Welcome back!

A Big Thank You!

It has been a tough 20 months for the Arts since the first lockdown of March 2020 and especially for dancing schools. Highgate Ballet School has continued to provide ballet and contemporary dance classes for our students throughout these very difficult times and we would like to thank our extended family of mums and dads for supporting us. Without your help we would not still be here today!

Thank you for being there during the online classes, the marquee classes of July 2020, the last minute changes to schedules in November 2020 and for all those wonderful smiles of joy when we finally got back into the studio again!

Thanks also to the indefatigable Ros who managed to sort out constantly changing invoices and attendance through some of the most trying of circumstances and who continues to handle the office management with unshakeable aplomb.

We are very grateful that we can offer dance classes in a lovely large and airy space with support from the church administration so a big thank you to the Highgate United Reformed Church and to Lauderdale House as well. We were not able to have a winter showcase this term but hope our dancers will be able to perform our version of The Nutcracker next year instead, in December 2022.

On behalf of my team at HBS I hope you will continue to support us as we dance into 2022 and beyond! We are organising more ballet exams for spring 2022 and FINALLY planning our our theatre celebration of 25 years plus, dancing in Highgate, in July 2022.

We love what we do at Highgate Ballet School and are so happy to be back.

Very gratefully yours,

Julie Cronshaw, Director



Well done to all the dancers who passed their ballet exams with really good results in March of 2022 with all candidates gaining either Merit or Distinction!

Congratulations to Elsa Pountney who gained a place as a Cecchetti Scholar Group 2 for 2021-2022 and to our current Associates, ENB Youth Ballet  and CAT dancers who have renewed their places for this year.




We want to congratulate Elsa Pountney who is successful in gaining a place on Cecchetti Scholars for this upcoming year September 2021 and also Isla Jones who is also successful in gaining a place as a Cecchetti Associate for September 2021.
Tilda Marriage Massey is dancing with the English National Ballet Youth Dance Company

To Lily Walker who has gained a place in the senior dance company on CAT at The Place in Euston, NW1.

To Marlene Bucher who continues as a Cecchetti Junior Scholar and Tilda Marriage Massey who continues as an Associate at Central School of Ballet, for 2020-21

Well Done to Zack Tidswell and Jessica Helfgott who have gained places on the Degree Course for Musical Theatre at London Studio Centre and Urdang respectively and started there in September 2020.

We want to congratulate both Rosa Slater and Iris Dickinson who gained dance places at Marylebone High School.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the students who passed their ballet exams which took place in March 2020 with a high number of Distinctions and Merits.

We are extremely proud of you all!



Following their success at the South Bank U-Dance Festival in July 2019, our Senior Contemporary Dance Troupe, the HBS Choreographic Collective were invited to headline the ISTD Annual Bursary awards at The Place Theatre in London on Sunday 16th February and represented both Cecchetti ballet and contemporary faculties at the ISTD re-branding event at the Barbican Centre on Tuesday 18th February. Congratulations to Maddy Woolf and the dancers for reworking the showstopping piece, ‘Landmark’ that showcased the multifaceted talents of our dancers! You can read about the Choreographic Collective in an article published in the ISTD magazine  which features on the HBS noticeboard at the URC.



To Bella and Tilda who have successfully auditioned for the London Children’s Ballet 2020 production of Anne of Green Gables!

To Amyas who has successfully auditioned for the Cecchetti Associates new Young Associates Class, beginning January 2020.



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.


We would like to congratulate Bella Lundgaard who won the Performance Award in the Cecchetti Children’s Awards Lower Junior Section Competition.


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:



 Enjoy dancing everyone! We love what we dance at Highgate Ballet School!

Julie Cronshaw and Staff, Highgate Ballet School