There is currently limited availability on the following weeks:
Summer A (Age 15 - 19)
Week 1 15 - 19 July 2013
Week 2 22 - 26 July 2013
Summer B (Age 11 - 14)
Week 1 29 July - 2 August 2013
If you would like the opportunity to attend - please download an application form from here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Performances will take place at the London Coliseum on Jun 14, 18, 21, 24, 26 at 7.30pm.
We wish both students the very best for this exciting project!
The winning piece, selected by an invited panel of judges, will then go on to be mentored by Kerry Nicholls, and be included in the prestigious event ‘Choreographics – A Letter To…’ at The Place Theatre. This event will directed by English National Ballet Associate Artist George Williamson, and will include works by English National Ballet dancers, Anton Lukovkin, Makoto Nakamura, Stina Quagebeur, Fabian Reimar and Tamarin Stott.
Tickets for ‘Choreographics – A Letter To…’ are available to purchase from www.theplace.org.uk
George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante
Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Soirée Musicales
The world premiere of a new ballet by Alexander Whitley
Tickets are now available to purchase from www.atgtickets.com or by calling 0844 871 7646.
We do hope you will be able to join us!
All of this year's Emerging Dancer finalists were graduates of the School, and we are extremely proud of each of their performances!
Designed to give young dancers a taste of student life at the School, our Summer Courses are taught by our highly experienced teaching staff. The timetable includes daily ballet class, pointe work, coaching, variations and contemporary classes, with classes tailored for boys where necessary. Different repertoire is learnt on each week of the course, and performed to friends and family on the last day. There will also be the opportunity to work with guest teachers.
Summer A (Age 15 - 19)
Week 1 15 - 19 July 2013
Week 2 22 - 26 July 2013
Summer B (Age 11 - 14)
Week 1 29 July - 2 August 2013
Week 2 5 - 9 August 2013
USA Summer Intensive (Age 13 - 19)
22 - 29 July 2013
Applicants can choose to do either Week 1 or Week 2, or both Week 1 and Week 2 of Course A or B
We will be accepting applications for our Summer Courses from 1st January 2013. Applications for Course A must be submitted by 1st March, and applications for Course B must be submitted by 1st April. Our Summer Course is regularly oversubscribed, so please ensure that your application is submitted before the deadline. More information can be found on our courses page.
You will be notified if you have been selected to attend the course after the closing date. Application forms for the U.K. summer course are available from email@example.com.
More information regarding the USA Summer Intensive can be found at www.ballettheatreoftoledo.org
This year’s finalists are:
• Alison McWhinney
• Guilherme Menezes
• Nancy Osbaldeston
• Ken Saruhashi
• Laurretta Summerscales
• Nathan Young
Please click here to see a short film of the finalists in rehearsal.
The competition, held on 4 March 2013, and will take place at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Tickets are available through www.ballet.org.uk.
In the February editions of Dancing Times & Dance Europe, graduates of English National Ballet School have featured in a number of particularly positive reviews and features, showcasing their recent successes and achievements.
Ksenia Ovsyanick, is praised for her debut in the role of Aurora in English National Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty, and is described by Dancing Times as ‘bringing warmth and a lovely sense [of] amplitude to her dancing…this was an extremely accomplished account of the role.’
Laurretta Summerscales is also noted for her strong performance as the Lilac Fairy, whilst Nancy Osbaldeston and Jenna Lee are described as giving ‘suitably dazzling performance(s)’ in Dance Europe. Nancy Osbaldeston is also featured as Dancing Times’ Dancer of the Month.
Recent graduate and dancer at Northern Ballet, Kevin Poeng, is featured in a full page interview in Dance Europe. Kevin is also praised for his performance in his first major role as the Nutcracker Prince in Northern Ballet’s Nutcracker.
Prix de Lausanne is a Switzerland-based scholarship international competition for young dancers of all nationalities aged 15 to 18 who are not yet professionals. The competition is for young dancers seeking to pursue a professional career in classical ballet, and many former prize winners of the competition are now leading stars with major ballet companies around the world.
Click here to take a look at Isabelle in an official video blog and follow her experiences at Prix de Lausanne 2013.
English National Ballet School is delighted to announce that Ksenia Ovsyanick, graduate of the School & English National Ballet Artist, has been awarded 'Outstanding Female Performance' (Classical) at the National Dance Awards.
We would like to congratulate Ksenia on this fantastic achievement!
