22 October 2015 at 4.55pm | 4 Comments
Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae and violinist Vasko Vassilev recently filmed a performance of Czárdás, a tap dance solo originally created by Steven for the inaugaral Ann Maguire Gala in March 2015.
The piece features Steven demonstrating his tap skills, drawn on so memorably in the role of the Mad Hatter in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This particular performance was filmed on the set of The Royal Opera's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
'I grew up in Sydney and I was lucky to have great teachers from day one. They just said "Dance!", whether it was jazz, tap or ballet', Steven said after performing the solo during World Ballet Day earlier this month. 'I think dance education is like your normal education — you do English, Maths, Science — and dance should be the same. I was lucky in that all the different disciplines were encouraged. I had a go at everything and now it's really useful. We have so many incredible choreographers working with us and they like to tap into different styles and challenge the audiences with different vocabulary. I love that I'm able to bring something to that.'
The musical accompaniment is Vittorio Monti's folk music-inspired concert piece of the same name.
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