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Ballet

Ballet at Francis Holland is the responsibility of Mrs Valerie Hitchen, who trained at the Royal Ballet School and who is an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance.

Classical ballet forms part of the curriculum in Reception and Years 1, 2 and 3 and it is a very popular co-curricular activity from Year 4 upwards.  Students are prepared for examinations of the Royal Academy of Dance and also for the school's internal ballet competition, the Princess Margaret Ballet Competition. This competition culminates in a final in June, which is a prestigious event, attended by School Governors and noted figures from the world of classical ballet.

The aim of ballet within school is to inspire and nurture a love of classical ballet, its history and traditions and associate arts.  All pupils are encouraged to achieve their personal best and many find that ballet has benefits for their confidence and posture.

Ballet is taught to the highest standards at school and was described as being 'of excellence' in the last ISI inspection report.  The school achieves a 100% success rate in examinations and a number of exceptionally talented pupils have auditioned to attend the Royal Ballet School Associate Programme.

Ballet Class and Rehearsal Times - Autumn Term 2016 

Please click here to see our Prize-Giving Rehearsal Schedule

Please click here to see our Senior Ballet Class Times

Please click here to see our Junior Ballet Class Times

 

Our school photos, including our ballet photos, are available to view on Flickr. Click here to see them

 

Important Dates for Ballet 2016/17

Autumn Term 2016

Week commencing 5th September - classes for Cadogan Hall prize-giving dancers only (times tbc).
Uniform will be supplied as required and individual timetables finalised.

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September -  Cadogan Hall rehearsals (time tbc).

Monday 12th September -  ballet timetable for the Autumn Term begins with classes during school time and after school on Mondays/Tuesdays/Fridays.

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September - Cadogan Hall rehearsals (time tbc).
Monday 19th September -  Cadogan Hall rehearsal 5.00 – 6.15 pm. (Normal ballet time-table continues)
Tuesday 20th September - Prize-giving rehearsals and performance (times tbc). Junior School ballet classes continue as normal. No Senior School classes.

Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th November -  Dame Antoinette Sibley rehearsals (times tbc).
Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th November - Dame Antoinette Sibley rehearsals (times tbc). 
Monday and Tuesday 21st and 22nd November - Dame Antoinette Sibley rehearsals from 3.30pm.

Friday 25th November - No School – Inset

Monday 28th November -  Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE – Evening performance at which the Ballet
Studio will officially be named –
The Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE
Ballet Studio
(Sibley Studio for short)

Friday 9th December -  Final ballet classes of Autumn Term.
Saturday 10th December - Royal Academy of Dance examination rehearsals in Main Hall (all day)
Sunday 11th December -  Royal Academy of Dance examinations in Main Hall (all day)
AUTUMN TERM BALLET ENDS.

SPRING TERM 2017

Monday 9th January  – Ballet starts
Friday 10th February – No ballet classes
Monday 20th February – Ballet re-starts after half-term break
Monday 1st March – No lessons – School Birthday

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March -  Royal Academy of Dance examination rehearsals
Friday 24th March – Royal Academy of Dance examinations in the Ballet Studio
Saturday 25th March  – Royal Academy of Dance examinations in the Main Hall 
SPRING TERM BALLET ENDS

SUMMER TERM 2017

Friday 21st April – Ballet starts
Monday 1st May – Bank Holiday – No school

Tuesday 16th May – Princess Margaret Class Awards
Tuesday 23rd May – Princess Margaret Class Awards
Friday 26th May – No ballet classes
Monday 5th June  – Ballet re-starts after half-term break

June 9th 10th 11th – Princess Margaret Finalists rehearsals  (Sat/Sun in Main Hall)
Friday 16th June  – approx. 5.00 pm Harlequin Floor down in Ballet studio
June 16th 17th 18th – Princess Margaret Finalists rehearsals (Sat/Sun in Main Hall)

Monday 19th June – Princess Margaret Ballet Competition
NO ASSEMBLY IN MAIN HALL.
BALLET REHEARSALS ALL DAY.
6.00pm Guests arrive. 6.30pm Competition starts.
NB ALL NORMAL BALLET LESSONS CANCELLED ON THIS DAY.

Tuesday 20th June – Ballet lessons continue as normal
Friday 30th June – Final ballet classes of Summer Term
SUMMER TERM BALLET ENDS

Miss Reet's Wedding

Miss Reet, our wonderful ballet pianist, married John Smallshaw on July 11th.
On this occasion there was no piano playing by the bride but lots of poetry from the groom!
A truly happy and most delightful day. 

 

Outstanding achievements are seen in many extra-curricular pursuits, especially ballet, music, musical theatre, speech and drama, and in examination results in these activities.

ISI Report May 2011

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