Fair in the Square, Saturday 10th June 2023

Dancers from Highgate Ballet School took part in the annual community performance on the small stage set up at the Fair in the Square on the afternoon of 10th June 2023. Dancers ages 7 to 15 performed ballet solos, duets, trios ending with a crowd pleasing contemporary dance choreographed by Florencia Riverti.

Mabel Ryan Competition November 2022

Lili Bar and Rebecca Marinelli were commended at the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards, also known as the ‘Mabel Ryans’ in November 2022. Well done to all the HBS dancers who took part in this annual competition showcasing Cecchetti trained dancers.


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 joined English National Ballet. 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!


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.


Where are they now?

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

Sayaka Nagahiro has been promoted to Principal Dancer 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.



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


News 2020-21


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 Eva Aziz Picardet, Isla Jones and Rebecca Marinelli who all gained places Cecchetti Associates for September 2021.
Tilda Marriage Massey is dancing with the English National Ballet Youth Dance Company and at Central Associates

OLDER NEWS 2020-21:

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



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.




Tilda Marriage Massey performed with the National Youth Ballet on Sunday 1st September 2019. Tilda performed recently also 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). 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, Emma Scott and Edie Marriage Massey: CAT at The Place

Zack Tidswell: London Studio Centre’s Saturday Associate Programme

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!



London Children’s Ballet  production of ‘The Canterville Ghost’ April 2018

Zack in LCB 2018

Congratulations to HBS dancers Sophie Farkas, Skye Kemsley and Zack Tidswell who performed in this lavish production  at the Peacock Theatre, London on April 18th-21st 2018. Zack was the fantastic lead ghost in a part he was born to dance! Well done!

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

Congratulations to our young Choreographers!

Georgina Bradley and her school group has been taking part in the Boroughs Competition of the Youth Games and having won the London event, they will be heading to Stoke on Trent for the Nationals representing London! Good luck to Georgina and her dancers!

Highgate Ballet School’s 4th annual Choreographic Showcase took place this term on Saturday 17th March 2018 in the chapel space at the URC. We watched 11 very competent and creative pieces being performed by students ages 9 and over adjudicated again this year by David Beer, Associate Director of Chantry Dance Company and HBS’s own Valerie Borg.

David was most impressed with the dancers who returned this year with their new pieces, many showing how much  they have learned from their previous experience. Each choreographer received valuable feedback and encouragement, a certificate of participation and prizes were awarded for orignality, musicality and effort. David  invited some pieces to be performed at a special Choreographic event organised by Chantry Dance at the Greenwich Theatre in October 2018.

Showcase dancers Manasa Krishna, Olivia Rodgers and Ruby McNamara and Artemis and Naias Morgan performed their pieces at Jacksons Lane on 10th June.  Well done also to Bella Lundgaard, Rosa Slater, Ella Kearney, Imogen Titmas, Salome Bor-Gloaguen, Elsa Pountney, Francesca Walker, and Orla Feeley for their creative and beautifully presented choreographies!

Cecchetti choreographic Competition 11th March 2018

It was a clean sweep for our young choreographers in the 14-18 Years section at the Cecchetti Annual Choreographic Competition on 11th March 2018, held at the Cecil Sharp House, NW1. Congratulations to Olivia Rodgers and Ruby McNamara who won the overall prize for their duet, also to Artemis and Naias Morgan who were Runners up and to Georgina Bradley and Lydia Antoniou who were awarded Musicality in the same section. Also congratulations to Rosa Slater who was Commended for her solo in the under 10’s section


To Tilda Marriage Massey who was selected by the Cecchetti Faculty to perform her 2016 Junior Mabel Ryan solo at the annual ISTD Bursary Awards which took place at the Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays on 21st January 2018 and Congratulations to Lara Cohen who is performing the part of Matilda in the National Tour in 2018.




End of term performances  December 2017

Our annual Christmas performance after Carols in Pond Square  took place on Wednesday 13th December in the chapel space at the Highgate URC. Dancers from HBS and the Youth Dance Company directed by Maddy Woolf Wednesday performed divertissements from ‘The Nutcracker’ and other specially choreographed pieces!

