CodeDS/UK/C9674
Dates1949-1968
Person NameHarlequin Ballet School; 1949-1968
Corporate NameHarlequin Ballet School
Other Forms Of NameThe School of Russian Ballet, 1949-1964
Addressflagged
HistoryIn 1949 John Gregory and Barbara Vernon (Gregory) opened their ballet school: The School of Russian Ballet. The school had a strong emphasis on the traditional Russian ballet style as taught by Nicolai Legat and his wife Nadia Nicolaeva-Legat. John Gregory managed to have the school recognised as an educational establishment, meaning the school was able to take pupils funded by local education authorities. The School of Russian Ballet became affiliated with the Federation of Russian Classical Ballet (which was formed in 1950). John Gregory was the secretary and both John and Barbara were examiners of the Federation. Other schools affiliated with the Federation: Janet Cranmore School; Gabrielle Davis School; Flora Fairbairn School; Maureen School; Maria Zybina School. Both the School of Russian Ballet and the Federation of Russian Classical Ballet had the support of famous Russian dancers: Igor Schwezoff; Mathilde Kschesinska; and Tamara Karsavina. These Russian ballet dancers made appearances at Federation performances.

The school was originally named the The School of Russian Ballet and changed its name in 1964.

The school closed in 1968.
General ContextHarlequin Ballet, along with the School, was managed by the Harlequin Dance Company Limited, later the Harlequin Ballet Company Trust.
SourceHarlequin Ballet Archive.
Catalogue
RefNoTitleDate
HB/N/3Publicity1949-1956
HB/E/17/7Harlequin Ballet School \ Ledger1964-1968
HB/E/18/1Harlequin Ballet School \ Accounts Book \ 1 September 1961-31 August 19621 September 1961-31 August 1962
HB/E/33/12School of Russian Ballet \ Contract \ Oversize1949
HB/E/15/3School of Russian Ballet \ Ledger1950-1955
HB/E/15/5School of Russian Ballet \ Expenses Book1954-1961
HB/E/14/1Harlequin Ballet Company \ Diary 19601960
HB/E/15/1School of Russian Ballet \ Building the School1956-1960
HB/E/15/7School of Russian Ballet \ Receipts1953-1955
HB/E/18/2Harlequin Ballet School \ Publicity1952-1964
HB/E/17/6Harlequin Ballet School \ Attendance Book1964-1967
HB/E/17/3Harlequin Ballet School \ Candidates for Auditions1966-1968
HB/E/31/1Harlequin Ballet Company \ Magazine Articles1954-1968
HB/H/161School of Russian Ballet \ venue unknown \ 21/04/195021 April 1950
HB/H/162School of Russian Ballet \ venue unknown \ 18/11/195018 November 1950
HB/H/165School of Russian Ballet \ venue unknown \ 19/05/195119 May 1951
HB/H/173School of Russian Ballet \ Toynbee Hall, London, England \ 06/07/19576 July 1957
HB/H/168School of Russian Ballet \ Institut Francais, London, England \ 11/12/195111 December 1951
HB/H/172School of Russian Ballet \ Institut Francais, London, England \ 23/04/195523 April 1955
HB/H/169School of Russian Ballet \ Institut Francais, London, England \ 06/12/19526 December 1952
HB/H/170School of Russian Ballet \ Institut Francais, London, England \ 23/04/195423 April 1954
HB/H/175Balalaika Ball \ Dorchester Hotel, London, England \ 06/05/19526 May 1952
HB/H/171School of Russian Ballet \ Churchill Hall, London, England \ 06/07/19546 July 1954
HB/N/2Press Cuttings \ 19561955-1956
HB/E/25/8John Gregory's Writing \ Heroic Harlequin1996
HB/E/14/2Harlequin Ballet Company \ Diary 19611961
HB/E/14/3Harlequin Ballet Company \ Diary 19651965
HB/E/15/6School of Russian Ballet \ Income Tax and National Insurance1950-1953
HB/E/10/2Harlequin Ballet Company \ Correspondence \ 1959-19631959-1963
HB/E/15/8School of Russian Ballet \ Records from November 1949-1949-1955
HB/E/16/3School of Russian Ballet \ Correspondence \ 19521952
HB/E/17/1School of Russian Ballet \ Igor Schwezoff \ 1951-19521951-1952
HB/E/16/2School of Russian Ballet \ Correspondence \ 19511951
HB/E/16/6School of Russian Ballet \ Correspondence \ 1957-19651957-1965
HB/E/17/2School of Russian Ballet \ Speeches1950
HB/E/16/1School of Russian Ballet \ Correspondence \ 1949-19501949-1950
HB/E/16/5School of Russian Ballet \ Correspondence \ 1954-19551954-1955
HB/H/159British School of Russian Ballet \ St. Luke's Hall, Chelsea, London, England \ 06/12/19496 December 1949
HB/H/163School of Russian Ballet \ venue unknown \ 05-06/12/19505-6 December 1950
HB/H/160British School of Russian Ballet \ St. Luke's Hall, Chelsea, London, England \ 25/01/195025 January 1950
HB/H/174Ballet Matinee \ Fortune Theatre, London, England \ 18/02/195618 February 1956
HB/H/164School of Russian Ballet \ Archictectural Association School of Architecture, London, England \ 09/03/19519 March 1951
HB/H/167School of Russian Ballet \ Institut Francais, London, England \ 26/05/195126 May 1951
HB/H/166School of Russian Ballet \ venue unknown \ 08/0319518 March 1951
HB/H/236Federation of Russian Classical Ballet \ Rudolf Steiner Hall, London, England \ 25/11/195125 November 1951
HB/E/16/4School of Russian Ballet \ Correspondence \ 19531953
HBHarlequin Ballet Archive1935-2000
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