Allan Mortensen – Principal

    Many distinguished teachers, including Mrs Lilli Nicolaisen and Mrs Ruth Montgomery, influenced Allan highly in the early years, so much that he got accepted at Rambert School in London.

    After training he went back to his native Denmark where he worked and performed for choreographers and theatre people including Eske Holm, Craig Revel Horwood, Claus Nielsen, Das Beckwerk and Tatjana t’Felt touring Finland, Germany and Austria.

    On his return back to England, Allan obtained his Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) as ballet teacher in The Cecchetti Method. Richard Glasstone initially trained Allan at Rambert School in the Cecchetti Method. Other distinguished teachers of invaluable inspiration include Cara Drower, Susan Handy, Linda Sweetzer and Jacqueline Davenport.

    Allan is currently main Ballet Teacher for The Royal Danish Ballet School Satellite Branch in North Denmark.


    Ania Straczynska – Ballet Teacher

    Originally from Poland. Ania graduated from the Academy of Music with a Choreography and Dance Techniques degree. After years of performing with a variety of companies and independent artists, in 2013 she started to focus on creating her own work and teaching. She is also Artistic Member of Chisenhale Dance Space.

    Her works have been presented in the UK, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Credits include Agenda Festival, Footprints Festival at Roehampton University and Resolution 2017 at The Place. She teaches on a regular basis; techniques from jazz and contemporary to ballet alongside leading intensive workshops.


    East London Dance School

    In the summer 2009 Allan was encouraged by the local community around Victoria Park to open a school that would give the children of Tower Hamlets and Hackney an opportunity to attend regular ballet classes. After very little consideration the first class started in September 2009 and the support has been overwhelming. Going into the 9th year this year the children have danced in many shows by the school and improved their dancing and added high exam results to their achievements.


    To encourage joyous creativity, artistic courage and acknowledge the possibilities within one self. Educate each person in making the best one can do, be respectful to others and create good in all matters of life.


    The school’s determination lies in its efforts to create good in all aspects of human and environmental life.

    The school (ELDS) highly welcomes all backgrounds, cultures, race and religion. The school keeps all recorded personal information in strict confidentiality (Data Protection Act 1998) and adheres to Health and Safety procedures to ensure each child dances in a class appropriate to their level of development. The school has a Children Safeguarding Policy in place that is updated every year.

    ELDS obtains enhanced CRB checks every 3 years and each teacher holds a Personal Liability Insurance.