Church administrator Patricia Judd greeted the audience and spoke to us all about the annual Christmas Homeless Shelter. The church volunteers provide supper, a bed and breakfast on Sunday nights throughout the winter for up to 20 homeless people. Here is a link to their project: http://c4wshomelessproject.org/. This year we helped raise £340.00!

On Saturday 16th December 26 young HBS dancers performed excerpts from ‘The Nutcracker’ and other short dances at the Highgate Nursing Home on Hornsey Lane. This is a bi-annual event much enjoyed by the residents. Thank you to the events organiser Lisa Gammaliere for making it possible, Barbara Massey and Ann-Marie Mattravers for helping out and to Andre Luck who took photos of the performance.

On Sunday 17th December 6 HBS ‘Angels’ performed their dance from ‘The Nutcracker’ at the United Reformed Church Nativity Service to a packed congregation. This was a most enjoyable Christmas service with an apt interlude provided by our Highgate Ballet School dancers!


 Annual Cecchetti Children’s Awards and Mabel Ryan Competitions November 2017

Congratulations to all the dancers who took part in the Children’s Under 10’s and Mabel Ryan Awards on Sunday 5th November and the weekend of 18th and 19th November 2018. You all danced beautifully! Well done to Skye Kemsley who won the Lower Junior Award and and to Izzy McNamara for being Commended in the same category!


Successful Auditions 2017-18

Sasha Abrahams: Royal Ballet School’s Senior Associates 2017-2018

Tilda Marriage Massey, Sophie Farkas, Abbi Johnson: Central Associates 2017-2018. Tilda has also had her contract extended to perform inMatilda’ in the West End until March 2018.

Abbi Johnson: Bolshoi Summer School NYC 2017,  National Youth Ballet 2017 and Central Pre-Seniors 2017-2018

Zack Tidswell: English National Ballet School’s Youth Company and Central School of Ballet Pre- Seniors,

Skye Kemsley; Scholarship to Cecchetti Associates 2017-2018  and London Children’s Ballet 2018

Aoife Walter, Naias Morgan, Rebecca Marinelli, Saskia Firouzbhaksh and Nova King: Cecchetti Associates

Olivia Rodgers, Ruby McNamara, Edie  Marriage Massey, Georgina Bradley: dancing on the CAT Programme at The Place,  2017-2018.

Congratulations to Skye Kemsley who  danced on tour with during the autumn term 2017.

Congratulations to Valentina Sanna  danced in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s  production of The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall in December 2017!

to Noga Inspector joining Bird College as a vocational student in September 2017. After more than 14 years dancing at HBS and two successful years with the National Youth Dance Company, we will miss you Noga, Good Luck!

Goodbye and Good Luck to Thea Stevens who is attending Oxford University from September 2017 after more than 14 years of dancing at HBS!

Well done to Abbi Johnson who auditioned successfully for the National Youth Ballet in summer 2017.


3rd Annual Choreographic Competition in the Chapel at the URC, 6pm Saturday 20th May 2017.

Now a popular and permanent fixture in the school calendar, selected winners go on to show their pieces at the Jacksons Lane theatre performance on 11th June.

Congratulations to all the HBS choreographers who took part in this most enjoyable evening of new solos and duets!

The youngest entrants Bella Lundgaard and Rosa Slater, both 8 years old, set the standard of choreography making decisions tough for guest adjudicator David Beer, Associate Director of Chantry Dance Company and HBS’ own Valerie Borg.

Eventually David and Valerie awarded another performance at Jacksons lane to: ‘It’ by Imogen Titmas and Manasa Krishna, ‘Depth’ by Artemis and Naias Morgan and ‘The Lines that Divide Us’ by Olivia Rodgers and Ruby McNamara, ‘La Garterana‘ by Hana Abe and ‘Get Back Up Again’ by Rosa Slater.

Medals to;  Beatrix Davis  ‘The Spirit‘, and Imogen Titmas’ ‘All of Me’ and Artemis and Naias Morgan for musicality in their duet. Elsa Pountney ‘Refugee’ was awarded a scholarship to attend Maddy Woolf (Nee Wynne- Jones) summer school.

Congratulations to Maddy Woolf (nee Wynne-Jones) and husband Nikk on the birth of daughter Mae Woolf on 8th March 2017!


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Susie Crow Guest Teacher at Highgate Ballet School, March 2017.

