In order to better reflect its increasingly widespread membership, the LBC is aiming to spread its charitable donations in such a way as to address the challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and support a more diverse range of young people to benefit from participation in dance. Three more donations were agreed by the Trustees on the 22nd June and we are really grateful to the generosity of Members for making these possible.
Following the Ballet Barre with Northern Ballet in May and Pippa Moore MBE talking about her involvement with the Northern Ballet Academy, the LBC is in consultation with the school as to how a donation of £500 might best be used to further the academy's outreach work to involve more young people in dance.
A number of LBC Members recently enjoyed a virtual rehearsal session with Ballet Central, the graduate company of The Central School of Ballet. The school is planning to mount a special project, entitled Spring Board Pro, for 10 weeks in the autumn with the aim of supporting 2021 graduates to be 'audition ready' and help them launch their careers in dance. The LBC is delighted that its £500 donation will be used to help this important initiative.
Members were so inspired by Carlos Acosta's talk on the 29th April that it seems appropriate to discuss with Birmingham Royal Ballet which of its many projects would benefit the most from a £500 donation from the LBC.
There will be more about all these donations in the next edition of the Newsletter which will issue to Members during the first week of August.
Finally, a quick reminder that, this year also, the LBC will be honouring a commitment made before the pandemic to sponsor the Royal Academy of Dance's Fonteyn Competition (formerly the Genee) with a charitable donation of £750. This event was due to be held at The Royal Opera House in September 2020, and the LBC's donation was going towards the programmes, but the competition has commenced online this year.