Nina Salmon is the principal of Monnow Ballet School and a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).
She discovered her own passion for ballet as a child, after a visit to Covent Garden to see Romeo and Juliet. The astonishingly high jumps of the male dancers and the fast pointe work of the ballerinas created such an impression that she was inspired to learn herself; even today that image is still with her as she teaches her pupils.
Nina trained at the headquarters of the RAD, and was also coached by Denise Winmill, who taught students at the Upper School of the Royal Ballet School, and by Ann Adams, who had been trained by Marie Rambert.
Nina began ballet in mixed ability classes; from this experience stems her firm belief that everyone should be given the opportunity to enjoy dance.
She performed in Lea Anderson’s Reverse Effect at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and with the National Youth Ballet at Sadlers Wells, thus giving her experience of the work involved in productions and the highly competitive world of professional dance.
As well as a degree in Social Sciences and a diploma in Dance Therapy, Nina has her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies from the RAD. After many years of teaching children, Nina then became a licensed Silver Swans teacher to bring her classes to adults of all ages. Carrying on her belief that ballet really is for everyone.
When not dancing or teaching, Nina is running around after her family and many animals in beautiful South Herefordshire.