Just a really short update to apologise for the lack of posts on my blog recently and explain why I’ve been quiet. I’m in the midst of writing up my PhD thesis (58,000 words and counting…!) and everything outside of my research is having to grind to a halt. I’m working around the clock and so haven’t had any time to write anything for the blog. Don’t worry though, I’ve got loads of ideas for future posts that I’ll start once I’m done with my PhD!
I was lucky enough to perform Cinderella once again a couple of weeks ago. It was a huge honour to share the stage with Elena Glurdjidze and Arionel Vargas from English National Ballet again, and to perform with amazing dancers of all ages from the Ballet School and Youth Ballet Company. I also got to perform the Ocean and Pearls Pas de Trois Adagio from the underwater scene in The Little Humpbacked Horse this time around which was also lots of fun. The performance went really well (better than I could have hoped for); even my grand pirouettes in the Pas de Trois went well (better than any rehearsal!) so I was really pleased. I also got to perform the Pas de Trois again, along with the Spanish Dance from Swan Lake (with my partner from last year’s performance) at a smaller school performance last week with the youngest students of the school.
The next few months will contain little ballet for me unfortunately. I don’t have time to do my weekday classes, but am hoping to still make a few Sunday session with Youth Ballet (not least because last week I learnt the male variation from Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux and didn’t get a chance to do a full run through of it!). As well as writing up my thesis, I have conferences in Portugal and Japan (coinciding nicely with the Alina Cojocaru Dream Gala in Tokyo in July!) to present my research, and the final round of a national research competition in London. Well, I guess at least I won’t be bored! Following all that I’ll be spending August preparing to move to San Francisco (I need to find some ballet classes! ) as well as catching the Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake and Cinderella when they tour to the Royal Opera House in London.
Before I go stick my head back into my thesis, here’s a couple of really cool videos I found recently. The first is from Washington Ballet where six dancers show off their hardest moves including some really cool slow motion shots. The second is from the National Ballet of Canada and showcases three of their top male dancers (Principal Dancers Guillaume Côté, Piotr Stanczyk and First Soloist Keiichi Hirano) and really demonstrates the power, strength and skill of a male danseur.
Until next time, keep on dancing!