English National Ballet Spring Season with Swan Lake & free ballet events/classes

dancer in pink dress

Strictly Gershwin Photograph : Michael Garner


Aspire, discover, emerge…

28 February 10.30am – 5.30pm

Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre

ADMISSION FREE – Drop-in event (no advance booking required). Join English National Ballet and engage in a programme of FREE activities inspired by the Emerging Dancer Award.

10.30am – 11.45am: English National Ballet class

Follow the six Emerging Dancer nominees for 2011 as they kickstart their day with daily class. Gain a unique insight into the rigours of classical ballet training and join in a Q&A. The nominees are :

James Streeter

Ksenia Osvanyick

Laurretta Summerscales

Max Westwell

Shiori Kase

Vadim Muntagirov

six ballet dancers sat in a row in their practice clothes

Photograph : Annabel Moeller

12pm – 1pm: English National Ballet Men Y Men rehearsal

Observe English National Ballet’s top male dancers as they rehearse Wayne Eagling’s high energy, invigorating and athletic choreography, Men Y Men. See Men Y Men as part of English National Ballet’s triple bill performance at the London Coliseum in March.

2pm – 3.30pm: English National Ballet School class & rehearsal

English National Ballet School presents a unique opportunity to learn more about what it takes to become a professional dancer. See the stars of tomorrow in training by watching a class and open rehearsal with Director of Dance and internationally renowned choreographer, Michael Corder.

4pm – 5.30pm: English National Ballet’s Department of Learning workshop

Brighten up your February by joining in or observing a fun and challenging workshop led by English National Ballet’s Department of Learning. Enjoy taking part in warm up exercises, practical techniques and choreographic processes in this creative dance session.

two dancers rehearsing with their coach in the studio

Max Westwell & Sarah Mcllroy rehearsing Romeo & Juliet Photograph : Bex Singleton

English National Ballet continue their London season at the Coliseum in March with Black & White, a quadruple bill comprising Resolution, Men Y Men, a new ballet by Van le Ngoc and Suite en Blanc.

Company Artistic Director Wayne Eagling choreographed two of the ballets – Resolution and Men Y Men, with Serge Lifar choreographing Suite en Blanc which is a neoclassical showpiece for the company, displaying as it does their classical talents and sparkling elegance.

Performance dates & time for Black & White :

Wednesday 16 March at 7.30pm

Thursday 17 March at 7.30pm

Friday 18 March at 7.30pm

Saturday 19 March at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets £10 – £50

four dancers on stage in leotards

Resolution Photograph : Laurent Liotardo

Van le Ngoc is a talented dancer and choreographer, and his work was most recently seen at the Shanghai Expo where he created a piece in conjunction with the Shanghai Ballet called The Weight of Love.

dancer head shot

Van Le Ngoc

Swan Lake also returns in March for 7 performances.  Derek Deane’s choreography and Peter Farmer’s designs compliment each other well.  The production was last seen in London in 2008.

Swan Lake performance dates & times are as follows :

Tuesday 22 March at 7.30pm
Wednesday 23 March at 7.30pm
Thursday 24 March at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday 25 March at 7.30pm
Saturday 26 March at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Ticket Prices
Stalls £67
Dress Circle £67, £55, £40
Upper Circle £55, £40, £30, £20
Balcony £15, £10

Champagne Superseats £95, with gift £110
Includes a premium seat in the Stalls or Dress Circle, a programme, a glass of Champagne and smoked salmon sandwiches. With Gift includes an annual English National Ballet Friend Membership.

Ticket and transaction fees may apply when booking by telephone or online.

English National Ballet reserves the right to make alterations to the programme, casting, dates, times, discounts and prices as necessary.

two dancers on stage

Photograph : Bill Cooper

Roland Petit shapes the triple bill in July, with L’Artesienne, Le Jeune Homme et la Mort and Carmen.

Performance dates & times for Rolant Petit are : 

Thursday 21 July at 7.30pmFriday 22 July at 2pm (Discovering Carmen only) and 7.30pm

Saturday 23 July at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 24 July at 2.30pm 

two dancers on stage

Photograph : Linda Rich

Petit is France’s most famous choreographer and it’s exciting to have this rare chance to see his work performed in London.

ballet dancers in a row wearing blue tutus

Strictly Gershwin Photograph : Michael Garner

Strictly Gershwin returns in the summer, and last time, Strictly Gershwin featured these fantastic numbers:

Act I – Gershwin on Broadway

The Man i Love
I’ve Got a Crush on You
Fascinatin’ Rhythm
Shall we Dance
Someone to Watch Over Me
‘S Wonderful
Lets Call the Whole Thing Off
An American in Paris

Act II – Gershwin in Hollywood

Lady Be Good
But Not For Me
Who Cares?
Strike up the Band
It Ain’t Necessarily So
A Foggy Day
I Got Rhythm
Embraceable You
Rhapsody in Blue

Performance dates & times for Strictly Gershwin are :

Thursday 9 June at 7.30pm
Friday 10 June at 7.30pm
Saturday 11 June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday 12 June at 2.30pm

Tuesday 14 June at 7.30pm
Wednesday 15 June at 7.30pm
Thursday 16 June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday 17 June at 7.30pm
Saturday 18 June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday 19 June at 2.30pm

The Nutcracker, Wayne Eagling’s new version which premiered last December, will return for 36 performances between 8th – 30th December.

There are several half-hour pre-performance talks beginning at 6pm which are free to ticket holders.  The Black & White event is on Friday 18th March, Swan Lake on Friday 25th March and The Nutcracker is on Friday 9th December 2011.

If you’d like a closer look behind the scenes, English National Ballet offers Inside Ballet – your chance to see the costumes, attend a private talk and watch company class.  Inside Ballet takes place on Thursday 24th March for Swan Lake and Thursday 15th December for The Nutcracker, both beginning at 10.30am, lasting two hours & costing £49.50 per person (includes an upper circle seat).

On Saturday March 19th, English National Ballet will hold an on-stage boys ballet masterclass for boys aged 15+ at intermediate grade or above.  The class begins at 9.30am and finishes at 12pm.  During the morning you have the opportunity to explore Wayne Eagling’s Men Y Men and to watch company class.  The event costs £20.

There are three on-stage ballet workshops costing £15.  The Swan Lake workshop, which is suitable for children aged between 7-10 years, takes place on Saturday 26th March at 9.30am.  There are two workshops on The Nutcracker; the first for children between 7-10 years on Saturday 10th December at 9.30am and the second for older children aged 11-14 years on Saturday 17th December also at 9.30am.  The morning event costs £15.

There is an adult ballet on-stage masterclass for age 14+ on Saturday 23rd July at 9.20am based on Roland Petit and costs £20.

To book a place for any of the on stage workshops or masterclasses please visit the English National Ballet learning section of their website.

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