Like the first, our second week at The Royal Ballet Summer School was a non-stop buzz of classes and hard work. We learnt so much and thanks to the concentrated training and corrections given by the teachers I have made progress – especially with my pirouettes.
It was lovely to see Monique Loudières again, former principal with the Paris Opera Ballet and director of the ESDC when I studied there. She took two of our solos classes and taught us The Dream Variation from the 1st Act of Nureyev’s version of Raymonda. We also had a ballet class with Cynthia Harvey, a former principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre. When I was younger I remember watching a DVD of her dancing the role of Kitri in Don Quixote.
The prestigious Darcey Bussell was our very special guest teacher. She is such a lively, down to earth person and with her we rehearsed Mary Vetsera’s Variation from the 2nd Act of MacMillan’s Mayerling. Other VIP’s scattered around the school from ‘across the bridge’ included Edward Watson, Jonathan Cope, Gary Avis and Federico Bonelli; not only guest teaching but also discreetly rehearsing Darcey Bussell’s contribution to the Olympic closing ceremony.
I have loved every moment of this course. It was a privilege to have taken part and the personal opportunities were of enormous value; from the first class on day one through to dancing Hot Honey Rag to close our demonstration performance on a high.
Summer School has come to an end and I wish we could do it all over again. Prisca