Summer Term 2017 and Holiday Events at Highgate Ballet School


Tuesday 18th April – Monday 10th July 2017 (11 weeks except Monday classes 10 weeks)

Half Term: Saturday 27th May – Friday 2nd June inclusive (no classes) Classes resume on Saturday 3rd June 2017

Ballet Exams for some students on 1st and 2nd July 2017


Jacksons Lane Theatre performance on Sunday 11th June 2017, 7pm

Tickets now available at the box office: £15 adults £7.50 concessions

This Annual End of Season performance for the HBS Youth Dance Company and Choreographic Competition winners also includes selected pieces from the Contemporary dance classes, Tutus and Tiaras groups and classwork and grade dance presentations from some pupils

Dress Rehearsal at Jacksons Lane from 2pm


Fair in the Square mini performance at 1.35pm, Pond Square

The annual Fair outside the URC takes place on Saturday 17th June. The Intermediate class will be disrupted- Intermediate students please attend the Inter foundation class or the Advanced 1 class instead on this day.

Look out for HBS dancers performing on the small stage on the square!


Watch Week Summer 2017

Saturday 24th- Friday 30th June 2017. A special watch week for the end of the school year. For children in Standard 1 and above. Children in Pre-Primary, Primary and JL Grade 1 and contemporary have their watch week during their usual class times. Rehearsals for all other groups: from 4.30pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, rehearsal 5pm Tuesday,

Showings at 6.15pm

Saturday Classes: Rehearsals from 9am, showings at 11am and 12.30pm


TWINNING PROJECT with ALMADANZA Ballet School from Bologna, Italy, 11th – 15th July 2017

We are very excited to announce a Twinning project with ballet school Almadanza from Bologna, Italy. 12-15 students ages 13-15 will come to Highgate during the week of 11th-15th July 2017 and take classes with HBS students.

This is the first part of a new Twinning Project initiative co- created by Julie Cronshaw and Director Stefania Onesti from Almadanza. For the second part of the project, ballet students from HBS will go to Bologna to take part in classes with dancers from Almadanza and enjoy a week in this very special part of Italy .

Schools break up in early July but the dancing goes on in Highgate! The Twinning project classes will take place from 5.30-8pm weeknights and on Saturday 15th July 3.30-5.30pm  and a Saturday night visit to see ‘An American in Paris’ in the West End.

Classes for Students in Grades 6 and above include: Ballet, contemporary dance and  GYROKINESIS ® body conditioning

Weekly participation fee: £140.00, single day £28.00. Please register your interest now!


Summer Schools:  7th-12th and 21st-26th August 2017 at the URC

‘Tutus and Tiaras’ 5 days Summer intensive 7th-11th August 2017

Aimed at younger dancers from Standard 1 up to Grade 5, and with special  emphasis on ballet and choreography, classes run from, 9.30am – 3pm daily: classical ballet, GYROKINESIS® body conditioning, contemporary dance and choreography ages 8+ £250.00/week

Advanced Level Course: Maestro Cecchetti’s The Days of the Week

Julie Cronshaw will teach the Days of the Week principles in depth in Six  Advanced Master classes which will run from 6.30-8.30pm each day and Saturday 1.30-3.30pm.  Open to advanced dancers, teachers and observers. Drop in, £22/class

Summer Dance 21st – 25th August 2017 9th annual week of classes at the URC organised by Maddy Wynne-Jones

Ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, choreography and more with Guest Teachers, for ages 8+ 9am-3pm each day, with a showing on the final afternoon.  Contact the school for more details and to register.



Well Done to Skye Kemsley who has been awarded a Scholarship to attend Cecchetti Associates next year.

Congratulations to Edie and Tilda Marriage Massey who have been accepted onto the CAT programme at The Place for 2017-2018. Tilda has also had her contract extended to perform in ‘Matilda’ in the West End until March 2018.

Congratulations to Abbi Johnson who has not only been invited to dance for three weeks at the Bolshoi Ballet Annual Summer School in New York City but also gained a place by audition in the National Youth Ballet’s 30th Anniversary Performances including the grand Finale at Sadlers Wells on 3rd September 2017. A very busy summer ahead for Abbi!


