Autumn Term 2018:

Summer Dance Week (with Maddy Wynne-Jones) Monday 20th – Friday 24th August 2018

Autumn term 2018: Saturday 8th September -Saturday 15th December 2018

Jacksons Lane : Saturday 15th September

Please note change of start date!

No chapel classes on 8th September, no hall classes on 15th September, no classes on Thursday 13th September except trial junior contemporary or Saturday 29th September



Abbi Johnson who has been dancing at HBS for more than 10 years has been accepted onto the Joffrey Ballet School, New York City, vocational training Programme on a Merit Scholarship and starts there in September!  Abbi will also be dancing with the National Youth Ballet in August and September and touring to Sadlers Wells . We wish her lots of luck in her new adventure across the pond!

Tilda Marriage Massey will be dancing with National Youth Ballet this summer.

Tara Chu has been accepted as an associate on CAT at The Place.

Rebecca Marinelli and Naias Morgan have been successful in gaining a place on the Cecchetti Associates

Lila McNamara has successfully auditioned for a place on the London Junior Ballet Associates programme.

Edie Marriage Massey, Georgina Bradley, Ruby McNamara and Olivia Rogers are dancing on CAT at The Place


And a special mention to Barbara Massey (Miss Barbara) who has been assisting at HBS for many years and will be attending the Cecchetti Teachers’ summer School this July on a scholarship.


We said a sad goodbye to Miss Emma Moran who is returning to Australia  and who has been teaching at HBS for two years! Miss Emma promises she will stay in touch!

New ballet teacher Lisa Marie Probert trained at the Royal Ballet School and was a former professional soloist with English National Ballet and the Irish National Ballet Companies. She is now based and teaching in London whilst completing her BBO Professional Dancer’s Teacher’s Diploma. Lisa Marie is teaching ballet on Thursdays at the URC and on Saturdays at Jacksons Lane. Miss Lisa runs her own ballet company for amateurs called the London Performance Company.
Contemporary dance teacher Amy Foskett is a graduate of Trinity Laban and trained in Swindon under their local CAT Programme. She is a freelance teacher and choreographer based locally and teaches the Thursday night contemporary dance class.
The contemporary class has grown and flourished over the past few years and so we hope to add a Junior contemporary class from September for children ages 7-10 from 6-7pm on Thursdays. Please get in touch if you are interested!


London Children’s Ballet  production of ‘The Canterville Ghost’

Congratulations to HBS dancers Sophie Farkas, Skye Kemsley and Zack Tidswell who performed in this lavish production  at the Peacock Theatre, London on April 18th-21st 2018. Zack was the fantastic lead ghost in a part he was born to dance! Well done!


Jacksons Lane Theatre performance for some dancers and HBS Youth Dance Company: Sunday 10th June 2018, 6pm.
Rehearsals take place during the afternoon for participants and at the URC on Saturday 9th June from 3.45pm.
All welcome to watch this annual showcase of new pieces by the school’s own company of dancers directed by Maddy Wynne-Jones, plus two new ballet pieces from the Tutus and Tiaras and Pointe classes, a contemporary dance piece by Amy Foskett, winning choreographies from the Choreographic Showcase of 17th March, by HBS dancers, and more!


Monday 2nd- Saturday 7th July at the URC and Jacksons Lane
Pre-Primary, Primary and JL classes watch week take place during their classtimes at the usual venues. All other classes: URC weeknight showings will take place from approx 6.00pm, Saturday showings at 11am and 12.30pm.
Please come and watch classes during this special week, families and friends are all welcome!



Summer Dance is Maddy Wynne-Jones’ annual summer dance week with invited guest teachers, 20th -24th August 2018.
Our annual summer School is now in its 10th year and is a popular week of 5 full days of dancing in several styles-ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, choreography and more, with a performance for parents on the last day. Open to children ages 8 and above. Hours 10am-4pm at the URC.
Please contact Maddy on for all details and to register.


Autumn term 2018 begins: Friday 7th September 2018

Congratulations to our young Choreographers!

Georgina Bradley and her school group has been taking part in the Boroughs Competition of the Youth Games and having won the London event, they will be heading to Stoke on Trent for the Nationals representing London! Good luck to Georgina and her dancers!

