ABS have had a brilliant weekend at the Mabel Ryan Awards. Elizabeth, Sophie & Isabella danced so beautifully in the Lower Junior category and made us very proud teachers. Our day was then made extra special as Lucy won the Vacani Award in the Middle category. Well done Lucy, you absolutely deserved your prize and are setting such an example to the younger members of our school.
Miss Holly had a busy weekend too, teaching the Senior Category on stage - a real honour!
Grade 6 Distinctions
September 08, 2019
Poppy, Lucy & Isabella (not in photo) were all presented with their Grade 6 reports and certificates this week. Not only did they all achieve Distinctions but Lucy passed with an incredible 100%.
We are so proud of all three girls, Grade 6 is the final Grade exam in the Cecchetti method and they will now move on to vocational work.
Summer School 2019
August 01, 2019
Twenty six dancers put on a brilliant performance at the end of our exciting summer school week. This year we were joined by students from Thorngrove, Pinewood and Brockhurst & Marlston House Schools, with the cast ranging in age from 6-13 years.
Every day started with a ballet class, along with taster sessions of modern, fitness and body conditioning. Afternoons were full of rehearsals and creative sessions.
We all had so much fun and can't wait to do it again next year!
Cecchetti Associate Scholarship!
July 14, 2019
Sophie.B, Grade 4, has been awarded the Locks/Bond scholarship for her year as a JA2 Cecchetti Associate. Congratulations Sophie, a fantastic achievement to celebrate a year of hard work.
Sophie has successfully auditioned for the JA4 class next year.
We are also delighted to congratulate, Lucy.B, Lilia, Elizabeth, Isabella.K and Olivia.B on being offered Associate places.
Cecchetti Assoicates Audition
June 08, 2019
We were very proud to send eight of our dancers to this years Cecchetti Associates auditions. Results aren't for 2-3 weeks but we cross our fingers for you girls!
December 25, 2018
Merry Christmas from all of us at Aldbourne Ballet School and all the best for a successful and happy 2019.
Nursing Home Visit
December 01, 2018
Four dancers from our Grade 1 class performed their exam work for the residents of Aldbourne Nursing Home. Mrs Heron-Watson organised the outing and it was warmly received by residents and families. We look forward to returning soon with more dancers from our lovely school.
Summer School 2018
August 02, 2018
This week, 18 students from ABS, Pinewood & Thorngrove Schools enjoyed four days of dance at our annual Summer School. The week culminated in a fantastic performance, which was a combination of teachers and students choreography. We had a brilliant cast of enthusiastic dancers this year and we can't wait to see them all back in 2019!
June 08, 2018
16 of our lovely ABS students performed at the Baydon Primary School Fete this Saturday. They put on a fabulous display of classwork and even taught some simple moves to their school friends.
Well done girls, we are very proud of you!
The Seasons 2018
March 25, 2018
On Sunday 25th March 2018, 52 dancers from ABS performed 'The Seasons' at The Theatre on the Hill, St John's School.
We were so proud of everyone, from our smallest reindeer right up to our senior dancers. Ballet is first and foremost a performing art and our students loved performing in a professional theatre environment.
Well done everybody.
Miss Holly awarded Licentiate Qualification
January 16, 2018
The Cecchetti Licentiate qualifies one to teach at Advanced level and Holly is delighted to have achieved this.
Mabel Ryan Awards 2018
November 18, 2017
Six of our ABS dancers travelled to London today to compete in the Mabel Ryan Awards at Sadlers Wells. We are so proud of all of them for representing ABS with such big smiles on their faces.
A special congratulations must go to Lucy (Grade 5) who was awarded a commendation in her category for the second year running.
Exam Certificates are in!
October 08, 2017
We were delighted that every single candidate who took their Cecchetti ISTD examination in July passed with either Merit or Distinction and don't they look happy here to recieve their official certificates.
Jenny & Lucie Pass Advanced 1
September 02, 2017
Congratulations to our two lovely teachers who have just got their results for their Cecchetti Advanced 1 exam. We are very proud of them both.
Well done ladies from all of us at ABS!
ABS Summer School
August 03, 2017
This year Miss Lucie & Miss Jenny hosted the first ever ABS Summer School, and it was such a success that we are certain it will have to become an annual event. The cast ranged in age from 6-11 and every single dancer was a credit to our lovely school; working hard in ballet, modern and body conditioning classes and then sparkling on stage in the end of week performance on Friday afternoon.
