Louise Hudson - Director of Chelsea Ballet

Louise Hudson in Swan Lake

Louise started dancing at the age of five and attended the Rambert Lower School of Ballet at the Mercury, Notting Hill Gate. At the age of 16 she attended London Studio Centre (LSC) where she was taught by Maryon Lane, Anya Evans and Terry Gilbert.

Due to a knee injury, which was later found to be a back problem, Louise left LSC after two years and decided not to pursue dance as a career. For a number of years she worked as front of house staff at the London Coliseum. After a crash course in office administration she joined the Institution of Electronic and Radio Engineers, shortly to become the Institution of Electrical Engineers, and worked as a conference organiser for 12 years. During this time Louise took class with her mother and danced with Chelsea Ballet, gradually taking more responsibility with the administration of the group.

Louise choreographed her first ballet, Dance in the Night, at the age of seven and has regularly choreographed ballets since, including Rumplestiltskin set to specially commissioned music by St Petersburg composer, Natalia Rusu-Kozulina.

Louise Hudson in Sleeping Beauty

Louise left the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1998 to work as a secretary at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has been involved in 12 of PricewaterhouseCoopers annual pantomimes performed in the West End for underprivileged children. During those 12 years she has been a member of the chorus, principal, dancer, assistant choreographer, wardrobe supervisor, stage technician, assistant producer and a dwarf.

Louise has danced a variety of roles and lists her favourites as the title role in Giselle, The Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, Swanhilda and Dawn from Coppélia, Pas de Trois and Odile from Swan Lake and The Lilac Fairy from The Sleeping Beauty.

Louise has been a regular guest teacher at the Harlow Ballet Association and holds the position of Vice President.

Louise left PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2011 to join her husband in Muscat, Oman where he took up the position of head of stage and operations at the Royal Opera House Muscat. During that time Louise taught ballet for both children and adults and put on an annual performance. In September 2015 Barry and Louise moved to Perth, Australia. In June 2016 Barry and Louise returned to the UK settling in Caldicot, South Wales.

Despite being many miles away, Louise stills head up Chelsea Ballet returning on a regular basis to teach and perform with the group.

Louise Hudson in Giselle

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