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 which was both original and very high indeed this year making decisions tough for guest adjudicator David Beer, Associate Director of Chantry Dance Company and HBS’ own Valerie Borg. Styles of dancing varied from ballet, to jazz, contemporary to Spanish dance. Eventually David and Valerie agreed the three duets: ‘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 will be shown again at Jacksons Lane theatre as well as  solos ‘La Garterana‘ by Hana Abe and ‘Get Back Up Again’ by Rosa Slater. They  awarded medals also to Beatrix Davis for her conceptual piece ‘The Spirit‘, and Imogen Titmas’ ‘All of Me’ and to Artemis and Naias Morgan for musicality in their duet. Elsa Pountney was awarded a scholarship to attend Maddy Wynne- Jones’s summer school with her solo ‘Refugee’.

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


Spring Term 2017

Friday Night Pre – Vocational Ballet class on 25th March welcomes Susie Crow, Guest Teacher

Susie Crow

Susie Crow

Susie Crow danced with Royal and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet 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


See Susie’s detailed bio on the Teachers page of the website!



To young HBS  choreographers Lexi Johnson, Edie and Tilda Marriage Massey and Lily Walker who won the Jane Worsley cup for best story in a choreography as well as being the  runners up in the Middles section of the Cecchetti Annual Choreographic Competition held at Cecil Sharp House on Sunday 5th March 2017. Also congratulations to Skye Kemsley for gaining a merit in the competition, Junior section and to Lydia Antoniou and Georgina Bradley for winning the musicality prize in the Middles Duets section of the competition.



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.



Highgate Ballet School pupils can be found in many external programmes for talented and enthusiastic dancers and entry to these programmes is usually by audition. This is part of our mission to provide not only the best non-vocational classical ballet training in London but also a value-added, after-school programme for both the recreational and pre-vocational dancer, that has been a part of the Highgate village community scene for more than 20 years. We are dedicated to teaching traditional classical ballet to the highest standards using the rigorous and highly musical Cecchetti Method, which remains untainted by transitory fashions and still provides the most comprehensive ballet training available in the world today. Highgate Ballet School hopes to continue to enrich the lives of our dancers and their families for many years to come.


National Youth Dance Company: Noga Inspector

Royal Ballet School Associates:  Sasha Abrahams, Tilda Marriage Massey                                         

London Children’s Ballet Touring Company: Abbi and Lexi Johnson and Phoebe Armstrong

English National Ballet School Youth Dance Programme: Zack Tidswell

Central School of Ballet’s Associates or Pre- senior Programme Abbi Johnson, Sophie Farkas, Yasmin Barry-Djemal, and Zack Tidswell.

Cecchetti Scholars: Maddie Holgate

Cecchetti Associates: Skye Kemsley, Abbi Johnson, Etta Stevens and Aoife walter

The CAT Scheme at The Place/Laban: Georgina Bradley, Noga Inspector, Olivia Rodgers, RubyMcNamara,  Zack Tidswell

More Congratulations!

Nine year old HBS student Mili Finkletaub-Ageh has auditioned successfully for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre in New York and started there in September.

 OLD NEWS 2016

OMG in partnership with Jacksons Lane, HBS dancers performed at KEATS HOUSE, HAMPSTEAD ON SUNDAY 31st July 2016

Senior Staff Teacher Maddy Wynne-Jones organised a 3-Day workshop to help dancers Manasa Krishna, Millie Anstice, Sequoia Worghs, Imogen Titmas, Lottie Lunn and Emma Scott produce a piece inspired by the three lines of Keats’ poem ‘If I were a butterfly….’ which was performed at Keats House during a special outdoor family performance inspired by the poet and his writing. The performance took place on the lawn outside Keat’s house in Hampstead and included spoken word artists, including the young poet laureate of London, musicians and actors from local amateur theatre companies.



