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Chase Johnsey, in conversation with Gerald Dowler

Monday 9 July, 7.30 pm

Civil Service Club 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London, SW1A 2HJ

Payment at the door, members £5, guests £8

To fans of Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo Chase Johnsey’s alter egos included Yakatarina Verbosovich and Roland Deaulin but in January 2018 Chase resigned from the company he loved and had danced with for 14 years amid controversy. The London Ballet Circle gives you the chance to meet the man beneath the tutu to find out about life as a Trock and hear about his next exciting new career move, joining the English National Ballet as extra First Artist for the upcoming run of Sleeping Beauty. We look forward to hearing about this new challenge. American dancer Chase is a man of many talents having won national titles in folk dancing to performing both male and female roles to acclaim with the Trocks and winning the Best Male Dancer category at the 2016 National Dance Awards for his performance in the title role of Paquita. Picked on in school and working with a less than optimum body type for a male ballet dancer Chase has navigated a unique path and his story is one to inspire every dancer.

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London Ballet Circle Annual General Meeting and Party

Saturday 19 January 2019, doors open 5.00 pm

The Swiss Church, Endell Street

Our venue

The Dining Room, First Floor, Civil Service Club, 13-15 Gt Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ

We are most grateful to all members who suggested possible venues for our meetings, following the announcement that we could no longer use Waterstone's in Piccadilly. The Civil Service Club has been investigated and found to be suitable for our needs, with many advantages and good transport links. Gt Scotland Yard, off Whitehall, is easily reached from Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross main line or underground (Northern and Bakerloo lines) and Embankment (District, Northern and District lines), and not all that far from Leicester Square underground, for those of us wedded to the Piccadilly line. You can check the venue on the map by clicking here. The room we shall be using is the Dining Room on the first floor (there is a lift). There are toilets on the ground and second floors. We are welcome to use the bar on the ground floor which is open until 11pm.

Please note: although this will be our main venue in the foreseeable future we may also use other premises, so it is important to take note of what is printed in the newsletter.

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