Welcome Back Everyone! Spring Term classes at the United Reformed Church begin on Friday 5th January 2018 and at Jacksons Lane on Wednesday 10th January 2018

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 the Youth Dance Company directed by Maddy Woolf, Wednesday Tutus & Tiaras  group, senior level and contemporary dance classes 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: http://c4wshomelessproject.org/. 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 Sophie Farkas, Skye Kemsley and Zack Tidswell who auditioned successfully for the London Children’s Ballet  production of ‘The Canterville Ghost’ which will be performed at the Peacock Theatre, London in April 2018. Zack will be dancing the part of the ghost!

And to Tilda Marriage Massey who has been selected by the Cecchetti Faculty to perform her 2016 Junior Mabel Ryan solo at the annual ISTD Bursary Awards which will take place at the Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays on 21st January 2018.

Congratulations to Lara Cohen who will be performing the part of Matilda in the national tour in 2018.

Ballet Exam results from the beginning of December are now in and they are very good so well done dancers! Please get in touch with the school if your child wants to know how they did in their recent ballet exam!

Well done to all and a big thank you to Highgate Ballet School staff- teachers and pianists for another good year at Highgate Ballet School!


Calendar Dates

Spring term 2018 (11 weeks)

Begins: Friday 5th January 2018

Jacksons Lane Saturday classes begin on 13th January 2018 and these classes have a 10 week term only

Half term; Monday 12th- Saturday 17th February inclusive

Last Day of term: Thursday 29th March 2018

Summer term 2018 (11 weeks, all classes):

Monday 16th – Monday 9th July 2018

No classes Bank Holiday Monday 7th May

Half term: Monday 28th May – Saturday 2nd June inclusive

Autumn term 2018 begins: Friday 7th September 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, CAT Scheme at The Place

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! 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 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!


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



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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.

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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,