Ballet Soul's mission is to change the perceptions of ballet, whilst delivering work that prioritises high standards and excellence.
We showcase innovative work created with ballet dancers from black and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Through outreach and educational work we aim to leave a legacy that nurtures the next generation of dancers and audiences.
Ballet Soul’s methodology comes from placing Africanist movement values on classical ballet and traditional dance vocabularies.
Our African identity creates performances that break the mould, bringing traditional stories to today's modern audiences.
We have a collaborative approach, our dancers shape
our performances, every member is a co-creator.
"What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul."
Central to our mission is the desire to educate, teach, energise and inspire young people, exposing them to the joys and the power of dance.
Dancers of all levels and abilities are welcome.
Our 'Every Soul' philosophy is embedded in every engagement we have.
Our education work happens in schools, community halls, arts venues and homes via online streaming.
"Honour the past - Celebrate the present - Reach into the future"
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Ben Love, the founder of Ballet Soul, was born in Nairobi, Kenya but moved to the UK as a child and grew up in Nottingham. Ben was 15 when a performance by The Dance Theatre of Harlem inspired him to begin his training in dance.
Ben made his professional debut with Dancers Anonymous at the Edinburgh Festival in 1990. He was then invited to join as a soloist with the Portuguese National Ballet, Lisbon, touring extensively in Portugal and Brazil. Ben also danced as a soloist with the London City Ballet and then with the Northern Ballet. During his time as a soloist, Ben danced many principal roles including The Rite of Spring, Scheherazade, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Raymonda.