BCSA Events

Daria Klimentová: "My Life and Work" - an illustrated talk by the Czech prima ballerina


The BCSA is proud to host “My Life and Work” – an illustrated talk by the Czech prima ballerina and professional photographer Daria Klimentová.

Surprising the world of ballet with her appointment as principal dancer with the Prague National Ballet Company at the early age of 18, Daria Klimentová went on to have a stunning international career, garnering prize after prize and winning fans around the globe. In 2014, after many years as Principal Ballerina with English National Opera, her retirement made front-page news and her farewell performance in Romeo and Juliet at the Albert Hall was a triumph. Since then she has devoted herself to the education of new generations of dancers, notably by founding and teaching the International Ballet Masterclasses at Prague’s Národní divadlo. Her autobiography Daria Klimentová – Agony and Ecstasy – My Life in Dance was published in 2013.

A self-avowed “listless child”, who only grudgingly took up dancing rather than athletics, Daria has been lauded for her technical perfection, mature appreciation of roles, and her feminine grace. When quizzed about continuing to perform following her recovery from serious injuries, she retorted “We’re all a little crazy here, we dance until we drop”. 

Vital and charming rather than crazy, Daria will evoke the highs and lows of her stellar career and hopefully demonstrate her other talent as a photographer of professional standard.

Admission is £10.00, but free for members of the BCSA.  Places are limited and registration is necessary via Eventbrite.


Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY

BCSA "Get to Know You" Social Evening


Anybody with Czech or Slovak connections or interests is welcome to the BCSA’s monthly socials to meet, eat, drink, chat and get to know each other a little better in a relaxed and informal gathering.

You can often find upwards of a dozen people there at various times during the evening but, whatever the number, there will be good conversations for you to join in with.

All you have to do is turn up any time between 7pm and 10:30pm.   Please register on Eventbrite so we know who may be coming – there’s no entrance charge.

We will be in one of the rooms at the Czech and Slovak National House, normally the first room on the left. There will be a BCSA sign on the door.

Czech and Slovak food and drinks are available from the restaurant and bar.

A request: If you are interested in coming then please share this event on your timeline and invite your Facebook friends to come too.

Czech and Slovak National House