Week one of Summer School at Covent Garden has been hard work and exhausting at times, but fabulous fun too. We arrive to warm-up at 9am then the day starts with a 90 minute ballet class followed by three more 90 minute classes, finishing at 5pm. These include repertoire, pas de deux, solos, jazz, contemporary, character, musical theatre, coaching and body conditioning.
Teachers include resident Royal Ballet School staff and guests such as Zenaida Yanowsky principal with the Royal Ballet company. It is a privilege to be coached by professionals with inspiring careers from all over the world; they give helpful corrections and I’ve been learning something new almost everyday.
The highlight for me was my first ever pas de deux class. I was lucky to be paired with a tall, strong, experienced pas de deux partner who made the lesson quite easy and great fun. It is so exciting to be spun around on pointe and lifted high up in the air and I’m really looking forward to learning more advanced steps in these classes next week.
At the close of the course next Saturday we will present a demonstration performance to our families. We have already started to prepare a few pieces including the ‘Aurora’s Friends’ dance from the 1st Act of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ [beautiful and dynamic classic], the ‘Terpsichore Variation’ from Balanchine’s ‘Apollo’ [demanding, neo-classical and exotic solo], the ‘Hot Honey Rag’ from the ‘Chicago’ Musical [sassy and cheerful routine] and a Polish Court dance to one of Chopin’s Mazurkas [traditional Polish character dance].
Along with all the motivating course work I’m making many new friends. 46 Floral Street is starting to feel like ‘home’ and even though I cannot wait for the busy week ahead, I do not want this Summer School to end. Being offered a place as a full-time student here next year would be a dream come true. Until next week. Prisca