For more information on this story, please click here.
English National Ballet School presents its first US Summer Course in partnership with Ballet Theatre of ToledoThursday 18th of October 2012
English National Ballet School will present its first international summer course at The Ballet Theatre of Toledo studio in Holland, Ohio,
The world-renowned ballet school, based in London, England, will be sending teachers from the school to lead a week long ballet intensive from July 22-27, 2013. This will be the only opportunity in 2013 for students and ballet professionals to study with this esteemed arts organization within the United States. The course is open to Advanced, Pre-Professionals and Professionals and master classes will also be held in the evenings for Intermediate-level students.
“We are thrilled to have our studios chosen by this prestigious program as the host site for this summer course,” said Nigel Burgoine, BTT Artistic Director. “Our spacious and modern ballet facility with three studios was exactly what English National Ballet School was seeking in a North American location for its summer program.”
Samira Saidi, Director of Dance at English National Ballet School says,”‘we are delighted to be collaborating with Nigel Burgoine and The Ballet Theatre of Toledo with our first USA Summer School. We look forward very much to working with the talented ballet students from across the United States.”
Auditioning for a place on the course is by Youtube link and DVD. Dancers from the local area and region are invited to apply to join the class, which is expected to draw ballet students from across the country. Five scholarships have been provided by Dorothy Mackenzie Price.
For further information write to firstname.lastname@example.org
For an audition form please go to www.ballettheatreoftoledo.org
English National Ballet School is delighted to announce that it has appointed Samira Saidi as its new Director of Dance. Samira joins the school following an illustrious career including twenty years dancing with Sadlers Wells and Birmingham Royal Ballet and Graduate women’s teacher at Elmhurst School for Dance along with associations with many prestigious dance organisations within the UK.
Samira was born in Manchester and trained with Noreen Bush at the Bush Davies School where, at fifteen years old, she won the RAD Solo Seal Award and the Adeline Genée Silver Medal. Continuing her training at The Royal Ballet School, she was chosen and coached by Sir Frederick Ashton, to dance the Fonteyn role in Birthday Offering. At eighteen she joined Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, staying with the company when it was renamed Birmingham Royal Ballet. She danced many Principal roles including the title role in David Bintley's The Snow Queen which was created for her.
Samira retired from dancing in 1999 to concentrate on teaching, choreography and raising her children, initially teaching and developing Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dance Track Programme and the RBS Junior and Senior Associate programme as well as being in much demand as a guest teacher for various Companies, Schools and Academies. In 2004 she joined Elmhurst School for Dance as the Classical Ballet teacher for the graduate women and latterly, also, the Ballet Mistress, Resident Choreographer and head of Elmhurst’s satellite Associate Programme which she helped to conceive and develop throughout the UK.
Regarding her appointment Samira says, ‘Over thirty years of experience comprising both performance and dance education has instilled within me the importance and value of treasuring, retaining and passing on the history and honesty of the profession and I am delighted to be in my new post as Dance Director at English National Ballet School’
Anu Giri, Co-Director of ENBS says, ‘We are delighted to welcome Samira as the new Director of Dance. We believe her skills and experience as a dancer, teacher and manager will add great value to our current team and we look forward to strengthening and developing the artistic vision and excellence of the School under her leadership.’
5th, 6th & 7th July at ENBS Studio Theatre, SW10
12th & 13th July at The Bloomsbury Theatre, WC1
These performances feature exceptionally talented young dancers from the school performing a wide repertoire of inspiring, technically demanding and moving work including Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Rendezvous, excerpts from Don Quixote plus two original pieces specially commissioned this year for the students.
Performances at ENBS Studio Theatre are on Thursday 5th July at 1pm, Friday 6th July at 1pm & 7pm and Saturday 7th July at 2pm. Performances at The Bloomsbury are on Thursday 12th July at 1pm & 7pm and Friday 13th July at 1pm. To book tickets for the ENBS Studio Theatre performances please email: email@example.com and for The Bloomsbury Theatre, please visit their online box office at http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/1684
London Olympia 9th, 10th & 11th March 2012
We are thrilled to announce that the English National Ballet School will be at Move It 2012 this year.
Move It is considered to be the best dance exhibition show in the UK and we will be there for all three days at stand 428. Do come and visit us and we will be able to give you information about all of our courses, ENBS Juniors - our fabulous classes for children and information about ENB2's magical production of Sleeping Beauty for children from the age of 3 up which opens in London and then tours the UK from April 2012.
