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Maureen D’Albertanson served as Academic Head of the Royal Ballet School and will be discussing her role in this distinguished, and unique, British institution. The Royal Ballet School has grown and adapted since its beginnings under Dame Ninette de Valois ninety years ago: outstanding dancers of international reputation form a chain of excellence emerging from its doors.
Here is a chance to hear from Maureen with an insider’s explanation of how young dancers are trained, and educated, in a specialised context that few outside observers are able to appreciate.
This will be a treat for ballet aficionados as well as for those whose knowledge of the Royal Ballet School may be limited to that painful audition scene in Billy Elliott, or whose familiarity with its non-fictional graduates extends only as far as Darcey Bussell judging ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
The Royal Ballet School currently has more boys than girls enrolled. Is this the ‘Billy Elliott Effect’, or something more complicated? We may discover some answers to that question.
|Fri 11 Nov 2016||10:00|
Free to members; £2.00 to non-members for the talk