Review in the FT of ENB and RBS final year students performances.
It is summertime, when ballet schools show off their young - before these innocents are launched upon that sea of troubles which is gainful employment as a dancer. So last week English National Ballet presented its pupils, on the edge of the Big World. This fine school has been directed for a decade by Kathryn Wade, a dancer whom I greatly admired. Training is well-rounded, with a notable admixture of French instruction, and there results a dance-style that is musical and unstrained. The ENB School show at the Britten Theatre of the Royal Academy of Music could not be faulted. MORE
And one of The Royal ballet School in the Times.
THE Royal Ballet School’s end-of-year show may be a showcase for its 200 students, but it’s also a smorgasbord of choreography that offers a far wider range than you would normally see on a professional stage. Bournonville, MacMillan and Petipa’s Le Jardin Animé on the same bill? I was in heaven. MORE
And a review of both schools in The Evening Standard.
That time of year is upon us again: ballet schools up and down the country display to doting parents what their offspring have been doing all year - at the same time, they are highlighting prospective talent for ballet fans. MORE
The Royal Ballet School goes in for the inclusive method of programming. Its performance came in at nearly two-and-a-half hours, with 11 pieces to sift through: it is now, apparently, the audience's job to separate the wheat from the chaff. While the basic quality was high, it seems a bit much to ask those not related to the prodigies to sit through nearly an hour of children going through their paces
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