8 December 2017 at 12.20pm | 5 Comments
Collier created the iconic role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Peter Wright's production back in 1984 and this Season has returned to the Company to coach two current Royal Ballet Principals – Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae – through the role of the Fairy and her Prince.
'Anthony Dowell and I would spend the entire Act I upstairs in the studio and we would go through the pas de deux before going downstairs [to the stage] to do it for Act II', she says. 'It became something we'd do before every performance.'
'I have to have complete faith in the [coach] in front of me, which I do', says McRae. 'Lesley is the one. I walk in like a blank canvas – she knows what she's talking about'.
Dance partner Sarah Lamb agrees: 'It's the only way to pass on tradition'.
'For me what's special is to have a coach that's worked with [choreographers] Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan', says Darcey. 'All of that knowledge is extraordinary. We have to hold onto that because that makes us an individual company – we have that style and we can keep that style.'
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