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. Micah will perform at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on Monday 24th October as part of the centenary celebrations of the Cecchetti Society,

Bella Lundgaard danced with London Children’s Ballet Touring Company in September in 10 performances in and around London and the south East.

Well done to Tilda Marriage Massey who has gained a place at Central School of Ballet for September (deferred) and who performed with the National Youth Ballet for the third successive year, on 4th September 2022 at Sadler’s Wells theatre in London. Tilda has been accepted also onto the Rambert Saturday Associates programme for 2022-2023.

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

Eva Aziz Picardet has been accepted onto the CAT programme at The Place and Emma Scott continues in their programme this year.

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.


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.

Contemporary dance class news: THRIVE Festival

The Thursday evening contemporary dance class were delighted to dance at the THRIVE Festival, which took 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! Rosie Copp, who has a BA from Laban and is a keen choreographer, coached the class in a moving performance which was repeated at the school performance on 3rd and 10th July 2022. Rosie has sadly left us now to pursue an MA at Chichester university but we welcome new teacher Florencia Riverti who is now teaching the contemporary class on Thursday evenings!


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.