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Lantern Dance Theatre School

Lantern’s Artistic Director Helen Pettit founded Lantern Dance Theatre School in 2005. Ballet classes follow the Russian style Classical Ballet syllabus of the NATD, the National Association of Teachers of Dancing.

It’s a lyrical style that creates strong expressive young dancers with a good technical foundation.


At the school, pupils take part in a wide range of performances -  in the community at events such as Ely Eel Day and in specially-devised ballet shows. Helen has created eight original full length ballets for the school: The Fountain (2005), Ruslan & Lyudmila (2006), The Stone Flower (2008), The Little Humpbacked Horse (2009), Peer Gynt (2012), Coppélia (2014)  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015) and The Nutcracker (2016).


Helen trained with June Wallman in Cambridge and at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London before becoming a professional dancer and prize-winning choreographer. She taught and studied dance in Finland and was head dancer and choreographer of a touring Opera-Ballet company in Italy, where she lived for many years, founding and running two dance schools on the Riviera. She has an exceptional record of teaching all ages and abilities and of preparing pupils for success in performance and examination.


She currently runs eight dance classes a week at Highfield School, Ely’s Special School, and produces an annual Musical Theatre show there. Recent shows have included Alice in Wonderland, The Snow Queen, Tiana’s Dream, Flying without Wings, Over the Rainbow, Wouldn’t it be Luvverly, Circle of Life and Where is Love?


Helen runs the popular after-school Dance Club at Kings Ely Acremont and has taught GCSE & A Level Dance at Kings Ely Senior. She created and directed the choreography for seven Kings Ely Senior musicals: Grease!, Fiddler on the Roof, Return to the Forbidden Planet, The Wizard of Oz, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll & Hyde and We Will Rock You.


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Peer Gynt (2012)

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The Little Humpbacked Horse (2009)

Ruslan & Lyudmila (2006)

The Stone Flower

(2008)

The Fountain

(2005)

Peer Gynt Gallery Coppélia Gallery

Coppélia (2014)

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MSND Gallery

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015)

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Set Design for first production of The Nutcracker, 1892

The Nutcracker (2016)

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