Susie has danced with Royal and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballets becoming a soloist; now based in Oxford she choreographs for Ballet in Small Spaces (BiSS) and teaches students, adults, professionals and teachers. She is currently completing a PHD on the ballet class, at Roehampton University.

Two old Instruments


Cecchetti Choreographic Competition, 5th March 2017 at Cecil Sharp House, NW1

Lexi Johnson, Edie and Tilda Marriage Massey and Lily Walker: Jane Worsley Cup for best story in a choreography & Runners up, Middles section

Skye Kemsley: Merit, Junior Solo

Lydia Antoniou and Georgina Bradley: Musicality prize, Middles Duets



December 2016

Fantastic dancing from the Highgate Ballet School Youth Dance Company who performed Maddy Wynne-Jones’ ‘Nutcracker Ballet’ with her Tempered Body company at the Victoria & Albert Museum over the Christmas holidays!







Congratulations to all the dancers who took part in the performance after Carols in Pond Square on 14th December. It’s one of the highlights of the school calendar and what a lovely evening it was, filled with seasonal music, dancing, mince pies and mulled wine!

Among the varied pieces showing classical and contemporary choreography and excerpts from The Nutcracker, were three pieces created by Highgate Ballet School pupils. And an extra thank you to HBS comes from the Church volunteers who raised £420 for the Sunday night Homeless Shelter!

Congratulations to Skye Kemsley who has been accepted into the London Children’s Ballet Touring Company!

HBS dancers perform at the Highgate Nursing Home, December 17th 2016

At 2pm  20 dancers ages 8-17, performed in a seasonal selection of pieces at the Highgate Nursing Home on Hornsey Lane. Thank you to all the children who helped to make a misty winter’s afternoon very special for the residents at the home and the mums who helped out!

 Mabel Ryan  Awards, 6th, 26th and 27th November 2016.

This year 20 Highgate Ballet School dancers ages 9-16 took part in the annual Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards known as the ‘Mabel Ryans’. The Under 10’s competition took place at the Kingsway College Theatre King’s Cross, on Sunday 6th November and the Mabel Ryan Awards for all other age groups took place at the Lilian Theatre Sadlers Wells on 26th and 27th November.

Congratulations to Manasa Krishna who won the Children’s Award (Under 10’s) on Sunday 6th November, to Izzy McNamara who won the ‘Joy of Dance’Award and to Romilly Yule who was commended!

Congratulations to Skye Kemsley who came runner up in the Lower Junior Mabel Ryan Award. Also congratulations to Tilda Marriage Massey who won the Junior Mabel Ryan Award and Emma Scott who was runner up for the Junior ‘Joy of Dance’ Award.

Congratulations to Phoebe Armstrong who came runner up in the Middle Mabel Ryan Award and to Abbi Johnson and Nova Bangsbo who were Commended in the Middle Award.



Three Anniversary Performances at the Ark Theatre, Borehamwood on 30th April and 1st May 2016 

‘Homage to Enrico Cecchetti’

Highgate Ballet School perform at The Ark Theatre, Borehamwood. 01.05.16 Photographer Sam Pearce/www.square-image.co.uk

Highgate Ballet School performed at The Ark Theatre, Borehamwood.  1st May 2016 Photographer Sam Pearce/www.square-image.co.uk

We celebrated our 20th Birthday with a weekend of performances at the Ark Theatre, Borehamwood on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2016. Nearly 200 students ages 6 and over from standard 1 up to Advanced 2, the Youth Dance Company and contemporary dancers took part. With Ray and Barbara Massey playing the parts of Maestro and Madame Cecchetti, the show opened with a film tribute to the Maestro created by former pupil now filmmaker, George Massey. After a demonstration of some of the Cecchetti classwork as it is done today, dancers performed excerpts from ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and original choreographies inspired by the teachings, life and times of Cecchetti. Some of the special moments of the weekend now feature as photos on the home page. Look at our gallery for more photographs taken by Sam Pearce across the weekend!

Thank you so much to all the staff, accompanists and of course the amazing crew of backstage volunteers and technical assistants, also to Frankie Turner, stage manager, Joy Cox, theatre manager, Alexa Hart, backstage manager and James Ramsden, lighting director! Without the help of these fantastic  people the performances would not have been able to take place.

