HELEN NASILLSKI

Helen Nasillski was trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and is an Associate Member of the Society of Teachers of Dancing.  She completed her three year teacher training at the Stella Mann Academy of Dance (also in London) and received honours in Ballet, National and Modern Dance.  She danced professionally in companies in Scotland, Portugal, Syria, South Korea and her native England. 

Before coming to Los Angeles, Helen taught in England at dance academies in Hampstead, Croydon and Walton-on-Thames where she prepared numerous future dance professionals for their RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) exams. 

Bringing her love of ballet and teaching to Los Angeles, Helen taught classes at Westside Academy and at the Stanley Holden Dance Center before establishing her own dance school – the Silver Lake Ballet School – which has become a much respected part of the Silver Lake/Los Feliz community.  Every year, the Silver Lake Ballet School puts on a show involving over a hundred of the school’s students.  Helen teaches ballet, pre-pointe, pointe and creative dance to students from the ages of 3 through adult.  ​

CINDY HYGATE

​ ​​Born in Texas, Cindy developed a love for dance and attended the highly acclaimed School of Performing Arts in Houston.  After receiving extensive training and teaching qualifications in ballet, tap and jazz, she became a member and taught at the Metropolitan Ballet Concert Group in Houston.  She was then awarded scholarships to the prestigious Joffrey and new york City Ballet and studed with the renowned ALVIN AILEY.


Continuing her studies at Southern Methodist University, Cindy graduated with a degree in Dance and Fine Arts.  She then spent many years performing as lead dancer with Princess Cruises and eventually became their Production Coordinator, choreographing and directing many of their major production shows.


After the birth of her two sons, Cindy resumed her dance career.  She now teaches ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and creative movement to children in the Los Angeles area and choreographs many children's musical productions.  She has been part of the Silver Lake Ballet School for over five years and is delighted to combine the two great passions of her life:  dance and working with children.

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