The global pandemic of COVID-19 is threatening our charitable work with the young people of Lambeth. Please consider becoming a patron and supporting us to continue opening doors. As little as £12 a month can make a huge difference.

OUR CHARITABLE WORK

The School of Classical Russian Ballet offers world class ballet training and an academic education for those with talent and dedication.
We have made a core commitment to supporting financially, academically and pastorally, individuals who might otherwise be unable to take advantage of the work that we do. In the current climate of isolation and economic uncertainty, this has never been more important than it is today.
The School works with thousands of local children for whom performance, a theatre, ballet and classical music would otherwise be a dream.

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Each Year We Provide:

  • Financial Support totalling £640,000.

  • Bursaries to 31 full time students to cover ballet and academic education.

  • Financial support to 185 Recreational and 29 Pre-Vocational Students.

  • Free ballet classes for 325 young children in Lambeth each year.

  • Free shoes, costumes, food and transport for young performers.

  • Free outreach performances in London and the wider UK reaching upwards of 3,200 people per year.

  • Created Young Lambeth Performers (YLP), a group of children from culturally deprived parts of Lambeth, who rehearse and perform on stage with artists from the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Ballets.

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Opening Doors

Last year our Opening Doors program gave financial support totalling £640,000 to young people in Lambeth and the UK as a whole. Much of this was spent on bursaries to 31 full time students whose families were unable to pay some or all of the costs of their ballet training and academic studies. We also financially supported 185 recreational and 29 pre-vocational students with other subsidies.

Without Opening Doors, all of the students who benefitted from this support would have had to stop learning ballet and receiving a first class academic education.

In addition, the school has an active outreach program which makes ballet and theatre performances a reality rather than a dream for thousands of young children in the disadvantaged borough of Lambeth.

This program supports the provision of free ballet classes to over 325 students a week at primary schools in Lambeth through the Lambeth Schools Enterprise initiative. These children, between the ages of 5 and 11 would otherwise have no access to this kind of experience. Before their contact with the School of Classical Russian Ballet, many of them had never heard classical music before and had very limited access to dance.

Each year, the school recruits some of these youngsters into a group called the Young Lambeth Performers (YLP). As part of this group, the children have the opportunity to rehearse, and perform for their peers in the local area, but also to share the stage with prominent performers from the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Ballet companies in  theatre performances for the public.

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£12 a month (inc VAT) from you can pay for one young person’s ballet lessons for a full term, or buy ballet shoes for all the YLP performers.

Outreach Performances

Each year the school puts on two theatrical performances at the Oval Cricket Ground in London, attended by more than 1000 school children from across the borough of Lambeth. Most of them have never seen a ballet before. The shows are always an enormous success and a great day out for staff and students alike.

In 2019, for the first time, the school took a company of dancers to Manchester to give four free performances at the Co-op Academies Trusts in Manchester and Manchester North, areas of the city where there has never been a ballet performance. The shows were attended by more than 1000 students, their families and staff from the Co-op Academy and was hugely well received. This year we have not only been invited to return, but to put on an additional performance at the Co-Op Academy in Stoke-on-Trent as well.

As a result of the outreach work of the school, 8 young children are training 6 days a week in the pre-vocational programme and numerous youngsters take ballet lessons each week.

Countless children who have never been inside a theatre have been invited by the school to theatre performances. In the past five years over 4,000 children have attended a West End theatre through the work of the school.

Please consider supporting our charitable work with a small monthly donation by becoming a Patron of the school.

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Ever since its inception in 1738 the Russian tradition of Ballet Education has understood that wealth and social status should present no barrier to the transformative opportunity afforded by rigorous training in the performing arts. The Russian style emphasises individuality, self-expression and personal development. Russian Ballet schools have a reputation for producing strong, intelligent, free-thinking characters, and the School of Classical Russian Ballet in London is no exception.

We have made a core commitment to supporting financially, academically and pastorally, individuals who might otherwise be unable to take advantage of the work that we do. In the current climate of isolation and economic uncertainty, this has never been more important than it is today.

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