OUR TEAM

All our staff hold up-to-date enhanced DBS checks and regularly undertake safeguarding & first aid training.


Grace Buskell
School Founder & Principal Ballet Teacher

Relevé School of Ballet was founded in 2021 by Grace Buskell (RAD RTS, ARAD, BSc Hons).

Grace has danced professionally with Atlantic City Ballet (NJ, USA), The London Ballet Company and Ballet Theatre UK. She attended Susan Robinson School of Ballet and The London Russian Ballet School, later training full-time at The School of Ballet Theatre UK. She was also coached privately for a year by Roberta Marquez, principal ballerina of The Royal Ballet.

Grace has completed all her RAD examinations up to Advanced 2 and has taught ballet for many years at various schools in Surrey and London. She gained her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in 2018 with the Royal Academy of Dance, where she now holds Registered Teacher Status. Grace also sits on the RAD’s Global Membership and Marketing sub-committee which works alongside the RAD’s Executive Board and The Board of Trustees.

In 2021 Grace graduated with a First-class BSc (Hons) Psychology degree from Durham University. Throughout her time at Durham, she held the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for the Performing Arts and remained active member of the dance community. She was President of Durham University Ballet Company, danced the role of ‘Aurora’ in The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed for numerous shows and represented the University at nationwide competitions. Grace also wrote and choreographed her own ballet ‘The Four Seasons’, which was performed alongside a live orchestra.

As a psychology graduate, Grace is a firm believer that a good dance education should promote a dancers’ physical and mental health, as well as their technique and artistry. She hopes to develop not only creative and technically proficient dancers, but also happy and heathy young people.

 

Izzy Nicolaou
Pilates & Contemporary Teacher

Izzy started dancing at the age of 8 at a dance school in Cyprus. She has trained, performed and competed in both ballet and contemporary styles (Horton & Graham).

At 19 she went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dance where she obtained a BA (hons) degree in Ballet Education. Whilst at the RAD she was also part of Semaphore Ballet Company which is an undergraduate ballet company that consisted of students from the RAD.

Upon graduating from the RAD Izzy discovered a passion for Pilates and strength training. Izzy is a qualified Classical Mat Pilates Instructor with Exhale London. Izzy says “I’ve always been a firm believer in building strong dancers, that’s where Pilates can help students with building strength, coordination, and stability…One of my main strengths is the environment I create within my classes; fun, motivating, encouraging and safe”. 

 Izzy is an experienced dance teacher and, in addition to working at Relevé, is a professional pointe shoe fitter at Freed of London. She speaks fluent English and Greek and also runs her own adult only ballet school in London.

 

Aisha Takao
Ballet & Classical Repertoire Teacher

Aisha began her classical ballet training at the age of 3 in her local dance school in Tokyo, Japan. She studied with the American Ballet Theatre summer programs beginning at the age of 15 followed by the Princess Grace Academy.

At the age 18 she moved to continue her work at the Paliashvili Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Professional State Theatre; Corps De Ballet in Tbilisi, Georgia under the direction of Prima Ballerina and Director, Nina Ananiashvili; during which she placed overall 3rd in the Professional Group at the 2018 Rigas Pavasaris Competition.

Her work in Georgia landed her a position in the Corps De Ballet at Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia and the opportunity to tour in the 2019 national tour performing in: Vladivostok (The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre), Khabarovsk, and Chita.

She has performed many soloist roles including La Esmeralda Tambourine (variation), Big Swans (Swan Lake 2nd act) along with numerous performances in the Corps de Ballet including the world premiere of Talisman choreographed by Director Alexander Mishutin – nominated for the 2020 Golden Mask Award for Best Ballet Production (Moscow).

 

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