More than 70 aspiring ballet dancers participated in masterclasses led by The Royal Ballet School’s Outreach Programme at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts last weekend.
The Programme returned for its fifth year and took place on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November 2012.
The purpose of the Programme is to provide young dancers with world-class training and it is also an opportunity for The Royal Ballet School to seek out those dancers who show particular promise and the potential to go further.
Teachers from The Royal Ballet School hosted a series of masterclasses on the Sunday, offering guidance and tuition to local dancers between the ages of 8 and 13. Following the success of last year’s programme, teachers from The Royal Ballet School shared their knowledge and skills with teachers from Guernsey and Jersey dance schools at a special workshop on the Saturday evening.
Patron of the event Hayley de Putron said: “Since the initiative started five years ago, it has gone from strength to strength and it is wonderful to see how the students have progressed over the years. I am thrilled to support those students who already show promising talent and a desire for a career in dance and I am confident that the teachers and students will benefit immensely from the experience.”
Mark Annear, head of outreach and teacher training at The Royal Ballet School, returned to Guernsey alongside teachers Helen Farrell and Sylvia Hubbard and pianist Ian Richards.
Mr Annear said: “Every year we return to Guernsey we are amazed at the raw talent of dancers from the island’s dance schools and it is great to be able to work with the students to develop and hone their skills. In particular it is great to share our knowledge and experience with local teachers so they can help the students continue to progress after we are gone. We would like to thank Hayley de Putron for her continued support of this programme.”
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