June 3, 2019
Last term Hilary had the great pleasure of preparing a performance in collaboration with the Royal School with all the students she teaches at the school. Hilary loves teaching at the Royal Junior School, where she prepares children for Royal Academy of Dance exams, auditions for youth companies such as English Youth Ballet, London Children’s Ballet, Surrey Youth Ballet as well as vocational dance schools.
The Royal School and Hilary worked hard to put the Ballet Blanc show together in order to showcase each young dancer and to give them the fantastic opportunity to perform in front of an audience. For some of the children, this was a first and they all performed beautifully! Well done! We hope this gave them a rewarding experience which will remain with them, and that they enjoyed the rehearsals and final production.
The theme and title of the performance was Ballet Blanc. This is a style of ballet which became popular in the 19th Century where the dancers wore long white tutus. This genre includes well known ballets such as Swan Lake, La Bayadere, La Sylphide, and Giselle. These ballets are still in the repertoires of ballet companies today. As the ballet performance included many younger children, it seemed a more attractive idea to introduce some colour to each dance, but the senior dance (see video below), remains in the traditional Ballet Blanc style.
Hilary thanks all the staff at the Royal Junior School who helped in so many ways. She also expresses her gratitude to our ever patient accompanist Anthony A’Court. Last but not least, thank you to the parents for supporting your children and bringing them to classes and rehearsals. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience working with them to produce our show!
We hope you enjoy the video below which is an edited version from the senior dance. They performed repertoire from La Bayadere.