The Chelmsford Ballet Company offer professionally taught Company classes throughout the year.
The class is open to all, not just our Company members.
They currently run as Junior/General level and a Senior level.
The classes are held on the first Sunday of every month, with the exception of August and January, at CYGAMS HQ, Meteor Way, Waterhouse Lane, Chelmsford. The class dates are shown on our current events calendar page.
The Junior/General class 09.30 – 10.45 is for dancers age 10 and above. This class will include work to suit those working at grades 2 – 5 or an equivalent level.
The Senior class from 11.00 – 12.30 is for dancers aged 13 and above. This class will include work to suit those working at or above Grade 6/Intermediate or equivalent level.
The cost of the classes are £6 for dancing and associate members and £7 for guests
Christopher Marney is Ballet Central’s Artistic Director. Chris has choreographed McQueen The Play, Tell Me on a Sunday, Hotel Follies and was the Associate Choreographer for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures. For Ballet Black he has created War Letters, Two of a Kind, Dogs don’t do Ballet and recently Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue pas de deux accompanied by the London Philharmonia. He created Carnival of the Animals and Sommeil for Images of Dance, Carousel Dances, anon., Scenes from a Wedding and Duologue for Ballet Central, and other commissions include English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition, Regensburg Opera House and the Edinburgh festival. In 2014, he received his Masters degree in Choreography from Central School of Ballet where he also trained as a dancer under the direction of Christopher Gable. As a dancer Chris has worked for Balletboyz, Gothenburg Ballet, Ballet Biarritz, Bern Ballet, Michael Clark Company, Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion, Will Tuckett (ROH2) & Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures where he has danced many principal roles.
Photograph by Kate Parkes
Brian trained in London and Paris and danced professionally with Sadlers Wells Opera Ballet and La Grande Ballet Classique de France. For 23 years he taught and directed the Student Dance Program at The Arts Educational School in London.
Brian has been a guest teacher with numerous large ballet companies such as: London Festival Ballet (now known as English National Ballet) where he taught famous personalities such as Rudolf Nureyev and Elisabetta Terrabust.
He has taught at London City Ballet, Rambert Ballet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and in Germany at Koblenz and Kiel Companies. Brian also helped Harold King of London City Ballet mount the “Pas de Six” from Napoli for the company.
An international guest teacher, lecturer and choreographer, he teaches regularly in London, Paris, Japan, Germany and the USA. He recently had the pleasure to give company classes to Les Ballets Trockadero de Mont Carlo and the Deborah Colker Company when these two companies visited the UK.
Andrei Teodor Iliescu
Born in Constanta, Romania, Andrei started dancing at the age of 11 at the National College of Arts in his hometown. Following the win of his first major competition at the age of 14, Andrei moved to Bucharest to join a prestigious ballet school in Romania to further his training.
At the age of 17 he competed in the international ballet competition ‘Prix de Lausanne’ in Switzerland. He was immediately awarded a full scholarship to attend Central School of Ballet.
After graduating with a First class degree, Andrei made his debut in the West End joining the new production of “McQueen” at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Denise Roberts studied ballet with Catherine Blellock in Westcliff-on-sea she also studied with Ruth French and Alex Morrow in Chelsea on a Saturday, then competing her training at Bush Davies School Sussex.
Denise went on to work in Ballet Companies dancing soloist, Principle, and Corps de ballet roles with Irish National Ballet, Ballet for All, British Ballet Theatre, Dublin City Ballet plus TV and Films.
Denise worked with many wonderful teachers and choreographers in her career including John Gilpin, SIr Anton Dolin, John Field, Kerrison Cooke, Janet Lewis MBE Brenda Last and Brian Loftus. She travelled extensively.
Denise had her own school in Southend for 20 years and started the first Adult Ballet classes in 1990 for 20 years, she also teaches at the Graham school of dance and now this term Sandford school of dance with amazing ballet results for RAD.
Denise has been associated with Chelmsford ballet for many years, as a Company class teacher and also at lets make a ballet. She also produced the Grand pas de duex for The Nutcracker in 1993 and also a guest dancer in La Slyhide in 1999. She looks forward to working with this talented and amazing Company always!!!!