Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black is a professional ballet company that celebrates dancers of Black and Asian descent. It was founded by Cassa Pancho MBE in 2001. We are making a fundamental change in the diversity of classical ballet in Britain – on stage, behind the scenes, and among audiences and dance students. In the twenty plus years since Ballet Black was founded, we have worked to change the landscape of classical ballet through performances, our Junior School and our outreach programmes. We are one of the most prolific commissioners of new and critically acclaimed ballets in the UK, and have developed diverse dance audiences across the country. Our ultimate goal is to see a fundamental change in the number of Black and culturally diverse dancers in mainstream ballet companies, making our initial vision wonderfully unnecessary.
UK Theatres Performed In
22 Mar 2024
12 Apr 2024 - 13 Apr 2024
15 May 2024 - 19 May 2024
13 Jun 2024 - 14 Jun 2024
18 Jun 2024
28 Jun 2024
Become a Friend
Internationally recognised for its vital message of giving black and Asian dancers the professional opportunities they merit based solely on their talent and dedication, Ballet Black continues to amaze.
As a Friend, you will be making a valuable contribution to the sustainability of this small yet hugely significant company and will support its ongoing commitment to aspiring dancers and to its ever increasing and loyal audience. In return, Ballet Black will welcome you behind the scenes to watch Company rehearsals under the exceptional eye of Artistic Director, Cassa Pancho as well as with acclaimed guest choreographers. You will receive quarterly newsletters to keep you up-to-date about news, events and performances so you will never miss out.
The Ballet Black dance studio is available for hire on an occasional basis. Our specifications are listed below. The studio has a huge ceiling height and a brand new, fully sprung Harlequin Allegro dance floor. It is suitable for a variety classes, workshops and rehearsals. The studio also benefits from underfloor heating. Please note that the studio is mainly available on Fridays, and during company touring dates. Our schedule changes from week to week so it is always worth enquiring about one off weekday bookings. We also hire out the studio for open auditions & photography.