Welcome to HBS this year: Hannah Lancaster who is teaching Jacksons Lane Saturday ballet classes and Osman Tack  Saturday pianist for Miss Valerie’s classes


Autumn Term 2017  at Highgate Ballet School

Term Dates:

Friday 8th September Saturday 9th December 2017

Half term: 23rd-28th October

Ballet exams for some students: 2nd, 3rd  &10th December 2017


Congratulations to Skye Kemsley who is dancing on tour with London Children’s Ballet this term! 


Cecchetti Annual Ballet Awards take place in November 2017

HBS students regularly participate in these ‘Cecchetti Children’s and Mabel Ryans Awards with great success.

 The Cecchetti Children’s competition for the Under 10’s takes place at Kingsway College Theatre (by Kings Cross) on 5th November 2017 and the Mabel Ryans at the Lilian Bayliss Theatre, Sadlers Wells, EC1 on 18th and 19th November 2017.

Applications for the Mabel Ryans close on 11th October 2017 and rehearsals have now begun but there is still time to enter the Let’s Make A Competition,  on 5th November 2017. This is a workshop for pre – competition children aimed at dancers ages 8-10 who are in Grades 2-3.

Contact the school for more details


HBS Dancers Required for Performance and Workshop at the first ‘Sacred Mathematics’ London Conference, October 2017

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2017 at the Steiner Theatre, Baker Street, W1.

Timings:  9-11.30am Saturday, 11-1.30pm Sunday. Dancers who are working at a minimum level of Grade 6 are invited to perform excerpts of traditional Cecchetti work in the Saturday performance and demonstrate in a workshop on Sunday.  The Tutus & Tiaras group will also be performing onstage on Saturday 21st October.

For more details, contact Julie


Christmas Concert 13th December 2017 at the URC

After the ‘Carols in Pond Square’ Wednesday 13th December

Join us for a free seasonal and atmospheric performance in the chapel at 7.15pm


Spring Term 2018:

Begins Friday 5th January 2018 (TBC)



to Noga Inspector who is joining Bird College as a vocational student in September 2017. After more than 14 years dancing at HBS and two successful years with the National Youth Dance Company, we will miss you Noga, Good Luck!

Goodbye and Good Luck to Thea Stevens who is going to Oxford University in September 2017 after more than 14 years of dancing at HBS!

Successful Auditions 2017-18

Sasha Abrahams: Royal Ballet School’s Senior Associates 2017-2018

Tilda Marriage Massey, Sophie Farkas, Abbi Johnson: Central Associates 2017-2018. Tilda has also had her contract extended to perform inMatilda’ in the West End until March 2018.

Abbi Johnson: Bolshoi Summer School NYC 2017,  National Youth Ballet 2017 and Central Pre-Seniors 2017-2018

Zack Tidswell: English National Ballet School’s Youth Company and Central School of Ballet Pre- Seniors

Skye Kemsley; Scholarship to Cecchetti Associates 2017-2018

 And to Aoife Walter, Naias Morgan, Rebecca Marinelli, Saskia Firouzbhaksh and Nova King: Cecchetti Associates

Olivia Rodgers, Ruby McNamara, Edie  Marriage Massey, Georgina Bradley: dancing on the CAT Programme at The Place,  2017-2018.


3rd Annual Choreographic Competition in the Chapel at the URC, 6pm Saturday 20th May.

Now a popular and permanent fixture in the school calendar, selected winners go on to show their pieces at the Jacksons Lane theatre performance on 11th June.

Congratulations to all the HBS choreographers who took part in this most enjoyable evening of new solos and duets!

The youngest entrants Bella Lundgaard and Rosa Slater, both 8 years old, set the standard of choreography making decisions tough for guest adjudicator David Beer, Associate Director of Chantry Dance Company and HBS’ own Valerie Borg.

Eventually David and Valerie awarded another performance at Jacksons lane to: ‘It’ by Imogen Titmas and Manasa Krishna, ‘Depth’ by Artemis and Naias Morgan and ‘The Lines that Divide Us’ by Olivia Rodgers and Ruby McNamara, ‘La Garterana‘ by Hana Abe and ‘Get Back Up Again’ by Rosa Slater.

