Meet The Team

Main School Teachers

Georgina Weston
Founder and Principal


Ballet Education, LRAD,ARAD, RADrts, BASI Pilates

Growing up through the RAD grades at the Linda Mortimore School of Dance in Devon, Georgina discovered her love and desire for Classical ballet and expanded her dance genres to also study Tap, Modern and Jazz.

Georgina studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London completing the Ba(HONS) Ballet Education and Licentriate teaching course. In September 2009 Georgina was given the opportunity to take over and found ‘The Georgina Weston Dance Academy’ in Orpington and has been working to grow and improve the school ever since.

“I believe in delivering the highest standard of dance teaching to meet and excel the requirements of todays young dancers.”

I have a realistic approach to dance and the performance world, catering for all types of student; whether that be a child with an interest in dance on a fun and social level, to the student that’s looking to excel and form a future career in this field and I aim to support and nurture each and every student to fulfil their true potential.

Mia Carruthers
Ballet and Dance Teacher


Mia has had a passion and enthusiasm for dance from an early age. Beginning classes at the age of three, she has completed the RAD graded syllabus and in the final stages of her vocational training. In addition, she had studied Jazz, Contemporary and IDTA Tap and Modern.

After joining the Georgina Weston Academy in 2009, Mia’s love of both performing and teaching continued to grow. After successfully completing her academic studies and studying A-level Dance at the Royal Academy of Dance, she began the BA(Hons) in September 2015 and graduated with a First class honours.

She has gained valuable professional performance experience dancing with the English Youth Ballet as well as annual school shows. Mia has been assisting at GWDA from 2014 and has experience working in a wide range of contexts. Mia has a particular interest in working with those with special needs, developed through her work with RADiate.

“It never feels like coming to work, it’s a joy to teach dance. In every class it is a privilege to facilitate students to their full potential, regardless of ability.”

Elena Georgiou
Ballet and Dance Teacher

MA, BA (Hons) Ballet Education, LRAD, RADrts

Elena grew up in Cyprus and discovered her passion for dance when taking her first ballet class at the age of 5. Growing up she participated in a number of performances and dance seminars where she was trained in different dance styles.

In 2009, she was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dance where she completed her degree in Ballet Education as well as the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance. Elena decided to further her studies in dance and undertook the MA in Dance Cultures at the University of Surrey which she completed in September 2013, with Distinction. She currently lives and teaches in London and aspires to reinforce students’ expression and performance enjoyment.

Lizzi Robinson
Ballet and Dance Teacher


Lizzi discovered her love of dance at the age of four, studying in the Isle of Man under the instruction of Janette Alexander, Pippa Salter and Mari-Louise Britz. During her earlier stages of training, Lizzi undertook vocational exams and a GCSE dance qualification.

Her passion for teaching led her to train at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in London, gaining first class honours in the BA Ballet Education degree and a distinction in the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance qualification. Additionally, she was awarded the Philip Nind award for her undergraduate dissertation, as well as becoming the inaugural recipient of the Rachel Cameron prize for the Karsavina syllabus.

Lizzi has taught and assisted in a variety of London-based dance schools. She aspires to instil a love of dance and movement in all students, whilst understanding their individual needs and helping them reach their full potential.

Anaïs Huning

BA(HONS) Ballet Education, LRAD, RADrts

Born and raised in Warwickshire Anaïs discovered her passion for dance at the early age of two and a half whilst training at the Grosvenor House School of Dance, under the direction of Sylvia Lorden. Keen to follow a career in dance she further enriched her training with the Pattinson Theatre Arts School. She has won trophies and medals at reputable festivals across the Midlands and has a background in ballet, tap, modern, lyrical and character.

Since moving to London to train at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters, she has gained a first class honours in the BA (Hons) Ballet Education degree and attained the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance qualification. She is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher and is excited to transfer her skills to teaching the GWDA pupils.

Charis Murray
Ballet and Dance Teacher

Charis began her training at Monument Dance Centre in Stirling, Scotland. Training in RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, ISTD Modern, Jazz and Contemporary. Eventually assisting and teaching at Monument before moving to Glasgow to train at The Dance School of Scotland’s Musical Theatre Course. Continuing her training, Charis then moved down to London to attend Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Since graduating she has performed in theatre’s all over the UK and Germany as well as working on films and music videos.

Charis is a passionate dance and musical theatre teacher and choreographer and is always committed to help inspire creativity and increase confidence in her students.

She has recently completed her level 4 & 5 Teaching Diploma with The British Ballet Organisation.

Winnie Willsmer
Ballet and Dance Teacher

I started ballet at the Crofton Infant School with the GWDA at the age of 5. This ignited my love for ballet dancing and enabled me to continue learning after school.

Around the age of 9, I began assisting Miss Georgina in her younger ballet classes as well as progressively completing RAD Examinations too. I started assisting in ballet classes at Bromley High School, as well as the Orpington studios and have been doing so for many years. My years of experience alongside our RAD qualified teachers have inspired me to continue with ballet as a career. Participating in several ballet productions with the GWDA and the English Youth Ballet enhanced my passion for performing and dancing ability further.

