WELCOME TO THE WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF BALLET SCHOOLS
Bringing YoungTalent to the Big Stage
“to educate children in the art of dance and to give them the opportunity and experience of performing in public”.
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A TRIBUTE TO BAFTA WINNERS
SUNDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2019
WABS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO ENTERTAINING YOU AGAIN WITH THEIR ANNUAL DANCE SPECTACULAR ON THE BOURNEMOUTH PAVILION STAGE.
DO COME AND ENJOY A PERFORMANCE BY SOME OF TODAY'S LEADING YOUNG TALENT. OVER TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY TALENTED YOUNG DANCERS, DRAWN FROM NINE AFFILIATED LOCAL DANCE SCHOOLS ARE WAITING TO ENTERTAIN YOU.
BRINGING PERFORMANCE TO LIFE
The Church of England's Children's Society Annual Matinee
took place at the Pavilion Theatre for some 30 years and was the inspiration for WABS. Christopher Shiner, a local musician, arranged the music and conducted the orchestra for the last "matinee" in December 1972.
In 1973 Janice Perry, principle of the Selsdon School of Dancing, together with 5 other teachers and Christopher Shiner, formed the Bournemouth Association of Ballet Schools. In 1975 the name was changed to the Western Association of Ballet Schools (WABS) with Christopher Shiner as Chairman and large scale productions were produced, first at the Winter Gardens and then from 1980 at the Pavilion Theatre.
In 1979 WABS became a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee with it's objectives being "to educate children in the art of dance and to give them the opportunity and experience of preforming in public".
WABS is administered by a committee of trustees and these, along with the dancing school principals, undertake there activities on a voluntary basis and receive no remuneration for their services.
Meet The Officers
The team of volunteers and dancing school principals at WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF BALLET SCHOOLS work hard in the background to produce compelling performances and experiences for all the pupils involved with WABS . We wouldn’t be where we are today if not for their amazing talent and hard work. These are the faces behind the Dance.
WAYNE SLEEP O.B.E.
MEET THE PRINCIPALS
Become a Patron
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
If you are interested in dance and would like to help a local charity we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact our Secretary Dave Mizen Tel 01202 385013 for further details. or email
The grant scheme, which was introduced in 2002, is continuing to give many WABS students the opportunity to take part in professionally run Easter and Summer courses, as well as attending professional schools teaching ballet, contemporary and modern jazz. Fees are subsidized by a percentage of the total cost, which is dependent on the number of students applying and the amount of funds available. This scheme gives the WABS students the opportunity to further their dance training and to gain an insight into the dancing profession.
The scheme is administered by an independent panel and have awarded grants for this year totaling £1600.
Any WABS students who are interested can obtain the necessary application form from their dance teacher.
The WABS grant allowed me to take part in this exciting and beneficial experience and i couldn't be more grateful for the help it gave me."
MARTHA TRIBE CENTRAL SCHOOL OF BALLET SUMMER SCHOOL
"I went to Urdang Academy with some others from my dance school and had an incredible time there, so thank you WABS as you gave me these opportunities which i will always treasure."
" I got a grant to help me go to Bournemouth Pavilion summer school. I hope to do it again next year as i got so much out of it, so thank you very much."
Dates for your diary
SUPPORT THE CHILDREN AND ENJOY ONE OF OUR SHOWS
WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF BALLET SCHOOLS
If you’re interested in seeing one of our productions, take a look at our calendar for a listing of current and upcoming events. We hope you’ll join us soon!
MUSIC AND DANCE
(THE LAYARD SHOW)
SUN 7TH JULY 2019
A busy day in our calendar. rehearsals in the morning then 2 performances at 2.30pm and 7.00pm. All profit goes back in the pot to help us fund our Pavilion show grants and workshops. come show your support.
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OUR MAIN SHOW
SUN 24TH NOV 2019
A tribute to bafta winners
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WABS are looking forward to entertaining you again with their annual dance spectacular on the Bournemouth pavilion stage.
info will be added here as workshops become available.
The last Workshop was held at Bournemouth Pavilion Dance Sea View Studio with Curtis Angus who is currently appearing in Hamilton. The Musical Theatre workshop was a great success and enjoyed by all 120 children aged 8-18 who attended.
THE WABS ARCHIVE
Here you can browse an archive of all our past performances over the years. Here you will find videos, pictures and information we have kept or accumulated over the years.
if you have anything to add please feel free to contact the Chairman on email@example.com so we can keep the archive updated.
ONCE UPON A TIME
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
THE EMPERORS NEW CLOTHES
1991 WINTER GARDENS
1986 WINTER GARDEN
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
WISH UPON A STAR
ONE MOMENT IN TIME
DANCING FOR JOY
THE SNOW QUEEN
1990 WINTER GARDENS
LETTERS TO SANTA
DANCING INTO CHRISTMAS
BEYOND THE BALLET SHOES
21 DANCING YEARS
DANCING INTO EUROPE
1992 WINTER GARDENS
WABS IN CONCERT
1989 POOLE ARTS CENTRE
HANS ANDERSON FAIRT TALES
THE SNOW QUEEN
JEWELS OF THE DANCE
TALES FOR A WINTER NIGHT
DANCE OF THE PLANETS
HEROES AND HEROINES
STARS & STRIPES
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
1991 WINTER GARDENS
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG