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Press Release: Costumes and creativity - The Chelmsford Ballet Company's Let's Make a Ballet

Jan McNulty

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Costumes and creativity - The Chelmsford Ballet Company's Let's Make a Ballet


Sunday 15 October will see 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. It is the ideal opportunity to introduce young dancers to the creation of a ballet production as an echo of the company’s annual production staged each year at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford.


Let's Make a Ballet provides dancers aged 7 – 14 with the opportunity to create a short ballet in just one day, and perform it too for parents, guardians, family and friends afterwards. This choreographic performance workshop is a firm favourite in the company's calendar for both dancers and teachers alike, and has previously seen almost 80 young people take part.


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Young dancers will be able to 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. To take part, dancers must complete the application found on The Chelmsford Ballet Company’s website.

Taking place at The Sandon School, Chelmsford, Let's Make a Ballet is a fantastic chance to get a small taste of The Chelmsford Ballet Company’s work, in the lead up to its 2018 annual production. The Snow Queen will be staged at the Civic Theatre from 21 – 24 March 2018, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale. 



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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