Anita Young MBE returns to bbodance!

8 Sep 2021

Starting this September, Anita Young MBE will return to teach bbodance Scholars, a programme for talented students.

Miss Young was an acclaimed teacher at The Royal Ballet School for more than 20 years. She was trained by Dame Ninette De Valois, the Founder President of bbodance and founder of The Royal Ballet. Formerly known as the British Ballet Organization (BBO), bbodance is a member of OneDance UK.

Miss Young taught bbodance Scholars until 2012 when she stepped down to focus on The Royal Ballet School and other teaching assignments, national and international. After leaving The Royal Ballet School earlier this summer, she decided to return to her freelance teaching, choreography, coaching, and mentoring work, and is delighted to return to bbodance.

bbodance Scholars is a stepping-stone programme. Talented students who audition successfully have the chance to train with some of the most respected teachers in the UK. Attention to detail and encouraging students are a very important part of the programme. They help students develop confidence, refine their skills, and progress to vocational or university studies. The programme has been active for more than 50 years and focuses on Classical Ballet and Jazz.

Miss Young will teach Senior Scholars technique and repertoire, including the classical heritage of British Ballet, with the attention to choreographic detail that has endeared her to generations of students. The bbodance team is extremely grateful that their students will have this chance.

About Anita Young MBE

An Honorary Member of bbodance, Anita Young MBE ARAD FISTD trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1968. Following an acclaimed career as Soloist, Miss Young was appointed Ballet Mistress at Northern Ballet Theatre. Upon leaving, she taught at The Royal Ballet School and Central School of Ballet. Miss Young specialises in Cecchetti Major examination work; she has been a guest teacher for schools and companies in the UK, Japan, Australia, Malta, Germany, the United States, South Africa, France (Guest Teacher at the Paris Opera Ballet), Italy, and Canada. In 2018, she received an MBE for services to Classical Ballet and dance education.