Behind the scenes with the Corps de Ballet
The magnificent Corps de Ballet are the body – literally translated – of any ballet company around the world. Without them, Swan Lake would be lost, La Bayadere would be missing it’s Shades and The Nutcracker would be missing a lot of dancing.
I wanted to highlight a film that showcases, in the best way possible, the life of a Corps de Ballet dancer. In this case, the company is The Royal Ballet, but it could be any company. What makes this film so incredibly great is that Sabina Westcombe, a Corps dancer herself, talks about the highs of being in the company and of dancing for a living, but that is intercut with footage from rehearsals and performance showing Westcombe after she’s performed 4 marathon Acts of Swan Lake; showing quite a different side to the life of a dancer.
And it’s worth remembering that the Royal Ballet Corps can dance 24 Acts of Swan Lake in a matter of days!
The Life of a Corps de Ballet dancer at The Royal Ballet during a run of Swan Lake :