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Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and Dance Teachers’ Benevolent Fund merger

Posted on January 4, 2016

The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund (RBBF) announced today that it has merged with the Dance Teachers’ Benevolent Fund (DTBF) effective from January 1, 2016. This follows extensive liaison between the charities and their key stakeholders. The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund continues as a registered charity.

 

This merger will improve stakeholder confidence and offer a cohesive level of support to a wider range of dance professionals who are in need of support and advice, and more information about the merger will be released during the coming year.

 

In a statement Dame Beryl Grey, former chairman of the RBBF for 19 years and president of the DTBF, said: “I am delighted to see these two important dance welfare organisations coming together and after the merger to remain as the patron of the new Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund”. In a joint statement, Dame Monica Mason, chairman of RBBF, and Baroness Hooper, chairman of DTBF said: “We are very pleased to announce this merger between our two charities. We believe this move will enable the new organisation to serve more fully the needs of deserving professionals in the world of dance”.

 

The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund was founded 80 years ago in 1936. It provides grants, bursaries, advice and support to members and former members of the UK dance profession. For more information, visit rbbf.org.uk. The Dance Teachers’ Benevolent Fund was founded in 1979, and provides financial and practical assistance to qualified dance teachers of any age.

Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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