Contemporary Ballet & Contemporary Dance Associate Programmes at Chantry School
Chantry Contemporary Ballet and Contemporary Dance Associates are taught to develop a strong technical base, improvisation and creative skills, as well as learning repertoire from major 20th and 21st century contemporary works. They are encouraged to develop their confidence and own individuality as a dancer.
Students are given the opportunity to take masterclasses with some of the UK's leading contemporary dancers. Guest teachers have included:
Dominic North (Matthew Bourne's New Adventures) James Barton (Birmingham Royal Ballet soloist) Alessia Lugoboni (Royal New Zealand Ballet & Chantry Dance) Ian Parsons (Ballet de Monte Carlo & National Ballet of Canada) David Beer (Burklyn Ballet & Chantry Dance)
Chantry 'Graham' Associates in a masterclass with Ian Parsons (National Ballet of Canada)
Katie during a masterclass with Ian Parsons
Some of the 'Limon' Associates at a
masterclass with Dominic North (Matthew Bourne's New Adventures)
Padua, 2014 Scholar, Associate Presentation
Chantry Associates have gone on to gain places at vocational schools including: Chantry School Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance Trinity Laban Laines School of Theatre Arts Central School of Ballet London Studio Centre MADD School of BTUK Performers College
Previous Associates who have become Apprentice Artists and Artists with Chantry Dance: Rebecca Scanlon Sorrel De Paula Hanika
Associates who have been coached with Chantry in international competitive dance: Scarlett Harvey - YAGP FINALIST, scholarhips offered by BOLSHOI and AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE (93 in contemporary solo created by Chantry)
Padua Eaton was a student on the Chantry School Full Associate Programme from September 2013-2014. At the time of joining the Associate Programme, Padua was also in full-time vocational training at Elmhurst School for Dance, and was actively seeking to have a professional career in dance.
In 2015 Padua attended the Chantry Summer Intensive, and let us know that she had been given a place as a trainee dancer at Orlando Ballet in the USA. This was a great step for Padua and Chantry was delighted to have assisted her in her dance journey.
Padua had this to say about training with Chantry: “I came to Chantry with little contemporary background and confidence in myself but left with skills that will carry me through my professional dance career further than ever. I was so honoured when I was offered a scholarship for the Associate programme, as my mum works two jobs in order to pay for my training, so this was such a gift to me and I felt so privileged to have opportunity to train with Chantry. Rae and Paul don't just focus on the technique but also in building the dancer as a person too through choreography and group work, something that I feel is lacking in the younger generation. Thanks to the training I received from Chantry Dance I have since been commissioned to create a professional piece for the National Youth Ballet and spread my wings across the globe to train with Orlando Ballet - both of which would be a distant dream without the help and encouragement I received from Chantry. Training with Chantry will make you so much more than just a dancer of the mind, you will become a dancer of the heart and open the door to incredible opportunities.”
Chantry School has been awarded Recognised School status by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre, and has been awarded the Council’s certificate of good professional practice. Schools awarded CDMT’s Recognised School Award demonstrate that their pre-vocational courses adhere to the standards demanded by the industry; standards designed to protect and safeguard students in their dance training.