OMG in partnership with Jacksons Lane, HBS dancers performed at KEATS HOUSE, HAMPSTEAD ON SUNDAY 31st July 2016

Senior Staff Teacher Maddy Wynne-Jones organised a 3-Day workshop to help dancers Manasa Krishna, Millie Anstice, Sequoia Worghs, Imogen Titmas, Lottie Lunn and Emma Scott produce a piece inspired by the three lines of Keats’ poem ‘If I were a butterfly….’ which was performed at Keats House during a special outdoor family performance inspired by the poet and his writing. The performance took place on the lawn outside Keat’s house in Hampstead and included spoken word artists, including the young poet laureate of London, musicians and actors from local amateur theatre companies.



Congratulations to Joe Tidswell, former HBS student who has been at Central School of Ballet for two years and is now starting at Elmhurst Ballet School in September! Joe was one of only 6 boys to gain a place at this school, the official school of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Congratulations to Phoebe Armstrong who has been dancing with English Youth Ballet and to Abbi Johnson, Lexi Johnson and Etta Stevens who have been touring with London Children’s Ballet this year.

Congratulations to all the students who created and performed choreographies for the second annual choreographic competition held at HBS at 7pm on Saturday 14th May 2016 With 17 pieces and a high standard of work overall that showed how much progress the choreographers have made since last year. We loved seeing the 6 winning pieces onstage again at Jacksons Lane on 5th June, what a fantastic show!


Congratulations to Abbi Johnson and Zack Tidswell who won the overall cup for the best choreography in the annual Cecchetti Choreographic competition held on Sunday 6th March 2016 at the Rambert school in Twickenham. They won also first prize for their section, duets age 14-18 and the Musicality prize. It’s a fantastic achievement and we enjoyed seeing their piece again at the school performance on Saturday 30th April.


Congratulations to Eliona Beck and Zack Tidswell who have completed and passed their Bronze Arts Award! The Arts Award is a way for young people to receive a national qualification through their chosen art form, and is managed by Trinity College London and Arts Council England. Eliona and Zack are the first students at HBS to complete the award, with the guidance of Arts Award qualified advisor Maddy Wynne-Jones. It was a lot of work, but they’ve done a superb job and we’re very proud of them! WELL DONE!


Congratulations to Julia Zlotnick who has gained a place at Northern Contemporary Dance School starting there in September 2016. Julia has been dancing at HBS since she was a toddler and has been attending contemporary dance classes on the CAT scheme at The Place along with studying for her A’levels. It’s a fantastic achievement, well done!

Well done to Amaani Ahmed who has been dancing at Highgate Ballet School since she was very little and has accepted into Cambridge university for September 2016

Congratulations to all the students who took part in this year’s Mabel Ryan competition held at the Lilian Bayliss Theatre, Sadlers Wells in London on 21st and 22nd November 2015. This is the most important annual Awards weekend organised by the Cecchetti Group and this year nearly 250 students from across the country took part, from grade 3 to Vocational Levels.

HBS regularly supports this event and 22 students from ages 10-17 took part. Tilda Marriage- Massey won the Lower Junior Award ages 10 and under 13 (for children who have not attained higher than grade 3). Eliona Beck was Commended in the Junior Award (Under 13 with a minimum grade 4 or higher), Etta Stevens was Commended in the Middle Award (Under 15 with a minimum grade 5 or higher), Aoife Walter was runner up in the Middles Joy of Dance Award and Abbi Johnson was runner up in the Middle Award. Sasha Abrahams was Runner up in the Senior Mabel Ryan Award (ages 15-17 with minumum grade 6).



HBS students at the Cecchetti Children's Awards with Julie 8th November 2015HBS Prize winner with Paris Brownie Notley at 2015 Under 10's Children's Awards









Manasa Krishna, Marlene Bucher, Skye Kemsley and Tallulah England took part in the Cecchetti Children’s Awards which took place at the theatre of Kingsway College, King’s Cross WC1 on Sunday 8th November 2015. Skye won first place and Marlene was awarded the ‘Joy of Dance’ Award

Eliona Beck has been accepted into the London Children’s Ballet for their upcoming production of ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’. Lexi Johnson, Abbi Johnson and Etta Stevens have been accepted into the Touring Company of London Children’s Ballet for their 2016 season

Noga Inspector is dancing with the National Youth Dance Theatre and on The Place’s CAT scheme

Sasha Abrahams is dancing with the English National Ballet School Youth Dance Company and is a senior Associate at the Royal Ballet School.

