Star Studded Gala in aid of the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School

29 Sep 2013

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Sadler's Wells

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Just released: Sergei Polunin is flying in from Moscow to dance for the Star Studded Gala at Sadler's Wells Theatre.

Sir Anthony Dowell and Sir Derek Jacobi host a Star Studded Gala of Dance and Song in aid of the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School.

In keeping with previous Gala evenings, performers include luminaries of the international dance world, as well as stars of stage and screen. Incorporating stars from a wide range of dance disciplines, the line-up includes BalletBoyz®, Michael Ball, Steven McCrae, Royal Ballet, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Samantha Bond, Wayne Sleep, stars of the Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and English National Ballet.

The YBSS grew out of the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars which were started in a local church hall by ex-Royal Ballet dancer and teacher David Gayle MBE back in 1973 to give local youngsters with neither funding nor dance contacts the chance to meet ballet professionals and learn about opportunities to further their ballet interests.  Within two years the Seminars had morphed into the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School, the country’s first residential ballet course at Ilkley College.  The School was opened by Dame Ninette de Valois and the first masterclass was taught by Dame Alicia Markova."

"The idea was akin to talent scouting," says Marguerite Porter, who began teaching at the YBSS in 1990 when she retired as senior principal ballerina from the Royal Ballet and took over as director in 2005 when David retired.  “We wanted to help regional children to meet and be seen by experienced artists and teachers who could channel them towards the appropriate further education needed to become classical dancers.  40 years later we are still in a privileged position because of our contacts in the ballet world and are so pleased to be able to continue directing promising students to vocational schools and to bringing in world class teachers to the YBSS."

Over the years the YBSS has attracted some of the highest quality ballet talent and YBSS scholarships have been given to Kevin O’Hare (Director of the Royal Ballet), David Bintley CBE (director, Birmingham Royal Ballet), David Pickering (Soloist, Royal Ballet), Elizabeth Harrod (Soloist, Royal Ballet), Samara Downes (Soloist, Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Brandon Lawrence (Birmingham Royal Ballet) to name but a few.

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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