The Royal Ballet School Graduate Contracts 2015

ballet, The Royal Ballet School

The Royal Ballet School Graduate Contracts 2015

ballet, The Royal Ballet School
Photo by Brian Slater

 

The class of 2015 who have graduated from The Royal Ballet School with contracts are :

Chisato Katsura – The Royal Ballet

Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød – The Royal Ballet Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme

Harry Churches – The Royal Ballet Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme

Leo Dixon – The Royal Ballet Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme

Isabel Lubach – The Royal Ballet Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme

Julia Roscoe – The Royal Ballet Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme

Leticia Dias Domingues – Birmingham Royal Ballet

Rachele Pizzillo – Birmingham Royal Ballet

Brooke Ray – Birmingham Royal Ballet

Kento Sumitani – American Ballet Theatre

William Beagley – English National Ballet

Josephine Frick – English National Ballet

Erik Woolhouse – English National Ballet

Adam Ashcroft – Estonian National Ballet

Monja Obrul – Mikhailovsky Ballet

Laurynas Vejalis – National Ballet of Canada

Kilian Smith – National Ballet of Portugal

Henry Dowden – National Romanian Ballet

Marià Huguet Planas – New English Ballet Theatre

Alexander Yap – Northern Ballet

Grace Robinson – Northern Ballet – Apprentice

Kenji Wilkie – Norwegian National Ballet – Apprentice

Grace Horne – Scottish Ballet

Giulia Frosi – Semperoper Ballett Dresden

Gareth Haw – Semperoper Ballett Dresden

Benjamin Thomas – Stuttgart Ballet – Apprentice

Sophie Moffatt – Washington Ballet Studio Company

If you’d like to read my review of the Graduate performance at the Royal Opera House, pleas follow the link here, where you’ll also find some fabulous photographs from the performance.

Ballet News Reviews | The Royal Ballet School Annual Performance 2015

Royal Ballet School, Grande Defile, Royal Opera House, ballet

The Royal Ballet School Annual Performance 2015

Royal Ballet School, Grande Defile, Royal Opera House, ballet
Grand Defile. Photograph by Bill Cooper

The Royal Ballet School

Royal Opera House

Sunday, 12th July 2015

It’s easy to spot the dancers with the technical ability that allows them a certain freedom on stage. Their pointe shoes are silent. When dancers are nervous or uncertain, chances are they’ll keep their pointe shoes a little harder, and with that comes that well-known increase in noise when they’re dancing. Male dancers don’t worry about pointe shoes, but the best can also be spotted with relative ease, especially when partnering. However great a female dancer is, in a pas de deux she’s going to need a great partner to show her off. But I digress.

In the words of its Artistic Director Christopher Powney, The Royal Ballet School Annual Performance aims “to showcase the range and breath of the students’ skill and artistry” – one of the few times it publicly does this. This year the programme was varied and contained a new work for the students by Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, as well as a mix of contemporary and classical works.

SECHS TÄNZE ,             , Choreography - Kylián, Music - Motzart, The Royal Ballet School, 2015, The Linbury Theatre, The Royal Opera House, Credit: Johan Persson/
SECHS TÄNZE by Jiri Kylián, Giulia Frosi and Henry Dowden  Credit: Johan Persson

The opener, Mazurka des Enfants from Paquita is an absolute delight. The very youngest children at the School have just the right balance of artistry and technique and they are a joy to watch. They seemed thrilled to be there, and their beaming smiles and delicate necklace of footprints lit up the stage.

In this end of year school show, Chisato Katsura danced the role of Gamzatti in La Bayadère with a lot of freedom, and it’s no surprise that she graduates with a contract into the Royal Ballet Company. Her Solor, 2nd Year Francisco Serrano had some fine moves but he wasn’t Solor. His command of the stage wasn’t there; he seemed to tire easily, his throwaway hand gestures didn’t help and he had no connection with Katsura. I’m not sure why a 3rd Year boy wasn’t cast in this role but still, the Waltz and especially the Pas d’Action are challenging and it’s good to see the School taking this on.

THIRD MOVEMENT by Scarlett,  Students from The Royal Ballet School, Choreography - Liam Scarlett, Music - Rachmaninov, The Royal Ballet School, 2015, Linbury Theatre, The Royal Opera House, Credit: Johan Persson
THIRD MOVEMENT by Liam Scarlett, Credit: Johan Persson

Liam Scarlett’s Third Movement has been made for a large cast of students, who shine in the contemporary work, especially the two lead dancers (photographed above) who absolutely owned their steps.

SECHS TÄNZE by Jiri Kylián, Grace Robinson. Credit: Johan Persson
SECHS TÄNZE by Jiri Kylián, Grace Robinson. Credit: Johan Persson

I first noticed Kilian Smith in Year 10 at White Lodge in 2011 when he danced the Ballroom Scene from Romeo & Juliet. Now his year has graduated. Smith is off to the National Ballet of Portugal, which is great for them but a great shame for us. In this show he danced, among other things, Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tänze. It’s a ballet full of wit and humour and the eight dancers tackle it with gusto. At first glance it looks like Manon with more humour and less swamp, but the clever choreography and bizarre collection of props make it distinctly Kylián. Credit to each of the dancers in this piece : Giulia Frosi, Rachelle Pizzillo, Grace Robinson, Julia Roscoe, Lukas Bjorneboe Braendsrod, Harry Churches, Henry Dowden and the aforementioned Kilian Smith. It is noticeable how comfortable the dancers seem in the contemporary works; without pointe shoes they seem to inhabit the space more completely and make it their own, and in creeps that freedom of expression that makes them so watchable.

Chanson – by Bill Cooper
Chanson by Derek Deane,
Giulia Frosi, Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, photo by Bill Cooper

Derek Deane’s Chanson was created in 1981 as a pas de deux for Alessandra Ferri and David Wall. No pressure then. It’s a beautiful work, rarely seen, and was danced elegantly by Giulia Frosi and Lukas Bjorneboe Braendsrod, who is a strong partner. Frosi is a lovely dancer with elegant, long lines, like an ever unfolding butterfly. The air was scented with expectation, though her feet and the odd shapes they made were a distraction.  Small fry, though, as they danced strongly through high, tricky lifts, lots of adagio steps and only lost focus for a sliver of time.

Frederick Ashton’s Les Rendezvous certainly highlights the dancers who are capable of his particular epaulement, but the piece looks so dated against the other works on the programme with its big satin bows and prim manners. Kaho Yanagisawa danced the lead couple with Joseph Sissens as her partner. Both, in their second year, danced confidently.

RUSH by Christopher Wheeldon, Credit: Johan Persson
RUSH by Christopher Wheeldon, Credit: Johan Persson

Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush is overly long, indeed the whole performance over-ran by about half an hour, but the principal couple – Isabel Lubach and Gareth Haw danced strongly and with consummate ease.

Ending, as always, with the Grand Défilé, it’s hard to think of a better way to close the show – any show! Rousing enough to reach the Gods, spirits rising like a glider on a thermal, every student is on stage by the end. On the way, each year of the school gets to show what they can do with increasing levels of technical wizardry as the graduate year have their last chance to stamp their mark on the audience.

The Royal Ballet Announces Promotions, Joiners & Leavers for 2015/16 Season

Photograph by Cheryl Angear Photography

The Royal Ballet Announces Promotions, Joiners & Leavers for 2015/16 Season

Photograph by Cheryl Angear Photography
Photograph by Cheryl Angear Photography

The Director of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O’Hare, has promoted the following dancers for the forthcoming season. These are all well-deserved promotions. However, please note that there are no promotions to Principal.

To First Soloist – Francesca Hayward and James Hay.

To Soloist – Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Luca Acri, Nicol Edmonds and Marcelino Sambé.

 

The Royal Ballet School

 

 

Leavers

Deirdre Chapman, Pietra Mello-Pittman, Ludovic Ondiviela, Jacqueline Clark, Elsa Godard, Michael Stojko and Andrej Uspenski.