We celebrated with three Anniversary Performances at the Ark Theatre, Borehamwood on 30th April and 1st May 2016 

‘Homage to Enrico Cecchetti’

Highgate Ballet School perform at The Ark Theatre, Borehamwood. 01.05.16 Photographer Sam Pearce/

Highgate Ballet School perform at The Ark Theatre, Borehamwood. 01.05.16 Photographer Sam Pearce/

We celebrated our 20th Birthday with a weekend of performances at the Ark Theatre, Borehamwood on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2016. Nearly 200 students ages 6 and over from standard 1 up to Advanced 2, the Youth Dance Company and contemporary dancers took part. With Ray and Barbara Massey playing the parts of Maestro and Madame Cecchetti, the show opened with a film tribute to the Maestro created by former pupil now filmmaker, George Massey. After a demonstration of some of the Cecchetti classwork as it is done today, dancers performed excerpts from ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and original choreographies inspired by the teachings, life and times of Cecchetti. Some of the special moments of the weekend now feature as photos on the home page. Look at our gallery for more photographs taken by Sam Pearce across the weekend!

Thank you so much to all the staff, accompanists and of course the amazing crew of backstage volunteers and technical assistants, also to Frankie Turner, stage manager, Joy Cox, theatre manager, Alexa Hart, backstage manager and James Ramsden, lighting director! Without the help of these fantastic  people the performances would not have been able to take place.



Congratulations to Joe Tidswell, former HBS student who has been at Central School of Ballet for two years and is now starting at Elmhurst Ballet School in September! Joe was one of only 6 boys to gain a place at this school, the official school of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Congratulations to Phoebe Armstrong who has been dancing with English Youth Ballet and to Abbi Johnson, Lexi Johnson and Etta Stevens who have been touring with London Children’s Ballet this year.

Congratulations to all the students who created and performed choreographies for the second annual choreographic competition held at HBS at 7pm on Saturday 14th May! With 17 pieces and a high standard of work overall that showed how much progress the choreographers have made since last year. We loved seeing the 6 winning pieces onstage again at Jacksons Lane on 5th June, what a fantastic show!


Congratulations to Abbi Johnson and Zack Tidswell who won the overall cup for the best choreography in the annual Cecchetti Choreographic competition held on Sunday 6th March 2016 at the Rambert school in Twickenham. They won also first prize for their section, duets age 14-18 and the Musicality prize. It’s a fantastic achievement and we enjoyed seeing their piece again at the school performance on Saturday 30th April.


Congratulations to Eliona Beck and Zack Tidswell who have completed and passed their Bronze Arts Award! The Arts Award is a way for young people to receive a national qualification through their chosen art form, and is managed by Trinity College London and Arts Council England. Eliona and Zack are the first students at HBS to complete the award, with the guidance of Arts Award qualified advisor Maddy Wynne-Jones. It was a lot of work, but they’ve done a superb job and we’re very proud of them! WELL DONE!


Congratulations to Julia Zlotnick who has gained a place at Northern Contemporary Dance School to start there in September 2016. Julia has been dancing at HBS since she was a toddler and has been attending contemporary dance classes on the CAT scheme at The Place along with studying for her A’levels. It’s a fantastic achievement, well done!

Well done to Amaani Ahmed who has been dancing at Highgate Ballet School since she was very little and has accepted into Cambridge university for September 2016! On top of her school studies she is currently studying also for her Advanced 1 Cecchetti ballet and the upcoming school performance.

Congratulations to all the students who took part in this year’s Mabel Ryan competition held at the Lilian Bayliss Theatre, Sadlers Wells in London on 21st and 22nd November 2016. This is the most important annual Awards weekend organised by the Cecchetti Group and this year nearly 250 students from across the country took part, from grade 3 to Vocational Levels.

HBS regularly supports this event and 22 students from ages 10-17 took part. Tilda Marriage- Massey won the Lower Junior Award ages 10 and under 13 (for children who have not attained higher than grade 3). Eliona Beck was Commended in the Junior Award (Under 13 with a minimum grade 4 or higher), Etta Stevens was Commended in the Middle Award (Under 15 with a minimum grade 5 or higher), Aoife Walter was runner up in the Middles Joy of Dance Award and Abbi Johnson was runner up in the Middle Award. Sasha Abrahams was Runner up in the Senior Mabel Ryan Award (ages 15-17 with minumum grade 6).



