Dance pupils learn from professional

Michael Berkins with pupils from Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy.

Pupils from a Richmondshire dance academy have been given an insight into what it is like to be a professional dancer.

Pupils from the Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy had the opportunity to experience ballet exercises, talk to a professional dancer and look at some of the costumes, resources and props used when Michael Berkin, former head boy at the Royal Ballet School visited.

After learning about the Nutcracker pupils were able to perform to parents pieces from the ballet. Later older pupils had a more challenging class.

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As well as learning set ballet exercises pupils were also required to learn set choreography from the Nutcracker as well as choreographing aspects themselves.

Pupils and parents were then shown professional photos taken from shows and discussed what it is like to tour and train with the Royal Ballet.

Parents and pupils were able to ask questions about the life of a professional dancer.

Louise Richmond, a teacher with the academy, said: “Ballet is extremely popular at our dance school so it was lovely to see our pupils with such enthusiasm learning from the very best, their performances were lovely.

“I’m sure this will be talk of the studio for many weeks to come.”