We were delighted to welcome Lisa Nicholson, former Royal Ballet dancer, who introduced the beautiful documentary about Ukranian dancer Sergei Polunin at the Rex Cinema, Wareham on Tuesday, 26 October at 7.30pm. She stayed for a Q&A hosted by Deborah Paige (RADA) on stage.

Lisa initially trained with the Royal Ballet School from the age of 11 to 18 alongside Christopher Wheeldon, with a four year break spent training at the Bush Davies School of Performing Arts. Upon graduating Lisa joined The Birmingham Royal Ballet with whom she toured nationally and internationally for ten years to such destinations as Japan, South Africa, Hong Kong, Bangkok and many countries in Europe. She performed in the Corps de Ballet but also as a principal performer in a range of works by choreographers such as Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton and David Bintley.

After ten years dancing on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including The Royal Opera House, The London Coliseum, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and La Scala, she trained for two years at The Royal Academy of Dancing in Battersea to gain a teaching qualification. She has been teaching ballet and dance ever since in a range of settings that include schools in Germany, London and Dorset to dancers from the age of 4 to 70.