CHRISTMAS NUTS AND OTHER SUITE THINGS
Our Christmas Performance this year takes place on Wednesday 11th December at 7.30pm. Please join us in the beautiful chapel space of the Highgate United Reformed Church for a free seasonal celebration of dancing featuring Highgate Ballet’s performance groups, in an all new interpretation of The Nutcracker.
The show runs approximately 1 hour and you are welcome to come in at 7pm for mince pies and mulled wine which are prepared by the church volunteers. After the dancing there will be a voluntary collection for the annual Homeless Shelter which is organised and run on Sunday evenings by the URC during the coldest months of the year.
MABEL RYAN 2019
We would like to congratulate all of our pupils who took part in the Mabel Ryan Awards on 16th and 17th November at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells. The weekend was filled with beautiful performances from all our pupils and we are very proud of each and every one who took part. I am delighted to report that in the Lower Juniors Bella won the Cecchetti Associates prize, the ‘Joy of Dance’ Award and in the Juniors and Middles section, Sara and Ellie were commended.
Summer term 2019 Exam Results
Well Done to all the HBS dancers who passed their ballet exams in the summer term. Results were very good indeed! Every candidate passed with 35% gaining Distinction, 56% gaining a Merit and 9% gaining a pass.
* Our Autumn term ballet exams for some students, will take place on Saturday 14th December 2019 *
HBS CHOREOGRAPHIC COLLECTIVE!
U-Dance Festival at the South Bank, London SE1, July 20th and 21st 2019
Well done to the dancers in HBS’s elite contemporary troupe, the Choreographic Collective, who auditioned successfully in the spring to take part in the U-Dance Festival at the South Bank Centre on 20th and 21st July 2019. The weekend was filled with dance workshops and performances involving selected dance troupes from across the UK. The highlight for us in the audience was to see them perform on Saturday night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The Choreographic Collective danced again their dramatic and highly charged piece ‘Landmark’ which was co-created by the dancers and their teacher Miss Maddy. It was an unforgettable event by all accounts and we hope that they will have more opportunities to take part in this festival in the future. You can view the live performance in full from the festival below:
Midsummer Abstractions Summer Showcase, Sunday 30th June 2019
Congratulations to all the amazing dancers and wonderful new choreography! Our annual End of Year Ballet and Contemporary performance Showcase took place on Sunday June 30th 2019 at Channing School’s beautiful new theatre, the Arundel Centre, in Highgate village.
52 HBS dancers ages 8-17 performed onstage including our senior level dancers, contemporary classes and our 4 performance groups: The HBS Youth Dance Company, now in its 11th year, the Advanced Contemporary Choreographic Collective group, and our two ballet performing groups: junior Tutus and Tiaras and senior Level PointeWorks. We say a huge Thank You to Simon the Channing Technician who did a fantastic job lighting the dancers, to all the staff and crew: Miss Maddy, Miss Barbara and Miss Amy, our teachers and especially to our volunteer parents Frankie Favia, who was a Star Stage Manager, and to Jen Titmas and Marta Tamaral for helping out backstage.
Tilda Marriage Massey performed with the National Youth Ballet on Sunday 1st September 2019. Tilda performed recently also in London Children’s Ballet production of ‘Ballet Shoes’ in July 2019 in the lead part of Petrova.
Highgate Ballet School’s Saturday morning Choreographic Collective Group performed in the U-Dance Festival at the South Bank, London, on July 20th and 21st 2019 (see recent news). Well done to Miss Maddy for creating a unique piece of choreography that caught the judges’ imagination and to the dancers for their amazing performance.
External Performance and Associate Programmes 2019-20
Well Done Dancers!
Marlene Bucher: Cecchetti Scholars Class 1
Tilda Marriage Massey, Skye Kemsley: Central School of Ballet Associates
Bella Lundgaard, Elsa Pountney, Francesca Walker and Rebecca Marinelli, Cecchetti Associates
Tara Chu, Emma Scott and Edie Marriage Massey: CAT at The Place
Zack Tidswell: London Studio Centre’s Saturday Associate Programme
Cecchetti Annual Choreographic Competition 10th March 2019 at Cecil Sharp House, NW1
This popular annual event showcases young choreographers ages 7 to 18 years old who present their own work to a audience and a panel of judges. This year we are delighted that Ella Kearney won the Susan Handy trophy overall for musicality, Lydia Antoniou and Georgina Bradley won the duet prize for both choreography and musicality in the senior section and Tilda Marriage Massey was awarded runner up for musicality in the solo middles section. Well done to all our girls we are extremely proud of you!
New YouTube FILM ‘Ballet’s Secret Code’ directed by Julie Cronshaw and filemd by former HBS pupil George Massey on its way soon, all about ballet technique the Cecchetti way
Online now! www.TheCecchettiConnection.com. Essays about Cecchetti, his life and famous Method of teaching.
Enjoy dancing everyone! We love what we dance at Highgate Ballet School!
Julie Cronshaw and Staff, Highgate Ballet School