A Teacher Talks About Ballet On Briggate

September 10, 2009 at 2:41 pm (General Information)

Academy Ballet Tutor, Cara O’Shea, tells us about the Ballet on Briggate event in Leeds last weekend.

At 11.30am – after teaching at West Park – I made my way into town, regularly glancing up to the sky to look out for any threats of rain. When I arrived at the stage I was greeted by a group of the Academy students busy handing out leaflets and I could already feel the excitement in the air. We didn’t need to wait long for the event to begin and as soon as it did members of the public stopped and took up positions by the stage ready to see what we had to offer and they certainly didn’t seem disappointed.

Ballet on Briggate (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Ballet on Briggate (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Ballet on Briggate (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Ballet on Briggate (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Then suddenly it was the turn of the Academy students to perform their piece which I had choreographed for their end of year show in June. This was going to be a revised version with only 10 dancers and new people put in, and so there was a lot of marking through the steps and recapping changes before the real thing. My role for the event was to be in charge of the Academy students and so we all stood behind the stage jumping up and down and trying our best to beat off the chill!

The students performed the dance exceedingly well, especially considering they were in their uniform of tights and leotards and it was so cold. Even though the wind showed no signs of dying down the students battled through the dance and were very relieved to be able to put on some warm clothes as soon as they got off the stage. Only a little while later it was our turn again, and so back we went behind the stage to jump around some more and really show the growing crowd what we could do.

The public showed a lot of interest about many aspects of the company and it was fantastic to see so many people having a go at the ballet barre!

The whole event really seemed to wake Briggate up and the atmosphere was electric throughout. Despite the cold (but thankfully no rain) all who were involved agreed that the event had been a success-and this includes the watching public.

Click here for more information on free events in Leeds…

More Photos From the Day…

Setting the Stage (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Setting the Stage (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Setting the Stage (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Setting the Stage (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Dracula & Mina Dance on Briggate (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Dracula & Mina Dance on Briggate (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Dracula & Mina Dance on Briggate (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Dracula & Mina Dance on Briggate (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Telling people about NBT, ballet and more... (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Telling people about NBT, ballet and more... (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Putting on a Great Show (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Putting on a Great Show (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

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