filey and soon found Susan Richards Ballet School in Scarborough. Helen trained with Susan Richards, for ten wonderful years, taking part in annual performances, choreography competitions, London Performances.


Helen trained at the renowned Central School of Ballet in London and graduated with a Dancers Diploma and a contract as a Soloist with Corps de Ballet at the Stadttheater Oberhausen.


In her third season, Helen suffered a back injury and was unable to continue with classical ballet.


As a choreographer, Helen worked for theaters in Bamberg, Hannover, Giessen, Detmold, Oberhausen as well as NDR and WDR television (Germany).


Helen is a qualified ballet teacher (ARBTA) and has taught at Rambert School (Mercury Theatre, London), La Danse (Muenster), VHS Beckum, Tanzwerkstatt Lux (Hamm), former pupils are teaching and performing in Holland and Germany.


Helen returned to the UK in 2002, after 16 years dancing, choreographing and teaching in Germany and began teaching for Susan Richards.


Upon retiring, Susan passed her wonderful school onto Helen.



Lauren Dodson, Teacher


Miss Lauren’s love for ballet started when she herself was a “Monday Baby”.


Her Nanna and Grandad took her to her first class with Susan Richards, following in the footsteps of her Aunty who had also spent many happy years at SRBS.


During her time with Miss Richards, Miss Lauren achieved consistently high exam grades, excelled at choreography, winning competitions on numerous occasions at SRBS/YCSB, and at ARBTA Choreographic Competition ( Inter Schools) in Watford.


Miss Lauren’s passion for ballet grew stronger and stronger over the years. Throughout secondary school, college and working full time, ballet was always there, always her escapism.


In 2012, whilst pregnant with her first son,  Miss Lauren did her teacher training with YCSB and passed her ARBTA  Associate Ballet Teacher with credit


What motivates her as a teacher?


"I teach little me's in some way, I see their expressions, and excitement, sense their nerves and help them in every way I can not only as a ballet dancer but as an individual I can help them to gain confidence and make new friends, to have a bit of escapism if they need it but most of all  give them the best experience of ballet class that I can possibly can. Every ballet class, ever since I can remember, I was always given the same. I will always be grateful to Helen and Miss Richards for giving me those wonderful years full of memories and teaching me how to pass the 'pearls of wisdom' onto each of our pupils."