The Royal Ballet School headlines Japanese ballet symposium.
The Royal Ballet School’s Director Gailene Stock AM, accompanied by three senior members of the School’s Artistic Staff and four students, represented The Royal Ballet School at a special symposium at the Showa University of Music, Kawasaki City, Japan on 21 and 22 February 2010. The School was honoured to have been especially invited by Professors Isao Hirowatari and Kumi Oayama to inaugurate the University of Showa’s Ballet Research Centre’s programme of international research into the training systems of the world’s top ballet schools.
The symposium attracted an audience of about 700 people made up of students and teachers from every corner of Japan.
Gailene Stock led the School’s sessions with an overview and explanation of the guidelines of The Royal Ballet School’s training system. She also gave a special masterclass for Japanese students aged 15-18. Younger students benefitted from a session led by Ballet Principal (Lower School) Diane van Schoor (pictured) whilst Assistant Director Jay Jolley and Senior Ballet Teacher (Upper School) Gary Norman led sessions concentrating on the training of boys and pas de deux.
Royal Ballet School graduate-year students William Bracewell and Yasmine Naghdi together with first year students Evie Ball and Téo Dubreuil provided the demonstration for the sessions which included the peasant pas de deux from Giselle and Kenneth MacMillian’s Concerto.
The University of Showa’s Ballet Research Centre hopes to host other top ballet schools in the future including the Paris Opera Ballet School and The Bolshoi Ballet Academy.
Diane van Schoor leads a session for younger Japanese students. Photo: K.Miura.