The leaf crunching, berry popping, nut gathering days of Autumn are upon us and it is time to draw breath and review a very busy 2017.
A very warm welcome to those new to The London Ballet Company family; dancers, parents, children, students, audience members and friends. We feel honoured to have sustained a loyal following over the last 7 years and very much look forward to continued growth to bring ballet and dance to new audiences. Our unique, original storytelling style developed through collaboration with our dancers is one we will continue to explore with an exciting new production in the pipeline. Stalwarts amongst the company dancers include our Choreographic Coordinator Fran, with Jo, Alice, Abby, Louise, Tamra and Ella, and we have welcomed some of our newer artists, Christian, Rafal, Imogen, Ellie, Georgie, Rachel and Laura. Together we make a wonderful team who have a passion and dedication to our art.
"Snow Queen" now in its 2nd year, and "00 and His 7" in its 6th year, have been very successful productions this year, revisited and revitalised, and we are anticipating a very full engagement schedule in 2018 with our production to mark the centenary of the end of the 1st World War, with "Poppy" (now in its 4th year). The company has also been fulfilling event commitments with dancers performing at a wedding and anniversary celebrations overseas, and at the launch of a new Darts themed bar (as featured in The Evening Standard), called "The Flight Club". We also admit to rather enjoying the filming process for a new promotional video for this beautiful new venue in Bloomsbury, which is in a more central position than the existing Flight Club in Shoreditch. Who knew that darts could be such fun? The delicious food and sumptuous cocktails were an added bonus! Further events are planned for later in the year, culminating with celebrations for New Year in Italy.
We have hosted workshops in London, Kent and Cheshire and I was once again very honoured to be asked to adjudicate for the student appraisals day at the Elmhurst Ballet School along with our Artist/Choreographic Coordinator, Francesco Mangiacasale. We were both very impressed with the standard of the students and their development as future dance artists and we thank Mr. Robert Parker for his kind consideration, and a very enjoyable and illuminating two days. We wish those students well as they embark upon an exciting career in dance.
For any of our friends who are keen to try out, or who have previously enjoyed ballet and wish to continue with an adult ballet class, and who live within reach of the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, I would be very pleased to see you. As a graduate of this school, I am now teaching adult classes on Tuesdays at 18.45 until 20.00. Please join us for a fun and exciting evening.
Our Associate Courses held at the R.A.D. Headquarters in Battersea, are now fully subscribed with a record number of very talented students developing their artistic and creative prowess on one Sunday per month. It presents students with an alternative experience where they are able to meet others from a variety of dance schools, to discover further ways to develop, and share their passion for dance.
This has also been complemented by our very successful Easter and Summer Intensives. In each dedicated week, Ballet Technique, Yoballet, Creative Exploration and an opportunity to share Company Repertoire was enjoyed. The culmination of work displayed in our Intensive performances gave parents the opportunity to share and observe all that had been accomplished. Students managed the magnificent task of putting on a complex and varied display in a very polished performance.
Patrons are also very important to us, and we are excited and motivated by the experience of others in the field of entertainment. Ms Durrant - educating future artists in her dance school in Belfast, Thomas Sangster who inspires us with his diverse acting roles from "Love Actually" to "Game of Thrones", Basement Jaxx who continue to appeal to a broad spectrum of music lovers as they tour in the U.K. and Internationally, Susan Dalgetty Ezra - a balletomane whose passion for dance finds her now as Chairman of The London Ballet Circle, and two very exciting new Patrons, Ms. Sarah Wilder, who studied at The Royal Ballet School before rising to the heights of Principal dancer in The Royal Ballet Company. Now also a teacher of some repute, we are absolutely delighted that she has agreed to join our family as Patron. And Steve Elias, Actor, Freelance Director/Choreographer in theatre and opera. If you were lucky enough to have seen "Our Dancing Town" on BBC2 where he was both Presenter and Choreographer, then his face will already be familiar to you. Take a look at the Patrons' page of our website for appraisal of the vast arena of their varied experience. Thank you for your support and interest in our company. We are very fortunate to have such experienced, talented individuals as Patrons of The London Ballet Company!
One of our dancers, Ella Marjorie Betts, has inspired our dancers with her rigorous workout series before Company Classes. Between us, we decided that it would be exceedingly beneficial not only to aspiring dancers, but to athletes of all disciplines, and for those who simply wish to enjoy the health benefits of a toned physique, to be able to participate. Working together, we have developed a new discipline inspired by both Yoga and Ballet.
YOBALLET. Now part of our dance regime for company dancers and students. We will shortly be rolling out further classes and a taster video can be found on our website.
YOBALLET: Strength in Body and Mind: Combined!
It is with great joy and anticipation that I am also pleased to announce that we are launching The London Ballet Company School on January 6th, 2018.
The classes will take place in Wimbledon Village - 55A High St., Wimbledon, SW19 5BA. Further details and the enrolment form can be found on our website. We have had a great deal of interest in this new project and positive feedback from parents has encouraged our venture. More classes are being developed to satisfy demand and these dates and times will be released shortly. EarlyBirds...worms..etc!
I do hope that you will continue to enjoy and support our development and we look forward to your participation in all our projects.