The Royal Ballet School announces a special event showcasing British dance training
We are pleased to announce an event bringing together the country’s leading dance schools in a collaboration at the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre in March 2015, hosted by The Royal Ballet School.
Spring Celebration: A showcase of British dance training, will be a special evening celebrating the very best of British ballet training. It will feature students of The Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Central School of Ballet and Elmhurst School for Dance and is generously sponsored by Ricki Gail Conway.
The audience will get a unique insight into world-class ballet training with Patrick Armand leading students in a ballet masterclass on stage. Patrick is Associate Director of San Francisco Ballet School and ex-Principal dancer at English National Ballet and Boston Ballet
Students from each of the schools will then perform a range of contemporary and classical works that will showcase the full range of their abilities.
For The Royal Ballet School this event marks the end of 15 years’ hosting the Young British Dancer of the Year Award (YBDY) in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
At each of the YBDY events, the four schools have typically staged interlude performances of work that characterises their own distinctive profile and heritage, a tradition that will be upheld at this unique event.
The event will take place on Saturday 7 March 2015.
Christopher Powney, Artistic Director Designate, The Royal Ballet School, said:’All four schools have a shared goal in helping talented young dancers reach their full potential. It’s truly fantastic to be able to offer these students a very special performance opportunity and at the same time championing British dance training.’
Samira Saidi, Director of Dance, English National Ballet School, said:‘I am very much looking forward to this Spring Celebration of dance, a wonderful opportunity to witness and share the best of British training.’
Sara Matthews, Director, Central School of Ballet, said ‘We are delighted that our students will have the opportunity to take part in this shared celebration of world-class training, and that all four schools will be collaborating on this showcase.’
Robert Parker, Artistic Director, Elmhurst School for Dance, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled that Elmhurst School for Dance can play a part in what is guaranteed to be an extremely exciting collaboration and a unification of our wonderful training organisations and talented students.’
The Royal Ballet School
The Royal Ballet School is one of the world’s greatest centres of classical ballet training which for generations has produced dancers and choreographers of international renown – from Margot Fonteyn, Kenneth MacMillan, Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell, Anya Linden and Darcey Bussell, to a new generation currently making its mark on the world stage – Lauren Cuthbertson, Liam Scarlett, Steven McRae, Edward Watson and Christopher Wheeldon, to name but a few.
Admission to the School is based purely on talent and potential, regardless of academic ability or personal circumstances, and 90% of current students rely on financial support to attend the School.
Our mission is to train and educate outstanding classical ballet dancers for The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and other top international dance companies, and in doing so to set the standards in dance training, nationally and internationally.
The School offers an eight-year carefully structured dance course, aligned with an extensive academic programme, giving the students the best possible education to equip them for a career in the world of dance.
English National Ballet School
English National Ballet School was founded in 1988 by English National Ballet to provide talented young dancers with the highest quality of training. Today the School exists as a separate entity but maintains strong links with its parent company, sharing its commitment to quality, accessibility and diversity.
It is the peer of the major ballet schools in France, the United States, Denmark and the UK and has trained countless dancers who are now working in major ballet companies worldwide. Currently a third of the dancers at English National Ballet are graduates of the School.
English National Ballet School has consistently achieved Outstanding by the UK Schools inspectorate (Ofsted) since inspections began in 2002 and have maintained a 100% graduate employment rate.
Central School of Ballet
Founded 31 years ago by Ann Stannard and the late Christopher Gable CBE, Central School of Ballet is one of the UK’s leading centres for dance training. The school is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama.
Students train for three years aiming for a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance (validated by the University of Kent).
Central’s ethos is the belief that talented, dedicated young people should have access to the highest quality of training, whatever their economic, social or cultural background.
Central School of Ballet has one of the highest rates of employment for graduating students.
Graduates from Central go on to join the world’s premier dance companies. Recent Central students are currently employed with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, National Ballet of Estonia, Ballet Black, Northern Ballet, K Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Slovakia Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Billy Elliott and many more.
Central School of Ballet is working towards relocation. Located currently in Clerkenwell in central London, a new purpose-built school is planned on London’s South Bank. This will provide its students with a state-of-the-art learning and training environment and enable Central to establish its Junior School in the heart of a culturally vibrant and diverse community.
Elmhurst School for Dance
Elmhurst is the oldest vocational dance school in the UK – its vision is to provide a world renowned centre of excellence for the training and education of classical ballet dancers for Birmingham Royal Ballet and other national and international dance companies.
The school was originally based in Camberley in Surrey; Birmingham Royal Ballet was one of the prime movers in Elmhurst’s relocation to Birmingham in 2004. Elmhurst formally became an Associate School of Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2002 and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director, David Bintley CBE, became the school’s Artistic Advisor.
The new school has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of professional dance training, with all facilities on one five- acre campus. This move constituted a £20 million investment in the future of dance education in the UK and Elmhurst now fills what was a conspicuous void in vocational dance training in the Midlands. In October 2005, the school was officially opened by Dame Merle Park, a former student, and Sir Peter Wright, former Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.