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.
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.
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:-
London Studio Centre,
Laine Theatre Arts,
London Contemporary Dance School,
The Urdang Academy,
The Royal Ballet School,
Northern Ballet School.
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