News: Antonia Franceschi to run Danceworks' International Ballet Academy

Tuesday 19 May 2015 by Clare Evans

Antonia Franceschi

Danceworks has announced that starting with a Summer School in July then with After-school/Sunday classes in September this year, they will be running an elite Ballet Academy for young dancers with renowned dancer and Artistic Director Antonia Franceschi. The academy will be for young dancers – boys and girls from 6 to 16 years – and taught by an impressive selection of professional dancers and teachers. There will also be sponsored scholarships on offer, with the aim to make the programme accessible to all children, including aspiring dancers who have the passion and drive but whose families can’t afford it. There is a free Open House on Sunday 7th June with taster classes.

Antonia Franceschi was one of the last dancers selected personally by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet where numerous works were created for her by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins. Her career has taken her all over the world with additional works created on her by Wayne McGregor, Mark Baldwin, Michael Clarke, Karole Armitage, Anthony van Laastalong with other major choreographers.

As a young dancer she starred a lead role in the film Fame and also in the film Grease. Antonia was awarded The Time Out Outstanding Achievement in Dance. She has taught and coached the original Billy Elliot boys along with coaching several other West End dancers.

She has produced and choreographed for both British and American companies, and has recently formed her own Neo-classical company AFD Just Dance after a sell-out summer tour. She was one of the dance judges in the BBC’s Young Dancer 2015 Competition. Currently, she is teaching the professional dancers at The Royal Ballet, Random Dance, The New York Theatre Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and DV8.

Find out more about the Ballet Academy.

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