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Press Release: The Chelmsford Ballet Company - Creativity and costumes at Let's Make a Ballet

Jan McNulty

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Creativity and costumes at Let's Make a Ballet


The Chelmsford Ballet Company will soon be presenting Let's Make a Ballet for young dancers across Essex, more info below and attached. They will have the chance to work with us in Chelmsford to create a ballet production, all in one day!


Sunday 16 October will see almost 80 young children from all over Essex dancing as part of the Chelmsford Ballet Company's Let's Make a Ballet, in which the company holds a fun-filled day of choreography, creativity and costumes.


Let's Make a Ballet provides dancers aged 7-14 the opportunity to create a short ballet in a day, and perform it too for parents, guardians, family and friends. The choreographic workshop is a firm favourite in the company's calendar for both dancers and teachers alike. 

Taking place at The Sandon School, Chelmsford, Let's Make a Ballet is a fantastic chance to get a small taste of the company's work, in the lead up to its 2017 annual production for which the company is looking forward to performing Alice’s Adventures.

Young dancers can immerse themselves in the creative process of staging a ballet production, working with The Chelmsford Ballet Company's Artistic Director, Annette Potter, to produce a stage-worthy production by the end of the jam-packed day. 




About The Chelmsford Ballet Company


In 1947, Joan Weston created the Broomfield YMCA Ballet Company in order to give the more senior students at her existing dance school the opportunity to learn and perform to the public. It was after their 1949 performance of ‘Coppélia’ at the Shire Hall that the then Mayor of Chelmsford suggested the name ‘The Chelmsford Ballet Company’, and with a small committee the Company was born.


Since 1949, the Ballet Company has staged a full-scale production every year. Initially a part of the 

Arts Festival, and then the Cathedral Fringe Festival, they occur today as an annual event in their own right. Today the Company is led by Artistic Director Annette Potter, who is a former dancing member. Annette danced many leading roles with the company before moving on to teaching and choreography. 


The Ballet Company is a way for skilled dancers from across the area to perform together and to showcase their considerable talents to appreciative and receptive audiences. Theatre-goers are constantly ‘thrilled’ with the productions, which always maintain the high standards set by Joan Weston. It has become a well-loved cornerstone of Chelmsford’s cultural calendar.


The Chelmsford Ballet Company is “an amateur Company which sets professional standards for all its work, involving professionals in its productions, courses and other teaching and workshop opportunities”. The standards are such that both junior (aged 10 and Standard/Grade 2 or above) and senior (over 14) dancers must audition to become members and again each year to perform in any production. These high standards are maintained through the monthly Company classes, where the dancers are able to meet and take a class with experienced and distinguished teachers. In the 1960's a Scholarship Fund was created to help young dancers moving to professional training.




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