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Watch: Steven McRae and Vasko Vassilev perform Czárdás

The Royal Ballet Principal performs a memorable tap dance solo to an accompaniment by the Concert Master of the ROH Orchestra.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

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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By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

22 October 2015 at 4.55pm

This article has been categorised Dance and tagged czárdás, Film, Steven McRae, tap dance, Vasko Vassilev, YouTube

This article has 4 comments

  1. Pam Elphinstone responded on 23 October 2015 at 9:53am Reply

    Powerful use of tap rhythm....using it with solo violin is a great balance. The pianist (unattributed) blends beautifully. Thank you all.

  2. Pam Elphinstone responded on 24 October 2015 at 4:52pm Reply

    I'm hooked on this clip. The more I see it the more positives I find. Such artistry. Mirroring images and using lighting so well. Fantastic choreography with perfect music.

  3. Bonnie Robinson responded on 26 October 2015 at 3:35pm Reply

    I love the way Steven McRae takes combines his classical approach to the Czardas with funky tap technique - so cool and great fun

  4. Graeme Williams responded on 2 August 2016 at 10:44pm Reply

    Too "staged"! The original had much more flow and had a more natural, impromptu appeal.

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