HBS students at the Cecchetti Children's Awards with Julie 8th November 2015HBS Prize winner with Paris Brownie Notley at 2015 Under 10's Children's Awards









Manasa Krishna, Marlene Bucher, Skye Kemsley and Tallulah England took part in the Cecchetti Children’s Awards which took place at the theatre of Kingsway College, King’s Cross WC1 on Sunday 8th November 2015. Skye won first place and Marlene was awarded the ‘Joy of Dance’ Award

Eliona Beck has been accepted into the London Children’s Ballet for their upcoming production of ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’. Lexi Johnson, Abbi Johnson and Etta Stevens have been accepted into the Touring Company of London Children’s Ballet for their 2016 season

Noga Inspector is dancing with the National Youth Dance Theatre and on The Place’s CAT scheme

Sasha Abrahams is dancing with the English National Ballet School Youth Dance Company and is a senior Associate at the Royal Ballet School.

Yasmin Barry-Djemal is a Senior Associate and Tilda Marriage-Massey is a Junior Associate at the Royal Ballet School

Aoife Walter and Etta Stevens are Cecchetti Scholars in Class 2 and Eliona Beck is a Cecchetti Scholar in Class 1

Maddie Holgate, Abbi Johnson, Phoebe Armstrong, Skye Kemsley and Delphine Angeli are Cecchetti Associates

Abbi Johnson and Zack Tidswell are Central school of Ballet Associates

Julia Zlotnick, Noga Inspector, Olivia Rodgers, Ruby McNamara and Zack Tidswell are dancing at The Place/Laban on their CAT schemes.


Former Pupils from September 2015: Emilia Miller is dancing at Northern Ballet School. and Rin Ishikawa is in year 8 at the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. Long time HBS pupil Natasha McCabe is studying French and Italian at Oxford University.

Sayaka Nagahiro who attended HBS for several years before going on to train full time at the Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst and English National Ballet School, has gained her first dancing contract with the ballet company of Vanemuine in Estonia to start in August 2016! Well done Sayaka and good luck in your new job!

Eve Wilson, who attended HBS for many years before joining Elmhurst in Year 8, has successfully auditioned for Tring Park School and will start there in September 2016.




50% OF TERM FEES FOR MULTI-CLASS ATTENDING STUDENTS ARE ALSO DUE ON 2nd January. Balance due by 13th February 2017



HIGHGATE BALLET SUMMER SCHOOL 2015 directed by Maddy Wynne-Jones offered a week of dancing in ballet, contemporary dance, choreography, jazz and more, for children ages 8+ from August 17th-21st at the United Reformed Church venue.

Our Annual Summer dance programme returned on August 17 – 21st in Highgate Village. Each year, participants spend an intensive week in a fun, supportive, and inspiring environment, culminating in a small showing for family and friends. This year was no exception with thirty students ages 8-16 dancing enthusiastically from 10am-3pm each day.





Highgate Ballet School’s first ever Choreographic Competition took place during watch week with 30 dancers creating their own pieces and taking part  in 16 choreographies. The winners were chosen by the staff to dance at the end of season performance of the Youth Dance Company at Jacksons Lane on Sunday 28th June 2015. In the under 11’s, the solo winner was Amena Ireland and Manasa Krishna won the musicality prize.  Mili Finkletaub-Ageh and Rosa Clare won the duet/group section. In the over 11’s, Julia Zlotnick won for her solo with runner up Olivia Rodgers. Zack Tidswell and Abbi Johnson won the over 11’s duet/group prize and Edie and Tilda Marriage Massey, Eve Alexander and Lily Walker won the group musicality prize.


 8th March 2015 Cecchetti Choreographic Competition Success!

On Sunday 8th March 2015 at Cecil Sharp House in NW1 more than 200 children ages 7-18 took part in the annual Cecchetti Choreographic competition. Categories were for choreographic pieces in any dance genre (except tap) for solo, duet, trio or groups. Congratulations to the choreographers from Highgate Ballet School who took part creating their own works with costuming to be performed in front of a large and very enthusiastic audience:

Georgina Bradley, Tilly Green, Lydia Anoniou, Elsa Pountney, Freya Wilson, Abbi Johnson and Zack Tidswell.

Elsa and Freya’s piece ‘Finding our Smile’ was runner up in the under 11 duet section and Abbi and Zack’s duet ‘Spring’ was runner up for Musicality in the under 14’s duet section



This programme has been set up nationwide to encourage children to work towards a QCA recognised dance award. Maddy Wynne – Jones has qualified as an Arts Award teacher from February 2015.

