Guest Master Teacher
Gillian Davis, ARAD (England), RAD RTS (England), RAD Dual Examiner (England), Board member Dance Masters of Florida
GILLIAN DAVIS was trained and danced professionally at the Royal Ballet, London and also with the Rhodesian National Ballet. She has directed and owned dance studios in Rhodesia, South Africa and the USA, and has taught at a renowned vocational school in England. She has been an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance for 34 years, being the only Graded and Vocational Examiner in the USA as well as being an R.A.D. Tutor. She has entered students for RAD examinations every year for 53 years. Gillian has recently been made a Life Member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Until opening her studio in Florida in 1995 Gillian was Director of Ballet Mississippi School and Youth Company as well as Assistant Ballet Mistress for their professional company. Following that she taught at June Taylor's school of Dance and for the North West Dance Theater in Portland, Oregon where she was also the Chairperson of the North Western Regional Panel of the R.A.D.
She has choreographed for ballet companies, stage productions, musicals and competitions and her choreography has been selected for the Regional Ballet Association's South Easter Festival. She has been faculty of noted Summer Schools in the USA and abroad and is an instructor of teachers. Mrs. Davis was commissioned to direct and present a Gala Demonstration by more than 600 students from age 5 to professional level at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Most summers she travels for the Royal Academy of Dance and in the past few years has examined in Thailand, Taiwan, China, Canada, Germany and Bermuda to name a few.
Ms. Gillian offers advanced classes at RAB to students preparing for the RAD exams. We are very honored and lucky to have such a high-caliber teacher at RAB.
Vivienne Lim, RAD RTS (England), Cert of HE (England), MBA
Miss Vivienne grew up in Brooklyn, New York City. She started taking ballet as a very young child, and has been dancing for over 37 years. She is a fully trained and certified by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and received her classical ballet training in Malaysia, New York City, Los Angeles, and London. She is also a proud alumna of New York University and Hawaii Pacific University.
In New York City, Miss Vivienne was privately taught by Ballet Masters Christine Neubert and Valery Taylor. While attending New York University School of Law, she danced professionally with the Carnegie Ballet and the American Ballet Theater. She then moved from professional dance to corporate work, while teaching dance part-time. It was then that she discovered her great love for teaching dance. She left the corporate world behind to fully commit to teaching young dancers.
Her next stop was the University of Surrey in England where she earned a degree in Ballet Education and full RAD teacher certification. Upon graduating she was offered, and took the position as the Young Children’s Program Director at Dance Studio No. 1 in Santa Monica, California. There, she successfully entered hundreds of students for the RAD examinations annually, and trained young dancers for the International Dance Acclaim (New York) Medal Performance.
With a young family to consider, she decided to move to Hawaii and introduce RAD to the dance community. In 2010, the Royal Academy of Ballet opened its doors. Today, The Royal Academy Of Ballet enters its eighth year of success. With over 23 years of teaching behind her, Miss Vivienne continues to share her wealth of experience, passion for dance, and her great love and respect for children with each and every one of her young dancers.