Highgate Ballet School celebrates 27 years – July 2022

Reflections in a Silver Stream Arundel Centre Theatre Performances 3rd and 10th July 2022

Past and present pupils from Highgate Ballet School took part in two celebratory performances at the Arundel Centre, Channing School, N6, on Sundays 3rd and 10th July 2022. Reflections in a Silver Stream showcased our dancers in ballet and contemporary dance with new choreography and traditional classical ballet solo variations and repertoire. Thank you to all the volunteers who gave so generously of their time backstage to help make these performances possible!

We were particularly delighted to be able to welcome former HBS dancers onstage including Sayaka Nagahiro and Rin Ishikawa who performed as special guest artists. Sayaka Nagahiro is now 1st Soloist at the Vanemuine Ballet Company in Estonia and Rin Ishikawa has just graduated from English National Ballet School. Also joining us onstage were former pupils Ruby McNamara, Aoife Walter and Noga Inspector. Noga graduated from Bird College in 2021 and has recently completed a tour of Germany and Austria with an English speaking theatre group.


Well done to Elsa Pountney who has gained a place on the London Studio Centre Dance Degree course starting September 2022 and to Lily Walker who has gained a place on the Dance Degree Course at The Place for Dance.

Congratulations to Micah Wei who has gained a place on the Cecchetti Scholars’ Scheme starting September 2022 and who continues also as a Cecchetti Associate.

Congratulations to Highgate Ballet School pupils Frances Webber and Marlie Bethel, who have gained places on the Cecchetti Associates Scheme for 2022-2023, and to Masha Mann, Amyas Norman and Rebecca Marinelli who continue as Cecchetti Associates in the upcoming year.

Well done to Tilda Marriage Massey who has gained a place at Central School of Ballet for September (deferred) and who will be dancing with the National Youth Ballet for the third successive year, again this summer.

Congratulations to Ellie Campbell who has gained a place on the Rambert School Associates’ Programme for 2022-23.



Where are they now?

Former HBS student Maddy Squire, is now a First Artist at Scottish Ballet.

Sayaka Nagahiro is First Soloist at the Vanemuine Ballet company in Estonia.

Former HBS student  Rin Ishikawa performed the lead in Frederick Ashton’s ballet Rhapsody, at the Peacock Theatre in London in July 2022, as part of the English National Ballet School’s (ENBS) end of year graduation performances. Originally created for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lesley Collier of the Royal Ballet in 1981, this beautiful piece uses the music of the same name, Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini, by Rachmaninov.

Abbi Johnson has recently graduated from the Joffrey school of Ballet in New York City, NY and has gained a contract with the Ajkun Dance Company, also based in New York.

Contemporary dance class news

Welcome Rosie Copp! THRIVE Festival

Rosie Copp is a professional dancer born and trained in London who joined us as contemporary dance teacher in spring 2022.  A huge welcome to Rosie who has a BA from Laban and is a keen choreographer as well as being a beautiful dancer!

The Thursday evening contemporary dance class is delighted to have been accepted into the THRIVE Festival, which takes place on Saturday 25th June 2022 at the Millfield theatre in Edmonton. THRIVE is an annual youth festival bringing together exceptional young dancers from across London giving them a platform to take part in workshops and a professionally stage-managed evening performance. Well done contemporary dancers for being selected!


This year we have seen our students excel in their ballet exams and several dancers have been selected for pre-vocational, vocational  and Associate programmes and performances.

Lily Walker has been accepted onto The Place BA Honours Dance Degree Programme. Well done Lily!

Masha Mann, Micah Wei and Amyas Norman have been invited  to join the Cecchetti Junior Associates and Boys’ Associates programme for 2022-23

Tilda Marriage Massey, who dances with the ENBS Youth Dance Company and is on the Central Associates’ programme, will be dancing again with the National Youth Ballet this summer and their performance takes place at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 4th September 2022.

Elsa Pountney performed as a Cecchetti Scholar in front of invited guests including Dame Monica Mason, former Director of the Royal Ballet and as a result, was offered a full time scholarship to the KS School.

Eva Aziz Picardet, Isla Jones and Rebecca Marinelli have been taking part in the Cecchetti Associates Scheme this year.

As always, we thank our mums and dads who continue to support us! We love what we do at Highgate Ballet School.

Julie Cronshaw, Director and Ros Forman, Office Manager