Senior Contemporary Dance classes take place on Thursday evenings from 7.15-8.15pm at the URC

Junior Contemporary dance classes for ages 7-11 take place on Saturdays from 1.30-2.30pm and additional choreographic technique sessions from 2.30-2.50pm, at Jacksons Lane and we hope these classes will be included in the Arts Award Scheme shortly. Look out for updates.

If your child is a talented dancer and looking apply for a secondary school dance place, such as at Marylebone High School or Mill Hill County High School, please contact HBS to discuss how to audition. Contemporary dance classes and the Youth Dance Company are good preparation for those auditions. Contact for more details.



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 from summer 2014, 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! Julie and George are editing the film now and completed the filming of the men’s work and the background to the documentary, in Florence, Italy, in August 2015 at the beautiful studios of the Hamlyn school with Salvo Nicolesi, a former pupil of the Hamlyn school now dancing in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

A trailer introducing the film can be viewed on 

Please contribute to this project!




On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November 2014, 16 dancers from Highgate Ballet School took part in the annual Cecchetti Children’s Classical Ballet Awards held at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadlers Wells Theatre, London EC1.These prestigious Awards are open to children who have gained high Merits or Distinctions in their recent Cecchetti ballet exams. This year over 200 children took part in 5 age groups.

Delphine Angeli Winner, Children’s Award B

Eve Alexander Runner Up, Performance Award, Children’s Award B

Isabella Slater and Artemis Morgan Commended, Children’s Award B

Eliona Shosholli Runner Up, Vacani Performance, Junior Mabel Ryan Award

Abbi Johnson Commended, Junior Mabel Ryan Award

Yasmin Barry-Djemal Runner Up, Middle Mabel Ryan Award

Aoife Walter, Commended, Middle Mabel Ryan Award

Noga Inspector, Winner, Senior Mabel Ryan Award

And congratulations to Myla Taylor – Platt, Isadora France, Louisa Waine, Maddie Holgate, Rosie Inwald, Etta Stevens and Thea Stevens who also took part in the competition. This year the standards were higher than ever and we are all so proud of you for representing the school with poise and professionalism.

To Aoife Walter and Yasmin Barry-Djemal who have gained parts in the London Children’s Ballet production of ‘Snow White’ which will take place at the Peacock Theatre WC2 in April 2015 and to Eliona Shosholli and Phoebe Armstrong who gained parts in the LCB Touring Company.

To Ruby McNamara who has gained a dance place for entry to Marylebone High School for entry in September 2015. Ruby is a Cecchetti Associate and also dances in the West End Musical ‘Matilda’.


Congratulations for School Year 2014 – 15 go to:

Noga Inspector and Thea Stevens  who have successfully gained places by audition for the Cecchetti Scholars Saturday programme.

Noga and Thea also did well at  Cecchetti summer school by winning the choreographic competition.

The Cecchetti scholars programme offers talented students a full scholarship to attend classes on Saturdays organised by the Cecchetti Faculty in ballet, pointe, body conditioning and repertoire  over the course of the school year.

To Julia Zlotnick and Ella Vanson who auditioned successfully for The Place CAT (Centre for advanced dancers) scheme and their Youth Performing Company.

To Emilia Miller who has successfully gained a place on London Studio Centre’s Associates Programme and also with the London Senior Ballet Sunday classes programme.

To Isabella Slater who started at Italia Conti stage school in September 2014. Isabella has also gained a place on the Cecchetti Associates Programme

To students Tilda Marriage-Massey, Ruby Macnamara, Eliona Shosholli, Aoife Walter, Maddie Holgate, Abbi Johnson, Etta Stevens and Leyla Zebda who have all gained places on the Cecchetti Associates Programme

To Joe Tidswell, 16, who has gained a place at Central School of Ballet and started there in September 2014 on the full time vocational programme.

Joe has been dancing at HBS for the past 10 years, is a founder member of the school’s dance company and has danced at the Place and at Central on their Associates programme. We are all delighted that he can now pursue his love of dancing full time. Good luck Joe and we will miss you!

TO Abbi Johnson, 12, and Zack Tidswell, 11 who have gained  places on Central School of Ballet’s Saturday Associates Programme.

Well done!




Cover girl Maddy Squire and former HBS student who gained her first full time employment contract with The Scottish Ballet Company in Glasgow aged just 18 and started with them in August 2014!

