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Unite for Ukraine London dance gala

Published: 20 April 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

ENBS students Jamie Constance and Valeria Garcia Credit: A Dancer’s Lens / Sam a Harrington Design

Six of the UK’s top dance schools will perform together in support of young people who have been affected by the war in Ukraine with a special gala performance, Unite for Ukraine, at London’s Sadler’s Wells on Sunday 15 May. Proceeds will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee, Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Students from Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Northern Ballet School, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and The Royal Ballet School will perform a range of classical and contemporary works, including excerpts from works by Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s The Sleeping Beauty, Scottish Dances by Sir David Bintley, Grace & Gravity by Andrew McNicol, Being by Peter Leung, plus more to be announced shortly.

Artistic Director of English National Ballet School and Director of Unite for Ukraine Viviana Durante said, “we have all seen the shocking images and been moved by the harrowing stories coming out of Ukraine. By coming together with six of the UK’s leading ballet schools, we hope to use our art form to raise awareness of young people who have been adversely effected by the war and much needed funds for the DEC Ukraine Appeal to help provide essential support for those in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.”