It seems only yesterday that I posted about returning to school after the Easter holidays, but today I start a one week break that marks the half way point of our Summer Term. A brief summary of the past five weeks includes preparing repertoire for our graduation and summer performances, the wearing through of three pairs of pointe shoes and, of course, our all-important GCSE examinations.
An insight to the repertoire we have been vigorously rehearsing includes excerpts from MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations and Ashton’s Les Patineurs, a classical waltz from Petipa’s Coppélia, a contemporary piece taken from a past production of the Yorke Dance Project and a three-movement ballet being choreographed by teachers of White Lodge for Years 10, 11 and 12.
As for the GCSEs, eight exams are done with seven more to go: three for Core Science, three for Maths and one for English. My subject exams and course work already completed so far are English Literature, Additional Science, Expressive Arts, Dance Studies, plus my options of French and Music. GCSE Italian I passed in Year 9, so in total I am aiming for 10 GCSEs.
The lead up to the end of year season will be an intense one. This week I will keep busy by revising in-depth, plus exercising at the gym. I will also catch up on some rest and pointe shoe sewing too. Last but not least, I will be putting the final touches to what I will wear for my graduation ceremony on June 29th – that will be a special post!
I am looking forward to the exams being over and to the excitement of performing at the Royal Opera House; the thought of being in Covent Garden from September motivates me each day to give my best at everything I do. Prisca