“Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?”

– Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

 

On Wednesday 12th July 2017, I became a First Class Honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance.

The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential institutions for dance education and dance teacher training. Founded by an international group of dancers and dance teachers in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching in the United Kingdom, the organisation now operates in 85 countries. Its classical ballet syllabus is taught globally, with over 240,000 candidates taking Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations each year. Beyond this, an ever-increasing programme of outreach work takes dance into diverse communities, while the Faculty of Education’s research develops knowledge which informs and inspires dance enthusiasts all over the world.

I have graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance’s BA (Hons) Dance Education programme. This varied programme not only equips graduates with the anatomical, musical and pedagogical knowledge and understanding to teach dance but also engages with philosophical, professional and practical issues in the fields of dance and dance education.

 

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The Royal Ballet perform The Nutcracker.

Part of the Royal Opera House LIVE Season 2013/14 – Cineworld, Milton Keynes, Thursday 12th December 2013

 

Festive favourite The Nutcracker is a traditional part of The Royal Ballet’s repertoire at the Company’s Royal Opera House base in Covent Garden. This enchanting and enduring ballet epitomises the spirit and imagination of Christmas and is the ideal introduction to classical ballet (for children and adults alike).

Choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet was first seen in Covent Garden in 1984 and, after some tweaking in 1999, remains a must-see version. Set on Christmas Eve, the ballet features a big family party, toys that magically come to life, glittering snowflakes and a kingdom of sweets – making it the perfect seasonal story.

Unsurprisingly, tickets for this season’s run of The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House have long sold out. However, veteran balletomanes and curious newcomers alike were given the opportunity to enjoy the Christmassy ballet last night at cinemas around the world as part of the Royal Opera House LIVE Cinema series.

 

Laura Morera and Federico Bonelli (as The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier) in 'The Nutcracker' (photo by Tristram Kenton, ROH, 2013)

STUNNING: Laura Morera and Federico Bonelli (as The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier) in ‘The Nutcracker’ (photo by Tristram Kenton, ROH, 2013)

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