Ann¬†RidleyAnn Ridley

Nearly 40 years of teaching at Chadsworth had brought me so pleasure helped by the happy friendly atmosphere here.

I trained at Associated Arts School in Wimbledon under the direction of a very inspiring teacher Letty Littlewood, choreographer extraordinaire. Then followed my student days ay the Royal Ballet Upper School. On memorable occasions Margot Fonteyn would join our class.

I was very lucky to start my career at the London Coliseum in the musical of Cinderalla by Rodgers and Hammerstein. A beautiful production with a great cast that included Tommy Steele, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Yana and Gillian Lynne. Then followed various TV Shows, Summer Seasons, Pantomime and finally two consecutive summers in Stockholm and Copenhagan.

My career was suddenly cut short by meeting my husband to be David. We set up home in Claygate and along came daughters Nicola and Philippa who both loved attending and assisting in classes at Chadsworth until going to University.

I am kept very busy with my five grandhcildren, Italian classes, art lectures, gardening society and of course my ballet and adult tap classes.

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