The French School – Focus on Style Masterclass

With Elisabeth Platel, director of the École de Danse de l’Opéra Paris. Smiling behind us is Jay Jolley, assistant director of The Royal Ballet School

I love being in the heart of London and going to 46 Floral Street always makes me realise how much I want to finish my final three years of training at our Upper School there.

Due to start at 2 o’clock in the Linden Studio Theatre, our demonstration masterclass was to follow on from the morning’s lecture on how the French School has influenced English ballet style. It was a good to chat with friendly upper school students and to make new friends as we warmed up.

The class was taken by Elisabeth Platel, director of the École de Danse de l’Opéra Paris and was made up of 20 students selected from male and female applicants aged 13-15. From my central position in the studio theatre it was slightly daunting to see many influential ballet people in the audience. However, putting my nerves aside I decided that this was a special opportunity for me to be seen in a new environment.

With special guest Dame Monica Mason

Working with such a Director was invaluable and I was happy to receive some positive and encouraging comments during the class. I thoroughly enjoyed reverting to the French style, the fluidity of the arms in particular. It brought back memories of the year I spent at the Rosella Hightower School in Cannes.

Perhaps my greatest reward was to be invited back to take part in the second of these masterclasses to be held in three weeks time on 21 October; The Italian School. Now that one has my name on it.

If you love ballet and live near London, don’t miss out attending at least one of these lectures that explore the European and Russian schools and their influence on De Valois. Hosted by The Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden, tickets are available online from TicketSource.

Author: Prisca

Blogging since 2012. I'm a professional dancer, undergoing a degree in Digital Marketing, and co-founder of Boleyn Factory, an independent film organisation based in Bordeaux, France.

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