School Principal - Lika Berkun
BA (HONS), PDTD (RAD)
Originally from Russia, Lika moved to the UK age 6 where she soon realised her passion for dance and began attending a local dance school a few days a week. At the age of 11 she knew that ballet was more than a hobby and that she wanted to pursue this passion as a career. At age 14 Lika auditioned for the Royal Ballet School Associate programme in Birmingham and was accepted, where she studied 2 years under Marion Tait of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
At 16, Lika moved away from home to study in London at the Central School of Ballet for 3 years where she gained certificates in RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) grades as well as achieving her BA HONS. degree in 2011.
Upon finishing Central School of Ballet, Lika got her first professional contract at The Israel Ballet where she danced for a number of years performing many corps de ballet and also soloist roles in ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Beauty and the Beast and many neo- classical works.
After working in Israel, Lika came back to the UK to work with the English National Ballet in their production of Romeo and Juliet in the Royal Albert Hall. Upon completion of the project, Lika began teaching children in a few schools in and around London, and later in 2016 gained her Professional Dancer's Teaching Diploma at the Royal Academy of Dance.
After finishing her professional career, Lika's aim was to inspire and grow the next generation of young dancers. Lika has taught at schools like West London School of Dance, BKD Performers, and Kensington Ballet School, teaching children aged 18 months - 14 years.
After the experiences of being taught by wonderful Russian and English teachers, Lika wanted to bring all her passion, skills and professional knowledge to be able to help children grow both technically and artistically, as well as aiding them in their self awareness, personal confidence, and nurturing them to become kind and thoughtful individuals. She would like every child to have the chance to experience the joy of dancing and being free to express oneself with confidence.