Andrew Mortimer

Andrew Mortimer - Principal Academy of Dance

Andrew was born in Leeds, UK and trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama.

Professional Experience: Andrew has worked extensively as a perfomer in the West End and on tour both in the UK and Europe. His credits include ‘Whilstle down the Wind”, “42nd Street”, Mike in “A chorus Line”, Woof in the 1997 European Tour of “Hair”. White Rabbit in the UK National Tour of “Alice in Wonderland” and the lead role of Lytton Strachey in the World Premiere of the musical “Eminent Victorians”.

In 2000 Andrew moved to Germany to take over as Dance Captain in the German touring production of “Celtic Life”. After a brief engagement in “Lord of the Dance”, he settled in Berlin where he combined dance training with commercial and television work, which included appearances on “Top of the Pops” and “Aids Star Gala” in 2002. He also joined “Ballet Erxleben” with whom he danced the lead role of Kay in “The Snow Queen” and Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet” as well as teaching ballet in the Company’s Associate School. Whilst in Germany. Andrew appeared at various galas and concerts and taught Masterclasses in the Stella Academy Hamburg, OnStage Training Centre Hamburg and Ballet Centrum Berlin. He also took the opportunity to continue his professional development as postgradute student at the nationally acclaimed “Palucca Schule” in Dresden.

Andrew’s other performing credits include “Dick Whittington” at the Players Theatre, London (Dance Captain), “Cinderella” at Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford (Dance Captain), “Snow White” at Millfield Theatre, London (Muddles), “Sixty Sixty” at Schmidts Tivoli Theatre, Hamburg (Dance Captain) and “Seaside Special” at Pavilion Theatre, Cromer (Ass. Dance Captain) Andrews was also the Dance Captain aboard the cruise liners CS Aida and MS Carousel.

He has gained acclaim as a choreographer with his choreography of “The Four Elements” (Tanzhaus, Eberswalde), “FreakOut” (Schmidts Tivoli Theater, Hamburg) and was commissioned to choreograph a short ballet suite for the German Aids Gala in December 2008. Recent choreography credits include “Dare to Dream (City Varieties, Leeds), “First Dance” (ISIS Media for ITV) and the film “Six Ways to Kills your Lover”.

In addition to his work as a choregrapher, Andrew frequently adjudicates at dance festivals and competitions and was invtied to be a membe of the international panel of judges at the German National Ballet Championship in 2006 in Munich. He also regularly teachers at vocational dance and performing arts colleges throughout the world.