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Western Association
of Ballet Schools

Nine dancing schools from Bournemouth, Poole, Southbourne and Christchurch are at present affiliated and the record is an impressive, if not unprecedented one, an extensive repertoire of full scale choreographic and dramatic presentations of notable originality have been produced so far, involving some five thousand or so young people to date. The involvement of celebrities such as the late Johnny Morris, Roy Castle and Buster Merrifield together with Tony Hart and Sean Street have added to the excitement of our productions. The Association also collaborated from 1986 until 1990 with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Howard Blake himself in performances of his popular composition “The Snowman”.

Productions currently at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth have also taken place in the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth and at the Poole Arts Centre with smaller productions at the Barrington Theatre, Ferndown and the Layard Theatre at Canford School.

Children from the affiliated schools have also been able to take part in workshops taken by our President Wayne Sleep and other professional choreographers. In 2002 a grant scheme was set up to assist children from affiliated schools to take part in summer schools and acredited courses.

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Schools Currently Affiliated

• Academy of Dance
• Hollywood Dance Academy
• Jane Farrell Ballet School
• Jan Mizen Dancers
• Rita Jenvey School of Dancing
• Spotlight School of Dancing
• Wessex School of Dancing
• First Position School of Dance
• Lawlor School of Dance

New Patrons are always welcome to join.

Patrons current fee £30 per year.

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