Classical Training’s Residential At White Lodge

April 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm (Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, )

White Lodge Residential Course

Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April

Sophie Hall, Matthew Topliss and Megan Hughes on the steps of White Lodge

(Left to right) Sophie Hall, Matthew Valentine and Megan Hughes

Megan Hughes, Sophie Hall, Matt Topliss and Matthew Valentine recently attended a residential course for Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) students. Here is their account of the week . . .

Over the Easter holiday four Level 5 students from the Classical Training Professional Division attended a residential course at White Lodge. The residential was offered to students training at the Centres for Advanced Training (CATs) across the country. The course was designed to allow students to experience life at a vocational school whilst also giving us the opportunity to be taught be different teachers and to meet students training on similar courses at different places.

Megan Hughes and Matt Topliss taking part in a ballet class with other CAT students

Megan Hughes and Matt Topliss taking part in a ballet class with other CAT students

The course lasted four days and during this time we had lessons in Hip Hop, Ballet, Repertoire and Creative work. At the end of the course a presentation was put on for parents and teachers to demonstrate some of the skills we had been working on.

The ballet teacher who taught the NBT students was Antonio Castilla. He was a very inspirational tutor and also gave us great advice. We were taught some rep from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Jessica Clarke. This was very enjoyable and it was valuable to hear her advice as she has recently performed in this production herself.

Sophie Hall and Matthew Valentine in ballet class

Sophie Hall and Matthew Valentine in ballet class

It was good to meet other CAT students and find out about their training. As three out of the four NBT students will be moving away to vocational schools in September, it gave us a fantastic insight into what we might soon be experiencing.

Overall it was a really good experience and we have come away having gained some brilliant advice and some new friends. Hearing corrections from other teachers always helps to further instil them and we feel that we have really come away as better dancers.

(Left to right) Matthew Topliss, Matthew Valentine, Sophie Hall & Megan Hughes

(Left to right) Matthew Topliss, Matthew Valentine, Sophie Hall & Megan Hughes

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