English Ballet

English Ballet Information Resource


Ballet as currently known came in to existence quite late as a performing art. It is generally accepted to have come to fruition in 1581, when danced for the first time in performance in Paris, in the same year a technical guide to Ballet was produced in Italy.

In the early 18th Century, John Weaver, created a form of the dance in England, known as ballet d'action, dance without spoken words. Although initially well received, a school was not pursued in England and it was left to Italian and French-Swiss choreographers to develop the style further.

Ballet was driven by The French and Russians creating the first great Ballet Schools and it was not until the start of the 20th Century that English Ballet genuinely came to maturity. Until then, England had been a place in which foreign dancers toured, rather than a place in which it was created.

English Ballet Schools and Companies

In 1920 Édouard Espinosa and Philip Richardson formed the Association of Operatic Dancing, which became the Royal Academy of Dance. Initially considered as a discussion workshop to address the poor standards of dance teaching in England, the Association quickly developed in to a Ballet School which is still one of the pre-eminent Ballet Schools in the world.

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Young Winchester dancer wins coveted ballet role

Now a Hampshire dancer has won a coveted role in an upcoming professional production Coppelia with the English Youth Ballet.

Art review: Degas and Ballet | Royal Academy, London

These paintings depict dancers as exemplars of the human animal.

Manon, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

In 2009 the Royal Ballet principal Lauren Cuthbertson was diagnosed with glandular fever, which turned into agonisingly debilitating ME and necessitated not only an 18-month lay-off from the stage, but long periods of total physical incapacity.

Ballet Company visit Aldwickbury School in Harpenden

Pupils at Aldwickbury School in Harpenden were treated to the expertise of teachers from the English National Ballet.

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