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Laurretta Summerscales' "Dancing for a Dream" gala in Woking, 10th November


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The following information was published by Dancing Times, although whether the performance will be subject to the changes that afflict most galas is a matter for speculation:

 

Dancers include Aitor Arrieta, Begoña Cao, Katja Khaniukova, Alison Mcwhinney, Junor Souza from English National Ballet; Reece Clarke, Cesar Corrales and Fumi Kaneko from The Royal Ballet; Mathais Dingman, Brandon Lawrence, Delia Mathews and Yaoqiun Shang from Birmingham Royal Ballet; Yonah Acosta, Osiel Gouneo and Summerscales from the Bavarian State Ballet and María González from Company Wayne McGregor. They will perform a wide variety of repertoire, including works from George Balanchine, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan, Marius Petipa, Liam Scarlett, Christopher Wheeldon and more.

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For anyone who is not aware of this gala organised by Laurretta Summerscales and Yonah Acosta, former principals with English National Ballet, it will be taking place on Sunday 10 November 2019 at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, Laurretta’s hometown.  It is to raise funds for treatment for her severely disabled nephew to receive treatment only available in the USA.  The line-up of dancers currently includes Laurretta Summerscales, Yonah Acosta and Osiel Gouneo from Munich State Ballet, Reece Clarke, Cesar Corrales and Fumi Kaneko from the Royal Ballet, Mathias Dingman, Delia Matthews, Brandon Lawrence and Yaoqian Shang from Birmingham Royal Ballet, Alison McWhinney, Begoña Cao, Katja Khaniukova, Aitor Arrieta and Junor Souza from English National Ballet, and Javier Torres from Northern Ballet Theatre.  The event will be hosted by Wayne Sleep.

 

The programme will consist of pas de deux from “The Taming of the Shrew” (Cranko), “Swan Lake” (Act II), “Le Corsaire”, “Don Quixote”, “Manon” (MacMillan - Act I bedroom pas de deux), and “No Man’s Land” (Scarlett – final pas de deux), as well as “After the rain” by Christopher Wheeldon and the Tchaikovsky pas de deux.  (The usual caveat of casting and programme being subject to change applies.)  There will also be three group dances from ballet schools in the local area. 

 

A silent auction is now underway with items donated by Carlos Acosta (who is also sponsoring the dancers’ travel expenses), Tamara Rojo, Vadim Muntagirov, Roberto Bolle, Marianela Nuñez, English National Ballet, the Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet and more!  Full details are on the Facebook page – Dancing for a Dream.  Tickets can be booked via the theatre’s website.

 

It promises to be a very special evening and hopefully it will get Dexter Summerscales-Heard to the USA!

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On ‎25‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 17:12, bangorballetboy said:

There is a silent auction being run in connection with the event - details.

 

A very enjoyable evening, more of which later, perhaps, but I just wanted to flag up the silent auction, which finishes at the end of today.  There are signed goodies from some very big-name dancers, experiences such as watching the Royal Ballet perform from the wings, signed photos from a group of stars from Strictly Come Dancing, and all sorts, so well worth supporting - and it's all in a very good cause, of course.  Such a shame that the wheels at NICE turn so slowly ...

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