Kids Love Lambeth and London Russian Ballet School
Kids Love Lambeth and London Russian Ballet School are registered charities. KLL was founded early in 2005 by Evgeny Goremykin when he realised that too few local children had consistent access to activity or any experience of classical ballet. He saw the charity as a vital means of encouraging awareness of ballet and classical music, and his long term aim was to grow a vocational Russian Ballet school that would be inclusive and accessible. Over 80% of students now at LRBS receive financial assistance.
It is easy to underestimate the impact of outreach performances, but after attending one their significance becomes clear. The overwhelming majority of young children in Lambeth schools have no exposure to the performing arts, let alone ballet, and so a theatre trip is a dream that may be imagined but not experienced. The purpose of our outreach work, which now reaches over 3000 children from disadvantaged backgrounds each year, is to change that situation as much as possible.
LRBS’s first ever outreach event involved 45 minutes of repertoire practice for an audience of 50. The audience of the latest outreach event, Romantic Revolution, lasted two hours and included 1000 pupils from schools across the capital. For more information on the event, please visit our Romantic Revolution page.
These live performances are momentous both for the children who attend them, whose outlook and aspirations may be transformed by the occasion, and for LRBS’s own students, who are given precious opportunities to perform to large audiences in a variety of venues. This experience is invaluable in terms of pushing the boundaries of their training and preparing them for the world of professional ballet.
A partnership with the Kia Oval allows LRBS to put on one or two performances a year for a large number of children as well as their parents, who would otherwise be excluded on account of their school halls not being large enough to perform in.
Without the support of the LRBS outreach programme many of the children will simply never have the opportunity to experience the thrill of a live ballet performance – and such high quality artistic experiences are, we know, so important to broadening their horizons, enriching their experiences and help to support raising their educational attainment
Partnerships With Schools
Thanks to partnerships with local schools and teachers, outreach performances have even become part of some schools’ curriculums. One such school, Stockwell, has been partnered to LRBS for over five years. The question and answer session at the end of the last Stockwell outreach performance was a joy, as the young pupils compared what they saw with past performances in an informed and objective way. The school’s staff have commented on the effect that the outreach work has had on these young people’s view of life and of themselves.
LRBS runs school clubs in the borough that are a part of outreach work. Two clubs have been developed specifically for boys and the aim is to grow a single boys’ performing club, which would be held on LRBS premises and perform both locally and on a public stage.
LRBS is also passionate about the development of an associate programme, which is in its early stages. This would select children from clubs and short training programmes to join weekend classes, inspiring those involved in the scheme and enabling talent that might not otherwise be found and developed.
Heathbrook Primary School and Children’s Centre
St Rule Street Lambeth SW8 3EH
A massive THANK YOU from all of us who attended last night at Sadlers Wells. What a magical show, words can’t really do it justice. The children were spellbound and it will be something they will never forget. The show was thrilling and a real joy from start to finish.
The coach was wonderful too and all our families turned up for an amazing night. Thank you for the care you took in organising it and hope to see you soon, Hope you have recovered!!
Thank you for giving our children the opportunity to see a ballet performance of such high quality.
The children were inspired and amazed at the talent displayed and had lots to say after!A truly entertaining evening!Claudia Fleary-TayabaliDeputy Headteacher
2nd December 2016
To whom it may concern,
As a large primary school of 365 children in an area with a range of economic and social issues our children have benefitted greatly from seeing the dedication that the ballet dancers has put into their performances. This has inspired some children to become ballet dancers and develop an interest in the Arts.
Through the partnership with the London Russian Ballet School our children were exposed to a type of dance that they would not necessarily get access to. This developed interested, challenged perceptions and boundaries. Our children were given the opportunity to see a performance at Sadlers Wells which enriched their cultural experiences.
Improved facilities will enable a range of children access to wider world of Arts and the benefits dance brings in terms of hard work, dedication and perseverance.
Jessop Primary School
London SE24 0BQ
Jessop Primary School were extremely excited to be invited to the Ballet at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. On Sunday 30th October a large group of children and parents took the coach to North London to watch the amazing show. It was a mixture of both contemporary and classical ballet with both children and adult performers. It was an amazing show and many could not believe how many pirouettes they could do in a row! It was such a phenomenal experience and we are extremely grateful to the London Russian Ballet School for organising this for us
Assistant Head for Inclusion
Dear Harriet Pickering,
I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks to the London Russian Ballet school for organising such a wonderful experience for both our children, parents and staff. It was an incredible experience and one that none of us will forget. It was lovely to see our children’s full attention taken by such a wonder on the stage and to hear them talking excitedly about the trip with their peers the next day. The dancers, including those from Bolshoi Ballet were so beautiful and elegant to watch and some of our children were really inspired. For many of our children, this was their first time at the theatre and for nearly all, the first time that they had seen a ballet production on stage.
Here are some of the comments from the children:
“I couldn’t believe how many pirouettes they could do in one go! They were amazing! I wish I could dance like that!”
“Thank you so much for taking me to the ballet. I loved it! I really liked the children’s dance with the shoes because it was so funny and the dancer who looked like a snake was so good. She was so flexible.”
Here are some of the comments from the parents:
“Thank you so much for organising this incredible experience. I think that I loved it as much as the
children! The dancers were incredibly talented.”“It was such a lovely treat for us to come with the children to the ballet. The children have been talking about it all week and were so excited to go. It really was worth the late night. Thank you so much.”
We had such a fabulous time and if it were ever to be possible for this to be organised again I am sure that it would be even more popular. Every ticket was used and we even had a waiting list! I understand that a lot of hard work is put into organising an event like this so we thank you once again for both your time and commitment that you dedicate to our children.
Assistant Head for Inclusion
Vauxhall Street, London, SE11 5LG
Executive Headteacher: Mr Christopher Toye
Head of School: Mr Edison David
Monday 7th November 2016
Dear London Russian Ballet School,
Thank you so much for the free opportunity for our children and families at Vauxhall Primary School to see ‘Celebration’ at Saddlers Wells Theatre. The children and their parents had a wonderful evening, they came in on Monday very enthused and inspired by the trip. Many of our families are low income and in receipt of pupil premium, going to the theatre is something they cannot afford to do and as much as we try in school to give them these experiences, unfortunately we do not always have the budget for it. Therefore we are extremely grateful for this opportunity from you. We hope this is able to continue and more families can enjoy ballet and the theatre!
On behalf of Windmill Cluster Schools:
Christ Church Primary
Richard Atkins Primary
St Jude’s Primary
I would like to extend a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU for your generosity in providing an opportunity for our children and families to attend the Celebration performance yesterday evening at Sadler’s Wells. Everyone made it there and back safely and I have heard reports that it was an amazing show. This kind of event really pleases our community and we are very grateful to you for extending the offer of tickets and travel to us giving our children the opportunity to experience and be inspired by a high quality ballet production which most of them will never have experienced before.Our schools and parents really value this for their children and we thank you again for including us.
All best wishes Rachel
Partnership Manager, Windmill Cluster of Schools
Jessop Primary School