John Travis, the director of the British Ballet Organisation, recently announced significant news which will enable the BBO to develop, secure its future and enhance the support and service provided to its members and the dance profession. It’s current home, Woolborough House, has been a much loved home for the organisation; however the BBO has outgrown the building and it is no longer fit for purpose. After a lengthy and complex process the sale of Woolborough House has been agreed and will be completed early in 2014.
Established in 1930, the British Ballet Organization is proud of its heritage and continues in the tradition of its famous founders: the name Espinosa is recognised worldwide as one of the most important influences in the development of dance and the training of dancers. Woolborough House in London was the Espinosa family home from 1913. On the formation of the BBO, it became and remains today the Headquarters of the organisation. Many famous students studied with Espinosa at Woolborough House, including Phyllis Bedells and Ninette de Valois. In 1932 a studio was built alongside the house which has continued to host classes and BBO examinations and provides rehearsal space for many leading dance companies and professional artists.
The exciting opportunity for BBO has become possible with the support of the Espinosa Memorial Fund, and will allow the BBO to retain a freehold headquarters in central London as a long term safeguard for future generations.Their support allows the organisation to fully utilise the legacy of Edouard Espinosa and the family.
The BBO Board and the Chief Executive Officer have been working with the EMF and the Trustees of Woolborough House to formulate a development strategy, which reflects the charitable objectives of the organisation and the values that have underpinned the BBO throughout its history. During this process the Trustees have identified some exciting opportunities that will ensure BBO retains and enhances its position as a major teaching and training organisation both regionally and internationally.