Sabbatical

Melissa Hamilton (First Soloist) will spend the 2015/16 Season as a Principal dancer with the Semperoper Ballett in Dresden and Leanne Cope (First Artist) continues her role in the award-winning An American in Paris.

Young British Dancer of the Year 2013 – results announced

The Royal Ballet School. Young British Dancer of the Year competition. Photography throughout : Patrick Baldwin

Young British Dancer of the Year 2013 – results announced

The Royal Ballet School. Young British Dancer of the Year competition. Photography throughout : Patrick Baldwin
The Royal Ballet School. Young British Dancer of the Year competition. Photography throughout : Patrick Baldwin

The final of the 2013 Young British Dancer of the Year competition was held on Saturday 9 March at the Linbury Studio Theatre, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

The winners of the Young British Dancer of the Year 2013
The winners of the Young British Dancer of the Year 2013

The winners were:

  • First:  Chisato Katsura (The Royal Ballet School)
  • Second: Isabelle Brouwers (English National Ballet School)
  • Third:  Jerome Barnes (The Royal Ballet School).

Additional awards were given as follows:

  • The Sibley Dowell Award for a promising student with potential: Barnaby Rook Bishop (The Royal Ballet School)
  • Commendation: William Beagley (The Royal Ballet School)
  • Commendation: Joseph Sissens (The Royal Ballet School)

The 2013 judges were:

  • Aaron S Watkin (Chairman) – Artistic Director of the Semperopera Ballet Dresden and former Principal of Ballet Frankfurt
  • Gary Avis – Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet
  • Deidre Eyden – Former Soloist of The Royal Ballet
  • Christopher Hampson – Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet and former Soloist with English National Ballet
  • Kevin O’Hare – Director of The Royal Ballet and former Principal of Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • David Nixon OBE – Artistic Director of Northern Ballet and former Principal of National Ballet of Canada and Deutsche Oper Ballett
  • Marguerite Porter – Former Principal of The Royal Ballet
  • Tamara Rojo – Artistic Director and Principal of English National Ballet
Jerome Barnes
Jerome Barnes

Generously sponsored by Ricki Gail Conway since its inception in 2000, Young British Dancer of the Year is the only ballet competition designed to recognise and reward young dancers in this country.

This year, 71 ballet students entered Young British Dancer of the Year, representing a total of 11 schools from across the UK.

Joseph Sissens
Joseph Sissens

For non-vocational students, prizes of places at Summer Schools were awarded to the following:

  • Saskia Gregson-Williams (Royal Ballet School International Summer School)
  • Charlotte Levy (English National Ballet Summer School)
  • Masha Gorelik (Central School of Ballet Summer School)
  • Rowan Parker (Wells Weekend)
  • Phoebe Liggins (Yorkshire Ballet Seminars)

Ballet News | Phyllis Bedells Bursary winner 2012 is announced

Panel of judges, left-right Valerie Aitken ARAD, Lauren Cuthbertson and Marly Apoliano, with 2012 winner, Chisato Katsura Photo Mark Lees

Ballet News | Phyllis Bedells Bursary winner 2012 is announced

Panel of judges, left-right Valerie Aitken ARAD, Lauren Cuthbertson and Marly Apoliano, with 2012 winner, Chisato Katsura Photo  Mark Lees
Panel of judges, left-right Valerie Aitken ARAD, Lauren Cuthbertson and Marly Apoliano, with 2012 winner, Chisato Katsura . Photopraph : Mark Lees

Fifteen-year-old Chisato Katsura, has won the prestigious Phyllis Bedells Bursary, held on Sunday 25 March 2012 at Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Headquarters.

 

Named after Miss Phyllis Bedells, founding member and Vice President of the RAD, this year’s internationally-recognised competition attracted a record-breaking 40 candidates competing for the bursary of £1,000 to use for further professional development training.

 

Following a Welcome by RAD Artistic Director Lynn Wallis, candidates were judged in a class, taught by former Royal Ballet dancer, Tomoko Furuya Hristov, with piano accompaniment by Martin Cleave; in front of an audience, including special guest Jean Bedells, daughter of Phyllis Bedells. Each candidate then performed a Set Variation and a Classical Repertoire Variation, accompanied by pianists Richard Norriss, Guy Attew and Alan Costello.

