Project information

Kids Love Lambeth Schools Ballet Clubs for Kids

KLL teaches ballet in school clubs to children who would never have the chance to experience this art. KLL is committed to provide high standards of ballet training in a deprived borough and engage children in a new world. All kids are offered full access to more subsidized lessons in LRBS.

January 2013 - January 2014

Charity information: Kids Love Lambeth

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  • Need


    Children in Lambeth who are often hard to target lack access to ballet either for weekly enjoyment or for vocational training. Proper ballet clubs are needed to open a window on ballet. KLL recognizes that a consistent pathway for training must be available which LRBS provides through subsidized lessons. KLL sees the need to broaden outlook and increase aspirations by involvement in an art which may otherwise be considered elitist; consistency of access is essential to achieve inclusion.


    KLL works with two schools each year to offer clubs with a maximum of 15 children in each class. It also offers boys only classes to encourage participation. All children from outreach work are invited back for subsidized lessons in LRBS. This creates a pathway either to weekly enjoyment or serious vocational Russian Ballet training in LRBS. KLL considers consistency of access essential for success in engaging young children. It also believes children thrive in an atmosphere of hard work.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage hard to reach children regardless of background or means in Russian Ballet.


    » Offer small classes with dynamic structure.
    » Ensure clubs have essential equipment such as barres.
    » Maintain consistency through structure of classes.
    » Ensure that at all schools KLL has provided ballet performances to increase awareness.

    What success will look like

    By maintaining a club for a period of one year or more and succeeding in involving children from school clubs in LRBS of their own volition.

    Aim 2

    Offer high standards of training to the children in Lambeth schools.


    » Teachers must come from LRBS with full knowledge of Russian Ballet Syllabus.
    » Teach a proper class as found in a Russian Ballet school to ordinary children, often in a deprived school.
    » See also Third Aim Activities

    What success will look like

    At the end of a club year children are able to demonstrate and perform to the peers and parents a syllabus dance that is challenging.

    Aim 3

    Provide a genuine ballet class from the Russian syllabus with gymnastic work.


    » See also Second Aim Activities
    » Encourage discipline and dynamic participation where challenge and hard work bring individual satisfaction.
    » Allow children to enjoy hard work and feel achievement through this to increase confidence and motivation.

    What success will look like

    At the end of a club year the children are able to complete a barre with joy and confidence that has been set by the teacher.

    Aim 4

    Involve more young boys in ballet, showing it as a dynamic non elitist art for all.


    » Offer clubs taught by male teachers using gymnastic work as well as ballet to engage boys in ballet as a dynamic activity.
    » Encourage boys by the physical exertion of ballet particularly through powerful folk dance with male role models for inspiration.
    » Allow boys to enjoy the rewards of the benefits of ncreased co-ordination through ballet which contribute to sporting and academic success.
    » Develop engagement through access to LRBS subsidized classes and through theatre performances where teachers and peers perform.

    What success will look like

    By maintaining the active involvement of young boys over a year.

    Aim 5

    Encourage appreciation of classical ballet and music amongst children with little access to that.


    » All children are invited to watch ballet at LRBS or take subsidized classes there.
    » Encourage awareness through access to ballet theatre performances.
    » Remove elitist connotations by making the joy of participating in ballet obvious and easy.
    » Perform in schools where clubs are taught and talk about the music and dance.

    What success will look like

    By ensuring that the children are constantly aware of the origins of the dance and music that they work with and encourage to talk about this.

  • Impact


    The long term changes will be to increase the participation of young children in Lambeth in ballet. This will break down barriers and allow them to see it as a non elitist art which brings not only great pleasure but many benefits. These include increased confidence, self respect and general well being. The success will be demonstrated through increased participation in subsidized lessons at LRBS from clubs and the maintenance of the club numbers themselves by working closely with the schools.


    KLL has not identified any significant risks with this project.


    KLL and LRBS regularly update their website. Specific donors would receive a report on the club which they have sponsored with a report on numbers, attendance together with a note on increased participation in LRBS. There is also a regular newsletter with photos.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,300

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,650 teacher per teacher (six clubs, 11 weeks)
      £1,320 assistant per assistant (2 assistants)
      £330 transport transport, admin, amortisation
  • Background


    Lambeth is one of the densely populated London boroughs and is also one of the most ethnically diverse. It has a very high proportion of children on free school meals. It has significant poverty issues.


    Local children and their families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    KLL is the only charity that offers access to Russian ballet with Russian teachers in London. It is the only charity that not only teaches in local schools but also encourages further engagement by access to subsidized lessons at LRBS and through involvement with theatre performances. KLL considers consistency and a prolonged manner of working is essential and that it is able to provide this by its manner of working which is different from other charities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Evgeny Goremykin, A Former Principal Of The Bolshoi Ballet

    He is committed to the view that the highest standard to training should be offered to children in Lambeth.