About

Cassa Pancho MBE founded Ballet Black upon graduating in 2001, to provide role models to young, aspiring black and Asian dancers. To date, she has commissioned 48 choreographers to create over 60 new ballets for the Company. 

In 2015, Cassa was appointed a Patron of Central School of Ballet and in 2016 became a vice president of The London Ballet Circle. In 2017, along with Senior Artist Cira Robinson, she collaborated with British ballet shoe manufacturer, Freed of London, to create two brand new pointe shoe colours to enable dancers of Black and Asian descent to buy skin-tone pointe shoes ready-made. In 2018, Cassa was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.