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Ruth's Return

Posted on Wednesday 16th January, 2019
Ruth Brill, First Artist and Choreographer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, had her first London stage experience at the Peacock Theatre, playing the sparky and headstrong Pauline in London Children’s Ballet’s original Ballet Shoes production in 2001. As she returns to the company this year to revive this production for a new generation of dancers and ballet lovers, we sat down with Ruth to discuss all things Ballet Shoes! What were you like when you first danced with LCB? I was an energetic …

It’s not every day that a dancer is handpicked by one of ballet’s greats to take on a lead role with one of the top dance companies before they have even graduated.  But that is exactly what has happened to James Lovell, an extraordinarily talented young dancer from Dorset, who is graduating from Elmhurst a year early in order to make his professional debut with Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ in the lead role of The Prince. This is after having been handpicked for auditions by Matthew Bourne hims…

Heart-pounding auditions

Posted on Tuesday 20th December, 2016
The curtain came down for the last time. Sunday 24 April 2016. It was all over. After a wonderful 4 months of intensive training and rehearsals and 4 wonderful days of performances, Little Lord Fauntleroy had officially ended. Tears were flowing, dancers were hugging. This was last April. It is October, and auditions are beginning for the new London Children's Ballet's production of The Secret Garden. How time has flown. I could not believe that I was on my way to the first round of the auditio…

Chloe: A dream come true

Posted on Tuesday 17th May, 2016
When I was three, I went to see my first ballet: “La Fille mal Gardee” at the Royal Opera House. I enjoyed it so much that I was dancing all throughout the lovely performance. At the end, a lady came to me and said: “Lovely dancing. Maybe it will be you on stage one day.” It has been my dream ever since. Thank you LCB for making my dream come true. Chloe Nataf-Pesonen (centre) as a hopscotch girl, Little Lord Fauntleroy 2016 Photo by Bill Cooper

Chloe: My movie star moment

Posted on Tuesday 17th May, 2016
Hi my name is Chloe and I am 9 years old and apparently the shortest and smallest in the company of the London Children’s Ballet.☺ Here at the photo shoot I feel like a professional dancer. One of the mums said to me with a grin "so this is what it is like to be a model". Whilst I was waiting for my turn I was putting on lip balm and suddenly when I looked up the filmer was taking a video of me! He told me to do an explanation of my maid's outfit; it was really fun trying to guess all the bits …

Chloe: Facing the judges

Posted on Tuesday 17th May, 2016
Hi my name is Chloe, and this is my blog on the final auditions. I hope you enjoy this! My heart was beating fast and finally there was the audition room. This was the finals where they decide who goes into the main company and who goes into the touring company. It was great to meet new people, make friends and to build confidence. It was such an amazing opportunity performing in front of a panel: you get to know what it feels like to audition for a real West End show. It was such an incredibl…

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