 

Chair of the panel of judges, Valerie Aitken ARAD, spoke of the competition and the achievements of winner Chisato Katsura: “The standard this year was very high, with greater numbers than ever before. The young lady was the most complete dancer. She had everything: technique, musicality – the all-round package.”

 

Fellow judges were Lauren Cuthbertson, Principal at The Royal Ballet and Marly Apoliano, RAD Vocational Grades Examiner. Lauren Cuthbertson commented: “The Phyllis Bedells Bursary is about students becoming young artists – progression through their classes into their solos means they can show something individual. The winner was outstanding from beginning to end, with an innate sensibility, beautiful posture and technique.”

 

Past winners of the Bursary have gone on to dance with international companies including The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet, and win medals at the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition – which will be held in Wellington, New Zealand this year from 6 – 15 December.

 

A new addition to the Bursary programme this year was a performance by the regional winners of the Genée Dance Challenge 2011. The 10 candidates attended a Masterclass in the morning taught by Justine Berry ARAD, before each performing their winning solo for the delighted audience and panel of judges.

Event details

Chisato Katsura performed Set Variation: Demi-caractère 1 and Repertoire Variation: Sleeping Beauty, Prologue: First Fairy. She came to London from China to audition for The Royal Ballet School aged 12, and has trained at the school for the past three years. She is currently in Year 11 and is taught by Miss Diane van Schoor, with Miss Hope Keelan coaching her for RAD examination work. The bursary was instituted to encourage talented young dancers to further their careers in classical ballet. It is open to RAD members under 17-years-old who have passed the Academy’s Advanced 1 Examination with distinction but have yet to take the Advanced 2 Examination.

About The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)

The Royal Academy of Dance is an international dance teacher education and training organisation with over 13,000 members in 79 countries. The Academy promotes the knowledge, practice and understanding of dance internationally through the education and training of teachers. The Academy is also the largest international ballet examinations board. The RAD is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 312826.

Snapshot : The Royal Ballet Lower School Open Day

The Royal Ballet Lower School Open Day , Richmond Park

 
dancers perform outside on the lawn
The Royal Ballet Lower School Open Day 11 June 2011

Ballet on the lawn of historic White Lodge 

Introducing the JA’s (Junior Associates), with a Suite of 17th Century English Dances were : Nina Anderson, Eleanor Baker, Sophia Barron, Emilia Beattie, Grace Castle, Isabelle Dann, Karya Duru, Lara Duru, Sophie Harlow, Emily Holditch, Megan Hondius, Michaela Infante, Georgina Lawson, Josephine Mansfield, Ella Mansford, Maria Tedford, Alicia Tolchinsky, Alessia Vernazza, Poppy Wales, Lauren Woods, Ike Anyjiobi, Cedric Brandt, Alexander Burton, Matthew Cotton, Kieran Curtin, Alfie Graham, Theo McLaughlin, Daniel Peters, Albei Reid, Archie Sherman.

The Irish Reel (Year 9) was danced by : Magdalena Chan, Eleanor Ferguson, Annabel Lock, Sophie Middlebrook, Grace Paulley, Lauren Porter, Constance Vowles, Kiri Wreyford, Gabriel Anderson, Thomas Bedford, Thomas Bradshaw, Lee Cowling, Ashley Hardwick, Daniel Harrison, Hanno Opperman, James Roxby-Brown.

The Party Dance from The Nutcracker (year 7) was danced by : Annabel Lock, Daniel Harrison, Elizabeth Brooks, Natalia Dwyer, Tori Forsyth-Hecken, Annabella Sanders, Elena Trotman, Samuel Anderson, Frederick Gunningham, Asher Rosen heim, Kallum Snook, Jake Walker.

