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Royal Ballet Take Class on Main Stage to Celebrate 50 Years of Friends

Pictures of the event to celebrate a great milestone.

By Rachel Edmunds (Fundraising Appeals and Communications Manager)

17 October 2012 at 4.18pm | 3 Comments

"We thought this would be a good opportunity to say thank you and ‘Happy Birthday!’" said Kevin O’Hare as he welcomed over 600 Friends of Covent Garden to a special event in the main auditorium last week: Royal Ballet in Class on the main stage.

Daily Class happens every day of a dancer's working life: an hour and a quarter of exercises to fully warm up for the day ahead. The public only get to sit in on these classes very rarely, and when they do, it is in a studio where space to sit and watch is limited. Kevin brought this key part of The Royal Ballet's day onto the main stage as a way of recognizing that the Friends of Covent Garden are essential supporters of the work of the Royal Opera House.

Each ticket was £2.50 to cover processing and mailing cost, meaning that Friends were able to purchase tickets in all parts of the auditorium at just £5 for two people. It was a wonderful occasion that Friends responded to enthusiastically, one remarking: "I’ve only ever treated myself to a ticket in the Grand Tier once before; this is so special!"

2012 is the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Covent Garden, and we are extremely grateful to them for their ongoing enthusiasm and support for everything that we do. As Kevin said, Happy Birthday!

By Rachel Edmunds (Fundraising Appeals and Communications Manager)

17 October 2012 at 4.18pm

This article has been categorised Ballet, Dance and tagged Class, friends, Friends of Covent Garden, supporting

This article has 3 comments

  1. Catherine responded on 18 October 2012 at 5:46pm Reply

    This was an excellent event. I had not ever been to a class before and found it really interesting. By the end it had become exhilarating, there was so much dance flying all over the stage. Thank you to all the dancers who participated and managed not to be put off by us all gawping. Also huge thanks to the wonderful pianist whose playing was a joy (and who had a great sense of musical humour) and the outstanding teacher (apologies to have forgotten both names and I don't have the information sheet to hand to give them proper credit). Thank you.

  2. This was a great way to spend a morning. It was lovely to see so many of my favourite dancers in one place and to watch with admiration and enjoyment.
    Thank you to all the dancers and I hope you will consider doing this again from time to time.

  3. Liz Atkins responded on 24 October 2012 at 2:14pm Reply

    Was so disappointed to miss this event as I was away. I'm sure it takes huge organisation, but would it be possible to repeat at some time in the future as a Friends event?!
    Regards
    Liz

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