Behind the scenes with The Royal Ballet’s Celisa Diuana

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Celisa Diuana Photograph : Elliott Franks

Celisa Diuana is a corps de ballet dancer with The Royal Ballet in London’s Covent Garden.  I’ve published a series of behind the scenes video clips, taken during the photo/fashion shoot which took place recently.  If you’ve missed any of the earlier features in this series, you can read my pre-season interview with Celisa – The secret of Celisa’s success.

The first video clip shows Celisa rehearsing Theme & Variations, which she will be dancing when the season opens next month (see below for full booking details). 

The second video clip shows Celisa practicing a jete.

The latest video in this series of behind-the-scenes access shows Celisa in another Ghost dress (see interview for full details), this time preparing to jete directly on the marked spot so that the London Eye is in the background of the shot.  Not easy !  The resulting image is shown to the left.

There is a rare chance for you to see Diuana step out of the corps de ballet, in Les Patineurs on Christmas Eve. 

There is no better place to celebrate the season and to toast Diuana’s success than with her at the Royal Opera House. Both of her shows are matinees, which is helpful if you are busy with Christmas festivities, and child-friendly too.  

Public booking opens on Tuesday 5th October at 10am and it’s likely to be busy so please mark the date in your diary and book early.  The tickets probably won’t be there for long….

Booking details

Celisa Diuana will dance White Couple pas de deux as part of the Pas des Patineurs from Frederick Ashton’s elegant and fun ballet based around the style of ice-skaters (including, of course, falling over!), Les Patineurs on Christmas Eve, Friday December 24th 2010 at 12.00pm and on Tuesday January 4th 2011 at 12.30pm.  To book tickets, please call 0207 304 4000 or go online.

As corps de ballet, Diuana will dance most of the rep during Autumn/Winter, including Onegin, La Valse, Theme & Variations, Sylvia, Cinderella, Giselle & Swan Lake.

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7 Responses to Behind the scenes with The Royal Ballet’s Celisa Diuana

  1. anita rivera September 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    Bonjour dear journalist…thank you for coming to my post; it means a lot to me that an accomplished writer as yourself would flatter me with a visit, and a comment that says it all. I love to write, I hope to improve and one day even publish. I am however, featured in the on-line magazine, La Belle Inspiration. Your world here is so beautiful and thank you for such a beautiful world you provide for dancers young and old….always a dancer, am I, in spite of my age!!! Anita

  2. Couture Carrie September 19, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    Gorgeous post, darling!
    Hope you are having a lovely and relaxing Sunday!


  3. Ballet News September 19, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    Anita – hello, and thank you !

    Couture Carrie – thank you. I’m trying !!

  4. Collette Osuna September 20, 2010 at 3:46 am #

    Thank you so much for stopping by today and for your sweet comment….I LOVE ballet…..!!

  5. Preppy Pink Crocodile September 20, 2010 at 3:49 am #

    I love seeing stuff like this behind the scenes! Once in a while PBS/BBC will do a feather piece that shows how dancers rehearse and whatnot and I just love it!

  6. Sher September 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    Simply wonderful! Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, my dear:)


  7. Jude September 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    Besides the wonderfulness on display here, hooray for corps members ‘stepping out’!