Aurora Dancewear is a privately owned business making dance wear for professional ballet dancers, students of ballet and recreational dancers of all ages. All dance wear is made in our London studio by a dedicated team of professionals, the majority of whom have been working together under the direction of Thelma Browning for the past eight years. Items of dance wear are made on receipt of an order and usually completed within a few days, urgent orders are often completed and sent out within 24 hours to arrive the next day in for example the USA. We also undertake costume work for the theatre and institutions like the BBC and Madame Tussards. We do not keep stocks of our dance wear as there is a wide choice of stretch fabrics, colours and designs. UK orders are usually delivered within 7 days, EU and North American orders within 14 days and orders for the rest of the world within 21 days.


 
  Aurora Dancewear & Costume's ceo

Thelma Browning

Thelma was born in Hong Kong and educated in England, gaining a BSc (Hons.). degree in Business Economics and a BA (Hons.). degree in History from London University.
Thelma's first business, designing hand knitted woollen garments, is still active today after some 30 years.
Thelma lived in the US for nearly two decades managing her own businesses and on her return to the UK was instrumental in setting up Wear Moi Dancewear in May 1996. Thelma and her staff are still making Wear Moi dance wear in the same studio today.

Thelma & William's wedding

William & Thelma - The Wedding

(Thelma designed her own wedding dress shown above)

William Browning

Thelma is married to William, who gained a Master of Science degree at Cranfield University. William is also a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Liveryman of the city of London, freemason and private pilot. William's particular interest is in the web site and online sales.

William's Turbulent built in 1965 at Croydon Airport

William's Turbulent at Redhill


Jenni Jackson - Costume & Dance Wear  Designer

Jenni Jackson

Costume & Dance Wear Designer

Jenni studied at the London College of Fashion gaining a diploma in Costume Construction and went on to specialise in working with stretch fabrics. Jenni has constructed and designed costumes for dance companies, plays and opera, Mne Tussauds and Disneyworld. Jenni also works as a Lighting Technician in Theatres.

Wear Moi started with two persons in a private house making dance wear and this is where in 1995 Jenni volunteered to help with the patterns. She is responsible for the cut and fit of many of the garments having put all the original patterns into 'working order'. Today Jenni is still involved with the design of our dance wear and costumes.


Netta Marie Walker

 

Netta received her dance training at the Legat School of Classical Ballet 1996 - 1999, Laine Theatre of Arts 1999 - 2002 and London Studio Centre 2002 - 2003.

Netta Walker has danced at several theatres, Disneyland (Paris) for a summer season and toured with the Images of Dance graduate ballet company.

Netta Maria Walker has a National Diploma in Professional Dance, Advanced ISTD ballet (A), Advanced ISTD modern, Advanced RAD ballet, Associate ISTD ballet and a LAMBA drama and acting gold medal.

Netta can be seen on many pages modelling Aurora Dancewear dance wear in our London studio.


Rebecca Callis

Rebecca Callis, a ballet student at Kingston Vale Dance Academy for the past ten years, the last 4 years studying modern, has just taken her Grade 5 ISTD ballet exam and Grade 4 ISTD modern exam achieving honours.

Rebecca has recently started dancing with Centre Stage Studio, in Twickenham, to gain more experience and knowledge in modern and jazz dancing and passed IDTA Grade 4 modern with honours. As a student at both schools training 7.5 hours a week, excluding any extra rehearsals at weekends that could add another 3 hours, Rebecca hopes eventually to attend a performing arts college.

She dances in several festivals a year including classical ballet solos and groups, character duet and modern solos and groups. Rebecca has also performed in many other shows including shows with her own dance school, Chelsea Ballet Company (Nutcracker, Coppelia and Four Seasons) and Guys n Dolls performed with the Kingston Arts College. Rebecca is a very committed dancer and is keen to follow a career in dance/chorography.

Last update June 2004


 

 Andrea Toth

Andrea is an EFBB competitor in Body Fitness (Figure) and is currently the London & South-East Champion, which qualifies her for the British Championship Finals.

She has a degree in Sports Science & Biology, is a qualified teacher of Physical Education & Biology, has a diploma in Athletics Coaching and is certified as a YMCA Exercise to Music instructor.

Andrea, a former athlete, also competed as a 400metre runner in her home country, Hungary.

