Our aim is to promote interest in dance (not just ballet) and associated arts by arranging a broad range of talks by dancers, choreographers and artistic directors; organising visits to the country's top ballet schools and hosting private tours of major exhibitions related to dance.
What we do
Recent visits include watching classes and rehearsals at the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Tring School for the Performing Arts, the Central School of Ballet and the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School. We have also organised private guided tours of important dance related exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Academy and the Royal Ballet School Museum at White Lodge.
Why we do it
Funds raised are devoted to providing financial support to gifted student dancers whose school principals have identified as greatly benefiting greatly from high level tuition provided via the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School, the Wells Weekends, and the summer schools run by the country's leading ballet companies. We are a small charity so cannot accept direct applications from students.
The London Ballet Circle was founded in 1946 by Stanley Hawkins and its founder President and first Patron was the founder of the Royal Ballet, Dame Ninette de Valois, who we continue to remember through a student bursary given to a student at the Royal Ballet School. Dame Alicia Markova succeeded Dame Ninette. We commemorate Stanley Hawkins through a new bursary. Remembering his fondness for his Welsh heritage, we have teamed up with Welsh Ballet to provide a bursary which will allow a talented young dance student to attend the company's Newport Summer Dance & Wales International Ballet Summer School.
LBC continues to receive the highest level of endorsement from the dance world. Today our Patron is Sir Peter Wright CBE, Director Laureate of Birmingham Royal Ballet. Our President is Dame Monica Mason DBE, former director of the Royal Ballet. Vice Presidents include Dame Beryl Grey DBE, Dame Merle Park DBE, Wayne Eagling, David Nixon OBE, Darius James OBE, Kevin O'Hare CBE and David Bintley CBE and they actively support LBC, giving talks and attending our parties.
In 2008 LBC became a charity registered in the UK.
Want to volunteer? We are always looking for people to help organise our programme of events. Email Susan if you are interested in participating.
The London Ballet Circle looks forward to welcoming you as a member.