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Press Release: English National Ballet School - Outstanding Ofsted Summer Performance

Jan McNulty

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English National Ballet School:

Outstanding Ofsted

Summer Performance

New Wimbledon Theatre

Friday 1 July 7.30pm 

Saturday 2 July 1pm & 7.30pm



English National Ballet School is delighted to announce their recent Ofsted grading of Outstanding.


The School is a world renowned specialist training centre for aspiring and highly talented young ballet dancers aged 16 to 19 based in central London.

We have consistently achieved outstanding since inspections began in 2002. Director Delia Barkersaid, “We are thrilled with our recent Ofsted inspection result. It is wonderful for all our staff and students to have their hard work acknowledged in this way”.


Samira Saidi, Director of Dance at English National Ballet School said “I am delighted that the school has received Outstanding from Ofsted. The fact that we have remained consistent in this result since the inspections began is testament to the continued quality of training provided, in addition to the pastoral care of our talented students”.


The students will be showcasing their skills at the School’s annual Summer Performances at theNew Wimbledon Theatre in JulyThe programme features a blend of classical and contemporary works with choreography to highlight the versatility and breadth of our dancers’ training.


The programme will include two new commissions by George Williamson (ENBS Graduate and Associate Artist of English National Ballet) and Antonio Castilla (English National Ballet’s Ballet Master and Repetiteur) as well as classical repertoire from Marius Petipa and David Bintley For the first time English National Ballet School will be presenting The Director of Dance’s Commission which will be choreographed by second year student Daniel Myers



New Wimbledon Theatre

Friday 1 July 7.30pm 

Saturday 2 July 1pm & 7.30pm


0844 8717 646


Notes to Editors


English National Ballet School, official school of English National Ballet


·         Jose Agudo’s Arctic is inspired by the film Lovers of the Arctic Circle, this group choreography focuses on a contemporary interpretation of Inuit traditions. It is a group searching for love and trying to survive in the most extreme conditions. Love, death, destiny, nature, and coincidence are intertwined in a deeply touching work.


·         Antonio Castilla’s Lift Me Up is set to the beautiful music of Sibelius and Shostakovich, this charming piece of work showcases our talented first year students.


·         David Bintley’s Four Scottish Dances, created in 1985 for Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet and inspired by Malcolm Arnold’s music of the same name, is a delightful witty short ballet romanticising Scotland’s pre-industrial past. With swirling kilts and fleet footwork, this a piece to be enjoyed.


·         George Willamson’s piece uses two movements from John Adams’ Shaker Loops and is a creation for the third year giving opportunities for each dancer to shine.     


·         Second year student Daniel Myer’s will present; Feuillemort, with a commissioned piano score by English National Ballet School pianist Meg Morley. This joint collaboration, inspired by the poem; October Dawn by Ted Hughes, offers a voyeuristic glimpse into different stages of relationships and the nature of life.



·         We are the official School of English National Ballet with one third of the Company’s dancers having graduated from the School

·         We offer a 3 year diploma in Professional dance accredited by Trinity College, London

·         Our current student body of eighty comprises students from 18 countries including the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Australia, Spain, Italy and the USA

·         We audition over 300 young dancers each year from all over the world and award places purely on talent

·         We are the only Dance specialist DaDA (Dance and Drama Award) school to consistently achieve Outstanding from Ofsted since inspections began in 2002 and we maintain a strong employment record



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