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Visit to the English National Ballet School

Friday 15 June, 2.00* - 4.00 pm

Carlyle Building, Hortensia Road, London, SW10 0QS

Please give your name in advance. Donations are requested but not obligatory - a minimum of £12.50 is suggested. Members and guests welcome

We are delighted to have received another invitation to visit the English National Ballet School to watch an open rehearsal. This is a very popular visit so we are delighted to be able to accommodate 40 people on this occasion. Unfortunately, the building does not have disabled access (there are stairs) and there is no onsite parking. *Due to the lack of reception space, you are asked not to arrive greatly in advance of the 2 pm start time. If you would like to take part in this visit please advise Audrey Allen and if you wish to make a donation 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. You are reminded that the School does not allow visitors to take photographs of the students. 

Dame Ninette de Valois and Dame Alicia Markova in conversation – a film by David Gayle

Monday 18 June, 7.30 pm

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

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

Clement Crisp, Dance Critic of the Financial Times, wrote the following sleeve note: The Yorkshire Ballet Seminars that David Gayle organized and masterminded for three decades were unique and wonderful events, bringing some of the greatest dancers in the world to teach and inspire youthful students and to touch these young people with the magic of their presence and guide them with their immense knowledge. World famous artists were happy to accept Gayle’s invitations. Dame Ninette de Valois, founder and long-time director of the Royal Ballet and Dame Alicia Markova, one of the greatest ballerinas of the twentieth century were both teaching and coaching at these Seminars. These two prodigious ladies of dance had known each other since 1925, when the child Markova joined Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes – of which Dame Ninette was a member – as the company left London on a foggy morning to travel back to its base in Monte Carlo. In the summer of 1985, they talk of this, of working with Diaghilev and of those crucial years when British ballet – in which they were both vital figures – with great humour and also with profound insights. Their conversation is both uniquely valuable and delightfully relaxed; two great women remembering and sharing their memories. Here is history as witnessed by two people who made it. 

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.

Please click here to see our Policy for London Ballet Circle Members regarding school visits.