Behind the scenes with the Corps de Ballet

October 27, 2012

Ballet News

Behind the scenes with the Corps de Ballet

dancers from the corps de ballet sit on their legs in Swan Lake tutus

Corella Ballet in Swan Lake Photograph : Rosalie O’Connor

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 :

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