The Ballroom Scene from Romeo & Juliet (year 10) was danced by : Nicole Blachford, Georgia Bould, Estelle Bovay, Lucie Dennis, Chisato Katsura, Laura Myers, Maya Negishi, Leonie Thomas, India Thompson, Diogo Barbosa, Benjamin Brown, Thomas Cooper, Tomas Farringdon, Gareth Haw, Killian Smith, Benjamin Thomas, Yumeya Yamamori, Alexander Yap.

The Irish Reel (year 8) was danced by : Lana Antonoiu, Augusta De Marchis, Phoebe Fenwick, Alice Kawalek, Isabella Knights, Amelia Palmiero, Molly Rees, Kim Stark, Jerome Barnes, Lewis Charlton, Sean Flanagan, Albjon Gjorllaku, Nicholas Landon, Augustus Payne, Joesph Powell-Main, Barnaby Norman.

The Scottish Reel (year 9) was danced by : Prisca Bertoni, Megan Cameron, Eleanor Ferguson, Annabel Lock, Sophie Middlebrook, Grace Paulley, Constance Vowles, Kiri Wreyford, Gabriel Anderson, Thomas Bedford, Tom Bradshaw, Lee Cowling, Ashley Hardwick, Daniel Harrison, Hanno Opperman, James Roxby-Brown, Christopher Thomas, Maurice Wedner-Ross.

I know that regular readers will be shocked to hear me single out a contemporary piece for praise – but Momentum (year 11) was worthy, and danced captivatingly by : Madeleine Downdey, Grace Horler, Lily Howes, Amelia Jackson, Fay Meadows, Luna Othnin-Girard, Jessica West, Peter Allen, Reece Clarke, Jonathan Day, Ross McCaw, Paul Oliver, Samuel Percy.

Morris Dancing is part of the curriculum at White Lodge, along with all the character/national dances, and here Rapper was danced by : Benjamin Brown, Diogo Barbosa, Henry Dowden, Gareth Haw, Alexander Yap. Intricate and twisting, with the boys mostly joined together by metal strips, I can only imagine the hours of rehearsal that went into it!

The Morris Clog dance followed, with : Alexander Bird and John Rhys Halliwell.

The character dance – Russian, was danced by : Elizabeth Brooks, Genni Debney, Amy Dobinson, Natalia Dwyer, Tori Forsyth-Hecken, Georgia Jones, Annabella Sanders, Charlotte Stephens, Elena Trotman, Samuel Anderson, Christian Bratu, Louis Cohen, Frederick Gunningham, Adam Hilton, Sam Lee, William Osborne, Benji Pearson, Asher Rosenheim, Kallum Snook, Jake Walker, Joshua Webb.

The next character dance – Tarantella (year 8) was danced by : Lana Antoniou, Augusta De Marchis, Phoebe Fenwick, Alice Kawalek, Isabella Knights, Nadia Mullova-Barley, Claudia Nicholson, Amelia Palmiero, Molly Rees, Kim Stark, Julia Stewart, Lewis Charlton, Sean Flanagan, Benjamin Gater, Daniel Myers, Barnaby Norman, Aiden O’Brien, Augustus Payne, Fraser Roach, Harry Wright.

The third character dance – Hungarian (year 10) was danced by : Nicole Blachford, Georgia Bould, Estelle Bovay, Lucie Dennis, Grace Horne, Isabel Lubach, Laurine Muccioli, Laura Myers, Maya Negishi, Julia Roscoe, Leonie Thomas, India Thompson, Diogo Barbosa, Benjamin Brown, Thomas Cooper, Henry Dowden, Tomas Farrington, Gareth Haw, Kilian Smith, Benjamin Thomas, Yumeya Yamamori, Alexander Yap.

The final character dance – Mazurka (year 9) was danced by : Florence Barker, Prisca Bertoni, Megan Cameron, Magdalena Chan, Eleanor Fergusin, Annabel Lock, Sophhie Middlebrook, Grace Paulley, Laurenn Porter, Constance Vowles, Kiri Wreyford, Gabriel Anderson, Thomas Bedford, Thomas Bradshaw, Lee Cowling, Ashley Hardwick, Daniel Harrison, Hanno Opperman, James Roxby-Brown, Christopher Thomas, Maurice Wedner-Ross.

