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Watch: What it's like being a Young Choreographer with The Royal Ballet

Charlotte Edmonds talks about the power of dance, working with Wayne McGregor and a changing landscape for choreographers.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

26 May 2016 at 3.50pm | Comment on this article

Charlotte Edmonds is the first creative to take part in The Royal Ballet Young Choreographer Programme, an initiative that has been created to support the development of rising choreographers.

'There's something really special about dance and movement, which is why I want to dedicate my life to it', says the 19-year-old who joined the Company in 2014 after studying at The Royal Ballet School and Rambert.

As part of the initiative, she is being mentored by Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, and Director Kevin O'Hare.

‘At this stage in my career I’m just grasping the way I work and what my style is', says Edmonds. ‘Wayne is a brilliant mentor and role model. He’s always got such a buzz and energy and it’s so inspiring'

The lack of female choreographers coming through into classical dance is an issue that has concerned the dance industry greatly in recent years but the young choreographer is seeing a shift:

‘There aren’t very many female choreographers, especially with classical ballet. However, it’s now 2016 and times are changing and we're starting to move on. Times are changing.'

Speaking about her ideal dancer, Edmonds says that they would have 'musicality and presence' as well as the skill to respond to changes she might make in the studio during the creation process. No matter who is dancing in her work, the choreographer hopes each piece makes an emotional impact on her audience:

'I hope they come away feeling quite moved once they've seen my work. Either way, if it's anger or if it's love – I really want to get across a certain feeling.'

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The yet to be named mixed programme, New Charlotte Edmonds and Robert Binet, will be performed in the Clore Studio Upstairs on 10–19 November 2016. Tickets are no longer available, but returns may become available.

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