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.


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.





We have two fantastic Summer dance camps at the end of the August holidays!

Summer Dance Intensive

Our Annual Summer Dance Intensive runs from 9.30am – 3.30pm daily on Tuesday August 27th through to Friday August 30th. Join us for 4 days of dancing at our main venue, the Highgate United reformed Church, South Grove, N6 6BA.

Alongside HBS staff teaching ballet, pointe, contemporary dance and choreography, we have invited Georgina Mandefield who taught at HBS summer school two years ago and returns by popular demand, to teach Jazz and Musical Theatre classes.

The week culminates in a show to family and friends in the chapel space at the URC.

Fee: £65/day or £240 for the 4 days. There is a sibling discount of 10%. Places are limited so please book now!


Ballet and Body Conditioning for Senior Level students 12 and over, level G6+

La RentreeBallet is our second Summer activity – going back to the barre, getting fit and flexible in time for the Autumn term! This will be running on Friday 30th August 5-8pm, Saturday 31st August 9am-12 noon and Monday 2nd September 5-8pm.

Following our Annual Summer Dance Intensive, dancers in Grade 6+ can get back into term-time shape with three hours daily of ballet classes, pointework, and Gyrokinesis© body conditioning.

Timings: Friday 30th August 5-8pm, Saturday 31st August 9am-12noon and Monday 2nd September: 5-8pm
No minimum pointe requirement.
Fees: £140.00/ 3 days (or £20.00/ 1.5 hour ballet class only), minimum 6 students, 10% sibling discount

Booking forms are now available.




Tilda Marriage Massey has auditioned successfully for the National Youth Ballet and will perform with them at Sadlers Wells theatre on Saturday 1st September 2019. Tilda performed recently 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 above). 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, Georgina Bradley and Edie Marriage Massey: CAT at The Place

Zack Tidswell: London Studio Centre’s Saturday Associate Programme

Georgina Bradley: Thrive Dance Company

Ballet Exam Results December 2018 and May 2019

To all the dancers who took their ballet exams recently, congratulations! With a third of the candidates gaining Distinction and two thirds gaining Merit, this is a very high level of achievement for all our students, Well Done!

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!

Cecchetti Annual Classical Ballet Competition: Mabel Ryan Awards 2018

Well done to the 16 dancers who took part in this annual competition held in London at the London Westminster College Theatre and Sadlers Wells in November.  Congratulations to Rosa Slater who was selected for a commendation in the Cecchetti Children’s Awards, to Skye Kemsley who was Runner Up for Musicality in the Mabel Ryan Junior Awards and to Varya Kisselev who was commended in the Senior Mabel Ryan Awards!

Former HBS pupil Joe Tidswell, who has completed his vocational training at Elmhurst Ballet School is now dancing with the Serbian National Ballet and has gained a full time contract with Vanemuine Ballet Company in Estonia to start there in September. By coincidence, former HBS pupil Sayaka Nagahiro is also dancing with the Vanemuine Ballet Company. Good luck Joe!


External Performance and Associate Programmes 2018-19

London Children’s Ballet:  Tilda Marriage Massey and Sophie Farkas 

Joffrey Ballet School New York City USA: Abbi Johnson

Central School of Ballet: Sophie Farkas, Skye Kemsley and Tilda Marriage Massey

English National Ballet School’s Youth Dance Company: Zack Tidswell

London Studio Centre’s Saturday Associate Programme: Aoife Walter and Zack Tidswell

CAT at The Place: Tara Chu, Georgina Bradley and Edie Marriage Massey 

Cecchetti Associates: Rebecca Marinelli and Naias Morgan

London Junior Ballet Associates: Lila McNamara


And finally……

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! 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