Chantry Dance's first public performance was on Sadler's Wells main stage in 2012 as part of the "Chinese Calligraphy, Music and Dance Concert". Paul and Rae had been commissioned through Sadler’s Wells by the Chinese Ministry of Culture to choreograph 5 pieces for the concert which were performed alongside Master Calligrapher Li Binquan to music from the New London Orchestra conducted by Ronald Corp OBE (who is now one of the company patrons!). The show was televised to the whole of China, which was a phenomenal way to start the company.
Following this incredible debut, Chantry Dance has created over numerous works including seven UK tours, a triple bill in collaboration with Ronald Corp OBE, and various major commissions.
In 2013 Chantry Dance re-located from London to Grantham, East Midlands, where Rae and Paul had identified a specific need for high-quality, professional contemporary ballet performance and education opportunities in the region. Chantry Dance continues to reside in Grantham and we have become a successful touring company. The company now sits alongside our official school; Chantry School, also based in Grantham.