"Chantry tick every box as they approach the work in a thoroughly professional manner and have a plethora of experience that is so vital to be able to impart to our students." (Felicity Redgrave - Principal, Bristol School of Dancing)
Contemporary Ballet Many people ask, "what is Contemporary Ballet?". It is a dance technique which combines a classical ballet foundation, with contemporary dance principles which include contraction, release, suspension, off-balance, spiral, tilt and breath. Neo-classical ballet also falls within this style. A Contemporary Ballet class follows the same format as a classical ballet class - starting at the barre with pliés, tendus etc and followed by centre work. The difference lies within the dynamic and language of the movement.
Chantry Full Associates on the Contemporary Ballet Programme are taught to develop a strong base in contemporary ballet and neo-classsical technique, creative skills and improvisation, as well as learning repertoire from major 20th and 21st century contemporary ballet and neo-classical works. But the unique aspect of the programme is that students learn Chantry's specific style of contemporary ballet by working directly with the company's co-Artistic Directors. Since a dancer's input is vital to the style, this means the students learn how to work collaboratively with a choreographer, and this in turn helps them develop their 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 Company) Ian Parsons (Ballet de Monte Carlo & National Ballet of Canada) David Beer (Burklyn Ballet & Chantry Dance Company)
Some of the 'Limon' Associates at a
masterclass with Dominic North (Matthew Bourne's New Adventures)
Chantry 'Graham' Associates in a masterclass with Ian Parsons (National Ballet of Canada)
Chantry Full Associates have gone on to gain places at vocational schools including: Chantry School of Contemporary & Balletic Arts Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance Trinity Laban Laines School of Theatre Arts Central School of Ballet London Studio Centre
Previous Full Associates who have become Apprentice Dancers with Chantry Dance Company: Rebecca Scanlon Sorrel De Paula Hanika
Current and former Full Associates who have been coached with Chantry in international competitive dance: Scarlett Harvey - YAGP FINALIST, scholarships offered by BOLSHOI and AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE (93 in contemporary solo created by Chantry)
Katie during a masterclass with Ian Parsons
Padua, 2014 Scholar, Associate Presentation
Entry is by audition only
11 monthly 3-hour sessions per year
In the first half of each session, students take a technique class in contemporary ballet/neo-classical technique. The second half of each session varies and may include: Repertoire - Improvisation techniques - Creative skills, including choreographic tools - Working with company choreographers - A masterclass with an invitation teacher
Suitable for pre-vocational and vocational level students
Open to ages 11-25, divided into 3 groups based on experience level
Selected students may be invited to perform with the school performance team or with Chantry Dance Company at points during the year
Limon Group: First Sunday of each month, 11:30am-2:30pm Graham Group: First Sunday of each month, 3:00pm-6:00pm Forsythe Group: Fourth Sunday of each month, 10:00am-1:00pm Location: Dance Pointe, 5 Swinegate, Grantham, NG31 6RJ Sessions: 11 sessions per year from September-July Fees: £245 per year (Scholarships and bursaries are available - contact us for further details)
Chantry School of Contemporary & Balletic Arts is a vocational British dance school and our standards are professional and exacting. We encourage students to commit fully to the demands of any Associate Programme they attend and present and conduct themselves accordingly.
Chantry School of Contemporary & Balletic Arts 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.