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Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and Dance Teachers Benevolent Fund merge

Monica Mason. Photo: Featureflash/Shutterstock Monica Mason. Photo: Featureflash/Shutterstock
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The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and Dance Teachers Benevolent Fund have merged in a bid to increase the support available for dancers.

The two charities officially came together on January 1, and will take the name of the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund, which was founded in 1936.

Both organisations provide financial assistance through grants and bursaries as well as advice and support, and it is also hoped that the merger will improve stakeholder confidence in the new charity.

RBBF chairman Monica Mason and DBTF chairman Gloria Hooper said joining the two bodies would expand and strengthen the support they can give to people working in the dance industry.

“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,” they said in a joint statement.

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