Highgate Ballet School’s 4th annual Choreographic Showcase took place this term on Saturday 17th March 2018 in the chapel space at the URC. We watched 11 very competent and creative pieces being performed by students ages 9 and over adjudicated again this year by David Beer, Associate Director of Chantry Dance Company and HBS’s own Valerie Borg.

David was most impressed with the dancers who returned this year with their new pieces, many showing how much  they have learned from their previous experience. Each choreographer received valuable feedback and encouragement, a certificate of participation and prizes were awarded for orignality, musicality and effort. Selected pieces will be shown at the Jacksons Lane performance on Sunday 10th June and David is inviting some pieces to be performed at a special Choreographic event organised by Chantry Dance at the Greenwich Theatre in October 2018.

Showcase dancers Manasa Krishna, Olivia Rodgers and Ruby McNamara and Artemis and Naias Morgan will show their pieces at Jacksons Lane on 10th June.  Well done also to Bella Lundgaard, Rosa Slater, Ella Kearney, Imogen Titmas, Salome Bor-Gloaguen, Elsa Pountney, Francesca Walker, and Orla Feeley for their creative and beautifully presented choreographies!

Cecchetti choreographic Competition 11th March 2018

It was a clean sweep for our young choreographers in the 14-18 Years section at the Cecchetti Annual Choreographic Competition on 11th March 2018, held at the Cecil Sharp House, NW1. Congratulations to Olivia Rodgers and Ruby McNamara who won the overall prize for their duet, also to Artemis and Naias Morgan who were Runners up and to Georgina Bradley and Lydia Antoniou who were awarded Musicality in the same section. Also congratulations to Rosa Slater who was Commended for her solo in the under 10’s section.

Friday nights at the URC: Pre-Vocational Ballet Classes with Pointe and Solos

There are spaces in this weekly class is aimed at senior level students who are looking to not only improve technique and presentation but also perform. It’s an unset class similar to daily class in a ballet company or vocational ballet school, so aimed at Intermediate/Advanced dancers. The class includes pointework, virtuosity and Solos from the ballet Repertoire from 6.35-9pm. Minimum level for dancers is Intermediate Foundation and above who are taking two or more classes a week. Dancers in this class will perform at the End of Season Showcase at Jacksons Lane on Sunday 10th June 2018.



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  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!


Congratulations to all the dancers who took part in the end of term performances at Highgate Ballet School in December 2017!

Our annual and ever popular Christmas performance after Carols in Pond Square  took place on Wednesday 13th December in the chapel space at the Highgate URC. Dancers from HBS and the Youth Dance Company directed by Maddy Woolf Wednesday performed divertissements from ‘The Nutcracker’ and other specially choreographed pieces!

Church administrator Patricia Judd greeted the audience and spoke to us all about the annual Christmas Homeless Shelter. The church volunteers provide supper, a bed and breakfast on Sunday nights throughout the winter for up to 20 homeless people. Here is a link to their project: This year we helped raise £340.00!

On Saturday 16th December 26 young HBS dancers performed excerpts from ‘The Nutcracker’ and other short dances at the Highgate Nursing Home on Hornsey Lane. This is a bi-annual event much enjoyed by the residents. Thank you to the events organiser Lisa Gammaliere for making it possible, Barbara Massey and Ann-Marie Mattravers for helping out and to Andre Luck who took photos of the performance. (These will be available to parents of students who took part very soon!)

On Sunday 17th December 6 HBS ‘Angels’ performed their dance from ‘The Nutcracker’ at the United Reformed Church Nativity Service to a packed congregation. This was a most enjoyable Christmas service with an apt interlude provided by our Highgate Ballet School dancers!


More Congratulations!

To Tilda Marriage Massey who was selected by the Cecchetti Faculty to perform her 2016 Junior Mabel Ryan solo at the annual ISTD Bursary Awards which took place at the Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays on 21st January 2018 and Congratulations to Lara Cohen who is performing the part of Matilda in the National Tour in 2018.



Annual Cecchetti Children’s Awards and Mabel Ryan Competitions November 2017

Congratulations to all the dancers who took part in the Children’s Under 10’s and Mabel Ryan Awards on Sunday 5th November and the weekend of 18th and 19th November 2018. You all danced beautifully! Well done to Skye Kemsley who won the Lower Junior Award and and to Izzy McNamara for being Commended in the same category!


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

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.




online now! 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 Nicolosi, 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!



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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





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

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