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Clare Merchant Andreou


Director of Dance Works - Head of Ballet (B.Phil,( HONS) DIP TTC RBS, ARAD, AISTA Ceccetti & National, Dip Benesh Choreology, Dual Examiner & Tutor of the RAD

Clare Merchant Andreou is a fully qualified ballet teacher and Registered teacher of the RAD. Clare began her professional studies at the age of 9 when she gained a place at a full-time arts school- The Arts Educational School, now named Tring Park School of Performing Arts. At 16 she continued her studies at the Royal Ballet School where she graduated and at 19 embarked on a teaching career. Clare decided she wanted to gain experience working overseas and had a teaching post in the Canary Islands and then a position in Limasol, Cyprus. Upon meeting her future husband, Clare decided to settle in Cyprus and took over the Nicosia Academy of Dance in 1991, renaming it Dance Works School of Ballet. In 1994 Clare was invited to become a Grades Examiner and Tutor for the Royal Academy of Dance and in 2004 also became a Dual Examiner. In the meantime she gained a B. Phil (Hons) degree in Ballet and Contextual Studies from Durham University. In January 2016 Clare was appointed as a SOLO SEAL EXAMINER of the RAD.

Clare was on the founding committee of the Lefkosia Youth Ballet in 1999 as well as more recently The DanceHouse Lefkosia- both of which she is still actively involved. Clare has choreographed for numerous performances of the Anglo Cypriot Theatre (ACT) over more than 20 years, as well as professional theatre for THOC and Theatro ENA


Courses taught on behalf of the Royal Academy of Dance include:

  • 2018 CPD courses- Cyprus- Discovering Repertoire and Inside The Exam
  • 2017 CPD Grade 6 &7 course, Turkey
  • 2016 CPD Courses Cyprus, Summer School Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Toronto
  • 2014 Malta & Greece - Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 & Advanced 2 courses
  • Numerous in Cyprus since 1994 including New Grades 1-3 in 2012 & New Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 & 2 in 2013.
  • 2011 Barbados, Trinidad and Cyprus Introduction to Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate
  • 2010 New Zealand, Northern Ireland Summer schools
  • 2009 Northern Ireland Summer school
  • 2009 Malta and Cyprus Introduction to Pre Primary and Primary Teacher’s Course
  • 2000 Athens, Greece Teaching Certificate Course
  • 1999 Tokyo, Japan Summer School
  • 1997 Athens, Greece and Guadalajara, Mexico Teaching Certificate Course
  • 1995 Luxembourg Easter School
  • 1994 Korea Summer School  
Clare is a full member of the below associations:

  • Founding Committee of the DanceHouse Lefkosia
  • The Royal Ballet School Teacher’s Course Association
  • Royal Academy of Dance
  • Cyprus Professional Dance Association
  • Lefkosia Youth Ballet
  • International Theatre Institute
  • Anglo Cypriot Theatre
  • Founder and committee member of the Lefkosia Youth Ballet since 1999.