Founding Principal - Fleur Letitia
Principal Teacher - Kristen Brookman

Ms Fleur Letitia: Founding Principal

Fleur Letitia began her professional classical dancing career in 1986. She has
performed Principal roles with ballet companies throughout Britain; Europe and
the USA, dancing in some of the most prestigious opera houses and theatres in
the Western World.


Ms Letitia began her training in classical dance at the age of three. She studied
the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. Although Ms Letitia was pursuing a career
in classical ballet, she trained and competed in every facet of dance
including, Tap; Jazz; Contemporary; National Character; Musical Theater and
Clog. The championships and scholarships Ms Letitia won in each of these dance
styles including competitions held in Sydney; Brisbane The Australian National
Eisteddfod's in the ACT and regional NSW are too numerous to list.


At thirteen years, Ms Letitia began full-time studies and was a guest artist with
The Sydney City Ballet Company. By the age of fourteen she had been invited to
perform Odette/Odile in Swan Lake with both the Tasmanian Ballet Foundation and
Canberra Youth Ballet Company and was awarded the prestigious Solo Seal Award
by the RAD, becoming the youngest recipient of this award in any Commonwealth
country.


At fifteen, Ms Letitia was invited to study the Vaganova (Russia) syllabus with
Marika Besobrasova at the Ecole de Dance Classique de Princess Grace in Monte
Carlo. During her studies at this exclusive school, she was fortunate to be
invited to perform throughout France and Italy.


During a short holiday in Australia, Ms Letitia secured a contract with Opera Australia
performing in Dame Joan Sutherland's Gala Season of The Merry Widow also Die
Meistersinger Von Nurenburg and The Italian Girl in Algiers. She also performed
with the International Opera Company's season of Aida.


Ms Letitia returned to London where she performed with The Vienna Ballet; The
London Ballet Theatre and The Vienna Festival Ballet Company.


A highlight of Ms Letitia's career was performing with the internationally
acclaimed ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev.


Due to her exposure to contemporary styles, Fleur came to fully realise her great love
for classical dance, her understanding and talent for both the choreography and
performance of classical dance, and importantly, the lack of opportunities for
professional classical dancers to work in NSW, as no fully professional ballet
company existed in this state. Ms Letitia, with both the experience and
expertise - having danced, choreographed and been involved in the promotions
and organization of ballet companies throughout Britain, Europe and the USA
made a firm commitment to fill this void and establish a NSW representative
ballet company which would provide full-time employment for local, professional
ballet dancers. Importantly, NSW would have it's own professional ballet
company. This would bring it into line with Victoria, Queensland, Western
Australia and Tasmania. The NSW Ballet Company was formed in 1993.


Since becoming the Artistic Director and Choreographer of The NSW Ballet Company, Ms Letitia has produced six performance seasons and choreographed three
full-length ballets; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wind in the Willows and
Orpheus. These ballets were performed in Sydney and Canberra and toured
extensively throughout regional NSW.


In 1999 at a gala dinner attended by over nine hundred guests, including the Premier,
The Hon. Bob Carr, and Kim Yeadon, Minister of Western Sydney, Ms Letitia was
honored with the award of 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year'.


During this time a high number of requests for training students began to be
registered with the Company office. Ms Letitia started conducting private
coaching sessions for senior students and grade examination candidates with
excellent results. With the success of these coaching sessions and more
students requesting classes, Ms Letitia opened a training school, The NSW
Ballet School, specializing in the tuition of classical dance.


Fleur Letitia gained a Distinction in her teaching certificate and is a RegisteredTeacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. 

Ms Kristen Brookman: Principal Teacher

Ms Brookman began her training at The School of Contemporary Dance, Western Sydney, in 1993. She studied and performed in RAD Classical

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Contemporary. Completing RAD Graded Examinations
from Primary to Grade Four.

In 1999 Kristen was accepted into The NSW Ballet School's Evening Training Program and began studying the RAD Vocational Graded syllabus, completing RAD Examinations from Pre-Elementary - Advanced Two receiving Honours and Distinctions.
During this time Ms Brookman began concentrating on her performance skills by competing in many Eisteddfods. The McDonald Challenge, Ryde and St. George Eisteddfods are considered among the best competitions in both Sydney and Australia. She achieved many 1st place winnings in these and other competitions. Performance
styles she competed in at this time were Classical Ballet, Demi Character,
Lyrical, Contemporary and Broadway Jazz.
Whilst Ms Brookman's classical solos won for the technical skills she demonstrated, it
was in the Demi Character and Championship sections that she really excelled.
Ms Brookman's skill for portraying dramatic characters was acclaimed in such
roles as Juliet and Ophelia. It was with these roles that her great love of
'story ballets' began.

 In 2004 Kristen was accepted into The NSW Ballet School's Full Time Training Program and became a Graduate of this Program in 2008. During this time she began to study and train in the Vaganova syllabus.  Other curriculum studies included - Pas de Deux; Repertoire; Pointe; National Character; Pilates; Anatomy & Safe Dance Practice. 

The NSW Ballet School Performance Group won the National Classical Ballet Championship and Ms Brookman was awarded National Classical Ballet Solo Championship. During
Ms Brookman's time with the 'Performance Group' she performed the following
roles.
1999 - Mr. Mole. 'Wind in the Willows'
2000 - Dorothy. 'The Wizard of Oz'
2001 - Jacquimoi, the swallow. 'Thumbelina'
2002 - Anastasia. 'Cinderella'
2003 - Ballet Student. 'Degas Dancers' & Roxie Hart. 'Chicago'
2004 - Clara. 'The Nutcracker'
2005 - Performed on the TV. Show 'My Restaurant Rules' at the 'Pink Salt' restaurant
in Sydney.
Sebastian the Crab. 'The Little Mermaid'
2006 - Miss Field Mouse. 'Thumbelina'.
Swan Leader
'The Ugly Duckling.
Lady of the
Enchanted Garden, Gypsy & The Snow Queen. 'The Snow Queen'
2007 -Wendy. 'Peter Pan'
2008 - Dorothy. 'The Wizard of Oz

 

The NSW Ballet School Performance Group was honoured to be invited to perform at the prestigious West Lakes Festival in Hangzhou City, China. During this time Ms Brookman was Principal Dancer and Dance Captain of the group. The group was commissioned to perform the full-length production of 'The Nutcracker' in which she performed the role of 'Clara'. Her responsibilities as Dance Captain included rehearsing the younger members of the group both before the school left Australia and during our two week stay in China.

Upon her return to Australia Ms Brookman began teaching for The NSW Ballet School. Her roles included teaching the Pre-Primary and Primary Grades at the Parramatta campus and duel teacher for the Grades 1 through to 3.

It was during this time that Ms Brookman began choreographing for the younger grades annual performance. Kristen also choreographed several solo routines for junior and senior student's eisteddfod competitions.
Over the years Kristen has taught and guided students from 2 years of age - professional level dancers and adult beginners. The various styles of dance she teaches include RAD classical ballet, pointe, vaganova, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, tap and broadway jazz.

During her 12 years of teaching Kristen has taught for The N.S.W Ballet School, Westfield Sports High School, the Village Performing Arts Centre, Dirty Feet- Independent Contemporary Company, Dance Star, Decadance and Sydney Broadway Chorus.

In 2012 Ms Brookman journeyed overseas throughout the United Kingdom
and Europe to continue her dance training.
Upon her return to Australia Ms Brookman was invited to
perform in The Strathfield Musical Society's 'Phantom of the Opera' as a Soloist Dancer.
In 2015 Kristen was invited to perform at The Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, performing in Plavalaguna "The Diva" as Principal dancer.