Serena Cundari ARAD, Dip. PDTD
Serena trained at The National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne, Australia under the direction of Gailene Stock CBE.
Her 13 year career as a ballet dancer started with The Australian Ballet Company in 1985 under the direction of Maina Gielgud where she remained for 2 years, covering an extensive range of classical and neo-classical repertoire.
Here, Serena had the honour of working with some of the 20th century's Ballet Greats including the late Erik Bruhn in La Sylphide, Sir Robert Helpmann in Checkmate and Irina Baronova in Les Sylphides with the opportunity to dance soloist roles in a number of ballets including Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Les Sylphides and Aureole.
Moving to Europe, she danced for companies in Italy, Germany and the UK, performing the principal roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Giselle and A Midsummer Night's Dream throughout Europe, Britain and the USA.
She was Ballet Mistress for Vienna Festival Ballet between 1992 and 1994 teaching daily class, rehearsing and staging ballets for the company. In 1993 she was commissioned to choreograph and stage Coppelia also playing a key role in designing the sets, costumes and props.
In between tours Serena was a guest teacher at The Urdang Academy for upper school musical theatre and ballet students.
She danced for the Royal Opera at Covent Garden and in Edinburgh and for English National Opera at The London Coliseum. Operas included Don Carlos, Ruzalka, Don Quixote, Carmen, Rigoletto.
On retiring from the stage in 1998, Serena retrained in technical theatre and toured England and Ireland as a lighting technician for both dance and theatre companies including Ballet Ireland and National Character Dance Company (formerly Romanska).
She then moved into corporate life, working in different sectors and industries as a Personal Assistant, Manager and Consultant Analyst. Freelance consultancy work has included projects for the Department of Health, Sadler's Wells and The Place.
Returning to the Dance-world saw her gain a place at the Royal Academy of Dance's Professional Dancer's Teaching Diploma Course from which she qualified gaining a Distinction in 2008. She has public liability insurance with Equity and an emergency first aid certificate.
Ballet for You was founded in March 2009 and has grown to 200+ adult students. Holiday Intensive Programmes are offered each year where excerpts from real ballets are covered after daily class. In July 2013 Ballet for You presented its first performance with 21 of its dancers ranging from beginners to advanced levels. In July of 2015 the Summer Showcase took place at Bernie Grant Arts Centre and involved 32 dancers.
Serena teaches Ballet to professionals, vocational students, adult beginners and improvers and returning dancers. Private tuition is available - please contact Serena to arrange.