Elisabeth Swan

FISTD, CICB, Enrico Cecchetti Diploma, Principal and Partner


Elisabeth has been with the school, as student and teacher, for over fifty years, training for two years at the Royal Ballet School with whom she appeared in Rudolf Nureyev’s “The Nutcracker”. In addition to her commitments with the school, she was Artistic Director of the Chelmsford Ballet Company from 1981 to 1999, and was choreographer of the local professional pantomime from the late 1970's until 2006. She has danced extensively throughout the UK and has appeared on film and television with the Chelmsford Dancers under their director, Elizabeth Twistington- Higgins.

Elisabeth is much sought after as a guest teacher, lecturer and adjudicator, and was, for many years, organiser of the annual Cecchetti International Teachers’ Summer School held in Chichester. She was appointed an examiner for the ISTD in 1995 and examines children’s work, Vocational Graded and teachers’ qualifying candidates throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East. Also in 1995 she was awarded the Margaret Marsh Scholarship to attend the annual summer seminar of the Cecchetti
Council of America in Michigan.

She is a Trustee of the ISTD and the Imperial Benevolent Fund, and Chairman of the Cecchetti Society Trust. For nine years she held the position of Chairman of the Cecchetti Society Classical Ballet Faculty committee during which time she was the UK delegate for Cecchetti International Classical Ballet and co-organiser of the prestigious Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Imperial Theatre Award for her devoted and valued contribution to the ISTD and, in 2014, was awarded the Enrico Cecchetti Gold Medal, the highest accolade presented by the Cecchetti Society.