Dame Darcey Bussell, Photograph by Helen Murray © Helen Murray/Dance Gazette

British Ballet Charity Gala

18 June17 July 2021
Online only
Ballet and dance

This special gala brings together eight of the UK's leading dance companies for the very first time in a powerful act of solidarity celebrating dance, unity and joy. The British Ballet Charity Gala will be a showcase for the extraordinary talent in British dance and highlight the significant part it plays in the UK arts scene, during what is one of the most challenging periods in its history.

Participating companies:

  • Ballet Black
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • English National Ballet
  • New Adventures
  • Northern Ballet
  • Rambert
  • Scottish Ballet
  • The Royal Ballet

Each company will perform works from its own repertory and the evening will be accompanied by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by Paul Murphy, Principal Conductor at Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Gala’s Finale, choreographed by Rambert dancers Simone Damberg Würtz and Daniel Davidson, is a spectacular new work uniting all of the participating companies on film.

The Gala will be hosted by former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell and television presenter Ore Oduba. Proceeds from both the live gala on Thursday 3 June and the streaming on ROH Stream on Friday 18 June are to be shared primarily between the participating companies, with each company further nominating a community dance company of their choice who will receive a waterfall donation.

With small donations being made to three other contributing charities, the Gala will benefit a total of 19 charities.

Image: Dame Darcey Bussell, Photograph by Helen Murray © Helen Murray/Dance Gazette

Filmed by

BalletBoyz Productions

Cast sheets


ConductorPaul Murphy

HostDarcey Bussell

HostOre Oduba

CompanyBallet Black

CompanyBirmingham Royal Ballet

CompanyEnglish National Ballet

CompanyNew Adventures

CompanyNorthern Ballet


CompanyScottish Ballet

CompanyThe Royal Ballet

OrchestraRoyal Ballet Sinfonia