Yasmin Barry-Djemal is a Senior Associate and Tilda Marriage-Massey is a Junior Associate at the Royal Ballet School

Aoife Walter and Etta Stevens are Cecchetti Scholars in Class 2 and Eliona Beck is a Cecchetti Scholar in Class 1

Maddie Holgate, Abbi Johnson, Phoebe Armstrong, Skye Kemsley and Delphine Angeli are Cecchetti Associates

Abbi Johnson and Zack Tidswell are Central school of Ballet Associates

Julia Zlotnick, Noga Inspector, Olivia Rodgers, Ruby McNamara and Zack Tidswell are dancing at The Place/Laban on their CAT schemes.


Former Pupils from September 2015: Emilia Miller is dancing at Northern Ballet School. and Rin Ishikawa is in year 8 at the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. Long time HBS pupil Natasha McCabe is studying French and Italian at Oxford University.

Sayaka Nagahiro who attended HBS for several years before going on to train full time at the Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst and English National Ballet School, has gained her first dancing contract with the ballet company of Vanemuine in Estonia to start in August 2016! Well done Sayaka and good luck in your new job!

Eve Wilson, who attended HBS for many years before joining Elmhurst in Year 8, has successfully auditioned for Tring Park School to start there in September 2016.




Highgate Ballet School’s first ever Choreographic Competition took place during watch week 2015 with 30 dancers creating their own pieces and taking part  in 16 choreographies. The winners were chosen by the staff to dance at the end of season performance of the Youth Dance Company at Jacksons Lane on Sunday 28th June 2015. In the under 11’s, the solo winner was Amena Ireland and Manasa Krishna won the musicality prize.  Mili Finkletaub-Ageh and Rosa Clare won the duet/group section. In the over 11’s, Julia Zlotnick won for her solo with runner up Olivia Rodgers. Zack Tidswell and Abbi Johnson won the over 11’s duet/group prize and Edie and Tilda Marriage Massey, Eve Alexander and Lily Walker won the group musicality prize.




Cecchetti Choreographic Competition Success!

On Sunday 8th March 2015 at Cecil Sharp House in NW1 more than 200 children ages 7-18 took part in the annual Cecchetti Choreographic competition. Categories were for choreographic pieces in any dance genre (except tap) for solo, duet, trio or groups. Congratulations to the choreographers from Highgate Ballet School who took part creating their own works with costuming to be performed in front of a large and very enthusiastic audience:

Georgina Bradley, Tilly Green, Lydia Anoniou, Elsa Pountney, Freya Wilson, Abbi Johnson and Zack Tidswell.

Elsa and Freya’s piece ‘Finding our Smile’ was runner up in the under 11 duet section and Abbi and Zack’s duet ‘Spring’ was runner up for Musicality in the under 14’s duet section





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On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November 2014, 16 dancers from Highgate Ballet School took part in the annual Cecchetti Children’s Classical Ballet Awards held at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadlers Wells Theatre, London EC1.These prestigious Awards are open to children who have gained high Merits or Distinctions in their recent Cecchetti ballet exams. This year over 200 children took part in 5 age groups.

Delphine Angeli Winner, Children’s Award B

Eve Alexander Runner Up, Performance Award, Children’s Award B

Isabella Slater and Artemis Morgan Commended, Children’s Award B

Eliona Shosholli Runner Up, Vacani Performance, Junior Mabel Ryan Award

Abbi Johnson Commended, Junior Mabel Ryan Award

Yasmin Barry-Djemal Runner Up, Middle Mabel Ryan Award

Aoife Walter, Commended, Middle Mabel Ryan Award

Noga Inspector, Winner, Senior Mabel Ryan Award

And congratulations to Myla Taylor – Platt, Isadora France, Louisa Waine, Maddie Holgate, Rosie Inwald, Etta Stevens and Thea Stevens who also took part in the competition. This year the standards were higher than ever and we are all so proud of you for representing the school with poise and professionalism.