There will also be an opportunity to meet some artistic staff and hear about our audition process for the school, participate in our ENBS Juniors drop in classes and also see a performance from our current ENBS Juniors students and the fabulous ENB2 dancers.
For further information about the weekend please visit the Move It 2012 website: www.moveitdance.co.uk
Following an esteemed career as a dancer with The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) Anya began her teaching career. Schools included London Studio Centre, The Royal Ballet School both upper and lower, Central School of Ballet and Arts Educational School.
Anya began as a full time teacher at English National Ballet School in 1991 where she remained until 1997. After this Anya went on to coach principal dancers of The Royal Ballet School including Marianela Nunez and Mara Galeazzi. She also qualified as a yoga teacher and guest taught in both Europe and America.
She returned to English National Ballet School in 2007 as a full time teacher for third year students, becoming a part time teacher for second years in 2008. She left the School in July 2011.
The staff and students of English National Ballet School feel honoured and privileged to have worked with her for so long. She was instrumental in the lives of so many of our students and she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.
National Ballet and English National Ballet School create new children’s ballet
which tours the UK in Spring 2012.
Following the phenomenal success of the Angelina Ballerina ballets, which reached audiences of over 300,000 across the UK and the world between 2007 and 2009, English National Ballet in partnership with English National Ballet School is continuing the initiative to bring ballet to young audiences. Spring 2012 sees the unveiling of My First… a series of ballets bringing children their first taste of the world of ballet.
first ballet to be adapted in this way will be My First Sleeping Beauty which tours the UK
from April 2012. The show will be performed by the third year students from
English National Ballet School in their first professional tour, so it will be
a “first” for both audiences and performers.
My First Sleeping Beauty will give English National Ballet School students the opportunity to gain real work experience, dance principal roles, raising their profile and visibility as they prepare to enter the profession. The performances will enable a wider range of people and young children to engage with the school and ballet.
Anu Giri Director of English National Ballet School said “This is a huge opportunity for our students. You can teach them so much in the studio but when you put them in front of an audience that is when they really start their journey to becoming a performer”
with young attention spans in mind, My
First Sleeping Beauty will be choreographed and designed by dancer
and choreographer Matthew Hart. Click here to see Matthew talking about his
vision for My First... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ82GLPVdfc
Matthew said "I am so thrilled to be choreographing this new production for English National Ballet and English National Ballet School, I want to create a really accessible way for children to enjoy this classic fairy tale, retaining the drama of the original ballet, but adding a real sense of fun and magic, giving youngsters their first taste of the world of ballet"
The dancers will wear the sumptuous Georgiadis costumes from the Company’s full production of The Sleeping Beauty, with elements of the original sets also used, giving audiences the feel of a full scale classic ballet. However the story and choreography will be adapted, making it more approachable, fun and suitable for young audiences.
English National Ballet launched a worldwide competition for young artists to create the poster for My First… via creative community www.talenthouse.com, with the brief to create a piece of artwork that will appear on all the Marketing collateral, including the poster.
Over 300 people from all over the world entered the competition with five artists shortlisted. The winner, chosen by English National Ballet, with the help of celebrated cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe, receives $2000 in prize money.
“I was impressed at the standard of the entries to the My First Sleeping Beauty poster competition”, says Gerald Scarfe. ”Some of the submissions showed real quality in draughtsmanship and individual style. It was a real challenge picking a favourite as I felt many of the entries had strong elements, and the judges were acutely aware that the winner would need to work as an advertising poster and appeal to children from the age of 3.”
We’re delighted to announce that Mark Ruffle is the winner of the My First… competition; his artwork can be viewed here http://www.ballet.org.uk/what-s-on/my-first-artwork-competition.html
Matthew Hart added, “We chose Mark Ruffle’s design as it conveyed the sense of mischief and fun that I’m planning for the ballet. I absolutely love the colour and the humour of the design.”
Mark Ruffle said, “I’m absolutely delighted to be the winner of this competition. My 10-year-old daughter inspired me to enter as she is an aspiring ballerina and she will be thrilled! We can’t wait to see the posters – and the show!”
