Canada Water Studios is the creation of Angelina Spurrier, supported by her husband and business partner Julian Richards, successful owners of the Vacani School of Ballet (www.vacani.com). Angelina had always wanted to create a permanent London base for her children’s ballet school and when the opportunity came to and fit out a new space in Canada Water to her specification she seized it. Alongside her children’s ballet classes Angelina has hired an experienced team of health and fitness experts to provide an exciting range of classes for adults, (pre and post natal) mummies & babies.
Julian has over 20 years international business experience working in senior global positions at some of the world’s largest companies (Vodafone, Verizon, T-Mobile, Marconi etc). Prior to returning to the UK in 2001 Julian spent 10 years living and working in Silicon Valley, California in a variety of technology management roles. Julian has extensive marketing, sales, project management, contract negotiation and team leadership experience and is now excited to lead the business and marketing efforts of Canada Water Studios.
Angelina (known as Miss Angelina to her pupils) started her ballet training at the age of 3; at the age of 8 Angelina was offered a scholarship at the Paris Opera Ballet School. As a pupil Angelina danced in a number of professional productions; participated in Nureyev’s rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet; danced for President Mitterand, and one of her most memorable experiences was when she met and danced with Gene Kelly in a tribute to An American in Paris.
Angelina continued her training at Bush Davies, The Royal Ballet, Upper School TTC and Central School of Ballet.
Angelina danced with the Braunschweig Staatstheater, Germany, and danced in a range of classical and contemporary ballets.
Angelina is currently the ballet director and ballet principal of Vacani (Clapham) School of Dance.
Multi-certified fitness instructor, specializing in Pilates and Yoga. Registered E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and fully trained in Stott Pilates ALL levels across Mat-work, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, and Barrels. Robert has also completed Stott Pilates training for Injuries & Special Populations. Currently working towards Full Level ll certification.
With over 25 years within the Fitness Industry, with experience and certification in multi disciplines. Starting with Low/High Impact Aerobics, Step, Spinning, and Body Pump. Moving into Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Yoga. Robert also has completed various Personal Training Certifications, Esalen Massage Training, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Usui Reiki I & II, and Watsu Level I & II.
Originally from Scotland, Kirsten graduated from Central School of Ballet in 2009 with a BA(Hons) Professional Dance and Performance Studies. Kirsten danced professionally in a variety of dance companies including the Estonian National Ballet, The Royal Opera and English National Ballet collaborating with street dance group Flawless. Kirsten has spent the past 3 years teaching children’s ballet in London.
Since completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training course in Los Angeles, California in 2012, Molly has continually expanded her yoga training in London. Her classes integrate intelligent, alignment-based asana with nourishing pranayama. She has completed additional training in Tapasya Hot Yoga at TriYoga, Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Levels I and II, Pregnancy Yoga, Postnatal Yoga and Mum, Dad and Baby Yoga. Molly is honoured to have studied with Jeanne Heileman, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Judith Hanson Lasater, Nadia Narain, Kristin Campbell, Jason Crandell and other inspiring souls and shares their wisdom in every class.
As a lawyer, Molly understands the benefits of yoga to aid in enduring high stress environments and long hours! Molly currently teaches classes throughout London and offers one-to-one private and small group sessions.