Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education.
London Children’s Ballet is proud to be supporting schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture.
We offer education settings who are working towards, or currently hold an Artsmark Award, with the following opportunity:
Every year, LCB invites primary schools to send one full year group between year 3 and 6 to attend a matinee performance of their West End production for only £1 per ticket. Included in that cost is the ticket to the ballet itself as well as a post-performance, in-school workshop for each class attending.
LCB ballets are specifically designed to appeal to children and families. For many attending the schools’ matinee, this is their first exposure to ballet and the impact it has on students is noticeable. The aim of this programme is to expand horizons and break down perceived barriers to ballet.
In advance of their visit, schools are given an Education Pack with a plot synopsis, class exercises and games, ballet and stage practices and terminology, and historical information about the era the ballet is set in to assist teachers with linking the visit to the Curriculum and making the most of their experience.
The classes then attend the performance, watching the cast of dancers aged 9-16 perform, before receiving an in-school workshop that encourages them to try the basic movements of ballet to a live pianist, allows them to see costumes from the production and a set designer’s model box, and informs them about the dedication and training required to be a part of a production like the one they just saw.
LCB’s mission is to change lives through dance. The hope with the Ballet for £1 programme is to inspire both dancers and non-dancers to a future love of theatre and great storytelling – in all its guises. Children who have had no ballet exposure at all are left with a better understanding and appreciation for the hard work dancers put in and of the artform itself. There are also a number of instances in our 24-year history in which a child came to see an LCB ballet with their school through the Ballet for £1 programme and then went on to participate in an LCB company a few years later.
To apply for Ballet for £1 tickets, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Ballet for £1 application form. Tickets are limited and are allocated at LCB’s discretion and usually during the month of December. Tickets for this year’s production, The Canterville Ghost at the Peacock Theatre April 19-22, have already been allocated.
Find out more about Artsmark at www.artsmark.org.uk.
To find out how London Children’s Ballet can support your Artsmark journey, contact Abby Fox on 0208 969 1555.