For booking information visit www.ballet.org.uk
Peacock Theatre, London
3 April 7pm (Press night)
4 – 8 and 10 - 13 April 11am, 2pm
7 – 8 April 5pm
Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
21 April 11am 2pm, 5pm
22 April 11am, 3pm
Grand Opera House, York
28 April 11am, 2pm, 5pm
29 April 11am, 3pm
New Wimbledon Theatre
5 May 11am, 2pm, 5pm
6 May 11am, 3pm
The Hawth, Crawley
11 May 5pm
12 May 11am, 2pm, 5pm
The Churchill, Bromley
19 May 11an, 2pm, 5pm
20 May 11am, 3pm
Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
26 May 11an, 2pm, 5pm
27 May 11am, 2pm
Manchester Palace Theatre
2 June 11am, 2pm, 5pm
3 June 11am, 3pm
Chairman Steve Sacks, said "On behalf of the Board, staff and students I would like to thank Michael for the tremendous contribution he has made to ENBS over the last two years. Michael has been an excellent ambassador for the School, raising the standard of training and setting the highest artistic, choreographic and musical standards throughout the School. In particular, our annual Christmas and Summer performances have been at an extraordinary high professional level, and this year Michael has overseen the growth in the School's third year programme and the highest number of contracts and work placements gained by graduating students in the School's history. We wish him every success in his future career".
3rd Year Ladies
Erina Akatsuka Slovak National Theatre Ballet
Maria Andres National Ballet of Portugal, Apprenticeship
Anna Bang-Rudenstam Royal Swedish Ballet, Work Placement
Heather Dunn Scottish Ballet
Elisabeth Finch The Hong Kong Ballet
Manoela Goncalves Dortmund Ballet
Oda Heier Norwegian National Ballet, Apprenticeship
Nicha Rodboon Bayerisches Staatsballet
Marina Schmied Ballet Vorpommern
Eleanor Sharpe English National Ballet, Apprenticeship
Wakana Shimizu Le Jeune Ballet de France
Kelly Turner The Ballet School of Hamburg
Pamela Nunes Tivoli Pantomime Ballet
3rd Year Men
Marc Borras IT Dansa, Barcelona
Jonathan Batista Miami City Ballet
Guilherme Menezes English National Ballet
Vitor Menezes English National Ballet
Jospeh Gray Zurich Ballet II
Shaun Kelly Tivoli Pantomime Ballet
Paulo Osorio Marcilio Tivoli Pantomime Ballet
Robin Papazian Slovak National Ballet Theatre
Ken Saruhashi English National Ballet
2nd Year Ladies
Meea Laitinen Norwegian National Ballet, Apprenticeship
Chloe (the daughter of TV presenting couple Richard & Judy) and Michael joined in a third year ballet class and were coached by Linda Moran. The lesson was filmed and aired as part of the programme . As a result Chloe gave a fantastic performance and got her highest score of the series so far. Judge Jason Gardiner commented "Those ballet classes have really put you in good stead. I could see you unfurling and developpeing and your upper line and carriage of your body was exquisite".
We wish Chloe and Michael the best of luck for the rest of the competition.
ENBS is pleased to announce it will be holding the following audition weekends in Spain and Italy:
Madrid, Spain - Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th February.
This will involve 5 hours of classes for children aged 11-14 . They have the option of Direct Entry Audition to the Summer School at ENBS.
For children aged 16-19 in September 2011, there will be 7 hours of classes and an opportunity for Direct Entry Audition for the Full Time Course and Summer School Programme.
Florence, Italy - Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th February.
The weekends will provide the opportunity to take master classes taught by ENBS Artistic staff.
The Emerging Dancer Award is an annual competition that recognises and nurtures phenomenal talent of English National Ballet’s up-and-coming dancers, encouraging excellence within the company.
On Graduation in 2004 James joined English National Ballet. He is currently a First Artist with the company. James had notable success in 2006 when he danced the title role in William Tuckett’s Canterville Ghost and has been playing Tybalt in the recent tour of Romeo and Juliet.
Ksenia joined English National Ballet in 2008 having trained at the school for three years. She was nominated for the same award last year so will be hoping to go all the way in 2011.
Laurretta graduated in 2009 after being offered a place with English National Ballet. She was only in her second year at the time. Within five months of joining the company she performed the principal role of Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle.
The Award is
judged and awarded by a prestigious panel and the public is able to vote for
the People’s Choice Award. Please go to the link below where you will be able to
vote and buy tickets for the Award Ceremony http://www.ballet.org.uk/emerging-dancer/emerging-dancer-award.html.
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