The company itself has evolved over the years, changing its name several times. It has been known variously as the Gala Performance of Ballet, Festival Ballet, London Festival Ballet, before finally assuming its current moniker of the English National Ballet in 1989.
At present, their headquarters are located in Markova House, a small building in South Kensington named after a famous English ballerina and located close to the Royal Albert Hall. Yet they are soon to embark on a new chapter of history, when they move to a brand-new home at London City Island.
Each year the company undertakes a gruelling touring schedule, performing across several London venues and travelling to Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Southampton.
Last year, the company clocked up 175 performances, playing to 300,000 people across the UK.
From 1962, the ballet became a non-profit endeavour, having spent its first decade privately financed. It secured funding from London County Council, and went on to receive subsidies from the Arts Council England. This enabled the company to develop its mission to take popular ballet to a wider audience around the UK, and facilitated greater artistic licence.
This increased focus on education was cemented in 1988, with the foundation of the English National Ballet School. The company could now train young dancers in the techniques and style necessary to perform at the highest level. At the present count, a third of the dancers at ENB are graduates of their three-year course.
In the new City Island building, they will have four dance studios, each the same size as a performance stage. This large, accessible space will enable them to be more involved with the local community with plans to expand public engagement with more classes and visits.