From Student To Star | Kilian Smith | The Royal Ballet School

From Student To Star | Kilian Smith | The Royal Ballet School

Kilian Smith
Kilian Smith

From Student to Star is an interview series featuring Graduates from vocational ballet schools as they begin their professional careers. Ballet News will be following them periodically to keep you up to date with their progress and whether the reality of ballet life lives up to their (high) expectations.

Kilian Smith
Kilian Smith

 

You’ve accepted a contract with The National Ballet of Portugal. How did that come about and when do you start?

Yes, I join the National Ballet of Portugal (CNB) on the 1st of September, I can’t wait to get started! CNB was probably the fourth audition I went to. Numerous teachers at the Royal Ballet School had suggested that I audition thinking from their experience I may be a good fit for the company. Fortunately I was asked to attend class as part of a private audition. After the class I felt really positive about the whole experience, it’s difficult to describe but I think occasionally you can walk into an environment and instantly get a good vibe. I definitely felt that I would be happy to work and form my career with the National Ballet of Portugal.

What do you know of the company?

A great thing about coming from the Royal Ballet School is that there are so many people in companies around the world who are alumni of the school so I was able to get any information I needed from current dancers in the company. The National Ballet of Portugal perform a mix of classical and more contemporary work so there’s lots of opportunity to dance a broad range of repertoire. I was lucky enough to take a class with the company at the very beginning of the summer just after my graduation, it was good to get that ‘first day’ anxiety out of the way while introducing myself and getting to know the company before I start in September.

What are you looking forward to about joining the company?

It sounds obvious but the thing that I am most looking forward to is officially starting my professional career! I have been at The Royal Ballet School for eight years and in that time it can sometimes feel like you are never actually going to make it! So I am incredibly excited about finally being able to start this stage of my life. I think meeting and working with new people, living in a different country and taking more responsibility for myself and my career are all experiences that I am really excited about.

How do you think company life will differ from your student days?

I think I am going to have to wait and see! I hope that company life will differ in the way that I would like to have more freedom for this part of my career and be allowed to develop as an individual person and dancer. However I would like to think that the focus, attention to detail and drive that I received from the teachers at the RBS won’t be lost in company life as I hope to keep the same attitude to work and improvement.

What do you think you will bring to the company?

I am definitely planning on bringing a strong work ethic, I believe working hard is the only way to achieve success, in my opinion you can’t rely on talent alone and I like to think that all of my achievements to date are down to ambition, perseverance and working hard. I have been lucky enough to have watched some of the best dancers in the world while working with the Royal Ballet, if I can absorb even a little from that experience and apply it to my career I’ll be very happy!

How are you preparing yourself for your first professional contract?

I have tried to stay relatively fit over the summer taking classes as often as I can to be sure I am in good shape for the start of the season. I do think it’s important to have some sort of rest or calm especially as I think the first few months in Lisbon could be a bit hectic. It’s been nice to have some time off. I’ve already been doing lots of preparation in terms of finding flats, opening bank accounts etc so I feel like I am almost ready to make the move.

What are you your best achievements as a student?

There is so much I am proud of during my time as a student. Many experiences and performances will remain special to me but the highlight has to be the graduation performance on the main stage. After watching the graduates for eight years, to finally live that moment was an overwhelming feeling and I think the standard of performance I reached at the end of the third year was something I am very proud of.

Why ballet?

I think you have got to be a little crazy to pursue a ballet career! But it is something that has felt completely natural to me. As a child I would dance and perform to all of the old Disney films, one day I told my mum that I wanted to become a dancer, I was so sure this was the thing I wanted to do. She told me if I was serious about a career in dance I should start with ballet…

Do you have a dream role and/or dance partner and if so what/who are they?

The two favourite roles that I would most like to dance is Des Grieux in Kenneth Macmillan’s Manon and any role in Ashton’s Symphonic Variations. I really haven’t thought of a dancer I would most like to partner in the future. Though I have been very lucky to have partnered some amazing dancers while at school. A ballerina that I particularly admire is Tamara Rojo. She danced Swan Lake in the very first performance I saw at the Opera House while I was in the production as a Junior Associate of the RBS, I find her particularly inspiring.

What would you say to those students entering their graduate year ?

I would say: Stay inspired

Get organised

Know your worth

Work hard

Surround yourself with support and positivity

Where would you like to be this time next year; how will you measure your progress over the year?

This time next year I would like to be preparing to return to the National Ballet of Portugal after having had a successful and rewarding first year with the company. I hope to have comfortably established myself and maintained working at a high standard to reach my potential as a developing dancer.

Kilian Smith
Kilian Smith

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.

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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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet Lower School Open Day report

Back to the dancing now – many different styles on display. The performances and the dancers varied over the 4 shows and here follows the 1.30pm performance. Please excuse the blue tape in the photo’s – unavoidable crowd control !

First we had Year 8 boys in two Morris dances – “Bean Setting” & “Rigs O’Marlow”. Here we have Benjamin Brown, Henry Dowden, Louis Moore, Kilian Smith, Benjamin Thomas &, Alexander Yap, just before they go on.

And here is a very short video clip :

They were followed by Year 8 girls in a Russian dance – Nicole Blachford, Georgia Bould, Estelle Bovay, Lucie Dennis, Genevieve Heron, Grace Horne, Rebecca Jones, Isabel Lubach, Julia Roscoe, Rebecca Scanlon, Leonie Thomas & India Thompson.

The Ballroom Scene from Romeo & Juliet was danced by Year 10 – Laura-Jane Fenney, Diva Hollands, Alexandra Livermore, Abigail Martin, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Suzan Opperman, Lili Spencer, Georgia Ware, Rosanna Whittle, Seira Winning, Reagan Wise, Jonathon Baker, Matthew Ball, Alexander Bennett, Thomas Bennett, Joseph Cane, Luke Cinque-White, Ryan Clarke, Calum Collins, Kevin Hale, Howard Smith, James Stephens.

Year 11 danced Facade – Scottish – Sian Jones, Ellena Nou & Andrew McNicol.

This was followed by Facade – Milkmaid – Leanne Morris, David Brewer, Lake Laoutaris-Smith & William McDonnell.

Leanne Morris was a revelation.