Maddy trained at HBS from the age of 6 and was a founder member of the HBS youth Dance Company, a Cecchetti Associate and she joined English National Ballet School at 16 having gained her Cecchetti Advanced 1 with Distinction. Maddy was the only British born and trained female finalist in the Cecchetti International Ballet Competition held at Salford Quays Manchester in August 2011.

Rin Ishikawa who has been accepted to the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge and started there in September 2014.

Sasha Abrahams who has been accepted as a Senior Associate at the Royal Ballet School from September 2014.

Yasmin Barry-Djemal who has been accepted for another year as a Mid -Associate at the Royal Ballet School from September 2014.

Mia Jones has started at the Young Dancers Academy, a full time vocational dancing school in west London.

Eliona Beck Shosholli has gained a dance place at Marylebone High School from September 2014

CONGRATULATIONS: Joe Tidswell, Noga Inspector, Rin Ishikawa, Sasha Abrahams and Yasmin Barry-Djemal danced in the London Children’s Ballet new production of  ‘Nanny McPhee’  24th – 27th April at the Peacock Theatre in London, WC2.

Mabel Ryan AwardsWELL DONE TO 20 young dancers from HBS who took part in the nationwide Cecchetti ballet competition, nicknamed ‘Mabel Ryan’, on   23rd and 24th November 2013 at the Lilian Bayliss Theatre, Sadlers Wells, London, EC1. Sasha Abrahams and Noga Inspector scooped up the two top prizes for technique and Joy of Dance in the Middle Award and Isadora France won Joy of Dance in the Lower Junior B section. Minnie Stucke was runner up for Joy of Dance in the Lower Junior A section and Ingrid Biggs, Lydia Antoniou and Naias Morgan were commended in their sections. Photo below shows Noga (kneeling) and Sasha (in red, behind) at the end of the competition with other prize winners in their section.

Congratulations also go to Natasha McCabe who participated in the pre-professional section of the competition along with 44 dancers all from vocational schools in the UK and abroad. She danced in a ballet class taught by David Yow of the Royal Ballet School followed by performing a classical variation alone onstage and was adjudicated by Dame Monica Mason and David Bintley of the Royal Ballet.

Ruby MacNamara is dancing in Matilda in the West End from September 2013.

Natasha McCabe, Sasha Abrahams, Joe Tidswell, Zack Tidswell and Noga Inspector are Central Associates for 2013-2014.

Abbi Johnson, Aoife Walter, Azusa Nagahiro, Mia Jones and Thea Stevens are Cecchetti Associates in 2013-2014.


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 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!



The 5th ANNUAL SUMMER SCHOOL in association with Tempered Body Dance, August 26th-30th 2014 will take place at the United Reformed Church and Hall in Highgate village

Open to enthusiastic students, boys and girls ages 7-15, are welcome to join in Maddy Wynne-Jones’ packed and wonderfully diverse holiday programme of classes in ballet, boys’ ballet, contemporary, choreography, jazz and GYROKINESIS ® culminating in a presentation to parents on Saturday afternoon. Classes run from 9.30-3pm each day.

The programme focuses on developing different skills for the different age groups including choreography for the juniors and pointe and boys’ work for the seniors.

Senior dancers jumping at Highgate Ballet School

Photo from last year’s summer school below showing the senior class jumping.




Maestro Cecchetti worked in Warsaw from 1902-1905 and had several famous Polish pupils including Marie Rambert, founder of the Rambert Dance Company. Since then the Method has not been taught in Poland….. until the summer of 2013!

Julie Cronshaw taught Cecchetti Method Ballet at the first International Ballet Summer School organised by Artur and Maria Adamska, former professional dancers and by Izabella Sokolowska, International Polish-born ballerina. Over 65 students from Poland, the USA, France, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia and from across Europe took classes in Vaganova, Cecchetti, Bournonville and Forsythe ballet styles, Pas de deux, variations, contemporary, jazz and Gyrokinesis. Working 6 days a week from 9am to 5pm each fortnight culminated in a performance at the theatre where the summer school was held. Photos below show Julie with staff (1) and with students (2)

For more photos, check out the ‘Ballet Summer School’ Facebook page!

Teachers at Gdynia Ballet

Gdynia students







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!

Julie Cronshaw and Staff, Highgate Ballet School,