Eryn Annecy

Ruby Lilly  

Principle & Director

Starting her dance journey at the age of 2, Ruby was instantly enthralled. Growing up in a large family in Somerset, where she  took classes in classical ballet and tap, as well as training in kickboxing, competing in Judo, gaining a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and competing in showjumping and cross country jumping. 

Attending City of Bath College meant that Ruby needed to focus on a path and whilst studying a BTEC in performing arts, she worked to gain her advanced ballet and modern qualifications. On completion, Ruby took some time out to travel the music festival circuit before auditioning for Ballet and performance schools. After being accepted to multiple schools and colleges, she accepted a place at the Royal Academy of Dance on the BA in Ballet Education course.

During this time, Ruby taught at a variety of schools across London and performed for 3 years in classical ballet, contemporary ballet, and contemporary. In 2015, she was invited to coach on a Swan Lake masterclass at Move It dance convention. 

Unfortunately, Ruby's performance career was cut short by severe hip/pelvic injuries and had major surgery straight after graduating. She began teaching full time at a variety of schools across Bristol and Somerset, including the high achieving Trull School of Dancing . A second reconstructive surgery came in the summer of 2018, shortly after which she was invited to join the New Works Ballet Theatre. Sceptically, she took the role expecting to be a character player, but found herself as a key dancer in the company and is still training and performing with them. Ruby recently featured on the second season of Flirty Dancing and worked with Diversity dancers Ashley Banjo and Perri Kiely.

Ruby took over ownership of the EADC in the summer of 2019 and is excited about its future. 

Eryn Annecy

Artist Director

Born in Jersey in 1994, Eryn was educated from 1999-2009 at Beaulieu Convent School, moving to Hautlieu School in 2009 where she remained completing her GCSE and A-level study until 2013.

Eryn was a student at the Jersey Academy of Dancing from 2008 until 2013, where she studied classical ballet and Greek, as well as modern, contemporary, tap and jazz. Many competitions and examinations lead to her being part Team Jersey for the 2012 Dance World Cup, where she returned to the island in possession of a silver medal! Eryn now returns to the Academy during holidays to work with competitive students, training and preparing their choreography for the upcoming season as well as offering workshops alongside other ex-students now working in the industry.

In September 2012 Eryn moved to London to complete a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, at Royal Holloway University of London. Eryn became a member of various performance societies on campus, most notably of the RHUL Dance Society, gaining a place on the competitive team in 2012 where she remained until Graduation in 2016. In 2013 Eryn was elected as President of the society, becoming the predominant teacher and contemporary choreographer for the societies' members and competitive team. Eryn and her dancers competed at a national level, collaborated performances, contributed to seminars given by The Society for Dance Research and even worked with the BBC for a Comic Relief Strictly Come Dancing episode.

Eryn is now living and working in Bristol as a freelance dance and drama teacher, continuing her own dance training at Dance Academy South West. She has also obtained a place for a post-graduate degree at Trinity Laban in Choreography. 

 

Claire Rutland

Teacher

Claire began dancing at a local dance school from a young age, completing her ISTD exams in a range of dance styles, and performing in shows at theatres including Her Majesty’s, the Royal Albert Hall and Sadler’s Wells. While training at the BRIT School for Performing Arts, Claire gained professional experience in many different dance styles, including Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Jazz Lifts, Choreography and Improvisation.

After auditioning for a range of professional schools with more of a classical focus, and after being offered places and scholarships at numerous schools, Claire joined the Central School of Ballet (CSB) and graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Performance in 2016. She also completed her Advanced RAD Ballet qualifications and A-Level Dance and Art whilst training full-time. Claire also gained experience touring the UK as part of CSB’s company, Ballet Central, working with professional choreographers. Since then Claire has also toured with Northern Ballet and Ballet Cymru, and has experience working as a jazz dancer.

A qualified personal trainer with a great interest in weight-lifting, Claire enjoys seeing the benefits of strength training to dancers. Claire also performs with New Works Ballet Theatre, creating modern works which break the stereotypes of dance.

Claire began teaching at EADC in the summer of 2019 and is passionate about being a part of its journey.