© Naomi Cockshutt 2019

Photography by Trish Patel

Naomi Cockshutt is a UK trained ballet teacher (Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, Royal Academy of Dance) and Master of Science, Media and Communication graduate (Cardiff University), currently working for City, University of London.

 

Born in London, Naomi began studying ballet at the age of 6 and passed a variety of dance examinations in ISTD and Cecchetti syllabi and finally took her advanced vocational examinations under the direction of June Mitchell with the Royal Academy of Dance. She was involved in many youth ballet productions, including the London Children’s Ballet and at the age of 13, successfully auditioned for Central School of Ballet’s pre-vocational programme.

 

As an avid theatregoer and very interested in classical ballet technique, Naomi regularly attends gala performances, seminars and competitions that focus on the training and development of dancers; both here in the UK and abroad.

 

In her quest to explore and understand differing techniques abroad, she has watched classes at the Royal Danish Ballet School, Copenhagen, Cuban National Ballet School, Havana, the School of American Ballet, New York. She was also present at the World Ballet Schools Gala which featured schools from Paris, Stuttgart, London, San Francisco, Hamburg, Saint Petersburg, Toronto and Copenhagen.

Naomi has attended performances of the Paris Opera Ballet School, Royal Ballet School Antwerp, Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy, La Scala Ballet School, Milan, Staatsballett Berlin, New York City Ballet, Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava, Princess Grade Academy, Monaco, as well as the 46th Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition, 27th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, 25th International Ballet Festival of Havana, Cuba, Cecchetti International Ballet Competition, Florence, Dutch National Ballet Gala and the American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala.

 

In 2016, she began writing for London Ballet Circle, British Theatre Guide, Londondance, Dance International and Theatre Bubble where she reviews a range of theatre; from classical ballet galas and vocational school performances to musical theatre and contemporary creations. In 2017, Naomi set up Pas de Cheval to continue reviewing theatre on the international stage.

After teaching Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and non-syllabus classes across many London-based ballet schools, Naomi established Pas de Cheval Classes in 2018.