STR lecture: Putting Britain on Point

Published: 10 March 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Tamara Karsavina coaching Margot Fonteyn in role of The Firebird Credit: Douglas Elston, 1954
Tamara Karsavina in Russian dance costume, 1929. Dress by Natalia Gontcharova. Credit: Photographer unknown

The Society for Theatre Research will present an online lecture, Putting Britain on Point: 150 Years of Teaching Dance, from V&A Curator for Dance Jane Pritchard on Thursday 11 March 2021.

In conjunction with the current display On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100 at the V&A, which she curated, Pritchard will look at how young people have been trained in ballet and dance over the past century and a half, beginning with the establishment of the National Training School for Dancing in 1876.

She will look at the development of dance schools for those who wish to become professional dancers and for those who wish to learn for pleasure, looking back before the development of institutions such as the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (founded 1904), the Royal Academy of Dance (1920) and BBO Dance (1930).

The lecture will be given via Zoom Webinar. Free places can be booked on the STR web site and an e-mail live link will be sent 24 hours before the event.