To Aoife Walter and Yasmin Barry-Djemal who have gained parts in the London Children’s Ballet production of ‘Snow White’ which will take place at the Peacock Theatre WC2 in April 2015 and to Eliona Shosholli and Phoebe Armstrong who gained parts in the LCB Touring Company.

To Ruby McNamara who has gained a dance place for entry to Marylebone High School for entry in September 2015. Ruby is a Cecchetti Associate and also dances in the West End Musical ‘Matilda’.



Noga Inspector and Thea Stevens  who have successfully gained places by audition for the Cecchetti Scholars Saturday programme.

Noga and Thea also did well at  Cecchetti summer school by winning the choreographic competition.

The Cecchetti scholars programme offers talented students a full scholarship to attend classes on Saturdays organised by the Cecchetti Faculty in ballet, pointe, body conditioning and repertoire  over the course of the school year.

To Julia Zlotnick and Ella Vanson who auditioned successfully for The Place CAT (Centre for advanced dancers) scheme and their Youth Performing Company.

To Emilia Miller who has successfully gained a place on London Studio Centre’s Associates Programme and also with the London Senior Ballet Sunday classes programme.

To Isabella Slater who started at Italia Conti stage school in September 2014. Isabella has also gained a place on the Cecchetti Associates Programme

To students Tilda Marriage-Massey, Ruby Macnamara, Eliona Shosholli, Aoife Walter, Maddie Holgate, Abbi Johnson, Etta Stevens and Leyla Zebda who have all gained places on the Cecchetti Associates Programme

To Joe Tidswell, 16, who has gained a place at Central School of Ballet and started there in September 2014 on the full time vocational programme.

Joe has been dancing at HBS for the past 10 years, is a founder member of the school’s dance company and has danced at the Place and at Central on their Associates programme. We are all delighted that he can now pursue his love of dancing full time. Good luck Joe and we will miss you!

TO Abbi Johnson, 12, and Zack Tidswell, 11 who have gained  places on Central School of Ballet’s Saturday Associates Programme.

Well done!


Cover girl Maddy Squire and former HBS student who gained her first full time employment contract with The Scottish Ballet Company in Glasgow aged just 18 and started with them in August 2014!

Maddy trained at HBS from the age of 6 and was a founder member of the HBS youth Dance Company, a Cecchetti Associate and she joined English National Ballet School at 16 having gained her Cecchetti Advanced 1 with Distinction. Maddy was the only British born and trained female finalist in the Cecchetti International Ballet Competition held at Salford Quays Manchester in August 2011.

Rin Ishikawa who has been accepted to the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge and started there in September 2014.

Sasha Abrahams who has been accepted as a Senior Associate at the Royal Ballet School from September 2014.

Yasmin Barry-Djemal who has been accepted for another year as a Mid -Associate at the Royal Ballet School from September 2014.

Mia Jones has started at the Young Dancers Academy, a full time vocational dancing school in west London.

Eliona Beck Shosholli has gained a dance place at Marylebone High School from September 2014

CONGRATULATIONS: Joe Tidswell, Noga Inspector, Rin Ishikawa, Sasha Abrahams and Yasmin Barry-Djemal danced in the London Children’s Ballet new production of  ‘Nanny McPhee’  24th – 27th April at the Peacock Theatre in London, WC2.

Mabel Ryan AwardsWELL DONE TO 20 young dancers from HBS who took part in the nationwide Cecchetti ballet competition, nicknamed ‘Mabel Ryan’, on   23rd and 24th November 2013 at the Lilian Bayliss Theatre, Sadlers Wells, London, EC1. Sasha Abrahams and Noga Inspector scooped up the two top prizes for technique and Joy of Dance in the Middle Award and Isadora France won Joy of Dance in the Lower Junior B section. Minnie Stucke was runner up for Joy of Dance in the Lower Junior A section and Ingrid Biggs, Lydia Antoniou and Naias Morgan were commended in their sections. Photo below shows Noga (kneeling) and Sasha (in red, behind) at the end of the competition with other prize winners in their section.

Congratulations also go to Natasha McCabe who participated in the pre-professional section of the competition along with 44 dancers all from vocational schools in the UK and abroad. She danced in a ballet class taught by David Yow of the Royal Ballet School followed by performing a classical variation alone onstage and was adjudicated by Dame Monica Mason and David Bintley of the Royal Ballet.