I’m currently in my final year of A Levels, and are soon to complete RAD Advanced 1 and Grade 8. This term, I am applying to begin Higher Education at the Royal Academy of Dance and joining the Ba(Hons) Ballet Education course in the next academic year.

Emily Bucknall
Ballet and Dance Teacher

Trained at Bird College, Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre

Emily has had a passion and love for dance from a very young age, having started dancing at the age of 3 at her local dance school. From there, she took her RAD vocational exams and IDTA exams in Ballet, Tap and Modern to a high level along with attending monthly associate programs at Midlands Ballet Associates and Chantry school. Whilst at her dance school, back home in Hull, she was lucky enough to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in the 2015 Dance Proms, as well as perform with the Royal Ballet Company as part of their ‘Take Flight’ campaign.

In 2018, at the age of 16, Emily successfully gained a place at Bird College, graduating in 2021 with a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. Whilst training, Emily performed for the Mamma Mia Guiness World Record Press Release, in Betty Blue Eyes (Doreen Bird Foundation Theatre), as well as numerous college shows and showcases.

Emily likes to use all the knowledge she has learnt and experiences she has had to inspire and motivate the younger generations in her classes.

Marilia Reis
BA(HONS) Ballet Education, LRAD, RADrts

Marília began to fall in love with ballet at the age of two and a half at the Oficina do Movimento Academy in Lisbon, Portugal. After moving to London, she began attending classes at the RAD, completing all exams from Grade 1 through to Advanced 1. Her love for ballet and teaching grew as her teacher invited her to assist in the Primary classes, where she then realised how much she enjoyed teaching ballet.

After graduating at the RAD with a BA(Hons) Ballet Education and attaining the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance qualification, Marilia was invited to be a ballet teacher in a newly established school in Belgrade, Serbia, the Belgrade Centre for Ballet. She had the opportunity to be involved in their first ever show, the Nutcracker which was an incredible experience where she could share her passion and enthusiasm for teaching, helping the children with their choreographies and solos.

Marília strives to share her knowledge and love of dance with her students, motivating them to be the best dancers they can be.

Guest Teachers

Georgia Holland
Ballet and Dance Teacher

DDI – ISTD Modern, Tap.

Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts

Level 2 Personal Trainer

Georgia discovered her love of dance at a very early age joining the local ballet school at the age of 3 years old, it wasn’t long before she wished to expanded her knowledge into the other elements of Dance. She studied ISTD Tap, Modern, Ballet and all aspects of Musical Theatre at the Italia Conti Associates Performing Arts School from the age of 5, during which time Georgia performed in Collage performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre, The Old Vic, The Palladium, The Broadway Theatre Wimbledon and The Orchard Theatre. Georgia then joined the Reynolds Performing Arts Academy in 2010 and completed her final year achieving a Diploma in Dance Theatre.Throughout her time at Reynolds Georgia has performed for Spillers Pantomime in Aladdin, at ‘Move It’ 2012 & 2013 Dance Convention, and performed in a number of Cabaret shows in London West End Hotels.

Georgia teaches ISTD TAP, ISTD Bronze & Silver Jazz, RAD ballet, Street dance & Musical Theatre.

Beckie Davis
Ballet and Dance Teacher

Beckie developed her love and passion for dance at a very young age and started taking ballet classes at her local dance school at aged 3. Alongside her dancing she trained in Gymnastics and competed to a high level. At aged 16 she began assistant teaching at the local dance school whilst in full time training at Reynolds Performing Arts. She graduated in 2013 with a Diploma in Dance Theatre.
Since then she has performed in; The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Worldwide tour of Spirit of the Dance (Lead, Dance Captain & Dancer), Carnival Cruise Lines (Dancer/ Lead Dancer).
In-between contracts Beckie has taught a variety of classes and ages and thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge to the students and helping to develop their fantastic potential.

Faye Butcher
Ballet and Dance Teacher

I started my training at the Miskin theatre in Dartford when I was 16, I trained there for 3 years in a variety of different dance styles, modern, tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical.

I then moved on to train at D&B academy of performing arts for a further 3 years training in the same styles as well as commercial, acting, singing. I am also a qualified street dance teacher.

I have been very fortunate to have been involved in a large amount of performance opportunities and am looking forward to bringing these skills to the GWDA dancers.

What We Offer

The schools founding principal is to ensure we offer a friendly, nurturing environment, but with the sufficient level of discipline, developing our students as individuals and working towards their own personal goals; whether that’s building up to learning how to pirouette, or developing on to a professional vocational dancing career.

To that aim, we promise to always ensure that our staff are of the highest quality and passionate about their work.

Fully RAD or ISTD qualified100%
DBS checked100%
First Aid Trained100%
Caring, nurturing and passionate dance teachers100%

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