The final dance – the Peasant Dance (year 11) from Swan Lake, was danced by : Naomi Bottomer, Mica Bradbury, Isabelle Brouwers, india De Vere, Madeleine Downdey, Lili Howes, Amelia Jackson, Fiona McGee, Fay Meadows, Luna Othnin-Girard, Stephanie Rae, Jessica West, Peter Allen, Diogo Barbosa, Alexander bird, Reece Clarke, Jonathan Day, Henry Dowden, John Rhys Halliwell, Ross McCaw, Paul Oliver, Samuel Percy, Barnaby Rook Bishop, Barny Sharratt.

All photographs © Cheryl Angear. No unauthorized reproduction. However, copies of the images are available for purchase so please contact me if you’d like to buy any of them.

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Look at the first gallery of photographs from the Open Day.

Ballet on the lawn of historic Grade 1 listed White Lodge

 
 

 

The Royal Ballet Lower School Open Day 2011

dancers on stage outside in the sun
The Royal Ballet Lower School Open Day 2011

White Lodge, The Royal Ballet Lower School, Open Day in Richmond Park 

Today, in the grounds of White Lodge, the students of The Royal Ballet Lower School danced in front of a packed audience.

Ballet report part 1

In part one of my report, you can see some of the photos from several difference performances – there were three spread out over the course of the afternoon and fortunately for all, the sun came out and the rain stayed away.

Introducing the JA’s (Junior Associates), with a Suite of 17th Century English Dances were : Nina Anderson, Eleanor Baker, Sophia Barron, Emilia Beattie, Grace Castle, Isabelle Dann, Karya Duru, Lara Duru, Sophie Harlow, Emily Holditch, Megan Hondius, Michaela Infante, Georgina Lawson, Josephine Mansfield, Ella Mansford, Maria Tedford, Alicia Tolchinsky, Alessia Vernazza, Poppy Wales, Lauren Woods, Ike Anyjiobi, Cedric Brandt, Alexander Burton, Matthew Cotton, Kieran Curtin, Alfie Graham, Theo McLaughlin, Daniel Peters, Albei Reid, Archie Sherman.

The Irish Reel (Year 9) was danced by : Magdalena Chan, Eleanor Ferguson, Annabel Lock, Sophie Middlebrook, Grace Paulley, Lauren Porter, Constance Vowles, Kiri Wreyford, Gabriel Anderson, Thomas Bedford, Thomas Bradshaw, Lee Cowling, Ashley Hardwick, Daniel Harrison, Hanno Opperman, James Roxby-Brown.

The Party Dance from The Nutcracker (year 7) was danced by : Annabel Lock, Daniel Harrison, Elizabeth Brooks, Natalia Dwyer, Tori Forsyth-Hecken, Annabella Sanders, Elena Trotman, Samuel Anderson, Frederick Gunningham, Asher Rosen heim, Kallum Snook, Jake Walker.

The Ballroom Scene from Romeo & Juliet (year 10) was danced by : Nicole Blachford, Georgia Bould, Estelle Bovay, Lucie Dennis, Chisato Katsura, Laura Myers, Maya Negishi, Leonie Thomas, India Thompson, Diogo Barbosa, Benjamin Brown, Thomas Cooper, Tomas Farringdon, Gareth Haw, Killian Smith, Benjamin Thomas, Yumeya Yamamori, Alexander Yap.

The Irish Reel (year 8) was danced by : Lana Antonoiu, Augusta De Marchis, Phoebe Fenwick, Alice Kawalek, Isabella Knights, Amelia Palmiero, Molly Rees, Kim Stark, Jerome Barnes, Lewis Charlton, Sean Flanagan, Albjon Gjorllaku, Nicholas Landon, Augustus Payne, Joesph Powell-Main, Barnaby Norman.

