bbodance celebrates 90 years with free memberships

Published: 15 May 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber


To celebrate its 90th anniversary on 16 May, bbodance, formerly known as the British Ballet Organization (BBO), is giving away free memberships, giving teachers access to all its educational resources online until 1 September.

Founded in 1930 by Edouard Espinosa and his wife, dancer Louise Kelland, bbodance is one of the UK's leading awarding organisations in dance. In 1920, Espinosa was one of the founders of the Association of Operatic Dancing, which later became the Royal Academy of Dance. He wanted to standardise the progressive learning of dance and so he founded bbodance 10 years later.

Under the stewardship of John Field and his wife, Anne Heaton, bbodance syllabuses received professional recognition by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. Currently, bbodance provides syllabuses and examinations in musical theatre, contemporary, tap, classical ballet, modern and jazz.

Nic Espinosa, bbodance Chairman, said, "in its 90 years, the organisation has touched the lives of millions of people, introducing them to the joy of dance, and has been responsible for starting the careers of many of the most prestigious artists in the world of professional theatre. What a fantastic organisation: compact, friendly, high-quality, ahead of its time and fast to react. Sounds a bit like its founder, Edouard Espinosa!"