Medals to;  Beatrix Davis  ‘The Spirit‘, and Imogen Titmas’ ‘All of Me’ and Artemis and Naias Morgan for musicality in their duet. Elsa Pountney ‘Refugee’ was awarded a scholarship to attend Maddy Wynne- Jones’s summer school

 Congratulations to Maddy Woolf (nee Wynne-Jones) and husband Nikk on the birth of daughter Mae Woolf on 8th March 2017!


Susie Crow

Susie Crow










Susie Crow Guest Teacher at Highgate Ballet School, March 2017.

Susie has danced with Royal and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballets becoming a soloist; now based in Oxford she choreographs for Ballet in Small Spaces (BiSS) and teaches students, adults, professionals and teachers. She is currently completing a PHD on the ballet class, at Roehampton University.

Two old Instruments


Cecchetti Choreographic Competition, 5th March 2017 at Cecil Sharp House, NW1 Congratulations!

Lexi Johnson, Edie and Tilda Marriage Massey and Lily Walker: Jane Worsley Cup for best story in a choreography & Runners up, Middles section

Skye Kemsley: Merit, Junior Solo

Lydia Antoniou and Georgina Bradley: Musicality prize, Middles Duets



Well done! Fantastic dancing from the Highgate Ballet School Youth Dance Company who performed Maddy Wynne-Jones’ ‘Nutcracker Ballet’ with her Tempered Body company at the Victoria & Albert Museum over the Christmas holidays 2016!







Congratulations to all the dancers who took part in the performance after Carols in Pond Square on 14th December. It’s one of the highlights of the school calendar and what a lovely evening it was, filled with seasonal music, dancing, mince pies and mulled wine!

Among the varied pieces showing classical and contemporary choreography and excerpts from The Nutcracker, were three pieces created by Highgate Ballet School pupils. And an extra thank you to HBS comes from the Church volunteers who raised £420 for the Sunday night Homeless Shelter!

Congratulations to Skye Kemsley who has been accepted into the London Children’s Ballet Touring Company!

HBS dancers perform at the Highgate Nursing Home, December 17th 2016

At 2pm  20 dancers ages 8-17, performed in a seasonal selection of pieces at the Highgate Nursing Home on Hornsey Lane. Thank you to all the children who helped to make a misty winter’s afternoon very special for the residents at the home and the mums who helped out!


 Mabel Ryan  Awards, 6th, 26th and 27th November 2016.

This year 20 Highgate Ballet School dancers ages 9-16 took part in the annual Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards known as the ‘Mabel Ryans’. The Under 10’s competition took place at the Kingsway College Theatre King’s Cross, on Sunday 6th November and the Mabel Ryan Awards for all other age groups took place at the Lilian Theatre Sadlers Wells on 26th and 27th November.

Congratulations to Manasa Krishna who won the Children’s Award (Under 10’s) on Sunday 6th November, to Izzy McNamara who won the ‘Joy of Dance’Award and to Romilly Yule who was commended!

Congratulations to Skye Kemsley who came runner up in the Lower Junior Mabel Ryan Award. Also congratulations to Tilda Marriage Massey who won the Junior Mabel Ryan Award and Emma Scott who was runner up for the Junior ‘Joy of Dance’ Award.

Congratulations to Phoebe Armstrong who came runner up in the Middle Mabel Ryan Award and to Abbi Johnson and Nova Bangsbo who were Commended in the Middle Award.



online now! www.TheCecchettiConnection.com. All about Cecchetti, his life and famous Method of teaching. With tips on technique and how to do those infamous combinations plus essays on aspects on teaching and principles of classical ballet

Coming very soon… the new classical ballet revolution documentary ‘How to Dance Classical Ballet the Cecchetti Way:

The Physical Principles behind the Days of the Week’ is a film in the works, produced by Julie Cronshaw with Muriel Valtat, former Royal Ballet soloist and Salvo Nicolesi, Cecchetti trained Italian dancer, filmed and edited by George Massey, former pupil at Highgate Ballet School now a film director and playwright.

