To celebrate the 90th birthday of bbodance President, Dame Beryl Grey, CH, DBE, last year we hosted an exciting day of Ballet at our headquarters in Battersea Reach.

The day consisted of Classical Ballet classes – Conditioning, Technical Classical Ballet, and Sleeping Beauty Repertoire – aimed at Grade 5 Ballet students ages 12-16. The classes were taught by one of the instructors for our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance, Soonja Lee. Watch a video of these classes on Facebook.

The classes were preceded by a presentation on Dame Beryl’s life delivered by bbodance Head of Teaching Qualifications, Sam Lebihan, and followed by an informal address by our guest of honour, Dame Beryl Grey, CH, DBE, and birthday tea and cake. Happy birthday!

Alongside Dame Beryl on this special occasion were bbodance Patrons, Wayne Sleep OBE and Brenda Last OBE, as well as bbodance Chairman, Director and CEO of London Studio Centre, Nic Espinosa. A brief article about Dame Beryl Grey Day appeared in Dancing Times.

Shortly after our celebration, Dame Beryl was honoured in The Queen's Birthday Honours List, becoming a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH).

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