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Bridget Espinosa

Bridget Espinosa opened London Studio Centre in September 1978. At that time she was very aware of the need to provide dancers with the very best training in dance, music and drama in preparation for various careers in the professional theatre. This approach is based on her own auspicious career and has proved successful ever since.

Bridget Espinosa trained at Elmhurst Ballet School. As a dancer she spent nine years as principal soloist with the International Ballet, working with Mona Inglesby, Nicholas Sergeyev, Leonide Massine, Maurice Bejart and other leading artists. Her considerable work as a choreographer and director ranged from a revue for the New York World Fair to West End productions. She later returned to Elmhurst Ballet School to spend nine years as Artistic Director, prior to holding the same position at Bush Davies Ballet School. Her commitment to dance education and training is rooted in an unbroken family tradition.

The Espinosa family has been involved in training young performers since the early 19th century, when Leon Espinosa rose to fame at the Imperial Maryinsky Theatre in Russia. Leon's son Edouard was one of the Founders of the Royal Academy of Dancing and went on to establish the British Ballet Organisation, which flourished under the guidance of his son Eddie Kelland-Espinosa. Edouard's sisters, Lea and Judith, ran schools in London and overseas and were also major examiners for the R.A.D. Lea's son Geoffrey Espinosa, and his sister Ray, were at one stage, the only couple in England authorised to dance numbers by Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers. Geoffrey later reverted to ballet becoming ballet master of the International Ballet, where he met and married Bridget. Bridget Espinosa died in 1989.

Bridget and Geoffrey's son, Nicholas Espinosa, joined London Studio Centre as a director in 1981. He is a member of the Council for Dance Education and Training (UK) Executive Committee, a Trustee for the Yorke Dance Project, and Chairman of the British Ballet Organisation. He is also a former member of the SOLT Dance Panel for the Olivier Awards. He is married to Nikki and they have two children, Jean-Paul and Stephanie.