English National Ballet School is delighted to announce the patronage of HRH Princess Beatrice of York. The School is a world renowned specialist training centre for aspiring and highly talented young ballet dancers aged 16 to 19 based in central London.
Her Royal Highness paid a private visit to the School last month. She watched first year students being put through their paces in class and chatted with students at length about their training and aspirations.
Co-Director Anu Giri said, “It is a great honour for the School that Her Royal Highness has chosen to become our patron. The essence of our mission is to ensure talented young dancers from all over the world have the opportunity to train with us regardless of their ability to pay. With the Princess’ support we can secure much needed funds to subsidise tuition fees and provide scholarships for the students who need greater financial support“.
These talented young dancers will be showcasing their skills at the School’s annual Summer Performances at the New Wimbledon Theatre in July. The programme features a blend of classical and contemporary works with choreography to highlight the versatility and breadth of our dancers.
The programme will include four new commissions by Ricardo Amarante (ENBS graduate, Choroegrapher and former soloist with the Royal Ballet of Flanders), Jose Agudo (Akram Khan Dancer and Choreographic Assistant), Petal Miller-Ashmole (former Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet Principal), Renato Paroni (international choreographer and guest teacher) and culminating with Evening Songs by the highly acclaimed international choreographer Jiri Kylian.
Samira Saidi, Director of Dance at English National Ballet School “Our Summer Performances 2015 is one of creativity and inspiration. A wealth of exciting commissions, plus the inclusion of Jiri Kylian’s ‘Evening Songs’ have allowed our students to further develop their extraordinary versatility, hone their classicism, explore their strengths and challenge their minds. I look forward to sharing their talent with you”.
Thursday 4th June 2015