Swan Lake workshop day

25 budding ballet dancers enjoyed Swan Lake workshops at English National Ballet’s home in Kensington on Monday 30th July.

Dance Artist Natalie Krapf began by leading children aged 5-14 through their paces with technical and creative ballet exercises. Young dancers explored the movements of Swan Lake’s main characters – from a marching prince to elegant Swan Queen runs and vibrant Magician jumps. Older participants engaged in partner work, exploring counter-balances and supported leaps and creating their own Black Swan pas de deux. Pianist Nathan Tinker accompanied throughout with the fabulous sounds of Tchaikovsky’s inspiring score.

Participants then had the chance to look at English National Ballet’s wonderful tutus and enjoy refreshments, before being given a tour around the Company’s Jay Mews building including costume-making department and shoe room.

Swan Lake has thrilled audiences for over 100 years since its creation in 1877. It tells the story of Prince Siegfried as he falls in love with beautiful swan maiden Odette and the couple battle evil magician, Rothbart. English National Ballet perform Derek Deane’s version of the ballet from Friday 3 August at the London Coliseum. Please click here to book tickets.

Young performers can learn more about Swan Lake and experience dancing on the London Coliseum stage by joining in with one of the On-stage workshops. For more information about our Events programme and to book, please email events@ballet.org.uk

Laura Dodge