Ballet Boost aims to inspire the next generation of dancers with enthusiasm, support and, of course, the technical and artistic skills required in achieving their full potential.
Three key points are at the core of everything we do:
Artistry, Musicality and Technique.
The pastoral care aspect of the training is the true key to unlocking the creativity, confidence and true talent of these young artists.
Their learning must happen in an environment where they feel happy, both to explore and challenge themselves, but also to ask questions so their corrections are thoroughly understood. We want them to be excited to look at their training in more depth.
A real understanding of their anatomy, the care of their bodies and the responsibility they take with their own training can never be taught too soon.
The ethos of Ballet Boost and ABA is to nurture and inspire young talent in a style and approach that suits the children of today in the world they endeavour to succeed in.
These courses are created to keep in line with the ever-changing world of Ballet. Our approach to training must grow with the evolving minds of children today, so that teachers can make a true connection and create real change.
More is expected of the classical ballet dancer in today's companies and they are moving in a direction that is new and exciting. So it is vital that the training we offer must reflect this in order to provide each child the best opportunity for success.
Why The Academy of Balletic Arts?
Times are changing and more and more talented children wish to stay at home longer but also pursue a career vocationally. The problem is it's very hard to maintain the levels required to gain a place at a good Upper School without the vocational style of teaching and the expectations of those teachers on a frequent basis. I have devised a school which incorporates all the essential elements of full time training. The child maintains time in the family home with the crucial support this provides, whilst also having the choice of the very best academic schools too. I will be dedicated to ensuring each student maintains the required levels to audition for places such as White Lodge and will always be honest with their options. I will only select students with a realistic chance of succeeding as a professional ballet dancer. Hence classes will be small with a very personal approach to each childs training.
Please go to the ABA page for more information
Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Boost and The Academy of Balletic Arts
QTLS LLUK & ARAD PDTD
Welcome to Ballet Boost and The Academy of Balletic Arts.
I have created these schools because I am dedicated to helping develop, nurture and inspire the potential professional ballet dancers of tomorrow.
I have seen fantastic results by approaching training holistically in a positive environment where students feel free to question and explore their abilities.
I trained at Elmhurst Ballet School when it was in Camberley and then joined English National Ballet School.
I went on to dance with London City Ballet, ENB, Israel Ballet Company and in the West End production of Phantom of the Opera.
The main part of my career was spent with English National Ballet Company - I danced roles such as:
Clara in The Nutcracker.
Finger Fairy, White Cat and Silver in Sleeping Beauty.
Cygnets, lead peasant and lead Czardas in Swan Lake.
Coppelia Friends and Dawn in Coppelia.
Spring Fairy in Cinderella
Soloist in Mark Morris’ “Drink to Me only with Thine Eyes” and the list could go on!!
I worked under three Directors and was promoted twice. I found myself lucky to be able to cross back over into Musical Theatre (Phantom of the Opera) as I decided where my next career path would take me.
I then started teaching, and have not looked back!
I feel so blessed to find a new career that I am equally passionate about and which I find so fulfilling. The joy of helping dancers find their way and achieve their full potential is so rewarding.
I have been Assistant Director of Images of Dance at London Studio Centre, and a teacher at the Urdang Academy in the initial years as I raised a young family.
I am now Ballet Mistress for Ballet Black and teach Company classes to Ballet Boyz, Mathew Bourne's New Adventures Company, Michael Clarke Co. and am a Guest Teacher for the Australian Ballet Company when in London!
I teach weekly classes at Pineapple Dance Studios for Professionals and Freelancers. This provides enormous insight into the world of Ballet – Professional dancers from across the globe attend these classes and so it keeps me very current on the type of dancers gaining employment and the international styles that are popular.
I am also a cover teacher for the Royal Ballet School Associates, Central School of Ballet, Tring and Rambert. And provide Private Tuition and consultations for those needing guidance.
With Ballet Boost and The Academy of Balletic Arts, I wish to provide a place for students to find support, inspiration and above all else, a positive environment in which they can flourish, develop and grow as individuals.
Thanks to Drew Tommons of Virtuoso imaging for the lovely Pictures!
Of Trinidadian and British parents, Cassa trained at the Royal Academy of Dance, gaining a degree in classical ballet from Durham University. Upon graduating in 2001, she founded Ballet Black in order to provide role models to young, aspiring black and Asian dancers. A year later, she opened the Ballet Black Junior School in Shepherd’s Bush and in 2004, began the BB Associate Programme, which currently has over four hundred members.
Cassa is also a graduate of the 2009 National Theatre cultural leadership programme, Step Change. Since starting the Company, she has commissioned work from a wide array of choreographers, including Liam Scarlett, Richard Alston, Javier de Frutos, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Martin Lawrance, Shobana Jeyasingh, Henri Oguike, Christopher Hampson, Arthur Pita and Will Tuckett. Ballet Black won both the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Company in 2009 and Best Independent Company in 2012. Cassa was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List for Services to Classical Ballet and has served as a judge on the panel of the Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic competition.
In 2015, Cassa became a Patron of Central School of Ballet and in May 2016 became a vice president of The London Ballet Circle. In June 2016, Ballet Black was the subject of a South Bank Show. In November 2016, Cassa is also a judge for the semi finals of the BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2017 competition.