The Scottish Reel (year 9) was danced by : Prisca Bertoni, Megan Cameron, Eleanor Ferguson, Annabel Lock, Sophie Middlebrook, Grace Paulley, Constance Vowles, Kiri Wreyford, Gabriel Anderson, Thomas Bedford, Tom Bradshaw, Lee Cowling, Ashley Hardwick, Daniel Harrison, Hanno Opperman, James Roxby-Brown, Christopher Thomas, Maurice Wedner-Ross.

I know that regular readers will be shocked to hear me single out a contemporary piece for praise – but Momentum (year 11) was worthy, and danced captivatingly by : Madeleine Downdey, Grace Horler, Lily Howes, Amelia Jackson, Fay Meadows, Luna Othnin-Girard, Jessica West, Peter Allen, Reece Clarke, Jonathan Day, Ross McCaw, Paul Oliver, Samuel Percy.

Morris Dancing is part of the curriculum at White Lodge, along with all the character/national dances, and here Rapper was danced by : Benjamin Brown, Diogo Barbosa, Henry Dowden, Gareth Haw, Alexander Yap.  Intricate and twisting, with the boys mostly joined together by metal strips, I can only imagine the hours of rehearsal that went into it!

The Morris Clog dance followed, with : Alexander Bird and John Rhys Halliwell.

The character dance – Russian, was danced by : Elizabeth Brooks, Genni Debney, Amy Dobinson, Natalia Dwyer, Tori Forsyth-Hecken, Georgia Jones, Annabella Sanders, Charlotte Stephens, Elena Trotman, Samuel Anderson, Christian Bratu, Louis Cohen, Frederick Gunningham, Adam Hilton, Sam Lee, William Osborne, Benji Pearson, Asher Rosenheim, Kallum Snook, Jake Walker, Joshua Webb.

The next character dance – Tarantella (year 8) was danced by : Lana Antoniou, Augusta De Marchis, Phoebe Fenwick, Alice Kawalek, Isabella Knights, Nadia Mullova-Barley, Claudia Nicholson, Amelia Palmiero, Molly Rees, Kim Stark, Julia Stewart, Lewis Charlton, Sean Flanagan, Benjamin Gater, Daniel Myers, Barnaby Norman, Aiden O’Brien, Augustus Payne, Fraser Roach, Harry Wright.

The third character dance – Hungarian (year 10) was danced by : Nicole Blachford, Georgia Bould, Estelle Bovay, Lucie Dennis, Grace Horne, Isabel Lubach, Laurine Muccioli, Laura Myers, Maya Negishi, Julia Roscoe, Leonie Thomas, India Thompson, Diogo Barbosa, Benjamin Brown, Thomas Cooper, Henry Dowden, Tomas Farrington, Gareth Haw, Kilian Smith, Benjamin Thomas, Yumeya Yamamori, Alexander Yap.

The final character dance – Mazurka (year 9) was danced by : Florence Barker, Prisca Bertoni, Megan Cameron, Magdalena Chan, Eleanor Fergusin, Annabel Lock, Sophhie Middlebrook, Grace Paulley, Laurenn Porter, Constance Vowles, Kiri Wreyford, Gabriel Anderson, Thomas Bedford, Thomas Bradshaw, Lee Cowling, Ashley Hardwick, Daniel Harrison, Hanno Opperman, James Roxby-Brown, Christopher Thomas, Maurice Wedner-Ross.

The final dance – the Peasant Dance (year 11) from Swan Lake, was danced by : Naomi Bottomer, Mica Bradbury, Isabelle Brouwers, india De Vere, Madeleine Downdey, Lili Howes, Amelia Jackson, Fiona McGee, Fay Meadows, Luna Othnin-Girard, Stephanie Rae, Jessica West, Peter Allen, Diogo Barbosa, Alexander bird, Reece Clarke, Jonathan Day, Henry Dowden, John Rhys Halliwell, Ross McCaw, Paul Oliver, Samuel Percy, Barnaby Rook Bishop, Barny Sharratt.

All photographs © Cheryl Angear.  No unauthorized reproduction.  However, copies of the images are available for purchase so please contact me if you’d like to buy any of them.

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