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Chelmsford Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker

 

 

March 2014 will see the company perform The Nutcracker at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, for a run of four dates for the annual show from 19-22 March. Tickets for next year’s exciting production are on sale from www.chelmsford.gov.uk/ and from the box office on 01245 606505.

 

 

Tchaikovsky’s wonderful, captivating and possibly most famous melodies set the scene for everybody’s favourite ballet. Be captivated by the flurry of the dazzling Snowflakes, delight in the famous waltz of the Flowers, the fiery Spanish Fandango and dance of the Russian dolls, and the veiled dancers of the Arabian song. This is truly a ballet for the whole family and a spectacle for any time of year.

 

The Civic will play host to the most iconic melodies of classical ballet, setting the scene for the story of a magical Christmas present. Join in the festivities of a Christmas party and marvel at the dancing automatons. Battle the Mouse King and his Mouse Army with Clara, and then travel with her and Herr Drosselmeyer on the magic sleigh to the Magical Kingdom of Sweets as The Chelmsford Ballet Company transports you to one of the most famous ballet stories.

 

For further information please call or email Marion Pettet 07901 698637 or marionpettet@btinternet.com

 

www.thechelmsfordballetcompany.co.uk

ENDS

 

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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Thanks for publishing this press release Janet McNulty.

 

I am an associate (non-dancing) member of that company and we follow each other on twitter.  I am probably their most Northerly member.  

 

The classes are indeed open to the public if I were good enough I would love to join in.

 

They seem a great bunch of people.   I am looking forward to seeing their Nutcracker in a few weeks time. Not only am I coming but I am dragging along my unfortunate cousin (a retired WPC) who lives in Essex and whom I have not seen for several decades to the show. 

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Chelmsford Ballet Company announces leading artists and charity performance

 

 

 

The Chelmsford Ballet Company will perform The Nutcracker at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, for a run of four dates for the annual show from 19-22 March. Tickets for the exciting production are on sale from www.chelmsford.gov.uk/ and from the box office on 01245 60650501245 60650501245 60650501245 606505.

 

Tchaikovsky’s wonderful and captivating and melodies set the scene for this favourite ballet. Be captivated by the flurry of the dazzling Snowflakes, delight in the famous waltz of the Flowers, the fiery Spanish Fandango and the veiled dancers of the Arabian song. This is truly a ballet for the whole family and a spectacle for any time of year. Battle the Mouse King and his Mouse Army with Clara, and then travel with her and Herr Drosselmeyer to the Magical Kingdom of Sweets as The Chelmsford Ballet Company transports you away with one of the most famous ballet stories.

 

Wednesday 19 March’s performance will be in aid of PARC. PARC exists to provide support to families who have a child or children with any type of additional need from a very early stage.  There will also be a collection on their behalf.

 

Guest artists joining The Chelmsford Ballet Company at the Civic Theatre are Richard Bermange (Cavalier), Michael Budd (Mouse King) and Emma Lister(Sugar Plum Fairy). Having previously danced with companies such as English National Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet respectively, the Company looks forward to sharing the stage with such notable classical ballet artists.

 

www.thechelmsfordballetcompany.co.uk

 

 

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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.

 

PARC

 

PARC exists to provide support to families who have a child or children with any type of additional need from a very early stage such as speech and language difficulties, autistic spectrum, epilepsy and those with physical and learning difficulties. 
 

PARC offers services that cover a wide range of activities with children of every age and ability. PARC is a place where children can develop, learn and have fun, in a safe and friendly environment that caters for their special needs.
 

PARC-Essex was developed by parents who have children with additional needs and has now grown to help over 375 families with a child with special needs. PARC is a registered charity.

 

Co-Chairs Nick Ross and Siobhan Riordan are both happy to talk more about PARC to press.

 

Richard Bermange

 

Richard is from London and trained at Central School of Ballet, London. As a student he danced with Northern Ballet and Ballet Central.

 

Since graduation, he has worked with English National Ballet, K-Ballet, Tokyo, Tivoli Ballet, Copenhagen, Peter Schaufuss Ballet and The National Ballet of Ireland. He has danced soloist and principal roles and danced in all of the classical repertoire, including Bournonville’s Napoli, Cinderella After the Ball, Romeo and Juliet, Schehezarade, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, more recently working with Ballet Ireland as an Associate Choreographer.

 

As a choreographer he has created numerous pieces for companies both home and abroad. He has also been commissioned to create his own productions for private performances.               

 

Richard is delighted to make his second appearance with The Chelmsford Ballet Company, having danced in the company’s production of Coppélia last year.

 

Michael Budd

 

Michael was born in Essex and trained at the Royal Ballet School for 7 years. After graduating from the upper school he toured with London Studio Centre in Images of Dance. Since graduation he has danced with many companies including European Ballet, Adventures in Motion Pictures, English National Ballet, Vienna Festival Ballet, Balletomania, Anya Ison Wallace Dance Company, The Johann Strauss Gala and Debbie Mc Gee and Paul Daniels ballet company, Ballet Imaginaire. He has performed all over the UK, Europe and world-wide, covering Japan, South Korea, Israel and Qatar.

 

He says that some of the highlights of his career include the 4 year period dancing in Swan Lake for Matthew Bourne, his time as a Principal Dancer with the Vienna Festival Ballet and performing in Romeo and Juliet with the English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Emma Lister

 

Born in Canada, Emma trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School under the tutelage of Galina Yordanova and David Moroni. Upon graduation she danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in their productions The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

Since moving to London, Emma has worked with English National Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, and with the English Youth Ballet danced and the lead roles in Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Giselle and Swan Lake. Her freelance work since has included principal roles in Ballet Ireland’s The Nutcracker and Carmen and she is a frequent guest principal in America with the Anchorage Classical Ballet and Bermuda Civic Ballet.

 

 
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