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Final Day 2014 Afternoon

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

It has just decided to chuck it down outside. This lasts a few minutes and then it stops. Today the canteen is closed so I hope they all brought in something to eat or are going out to lunch at one of the many many places around here to eat.

Darias mothers leg warmers 1Darias mothers leg warmers 2

This was a fun Picture that Daria took of the leg warmers that the dancers bought this year.

So Angel was on PDD duty but half way through decided to change PDD to Don Q, luckily Jonathan knows it by heart so it was a smooth transition.

Angel Corella PDD  class 2014 1 Angel Corella PDD  class 2014 2 Angel Corella PDD  class 2014 3 Angel Corella PDD  class 2014 4 Rep with Vaclav JanecekGroup pic with Angel

Setting up the party with my daughter and her friend involves carrying tables down from the studio in the roof and laying out all the food, uncorking the bottles of wine and turning on the sound system. Boring speech from me to warn about behaviour at the hostel tonight and then prize giving with Tamas Solymosi and Nadja Saidakova, a long cleaning up process and trips up and down stairs to fill the car with T-Shirts and left over leg warmers (not many)  then that’s it really. I hope to see you all next year (3rd-15th August) but until then I hope you have enjoyed the blog and it has kept you in touch with your loved ones. Thank you for letting them come and paying for them to do so. Here are the final pics and videos of the 2014 Masterclass Sessions in Prague.

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Final day 2014 solo

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

For solo class today there is Tamas Solymosi with the boys in Studio 2 with Jonathan Still on piano. He is doing excercises today and then letting the boys run the solo they  want.


With the girls downstairs in Studio 2 is Nadja Saidakova with Sergei Poluektov on piano, I shall get back to you as to what she is letting them do today.

Nadja Saidakova solo class 1 Nadja Saidakova solo class 2 Nadja Saidakova solo class 3 Tamas Solymosi solo class 1 Tamas Solymosi solo class 2 Tamas Solymosi solo class 3 Waiting outside studio 1

Final Day 2014 class

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Class today is with Nadja Saidakova in Studio 1 with Jonathan Still on piano, Tamas Solymosi in Studio 2 with Dagmar Huffova on piano and in Studio 3 with Vaclav Janecek and Sergei Poluektov on piano.


Final Day 2014 Morning

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Good morning everyone. Final day of the 2014 Masterclass Sessions. Another packed day followed by a party in studio 3 and lots of sad goodbyes. It has been another wonderful two weeks full of memories and fun and hard work. It is always sad for me as well really when it is over. I enjoy watching them all work so hard and getting so much out of it. This was a farewell breakfast with Tala, Patrick, Martina and Lou in the corridor outside my office at 08.00.


Here are some final warm up pics.

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Day 12 2014 Afternoon

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Next year we will have 3 large studios to work in. This means that we will do things slightly differently. We will be spreading the dancers over three medium sized groups for general class and they will move to the teacher each day and each teacher will teach 3 classes, so everyone will have each teacher for general class with no exceptions. Sometimes the classes seem crowded in the morning, but this is only because when someone like Angel Corella announces the night before that he has a great memory and anyone can audition for him (in a very friendly casual manner) he does not realise that everyone will want to be seen by him in one of his only two general classes. I understand this of course and we are not a school where you get told off, and the dancers of course are thinking of their future, and who are we to curb that enthusiasm. We like it actually. Our course is very different and we work as a company, as that is all we all know how to do as we have all been involved in companies for many many years. Sometimes, on tour, class on stage is very tight due to the size of the stage, you find dancers all over the wings and hanging onto the lighting towers, even at the Coliseum in London this can be the case for certain shows due to the set size, this is life and you cope with it and it is fine. I think one of the best things about our course is the camaraderie amongst the dancers when working and staying so closely together. It is a beautiful and safe city, and the teaching is from world class dancers and Directors and teachers. They also have me to look out for them just in case. This year has been remarkably (fingers crossed with one day still to go) quiet. No incidents at the hostel, no hospital trips, wonderfully boring in that sense, even the cat didn’t trap Vadim in his room this year. So I want to thank all the dancers who came this year and for their understanding of what we try to achieve here every year, their wonderful manners, for supporting our non-profit course with enthusiasm and joy, and to the ones I had to turn away because we were full, I am sorry but try again earlier next year.

Here are some photos from Angel Corella’s PDD class and Vaclav Janecek’s repertoire class. Vaclav is teaching rep from Sleeping Beauty and I am hearing a lot of fun being had there.

Vaclav Janecek rep class 3 Vaclav Janecek rep class 2 Vaclav Janecek rep class 1 Angel Corella PDD 5 Angel Corella PDD 4 Angel Corella PDD 3 Angel Corella PDD 2 Angel Corella PDD 1Angel Corella PDD 6Angel Corella PDD 7Angel Corella PDD 8

It looks like a lot of fun.

No interview tonight, just a free night in Prague for all the tired and hard working souls. Have fun and see you all tomorrow for the last time this year.


Day 12 2014 Solo

Friday, August 15th, 2014

A lot of dancers spending a lot of time with lots of dancers, and they couldn’t be happier.

Marco and Filippo printing boarding passes Relaxing again before solo Relaxing before solo

Here are two solo videos

Tamas Solymosi Solo class

Day 12 2014 Class

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Our pianists today are Jonathan Still in Studio 1 for Nadja Saidakova, Dagmar Huffova for Tamas Solymosi in Studio 2 and Sergei Poluektov in Studio 3 for Vaclav Janecek.

Nadja Saidakova class 1 Nadja Saidakova class 2 Tamas Solymosi class 1 Tamas Solymosi class 2 Vaclav Janecek class 1 Vaclav Janecek class 2Jonathan Still playing for Nadja