HRH Princess Beatrice of York paid a private visit to the ENB School last month.(She probably visited May 8th when she visited The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, she’s wearing the same clothes from that day.) Princess Beatrice watched first year students being put through their paces in class and chatted with students at length about their training and aspirations.
Co-Director Anu Giri said, “it is a great honour for the School that Her Royal Highness has chosen to become our patron. The essence of our mission is to ensure talented young dancers from all over the world have the opportunity to train with us regardless of their ability to pay.
“With the Princess’s support, we can secure much needed funds to subsidise tuition fees and provide scholarships for the students who need greater financial support.”
These young dancers will be showcasing their skills at the School’s annual Summer Performances at the New Wimbledon Theatre 3 and 4 July. The programme features a blend of classical and contemporary works with choreography to highlight the versatility and breadth of the dancers.
The programme will include four new commissions by Ricardo Amarante (ENBS graduate, choreographer and former soloist with the Royal Ballet of Flanders), Jose Agudo (Akram Khan dancer and choreographic assistant), Petal Miller-Ashmole (former Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet Principal), Renato Paroni (international choreographer and guest teacher) and culminating with Evening Songs by the highly acclaimed international choreographer Jiri Kylian.
Samira Saidi, Director of Dance at English National Ballet School, said “our Summer Performances 2015 is one of creativity and inspiration. A wealth of exciting commissions, plus the inclusion of Jiri Kylian’s Evening Songs have allowed our students to further develop their extraordinary versatility, hone their classicism, explore their strengths and challenge their minds. I look forward to sharing their talent with you”.