Patricia Crilly

Patricia Crilly FNATD - Operations & Pastoral Liaison

A Fellow of the NATD with over 35 years experience of teaching at Glenlyn. Patricia specialises in teaching ballet, from the primary grades through to students taking their major examinations. Patricia is also the Academy’s Operations and Pastoral Liaison.

Patricia started Ballet at the age of 3 and joined Glenlyn as a student. She is a Fellow of the NATD with teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap, Modern, and Freestyle, and has taught all of these disciplines, to students of all ages. Alongside the Principal, Patricia takes responsibility for guiding and training students through their professional Ballet qualifications at the Academy.

Patricia set up and now runs the Pointe class programme, which focuses on the strength and technique required to master this very challenging element of ballet.

As well as teaching, Patricia has also choreographed routines the Academy has performed at the 02 and Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.

Patricia has a wide range of experience in teaching dance and fitness, having taught dance and keep fit in Adult Education Centres, private fitness centres and the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. She also holds a teaching qualification with the Keep Fit Association.

Patricia organises trips to the Royal Opera House for students to see the Royal Ballet, and other visiting companies in performance there during the season. She has developed a close relationship with Freed of London, the worlds leading pointe shoe manufacturer, and offers personal visits to the shop to be fitted by the senior fitters who work with many of the world’s prima ballerinas.

Patricia is the lead for safeguarding within the Academy and ensures correct procedures are in place during classes, rehearsals and performances to ensure the protection and welfare of all students involved.