Bede’s Legat Dancers Enjoy Masterclasses with Professional Performers

On Friday 24 and Saturday 25 January, Bede’s Legat Dance Academy students donned their ballet shoes for masterclasses with prominent professional dancers Sarah Wildor and Alistair Postlethwaite.

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Bede’s Legat Dance Academy students with Sarah Wildor

12th February 2020 — On the Friday, Sarah Wildor, former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet Company, delivered a one-day repertoire masterclass focusing on George Balanchine’s ‘Symphony in C’, which works with basic motifs and patterns for the corps de ballet.

Emma Manes, Teacher of Dance at Bede’s, says, “The Bede’s Legat Dance Academy students were delighted to have the chance to work with such an experienced performer, with Phoebe Tucker, Lower Sixth, commenting, ‘Sarah’s workshop was fantastic! She taught in a very calm, gentle way but the exercises were fast paced and you had to pick them up quickly’.”

The next day, Alistair Postlethwaite, dancer with Matthew Bourne, K Ballet, Scottish Ballet and New English Contemporary Ballet, visited Bede's to deliver a morning ballet class with the Bede’s Legat Enrichment Dancers and Legat Associates. Alistair will continue to work with the students over the next three weeks, and will also put together an original piece of work for the Legat Dance Showcase this summer, which will be held at The Attenborough Centre, Falmer in June.

Emma Manes continues, “The Bede’s Legat students found working with Alistair incredibly enjoyable, as he demonstrated the exercises with passion and enthusiasm.”

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The School is set in 140 beautiful acres of the Sussex Downs and is situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Scientific Interest.

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