Summer term 2024: Monday 15th April – Monday 8th July 2024

No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May replaced on Monday 8th July 2024

Half Term: Monday 27th May – Saturday 1st June inclusive

School Performance Weekend at the Arundel Centre, Channing School Highgate N6: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2024

 

Highgate Ballet School Dancers perform in the second annual pantomime with the Philippian Players at St Philip’s Church Hall, Finchley, 18th and 19th January 2024

Senior dancers from the unset class and junior dancers from contemporary dance performed in ‘Aladdin’ in 3 performances on 18th and 19th January 2024. Directed by former HBS dad Jean-Marc Evans who was a Philippian player in his childhood, the dancers were warmly welcomed by cast and audience alike. This is the second time Highgate Ballet School dancers have taken part in a most enjoyable local performance event and we look forward to them dancing again at the next pantomime in December 2024.

 

Annual Nutcracker Performance: Wednesday 13th December 2023

 

Nutcracker finale

Our annual popular and much anticipated charity performance of The Nutcracker (and other suite things) took place in the beautiful chapel space of the URC at the end of the autumn term and the building was packed out by an enthusiastic audience of mums, dads, grandparents, siblings, former HBS dancers and friends! After the performance, buckets were passed around to raise money for the annual winter homeless shelter which hosts up to 20 guests on Sunday nights in the URC between November and February. This year’s charity grand total was £719! Photos of the performance by Karolina Webb will be posted on HBS social media pages.

As a very special highlight of the performance this year, guest artists Elsa Pountney and Ivan Kiselov delighted everyone with the spectacular Nutcracker Pas de Deux. Elsa Pountney is a former pupil at HBS and joined the new Carlos Acosta Scholarship programme beginning January 2024. Ivan Kiselov is a student at the London Studio Centre and is a former Danish U19 Ballroom Dancing champion. We look forward to Elsa and Ivan dancing as guests with HBS again next year!

Congratulations to our dancers  2023-2024

The Annual Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards aka Mabel Ryan Awards took place at Elmhurst Ballet School Birmingham, Sunday November 19th 2023 and several HBS dancers took part in this prestigious event. Well done to Marlie Bethel and Frances  Webber who were commended in the Lower Junior Section and to Eneliz Saipi, Lara Cohen and Sara Lebetiou  who were commended in the Senior Section of the Awards!

CONGRATULATIONS 2023!

Micah Wei has been promoted to the Senior Group of the Cecchetti Scholars for the school year 2023-24.

Emily Licis, who trained in Brighton and is a former Cecchetti Scholar Group 2, joins HBS this year in the Advanced 1 class.  She is also dancing with English National Ballet Associates.

Chloe Forsyth, Frances Webber, Naomi Horn, Sophie Ollier, Marlie Bethel, Lara Cohen, Rebecca Marinelli, Micah Wei and Amyas Norman have all successfully gained places by audition for the Cecchetti Associates Programme which is a popular monthly Sunday ballet and dance class scheme for non-vocational students who study Cecchetti.

Isabelle McNamara has gained a place on the Dancer’s Degree Course at Rambert Ballet School starting September 2023

Eleanor Campbell has gained a place on the Dancer’s Degree course at the Barcelona Institute of the Arts in Spain from September 2023

Tilda Marriage-Massey has successfully auditioned for National Youth Ballet again this year and who dances also with the Rambert Associates and English National Ballet Youth Dance Company.

Well done to all the dancers who have taken and passed their ballet exams this year from Primary to Intermediate Foundation and all the Grades in between!

Look out for HBS dancer Lila McNamara who features in the ensemble of school pupils in the full length feature film of Matilda!