Larissa Bamber PDTD (Distinction) QTLS

Foundation and Development Programme ballet teacher

Larissa Bamber was born on the Wirral and joined The Royal Ballet School at the age of 11. She was awarded The Bagrit Award for the Most Promising Dancer by Dame Alicia Markova before joining The Royal Ballet.

Larissa performed an extensive array of The Royal Ballet’s repertoire from corps de ballet to principal roles during her professional career. While with the Company, she performed roles in ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Mayerling, The Cockerel, The Invitation, Les Biches, Symphonic Variations, A Wedding Bouquet, La Bayadère, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Dream, Song of the Earth and The Tales of Beatrix Potter.

She created roles for Sir Kenneth Macmillan, David Bintley, Ashley Page, William Tuckett and Matthew Hart and was coached in roles by Dame Ninette de Valois, Michael Somes, Dame Monica Mason, Dame Antoinette Sibley, Sir Anthony Dowell, Lynn Seymour and Natalia Makarova.

Larissa toured nationally and internationally with the Company and performed with Irek Mukhamedov and his company Mukhamedov and Friends. She also toured Kenya on a charity wildlife conservation project performing alongside other Soloists and Principals of The Royal Ballet and broadcast on Channel 4’s Dancing for Elephant. 

When Larissa retired from her performing career, she trained as a teacher with the RAD’s Professional Dancers Teachers Diploma, gaining a distinction, and was later awarded teacher status QTLS level 5 in 2012. Larissa has taught at several vocational ballet schools in the UK including The English National Ballet School where she trained and mentored the graduate year for 13 years. While at English National Ballet School, Larissa coordinated short courses and summer programmes, and was an Artistic Advisor of English National School Juniors working closely with the teachers on curriculum, overseeing the progress of the students, and giving teacher support and feedback.

She has choreographed and co-produced productions for English National Ballet School and Central School of Ballet Associates at The Britten Theatre, The Beck, The Royal Festival Hall, Bloomsbury, The Lyceum, The Peacock and The Unicorn Theatres.  

Larissa was invited to join Images Ballet Company at London Studio Centre as Rehearsal Director before being appointed Artistic Director in 2021.  

Larissa joined the faculty of The Royal Ballet School in September 2023 as a ballet teacher at White Lodge. 



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