Staying in year round contest shape with the help of her coach/business partner Andrea also enjoys helping others to achieve their fitness & weight loss goals by designing personalised nutrition & training programmes.

Andrea Toth

Andrea also owns a small franchise that specialises in dry hydro massage beds, a unique product that is aimed at helping people with stress reduction, relaxation, circulation and weight loss, just to name a few.


 Principal Dancer Catherine Batcheller, MA.

Catherine Batcheller began her serious ballet training with the Cleveland School of Ballet under Dennis Nahat, followed by the Washington School of Ballet under Mary Day. Summer studies included scholarships to American Ballet Theater in 1978, School of American Ballet in 1979 and Joffrey Ballet in 1980. In 1981 she joined the San Francisco Ballet under Micheal Smuin where she danced in a wide variety of repertoire. She performed principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Lew Christianson, Jiri Kylian, Jerrome Robbins, Micheal Smuin and Val Caniporoli, as well as creating roles in pieces by Smuin, Caniporoli, John McFall and Kirk Peterson.

Catherine Batcheller, MA

Carmina Barana

In 1985 Catherine joined the Stuttgart Ballet under the direction of Marcia Haydee where she expanded her classical repertoire to include the principal roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet and Grand Pas Classique. She also worked with choreographers Maurice Bejart, William Forsythe, Kylian, John Neumeier and Hans Van Manen, having created roles in many of the pieces.

Catherine Batcheller

Act II Swan Lake

In 1994 Catherine was invited to join the Birmingham Royal Ballet (formally known as the Saddler's Wells Ballet) under Sir Peter Wright. Her repertoire in England expanded to include principal roles in pieces by Sir Fredrick Ashton, David Bintley, Sir Kennith Macmillan and Sir Peter Wright. Outside her work with Birmingham Royal Ballet she has also worked with Olivier Award nominee, choreographer Wayne Mcgregor.

Her guest perpormances include Germany, France, Italy and the United States.

Television credits include the San Francisco Ballet's nationally televised production of Cinerella as Fairy Godmother, the Stuttgart Ballet's Giselle as Myrtha, and in England, a live performance of Nutcracker Pas de Deux at the Lawernce Olivier Awards in 1995.

International Competitions include Varna in 1983 and Helsinki in 1991, taking 6th place in both. Catherine won the National Ballet Achievement Award in 1983.

In 1999 she and husband Joseph Cipolla co-founded the Wash Ashore Dance Ensemble (now known as "Configuration") on Cape Cod which has since completed three annual summer programmes with pieces from choreographers such as Balanchine, Ashton, Forsythe, Bintley and McEldowney, as well as new works by Royston Maldoom, Yuri Zhukov, Ivan Cavallari and Daniela Kurz.

In 2000 Catherine completed her MA (Dance in Education and the Community) at Birmingham University in England.

She has also choreographed and co-produced with her husband, a school production of the Nutcracker that has performed at the Tildon Arts Centre in Hyannis, Ma. in 2000. She has also choreographed for school productions at Studio 878 and the Academy for Performing Arts on the Cape.

In December 2001, Catherine appeared in Susan Stroman's production of "A Christmas Carol" in New York at Madison Square Garden dancing the role of "The Ghost of Christmas Future".

Catherine's teaching experience has been with with the Stuttgart Ballet in 1993. Studio 878's ballet department in Chatham, Ma., the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans, Ma., and the American Academy of Ballet in Buffalo, New York.

She has also been an invited speaker at the Cape Museum of Fine Arts during the "Tuesday with Muse" programme in April of 2001 and March 2002.

Catherine is a valued member of our team.


Annette Pain

Annette joined the Royal Ballet school at the age of 11 years and graduated to Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet in 1983. The company moved to Birmingham in 1990 and became the Birmingham Royal Ballet where she continued to dance solo and principal roles.

She has danced at the Royal Opera House and many other major theatres in the U. K. and been on tour to many parts of the world.

Annette left the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1997 and with her experience in choreography she now teaches children of the Royal Ballet School.

Annette has three children with her partner Douglas Nicholson who is with the technical department of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Annette says she is very happy to be involved with Wear Moi as it was their dance wear that she enjoyed wearing as a professional dancer.

Annette Pain

Annette Pain - Lilac Fairy

 

Annette Pain

Annette Pain - Solitaire

 

Annette Pain

Annette Pain - Snow Queen

 

Thelma - Christmas party 2002

 

Staff Christmas party 2002