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About Duchy Ballet

Duchy Ballet was formed to celebrate the opening of The Hall for Cornwall in November 1997.

The aim was to establish a youth ballet company for Cornwall providing the opportunity to train, rehearse and perform within a professional setting, alongside artists from the National and International stage.

Classical Ballets

Since its inception Duchy Ballet has introduced some of the major classical ballets to an audience that has had few opportunities to experience the visual beauty of a carefully crafted production; wherever possible accompanied by a live orchestra. The company has also created new works:

  • Peter and the Wolf
  • Stepping out to Gershwin
  • The Snow Queen
  • The Mousehole Cat which is inspired by an enchanting  cornish folk tale written by Antonia Barber and for which the score was specially commissioned from Ian Hughes
  • The Cornish legend of The Mermaid of Zennor  choreographed by Lucy Graham and with a score written  by local conductor David Frost.

Non-profit making

Hundreds of young dancers have, over the years, benefited from the experience of performing before ever growing audiences. Duchy Ballet is non-profit making, and receives no grant assistance, relying solely on its audience and sponsorship to meet the costs of its productions.

There is an army of volunteers making costumes and sets, helping with publicity and advertising and helping backstage during performances, without whom, the productions could not be staged.


The company has been, and will continue to be, a springboard for Cornwall's young dancers in the early  stages of their dancing careers and has seen members secure places at:-

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