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Watch class at Ballet Black

Thursday 28 September, 10.00 am

Feathers Association, 12 Rossmore Road, London, NW1 6NX

Donations are requested - a minimum of £12.50 is suggested (cash only)

LBC Vice President and Director of Ballet Black Cassa Pancho invites LBC members and their friends to watch class. Of Trinidadian and British parents, Cassa trained at the Royal Academy of Dance, gaining a degree in classical ballet from Durham University. Upon graduating in 2001, she founded Ballet Black to provide role models to young, aspiring black and Asian dancers. A year later, she opened the Ballet Black Junior School in Shepherd’s Bush and in 2004, began the BB Associate Programme, which currently has over 400 members. Ballet Black won both the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Company in 2009 and Best Independent Company in 2012. Cassa was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List for Services to Classical Ballet. In 2015, Cassa became a Patron of Central School of Ballet and 2016 became a vice president of The London Ballet Circle.

There are places for 20 people to watch class. The building is wheelchair accessible but the studio is up a very short flight of stairs. If you would like to take part in this visit please advise Audrey Allen and if you wish to donate please send a cheque, made payable to The London Ballet Circle, to Audrey Allen, 8 Goldsmith Road, London, N11 3JP, 020 8361 2872, Acknowledgements of your donation and confirmation of places will be made by email where applicable but if you require a written receipt please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. The Feathers Association, which is a youth club, is situated just behind Marylebone Station. Marylebone station is on the Bakerloo line. If you are travelling by bus, the numbers 13, 82, 113, 139, 189 and 273 pass close by. 

Robert Parker, Artistic Director, Elmhurst Ballet School

Monday 16 October, 7.30 pm

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

Payment at the door, members £5, guests £8 (cash only)

Robert joined Elmhurst as Artistic Director in autumn 2012, following his retirement as a Principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet. Born in Kingston upon Hull, Robert trained at the Royal Ballet School and joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1994 under the directorship of Sir Peter Wright. He received early acclaim when he danced the Second Seminarian in Carmina burana at the Royal Opera House in 1996. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Principal in 1999. He has danced a wide and varied repertoire from the classics to contemporary works, closely collaborating and creating many lead roles with director and choreographer David Bintley and other international choreographers. He has made guest appearances with the Royal Ballet and received various accolades including a Critics' Circle Award in 2003 and an Olivier Award nomination in 2001.

In 2008 he took a sabbatical and moved to the USA where he successfully acquired his Commercial Pilots' Licence. A year later he returned to his first love of dance, re-joining Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2009 where he continued to perform Principal roles. During this time, he also began teaching at Elmhurst on a regular basis, completed a Master’s degree in Philosophy in Education and was selected to attend the 2012 Rural Retreat for aspiring artistic leaders. After retiring from Birmingham Royal Ballet he passed his RAD Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma with distinction. That same year he was appointed President of the Ballet Association.

Ivan Putrov, Ballet Dancer and Producer

Monday 13 November, 7.30 pm

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

Payment at the door, members £5, guests £8 (cash only)

Ivan was born in Kyiv, Ukraine to a ballet family. Ivan trained at The Kyiv State Choreographic Institute and at The Royal Ballet School. Upon graduation Sir Anthony Dowell invited him to join the Company, where he became a Principal after three seasons. His repertory includes Principal roles in all the classics and ballets by MacMillan, Ashton, Balanchine, Fokine, Nijinsky, Tetley, Cranko, Bournonville, Robbins, Zamuel, Goleizovsky, McGregor, Forsythe, Kylián, Maliphant, Bourne, De Frutos, Petit and Duato.

Ivan’s awards include the Premier Prix at the Prix de Lausanne; the Gold medal at the Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition; the Gold Medal at the Nijinsky Festival; the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award; the Medal for Work and Achievement from the President of Ukraine and Ivan has been made an Honorary Artist of Ukraine.

Danceworks Youth Ballet Company The Nutcracker

Saturday 9 December, 2.00 pm Abbreviated studio performance

Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street, London, W1K 6TN

Free of charge – see booking details below

Following a wonderful Summer School with 100 students from 20 countries who were privileged to be taught by Guest Teachers Sergei Polunin, Ivan Putrov, Melissa Hamilton, Erico Montes and Nathalie Harrison, the Academy Autumn Term of after-school and weekend classes will be starting in September. This year Danceworks was proud to offer two inspiration scholarships to students in association with Sergei Polunin and Michaela DePrince. The students will be performing both acts of The Nutcracker at The Greenwood Theatre, 55 Weston Street, London, SE1 3RA on 12 November, with an additional in-studio abbreviated performance on 9 December at Danceworks, which LBC members are invited to attend, free of charge. Danceworks is delighted to offer 15 free tickets to LBC members for the in-studio performance. All you need to do is email

LBC Annual General Meeting and Party

Saturday 13 January 2018, 5.00 pm for 5.15 pm

Dragon Hall, 17 Stukeley Street, London, WC2B 5LT

Payment by cheque in advance, members £15, guests £20 

Please remember to bring your membership card Our AGM, to which all paid up members of The London Ballet Circle are invited, takes place at 5.15 pm (doors open at 5.00 pm) and is followed by our annual party at approximately 6.00 pm. A copy of the Agenda will be enclosed with the next Newsletter. Attendance at the AGM is, of course, free, and open to members only, but if you wish to attend the party please send a cheque for £15, made payable to The London Ballet Circle, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope for acknowledgement if required, to the Honorary Secretary, Jean Wilde, 4 Guinea Court, Basingstoke, RG24 8XJ. Guests may be invited to the party from 6 pm and payment of £20 should be made for each guest (details as for members). Dragon Hall is in Stukeley Street, off the main thoroughfares, but is a very short distance from Holborn station. On leaving the station cross High Holborn at the traffic lights (Holborn Kingsway to your left, Southampton Row to your right), keep going on the left-hand side and go down Smart’s Place, or the next turning, Drury Lane, until you get to Stukeley Street. 

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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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