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.”