Darcey Bussell and Michael Nunn host spectacular evening of dance in aid of Borne

  • Dancers from The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, BalletBoyz and Strictly Come Dancing performed.
  • The evening raised invaluable funds to support vital research into new treatments to prevent preterm birth.
  • Darcey and Michael were joined by Borne Patrons Will and Caro Greenwood, Borne Ambassador Greg Rusedski and 250 guests of the charity Borne.

The magical Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House was the venue for a unique evening of dance by performers from Strictly Come Dancing, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and BalletBoyz, all on the same stage for one evening only.

Hosted by Dame Darcey Bussell and BalletBoyz co-founder, Michael Nunn, the evening was attended by some 250 guests, united in their support for Borne’s pioneering research into the prevention of preterm birth.

Preterm birth affects 15 million babies worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation, it is the leading cause of childhood mortality in the world today and leaves many babies that survive with lifelong disability.

Dame Darcey Bussell, a Patron of the charity, said: 

Dance illustrates the beauty that humankind can achieve, given the opportunity. By supporting Borne, a charity close to my heart that is funding vital research to stop babies from being born premature, we can give so many more the opportunity to reach their full potential, unaffected by disability.

Dame Darcey Bussell, Borne Patron

Michael Nunn OBE, Borne Ambassador and co-founder of BalletBoyz, said: 

I know from personal experience how life-changing it can be when a child is born with a disability. Preterm birth is linked to many lifelong disabilities such as cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease and other debilitating conditions. This evening is about supporting Borne’s life-saving research on preterm birth, and shining a light on this overlooked and underfunded area of need that leaves many children with a disability.

Michael Nunn OBE, Borne Ambassador

Borne’s vision is a world where a child’s first day should not be its hardest, or its last. Professor Mark Johnson, Professor of Obstetrics at Imperial College, Head of R&D at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Founder of Borne said: “We need a deeper understanding of pregnancy to understand what causes preterm labour, and only then can we design targeted treatments for each cause.”

“Our research aims to put in place early screening to identify those at risk, and to develop new treatments to delay the onset of preterm labour when complications arise. We are making good progress and our laboratory work is being translated across a range of clinical studies taking place today.” 

Professor Mark Johnson, Borne Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Thank you to everyone who made the evening a resounding success!