Sally Benyon graduated with B.Phil(Hons) in Classical ballet from Durham University. She is a Fellow in Imperial Ballet and National dance, and an Examiner for the ISTD. She holds the RAD Teaching Diploma (Distinction), the Licentiate in Cecchetti Classical Ballet, and the Certificate in Dance Education.
She is a past winner of the International Award from the ISTD for her services to dance in Southern Africa. Sally’s teaching career spans 3 continents. For many years she was Principal of her own school in South Africa, where students were trained in all branches of Theatre dance, with Classical Ballet as the specialisation. Graduating students who attended the 3 year course for Trainee teachers and pre-vocational performers are teaching or performing in Musical theatre and Ballet companies as far a field as USA, UK, Asia and Australia.
In 1998 Sally moved to Australia, and joined the staff of two of the most prestigious vocational schools in Sydney, where she specialised in teaching Classical Ballet and Character dance.
Past students coached by Sally from those schools are now in the Royal Ballet and English National Ballet. She came to the UK in 2005 and has taught ballet at Swindon Academy of Dance since that date.
In addition Sally is a tutor and assessor on the teacher training courses of both the RAD and the ISTD.