Ruby MacNamara is dancing in Matilda in the West End from September 2013.

Natasha McCabe, Sasha Abrahams, Joe Tidswell, Zack Tidswell and Noga Inspector are Central Associates for 2013-2014.

Abbi Johnson, Aoife Walter, Azusa Nagahiro, Mia Jones and Thea Stevens are Cecchetti Associates in 2013-2014.






Director of the Royal Danish Ballet School, THOMAS LUND visits Highgate Ballet School on 8th November 2013

Thomas Lund and Julie CronshawThomas Lund, former principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet, took over directorship of the Royal Danish Ballet School in August 2012 and since then he has been on a mission to promote the Danish ‘Bournonville’ ballet style, explore the history and development of this celebrated style for which the Danish dancers are world renowned and to see how ballet training is conducted in world famous ballet institutions. Part of this project includes regular trips to the Paris Opera Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School. He is interested also in the similarities and differences that the Cecchetti Method training have with the Bournonville style.

So, on Friday 8th November 2013 Mr. Lund came to watch a Cecchetti masterclass at Highgate Ballet School taught by Julie Cronshaw with the advanced and Friday night pre-vocational students. By invitation, two former students of HBS,  Maddy Squire and Sayaka Nagahiro, now at English National Ballet School, also danced in the class. At the piano Justin Stevens accompanied with his usual flair and sensitivity.

Cecchetti Masterclass on 8th November 2013 attended by Thomas Lund, Director of the Royal Danish Theatre School, Copenhagen and former principal dancer with the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen (Royal Danish Ballet)

Mr. Lund, whose original background in early dance training included ballroom and recreational ballet in his native Denmark before joining the prestigious Royal Danish Ballet School and later becoming one of the greatest Bournonville dancers of all time, was gracious and kind to all the students and showed great interest in the Cecchetti Method with its rigorous technique, effortless grace and brilliant virtuosity.

Look at the Gallery for more photos of the dancers in action.




Maestro Cecchetti worked in Warsaw from 1902-1905 and had several famous Polish pupils including Marie Rambert, founder of the Rambert Dance Company. Since then the Method has not been taught in Poland….. until the summer of 2013!

Julie Cronshaw taught Cecchetti Method Ballet at the first International Ballet Summer School organised by Artur and Maria Adamska, former professional dancers and by Izabella Sokolowska, International Polish-born ballerina. Over 65 students from Poland, the USA, France, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia and from across Europe took classes in Vaganova, Cecchetti, Bournonville and Forsythe ballet styles, Pas de deux, variations, contemporary, jazz and Gyrokinesis. Working 6 days a week from 9am to 5pm each fortnight culminated in a performance at the theatre where the summer school was held. Photos below show Julie with staff (1) and with students (2)


Teachers at Gdynia Ballet

Gdynia students



June 2nd 2013

Richard Glasstone taught a Cecchetti Masterclass and gave a lecture with film showing at the school on Sunday 2nd June 2013. Attended by over 35 dancers and observers Mr. Glasstone’s unique insights into the Maestro’s work and the development of the ‘Days of the Week’ were greatly enjoyed by a most enthusiastic audience.




‘Glimpses into the Spanish World’ Weekend Event of Masterclasses and Presentations with International Guest Teachers


A gallery of photos taken during the Bournonville-Cecchetti-Escuela Bolera Easter Course at Highgate Ballet School called 'Glimpses into the Spanish World'Highgate Ballet School in London played host to  The Bournonville-Cecchetti-Escuela Bolera Course and Seminar during the weekend of 13-15th April 2012. The first encounter of its kind in Europe welcomed 28 students and 15 observers to classes talks and film presentations given three specially invited Professors: Flemming Ryberg, former Principal of the Royal Danish Ballet and now a highly regarded international teacher of the Bournonville School and Mime, Richard Glasstone, former Senior Teacher of Boys at The Royal Ballet School, Senior Examiner and Fellow of the Cecchetti Society and Dame Marina Grut Co-founder and President of the International Spanish Dance Society. The weekend was held in association with the Société Auguste Vestris, a non-profit society in Paris which promotes classical dance through teaching events. Review by allan Mortensen cna be found on TheCecchettiConnection.com.