Tasha Bertram MRBSoc. Senior Teacher and Examiner with the Russian Ballet Society and freelance teacher in classical ballet and character. Her work takes her all over the world where she demonstrates her art in the style based on Nicolas Legat’s own teaching from The Imperial Ballet St Petersburg.
Tasha has enjoyed a vivid and consistent career that has led her from being a professional ballet dancer, to acting, singing, writing, producing and being a mother of two before returning to her ballet roots as an inspiring teacher.
Upon finishing her training at the Legat School of Russian Ballet, she went directly to Italy to join Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu, with La Compangnia Balletto Classico. Within a year she became one of the company’s young soloists, dancing lead roles in Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda. Tasha then returned to the UK and joined London City Ballet, Britain’s best loved touring company at the time. Here she completed her professional career dancing as a senior soloist in the company for ten years.
Tasha’s development as an artist led to a further career as an actress in theatre, television and film, she later went on to chaperone her son, Thomas Brodie-Sangster on numerous film sets all over the world. It was through this that she fell into producing her own films and with Thomas she formed the production company, Brodie Films Ltd. Together they produced their first short, ‘A Hat for the Camel,’ a re write of a 1930’s radio play originally written by her grandfather, Anthony Bertram. As well as producing, Tasha played the lead role of Madame Blanche and co-wrote the soundtrack in collaboration with Joe Volante and Jack Stanley. This became her launching pad onto the music circuit under the name of Winnet, which later became a family band with Thomas on Bass and her daughter Ava Sangster on backing vocals.
‘A Hat For The Camel’ became an award-winning short film, having played at several Festivals and Winnet became a joyous display of music incorporating jazz, blues, Fado and theatre. The band continued to play at London venues including Toulouse Lautrec and Crazy Coqs for seven years.
Based on the Legat System, Tasha’s own ballet teaching style focuses strongly on a precise and supportive technique, from which the artistry of the dancer can safely flourish to its furthest height.
She works regularly as a substitute teacher for Central School of Ballet, Masters of Ballet, Danceworks and guest teaches in Italy, Thailand, China and Japan. She was ballet mistress for The London Ballet Company and Director of ballet at The London School of Economics, producing annual shows at The Peacock Theatre/Sadlers Wells. She teaches privately and coaches young dancers for major competitions in Hong Kong and Singapore while also being on the panel of judges for the International Dance Association.
Ballet, Movement & Breath Work to restore Well Being.
Over the last two years, Tasha has been exploring the benefits of dance as a practice of Well Being and looking at how this impacts people on many levels of life. Having had the opportunity to work with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis patients, she has been able to see first hand the therapeutic benefits that dance and movement can bring.
Tasha has devised her own style of restorative work to bring about well being, by combining her years of knowledge as a yoga practitioner with ballet, breath, and Daoyin movement, thus fuelling her continuous passion to spread the joy and benefits of dance.
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