The 6 Physical Principles behind the Days of the Week, is a revolution in ballet training! When understood and applied to classical ballet technique, these principles easily become realised as fundamental elements in how dancers think and train. It’s a blueprint for the future of classical ballet!

Working with not against natural laws, a dancer can develop a breathtaking and highly refined classical ballet technique with less strain, artificiality and potential for injury than has ever been thought possible. Showing just how those great dancers of Cecchetti’s Day were able to do the seemingly impossible combinations he left to posterity and how simple and natural they can look using basic physical principles is the aim of the film. It is the way forward for classical ballet training in the 21st century!


Director of the Royal Danish Ballet School, THOMAS LUND visits Highgate Ballet School on 8th November 2013

Thomas Lund and Julie CronshawThomas Lund, former principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet, took over directorship of the Royal Danish Ballet School in August 2012 and since then he has been on a mission to promote the Danish ‘Bournonville’ ballet style, explore the history and development of this celebrated style for which the Danish dancers are world renowned and to see how ballet training is conducted in world famous ballet institutions. Part of this project includes regular trips to the Paris Opera Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School. He is interested also in the similarities and differences that the Cecchetti Method training have with the Bournonville style.

So, on Friday 8th November 2013 Mr. Lund came to watch a Cecchetti masterclass at Highgate Ballet School taught by Julie Cronshaw with the advanced and Friday night pre-vocational students. By invitation, two former students of HBS,  Maddy Squire and Sayaka Nagahiro, now at English National Ballet School, also danced in the class. At the piano Justin Stevens accompanied with his usual flair and sensitivity.

Mr. Lund, whose original background in early dance training included ballroom and recreational ballet in his native Denmark before joining the prestigious Royal Danish Ballet School and later becoming one of the greatest Bournonville dancers of all time, was gracious and kind to all the students and showed great interest in the Cecchetti Method with its rigorous technique, effortless grace and brilliant virtuosity.

Photo above shows Director Julie Cronshaw with Thomas Lund at the URC

Look at the Gallery for more photos of the dancers in action at this special class



GYROKINESIS ® is a system of exercises created by former dancer and gymnast Juliu Horvath, for maintaining health and well being using fluid movements that gently stretch and strengthen the whole body, relieving pain, improving joint mobility, posture, physical skills, balance, coordination and spatial awareness.  

Julie Cronshaw is qualified to teach GYROKINESIS ® following certification in the Level 1 Teacher Training Course. Classes are also taught by guest teacher Angelo Zanfardino.

GYROKINESIS ® is a registered trademark of GYROTONIC ® Sales Corp and is used with their permission.



Maddy Wynne – Jones has spaces for dancers aged 8-16 who take 2 ballet classes per week or more, in her Youth Dance Company. Based in Highgate, rehearsals for performances throughout the year take place during half terms and holidays. Dancers learn how to work in a professional environment with guest choreographers and gain a unique insight into the world of the professional dancer. The company is divided into junior, middle and senior groups and the season finale takes place in a local theatre in June each year. Contact the school or Maddy directly on info@temperedbody.com for more details.

To register for any of these classes or the company, please contact the school and sign up for a free trial class now!









June 2nd 2013

Richard Glasstone taught a Cecchetti Masterclass and gave a lecture with film showing at the school on Sunday 2nd June 2013. Attended by over 35 dancers and observers Mr. Glasstone’s unique insights into the Maestro’s work and the development of the ‘Days of the Week’ were greatly enjoyed by a most enthusiastic audience.


Recommended reading: Roger Tully’s Manual on the teaching of classical dancing

For over 60 years, Roger Tully has been actively involved in advancing the classical dance tradition, first as a performer, now as a teacher.

In March 2009, Roger Tully’s manual on the teaching of classical dance “The Song sings the Bird” was published by Gremese at Rome, in French translation.

English copies are now available at amazon.co.uk  http://rogertully.co.uk/publications.html





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 Keep on dancing everyone! We love what we do at Highgate Ballet School!

Julie Cronshaw and Staff, Highgate Ballet School,