|Cira Robinson, Linbury Studio Theatre, 14 Feb 2015|
Photo Jane Lambert
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It is extraordinarily generous for the artistic director of one company to promote another even if he has contributed to its repertoire so I am really grateful to Christopher Hampson (one of my choreographers of the year) for posting details of Ballet Black's Friends scheme in his blog. I try not to have favourites but how can one not love Ballet Black? Incidentally, Scottish Ballet is another favourite for it was the first company that I got to know and love (see Scottish Ballet 20 Dec 2013).
The least I can do is follow Hampson's example and publish details of the Friends' scheme here. Thandie Newton, one of the company's patrons, writes:
"Internationally recognised for its vital message of giving black and Asian dancers the professional opportunities they merit based solely on their talent and dedication, Ballet Black continues to amaze. As a Friend, you will be making a valuable contribution to the sustainability of this small yet hugely significant company and will support its ongoing commitment to aspiring dancers and to its ever increasing and loyal audience. In return, Ballet Black will welcome you behind the scenes to watch Company rehearsals under the exceptional eye of Artistic Director, Cassa Pancho as well as with acclaimed guest choreographers. You will receive quarterly newsletters to keep you up-to-date about news, events and performances so you will never miss out."I joined the Scheme last night and I hope many of my readers will do so too.