13 July 2011 at 11.23am | Comment on this article
On Friday night, 200 plus students from The Royal Ballet School took to the Opera House's main stage for their annual end-of-year performance, one of the most anticipated ballet events in the UK.
Performance is the life blood of a dancer; without it, the rigorous training and hours of rehearsal are for nothing. Dancers, especially student ones, need the tangible experience of performing in front of a live audience to understand fully what it takes to turn the steps they have studied into something magical and exhilarating.
The end-of-year performance is the ballet students' chance to put all their hard work into practice and marks the end of their careers as students as they move on to becoming professional dancers. It is an occasion filled with great hope and pride.
For the audience it is a much relished chance to see the future of the ballet world and, perhaps, to spot some of the stars of tomorrow. Here are a few pictures of the final performance to give a glimpse into this special night with The Royal Ballet School.
Ones to watch
- Checkmate: Lachlan Monahan (Knight) Grete Borud Nybakken (Black Queen), Austin Liu (Knight), Tomas Mock (Red Knight).
- Spring and Fall: Tomas Mock, Jacopo Bellussi, Austin Lui and Claudia Dean.
- Opus One: Grieg Mathews and Gina Scott.
- Grande defile: all the students come out on stage for a final apotheosis.
All photos Johan Persson.