British Ballet Organization (BBO)

British Ballet Organization (BBO)

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British Ballet Organization (BBO)

Founded in 1930, by renowned dancer and producer Edouard Espinosa, the BBO has established itself as one of the country’s leading dance organisations. It provides dance education and training for all ages, specialising in a variety of dance styles in addition to ballet, including tap, modern, jazz and musical theatre. The BBO is validated by the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) and its status as one of just four Government approved dance awarding organisations in the country demonstrates its commitment to upholding the highest standards of professional practice.

Edouard Espinosa is internationally recognised as one of the most important influences in the development of dance and the training of dancers and teachers over the past century. From world-class performers such as Dame Beryl Grey and Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of The Royal Ballet School and Company, to the West End’s rising stars, many of the UK’s most accomplished dancers and choreographers began their journey with the BBO. Through its highly acclaimed Scholarship Programme and teaching courses, the organisation continually feeds the dance industry with exceptional talent and thus has a lasting impact on the UK’s cultural landscape. Students trained by the BBO are also regularly honoured at the major dance award ceremonies, including two of the past three winners of the Billy Elliot Prize at the Annual Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards: Michael Guilhot-Jouffray, a rising star on the tap dancing scene, and Brandon Lawrence, who is currently training at The Royal Ballet School.

Founded 1930