Director: Mary Griffiths MA (Oxon), BSc (Hons), MSc (Merit), Cert. Ed. Admin. HKU, Adv. Dip. Inst. of Chor., Reg. Teacher of the RAD, A.R.A.D.
Founding Director Hong Kong Ballet & HK Ballet Education Unit
Founding Principal: HK Academy of Ballet, Former Principal Dancer: HK Ballet
Mary Griffiths was a scholar of the Royal Academy of Dancing and a senior student at the Royal Ballet School. She then read for a degree in mathematics at Oxford University. After graduating she taught maths at Oxford High School and Benenden School before going to Hong Kong with her husband.
In 1979 she became the founding Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet, now an internationally recognised company. After several years as artistic director and principal dancer specialising in dramatic roles, she studied Benesh notation at the Institute of Choreology, London. She was then appointed Administrator of the Hong Kong Ballet and established its educational unit in 1986.
During her time as Head of Mathematics at The Chinese International School, she set up The Mary Griffiths School of Dance in Hong Kong, establishing a dance team which toured Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan.
Please watch and enjoy the Hong Kong Ballet Company’s 35th anniversary video. It portrays a wonderful reflection on the Company from its early years to date and serves as a testimonial to all those and especially Mary who have contributed toward its growth over the last three and half decades.
See the News page for the full story.
The Hong Kong Ballet 35th Anniversary Video
In 1994 she took her RAD teacher's certificate with Distinction. She settled in Woodbury in July 1995, and the ballet school was started in September of that year.
In 2012 she was awarded a first class honours degree in mathematics from the Open University, in 2016 she gained an MSc and is currently studying for a PhD at Plymouth University.
All ballet classes are held at Woodbury Primary School, Castle Lane, Woodbury.
Woodbury Dance Studio
Woodbury, Devon, UK