Cecchetti Teachers Summer School
July 28, 2017
Teachers never stop learning ...
Holly, Jenny & Lucie have had a fabulous week up at Elmhurst at The Cecchetti Teachers Summer School. Holly and Lucie both received scholarships to attend the full week and we all learnt so much from the inspiring lecturers and teachers.
Lucie & Jenny also took their Advanced 1 exam - well done ladies!
July 12, 2017
Some wonderful news to take us into the summer holidays - Lucy has been accepted for another year in the Cecchetti Associate Programme; this year as a Senior Associate. She will also be joined by her sister Sophie, who has been offered a place as a Junior Associate.
Well done girls, we are all very proud of you.
Exam Day 2017
July 08, 2017
Today was our very first exam session at ABS. 33 dancers entered their ISTD Cecchetti exams and you all looked fabulous. 6-8 weeks until results arrive and we are crossing our fingers!
Well done dancers.
Nursing Home Performance
May 12, 2017
Sophie, Martha, Lilia & Isabella (Grade 2) put on a short performance for the residents of Aldbourne Nursing Home this weekend. Thank you to the Nursing Home for having us and presenting the dancers with such beautiful blooms!
We look forward to coming back soon.
Poppy Dances at Pinewood
May 06, 2017
Poppy performed at Pinewood School on Sunday as part of Bourton Arts Festival. She danced with such elegance and maturity and Holly, Jenny & Lucie were all so proud as we watched from the wings. Well done Poppy!
Lucy Dances at the Royal Ballet Upper School
April 24, 2017
Lucy had a very exciting day on Sunday performing at Cecchetti Day at The Upper School in Covent Garden. She was asked to represent the Cecchetti Associates and demonstrate some Body Conditioning exercises in front of an audience of Cecchetti Teachers. Well done Lucy.
ABS Summer School
April 10, 2017
Book your space now for the first ever ABS Summer School
For ballet students age 6+
Create a ballet in just 4 days.
Lots of fun to be had - please email or get in touch via this website to reserve a place for your dancer.
February 13, 2017
Grade 4 had a very exciting trip to Ruby Slippers Dancewear during the half term break. The girls were fitted with their very first pair of pointe shoes! Now the hard work begins ...
Nursing Home Performance
December 03, 2016
The Grade 1 class were invited to perform at Aldbourne Nursing Home this weekend. Mrs Heron-Watson very kindly organised the event and presented the girls to the residents.
They went down a storm and I am sure we will be back soon to entertain the lovely ladies and gentlemen who live there.
Well done Grade 1
Mabel Ryan Awards
November 27, 2016
This weekend, Poppy, Sarah and Lucy took part in the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards at Sadlers Wells. The three girls danced beautifully and we are so very proud of them. They were up against over 50 other young dancers in their category, and Lucy won a commendation! Congratulations Lucy.
Well Done Team ABS!
Adult Ballet with Lucie
October 20, 2016
Lucie's Adult Ballet lessons are proving very popular this term. Classes are held on Wednesday afternoons - no experience necessary. Get in touch if you fancy joining in the fun ...
Cecchetti Teachers' Summer School
July 27, 2016
Miss Holly & Miss Jenny had a fabulous week at the Cecchetti Teacher's Summer School held at Elmhurst. Jenny was granted a bursary to attend the week (congratulations Jenny!) and we both learnt so much from the faculty there.
We are now looking forward to the start of term to put all of our new ideas into practice.
A Special Farewell
July 03, 2016
A few words from Mrs Heron-Watson:
"I was taken completely by surprise on Monday afternoon. I told Holly I would pour some tea and she disappeared into the kitchen and came back with a glass of Buck’s Fizz! Then lots of people arrived and I was given the most wonderful cards and presents for which I want to say a very big ‘Thank you’ to you all. I am now surrounded by flowers and cards with amazing memories and two beautiful champagne flutes, engraved with ‘Aldbourne Ballet School 1989 – 2016’. Have I really taught here that long!!?
I wish you all the best of luck for the future."
June 24, 2016
Congratulations to our Grade 1s and Grade 3s who took their ballet exams today.
You all looked simply wonderful and will have done yourselves and ABS proud.
Thank you to West Berkshire Ballet School for fitting us in to your exam session.