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Integrated contemporary dance

Lantern Dance

Theatre Company

About Lantern

Lantern was founded in 2005 by dancer and choreographer Helen Pettit as a repertory company to perform  her new work. Since then Helen has made many new pieces  for Lantern, from short numbers to full length ballets. We work with guest choreographers, musicians and visual artists. Lantern’s Patron is Solomon Golding, Artist of San Francisco Ballet and a founder member of the company.

About half Lantern’s members have a disability and the group is about 50:50 F/M. At Lantern everyone is on equal terms, training shoulder to shoulder and performing together. Our dancers are aged 12 and up. There’s no upper limit. Carers and parents are welcome.

Lantern and Integrated Dance

Lantern is all about participation, enjoyment and achievement. For us, integrated means that everyone does everything together, all the time. It’s active, energetic and fun. There are just three basic rules: come to class every week, train hard and perform full on. Simple!


We ask everyone to sign up to Lantern’s Code of Conduct which covers the essentials of health & safety, respect and child protection.

A full team of rehearsal assistants and volunteers  is on hand each week. All are DBS checked and have been trained in Child Protection.  

Lantern Dance Theatre School


Having trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, it’s not surprising that Lantern’s Artistic Director Helen Pettit is also Principal of Lantern Dance Theatre School, which runs a full timetable of classes in Ballet, Jazz and Balletone in Ely. Children can start at around 3 years old with a fun and involving  half hour of Nursery Playdance, and there’s a whole range of classes after that. If you’re thinking of dance classes, come in to take a look. There’s a free tryout for every class.  See the timetable

We fund a lot of Lantern’s work ourselves but we’ve had excellent support from local and national sources, like Arts Council England, Youth Dance England, Babylon Arts, Cambs County and the Isle of Ely Arts Festival.

Funding SEND classes

Funding new work

“Tela”, “Fenland Suite” “Clear Space” &”Tiddy Mun”

Creative Learning

Working together

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