Shelley started dancing at the age of 2½ yrs and danced with Sharon Shakespeare until the age of 16. During that time Shelley was an RAD scholar for three years, was awarded an RAD Summer School scholarship, two years running, and the Anton Dolin scholarship at Gloucester Seminar. She was also a Three Counties Youth Ballet member. At 16 she was awarded a place at Bush Davies Education and Theatre Arts School, and during her time there was selected to represent the school in the Prix de Lausanne and, also won the Noreen Bush Award. When Bush Davies closed Shelley finished her training and graduated from Elmhurst Ballet School. She went on to perform as a soloist with the Wiener Ballet Theatre. Having gained teaching qualifications in RAD Ballet & ISTD Modern she started her own school which she ran as Principal for 11yrs and has had children go on to train at White Lodge and Elmhurst School for Dance. She has also added to her portfolio, qualifications as a Pilates Instructor. Shelley was awarded a position as an Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance, but will also continue to teach with Georgie at GPSD.
“We are both overjoyed to be able to offer a new generation of dancers
the experience and thrill of performing as part of a ballet company, the
same experience we were lucky enough to have had as young students”
Georgie started ballet once a week at the age of 5 with Barbara Radbourne in Hereford. Her time in ballet was tentative as she spent most of her time training as a gymnast and was at the age of 12 County Champion. At the age of 14 she started dancing in Worcester with Sharon Shakespeare. Whilst there, she was an RAD Scholar for two years and also a member of the Three Counties Youth Ballet. At sixteen she was awarded a place at Bush Davies Education and Theatre Arts School and after graduating from there went on to perform professionally, in Japan and Malaysia. After returning to the UK, she worked for Molly Molloy at Danceworks in London. As well as running her own school, (Georgina Pay School of Dance – GPSD), Georgie also teaches at Heath Mount Preparatory School where she has been teaching since 1996. Whilst at Heath Mount Georgie actioned the curriculum in dance for years 1-8, brought Ballet to the Pre-Prep, and has taken children on tour into Europe to perform. She has also directed and produced Annual Performances which have included both Ballet and Commercial Dance for Heath Mount. Georgie, through GPSD, now has students training at the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst School for Dance, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary dance, and Laine Theatre Arts. Other students are currently dancing professionally around the world, whilst some younger students are just beginning their journeys as associates at the Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet and at the Classical Ballet Academy at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Georgie is a fully qualified and registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance