English National Ballet School celebrates 25 years
This academic year 2013/14 we are delighted to be celebrating our 25th anniversary and in honour of this we will be promoting a series of events that showcases the skill and talent of our students, starting with a 90 minute live broadcast from the School at 5pm, 28th November by ArtStreaming TV. During the live stream audiences will have a unique insight into a day in the life of our students, see an interview with Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet and be able to chat to the School via Facebook and Twitter.
The School was originally founded in 1988 by Peter Schaufuss, Artistic Director of London Festival Ballet (renamed English National Ballet in 1989), with just twelve students. His ambition was to establish a feeder school to the Company, producing dancers trained in the Company’s unique style.
The School proved very successful and within the first five years numbers grew rapidly necessitating a move to its own premises in Hortensia Road, Chelsea, where we still are today. The new, English National Ballet School was opened by HRH The Princess of Wales on 6 December 1995 with a student body of 35 talented young dancers.
The School thrived in its new home, doubling its student intake and has been consistently recognised by Ofsted and Trinity College London as an ‘exemplary provider’ over the past 10 years.
Peter Schaufuss’ vision still holds true today; currently a third of the English National Ballet dancers are graduates of the School ranking from Corps de Ballet up to Principal dancers.
The School and the Company continue to work together to create world class dancers. With the launch of the ‘My First…’ series of ballets in 2012 created for children, produced by English National Ballet and performed by the students of English National Ballet School we are inspiring a new generation of young dancers. Over 100,000 children and their families nationwide have watched the first two productions.
With strong artistic leadership in the shape of Samira Saidi, Director of Dance and Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director at the helm we look forward to the next 25 years.
“After 25 years, English National Ballet School continues to provide exemplary training, producing world class dancers that go on to perform with ballet companies, globally. Our renewed vision will ensure that we have an exciting future ahead of us and I feel very proud to be a part of such a great team”. Samira Saidi, Director of Dance.
English National Ballet School
We are the official School of English National Ballet
We offer a 3 year diploma in Professional dance accredited by Trinity College, London.
Our current student body of eighty comprises students from 18 countries including the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Australia, Spain, Italy and the USA
55% of our current first year students are home grown British talent.
We are the peer of major ballet companies in France, the United States, Denmark and the UK and many of our graduated students are now working in major ballet companies worldwide
We audition over 300 young dancers each year from all over the world and award places purely on talent
We are the only Dance specialist DaDA (Dance and Drama Award) school to consistently achieve Outstanding from OFSTED since inspections began in 2002 and we maintain a strong employment record
Thursday 28 November at 5pm