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  1. ELMHURST BALLET SCHOOL STUDENTS SHINE IN NEW CAMPAIGN Media release: Monday 20 January 2020 – In 2018, Elmhurst Ballet School, the vocational school in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, proudly championed their home city of Birmingham in a photographic campaign that presented students dancing in and around Brum. Two years later and a brand new campaign, Surpass Your Potential: Train at Elmhurst Ballet School, celebrates the diversity, individuality and talent of Elmhurst students from across its Lower and Upper Schools. Kicking off the 2020 campaign, in photography by highly regarded dance photographer Johan Persson, is Birmingham born Year 11 student Caitlin Godfrey (pictured). By taking part, Caitlin and eight fellow students show the local, national and international appeal of the Edgbaston based school. Amber Pace from Malta; René Kolapo from Orpington in Kent; Wesley Mpakati from Tyseley in Birmingham; Denis Teixeira from Salford near Manchester; Satsuki Ueda from Nagoya, Japan; Tim Morgenstern from Wilhelmshaven, Germany; Ben Randall from Wolverhampton; and Leila Wright from Fobbing in Essex, ‘Flourish’, ‘Dream Big’, ‘Shine’, ‘Achieve’, ‘Thrive’, ‘Excel’, ‘Ignite’, ‘Go Beyond’ and ‘Transform’ in the suite of dynamic photographs, highlighting students who live, dance and learn at Elmhurst, really can surpass their potential. Commenting on working with the nine students, dance photographer Johan Persson, said:“The students from Elmhurst Ballet School were an absolute pleasure to work with. A photoshoot can be very intimidating experience and doing a ballet photoshoot where you are striving for a perfect line or aesthetic look is even harder. “The students took it on with confidence making small adjustments to their shapes and lines when asked to, something even professionals struggle with. They approached it with total professionalism and enthusiasm and still let their personalities shine through, which was exactly what we wanted to achieve.” Four of the students whose life-size #SurpassYourPotential photographs will be unveiled at the school ahead of The Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to Elmhurst on Wednesday 22 January, said: Caitlin Godfrey, Year 11: “My dream and aspiration is to become a Principal dancer and perform many lead roles. Elmhurst has helped me to become a better dancer, and teachers continue to refine my technique. The school gives me lots of opportunities to perform in professional settings and allows me to express myself every day in ballet class. I am really excited to be part of the new campaign as this is the first photoshoot I have been involved in. I am proud to have my name associated with Elmhurst.” Wesley Mpakati, Year 7: “My time at Elmhurst is great! Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and no one leaves you out. All the teachers are supportive and if they know there is something wrong they will speak to you and we’ll work it out. Ballet makes me feel free and makes me feel happy and it was really exciting to get picked to play Fritz in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker recently. So many opportunities here at Elmhurst! A day at the school can be tiring, but it’s loads of fun!” Ben Randall, Year 13: “I am having a really good time at Elmhurst and I feel extremely supported by my teachers and friends around me. I feel I have improved a lot, and in many ways my technique has got much stronger since last year and I feel much more secure as a dancer. My main goal is to be in a company which allows me to improve as a dancer and maintain happiness at the same time. I think it’s really important that whilst we strive to be the best dancer we can be, we also strive to be the happiest dancer we can be as well.” Satsuki Ueda, Year 12: “In Japan I was only learning classical ballet but coming to Elmhurst I am experiencing contemporary, jazz, flamenco dance and performance opportunities in solo competitions and shows. I am thrilled to be part of the campaign and take part in a professional photoshoot. It’s brilliant experience working with Johan and the Elmhurst team.” The full set of photographs will be revealed in leading sector magazines and across the school’s social media and website over the coming months.
  2. The programmes at Northern Ballet's 50th Gala were complimentary. As some were left at the end the Ushers were inviting people to take extra copies if they wanted - I was able to get a couple for friends who had not been able to come!
  3. I've added Leeds to the title to make it clear. (Northern Ballet School in Manchester is a completely different entity.)
  4. I remember seeing London City Ballet performing The Witch Boy. ENB performed Anastasia Act lll over 2 seasons. The first season's performances were danced by Lynn Seymour. The second time around she was injured (replaced in Oregon by Eva Evdokimova) and the role was danced by the always luminous Trinidad Sevillano.
  5. Hello Dancingninja and welcome to the Forum!
  6. From Instagram it looks as though there are going to be some very delicious cupcakes available!
  7. Hello Moana and welcome out of the lurking shadows! I've added some tags to your post. If you click on them they will take you to other threads. Here is an earlier thread that may be of use:
  8. Comments on the gala performances on this thread please:
  9. Links - Saturday 18 January, 2020 Obituary - Anthony Crickmay, dance photographer: Times Obituary - Harold King, AD London City Ballet: Telegraph Review - San Francisco Ballet, Spellbound gala, San Francisco: Leslie Katz, SF Examiner Review - Royal Danish Ballet, Ballo della Regina, August 2.0, Raymonda Act 3, The Hubbery, Copenhagen: Eva Kistrup, Danceview Times Preview Feature - Dutch National Ballet, Frida, Amsterdam: Nina Siegal, NY Times Live Screening Review - Royal Ballet, Sleeping Beauty: Aliya Al-Hassan, Broadway World Review - Gregory Maqoma, Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro, New York: Apollinaire Scherr, FT Diaries - Three of the best dance shows in the UK this week: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian (scroll down) Dance in the UK this week: Debra Craine, Times (scroll way down) Dance in LA this week: Matt Cooper, LA Times Feature - International Association of Blacks in Dance festival and conference: Peter Crimmins, WHYY Review - Stephanie Lake, Colossus, Sydney: Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald Feature - Eliidh Mellis, Sydney Morning Herald Preview - Scottish Ballet, This is my body (double bill), London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Review - Fleur Elise Noble, Rooman, London: Anna Winter, Stage Preview Feature - Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Wizard of Oz, Ottawa: Lynn Saxberg, Miner & News Review - Cirque du Soleil, Luzia, London: Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide Review - Strictly Come Dancing, The Live Tour, Birmingham: Rachel Ward, Telegraph
  10. I’d like to see them revive Onegin - it as a performance of that ballet that “converted “ me to being a devoted ballet-watcher. I’d rather see ENB do it than RB. Etudes too. Christopher Bruce’s Symphony in 3 Movements
  11. I was very saddened today to hear of the death of Derek Fowlds. I only ever saw him on TV but thought him both a fine comic actor with a superb sense of timing and also excellent in straight dramas. For me, though, my abiding memory is of him as Mr Derek in the Basil Brush show. Sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jan/17/derek-fowlds-obituary
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