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Young choreographer Freya Thomas discusses working with Royal Ballet dancers.

By Royal Opera House

9 June 2011 at 2.50pm | Comment on this article

Rising young choreographer Freya Thomas is just 18 but is already putting the finishing touches to a new work to be performed on the Royal Opera House’s main stage in July 2011.

Dance Futures: Freya was one of five young choreographers, aged 16-18, who were recently invited to spend a day with The Royal Ballet, as part of an ongoing partnership with Youth Dance England’s national Young Creatives programme. Resident choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Director Monica Mason challenged them to talk about their work and consider their craft as choreographers.  They were joined by ten Royal Ballet dancers to take part in a choreographic task, which culminated in a final sharing and discussion.

All the young choreographers rose to the challenge but Freya particularly stood out for her choreographic potential. She was selected to choreograph a pas de deux to be danced on the Main Stage by Royal Ballet dancers Nathalie Harrison and Ryoichi Hirano as part of Dance Futures in July.  Freya is not daunted at the task, but takes it on unfazed ‘I am very interested in pursuing choreography as a career path in the future.’

Creating the piece: Freya has spent eight hours in the studio so far; two hours per day of her half-term holiday and she feels happy with what she has achieved in this time. Once her college assessments and end of term performance are complete at the end of June she will be back in the Opera House honing her work, to get it ready for the big day.

About Freya: 'I started dancing when I was about 10, just recreationally at a local dance club. At the time I was just doing it for fun as all my mates went and we had a good laugh. GCSE dance was introduced at my secondary school and as a last minute decision I decided to take it as one of my choices. I then went on to my further education college and took dance as one of my A levels . I am currently studying at Lewisham College on the one year foundation course in dance and I will be going on to vocational training in September.'

YDE Young Creatives is an annual programme which gives 15-19 year olds from across the country the opportunity to develop their choreographic work with highly experienced, professional choreographers.