English National Ballet School announces partnership with CW+


English National Ballet School has announced a new partnership with CW+, the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, to share the School’s performances to patients both in-hospital and isolating at home. 

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The performances – and access to classes, rehearsals and talks – will be available via Virtual Connections, the charity’s digital platform that delivers its award-winning arts in health programme. Launched in May 2020 in response to the pandemic, Virtual Connections is designed to support the health and wellbeing of patients, staff, and those self-isolating, providing the opportunity for patients to engage with artists as part of their physical, mental, and emotional recovery. 

English National Ballet School performances will initially include its critically acclaimed virtual Summer Performance featuring students dancing works by world renowned choreographers including Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Didy Veldman, as well as its Winter Showcase, filmed at The Roundhouse by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt and featuring a socially distanced ballet by Andrew McNicol, plus a contemporary work by Hannah Cameron.  

Ballet and the arts have such a positive impact on our health and wellbeing, and it is hoped that with this work the School can bring some joy and comfort to the hospital’s patients, their families and carers, and its doctors, nurses and staff. It is always trying to find opportunities for its students to grow and learn about the possibilities of their art form, and for them to witness the transformational power of ballet.

Planned future activity will see the School open up its studios and share the creative process ahead of its upcoming performances and showcases as well as hosting talks and discussions on a range of subjects. Once lockdown restrictions ease the School will also deliver live performance elements in the hospital.