BPhil (Hons) Dip RBS (TTC) ARAD AISTD (CB) BENESH (Teaching Cert)
Member of the International Dance Council CID
"I believe that in order to create the optimal learning environment the atmosphere needs to be conducive for maximising good communication and respect between all parties. I believe that providing opportunities for improvement with structure and motivation enables the dancer to maximise improvement and find confidence in their ability within a nurturing environment"
Tania trained at the Arts Educational School, Tring and The Royal Ballet School’s Teachers' Training Course under Valerie Adams. She gained a BPhil (Hons) in Dance and Contextual Studies at Durham University and has studied Sports Science with Stonebridge Distance Learning.
Tania has danced with Alexander Roy’s London Ballet Theatre, Northern Ballet Theatre and Scottish Ballet before moving to London's West End musicals where she performed in the stage productions of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘42nd St', and ‘On Your Toes’.
As an internationally renowned classical ballet teacher, Tania continues to share her passion for dance pedagogy through her caring and nurturing approach.
Tania has taught for many years at The Royal Ballet School as a classical ballet and character dance teacher and is as a Tutor for Teacher Training. Tania has been recognised for her choreographic work, particularly her Character Dances that have been staged in theatres including The Royal Opera House, Opera Holland Park and The Linbury Theatre.
Prior to The Royal Ballet School Tania spent 15 years teaching at Central School of Ballet as Head of the Junior school and choreographed the character dancers for Christopher Gable’s production of Swan Lake for Northern Ballet Theatre. Whilst at Central School of Ballet, she founded the 'Recovery from Injury' class and worked with the school's physiotherapist in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Tania continued her coaching classes whilst at the Royal Ballet School.
Tania’s freelance work has included teaching for the British Ballet Organisation, Cecchetti Society and the Royal Academy of Dance. Abroad, Tania teaches regularly for: AED Dance, Livorno; Eventi Danza, Verona; Stage Centro Danza, Palermo; Vacanza con la Danza, Grado.
"A gifted dancer with stage experience, she is an excellent teacher and has an unusually broad view of character dance, as she worked with several experts from abroad as well as with Virginia Parkinson, Valerie Sunderland and myself..."
- Maria Fay in "My Approach to Character Dance"
"Tania is one of the most quietest, calmest, most serene teachers I've ever met. She could talk to 30 people in the same pleasant tone of voice that she would talk to one person, and something in the calmness she exuded made everyone else quiet and receptive too. She said once,
" I don't like having to raise my voice in a class because if I raise my voice and start calling you to order, it creates an atmosphere which goes against the spirit of dance I'm trying to teach you, and if that happens, then the point of teaching is lost."
- Jonathan Still
"Ballet mistress Tania Fairbairn has a gift for making her Year 7 girls smile...'Have courage!' She reminds them that falling over is OK. You learn more by crumbling in a heap than by doing it perfectly first time'
- The Spectator, written by Laura Freeman
"All those wonderful mazurkas, czardas and other national dances, which are now so beautifully taught at the Royal Ballet School by Tania Fairbairn, help give such style, carriage and musicality to the student."
Sir Peter Wright with Paul Arrowsmith book,'Wrights & Wrong'