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by William Bracewell, Student, The Royal Ballet School, London

William Bracewell, Student, The Royal Ballet School, LondonHi,

My name is William. I go to The Royal Ballet School, London and I’ve been dancing for 9 years.

I started dancing because my friend went to ballet classes and I thought it sounded fun.

I live in a flat near the school with two friends, but my home is in Wales.

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by Robert Binet, Student, Canada’s National Ballet School

Robert Binet, Student, Canada's National Ballet SchoolMy name is Robert Binet and I am the student choreographer representing Canada’s National Ballet School at Assemblée Internationale.

I have been at the school for seven years, and took part in my Grade 12 graduation this past June.  I’m looking forward to being part of the Post-Secondary Program this year. I started dancing when I was nine years old after my grandmother took me to see The National Ballet of Canada perform The Nutcracker. A few weeks later I began taking classes in the Associates Program, here at Canada’s National Ballet School. I have been a part of the Professional Ballet Program since Grade 6, and living in the residence since Grade 11.

I began to choreograph when I was eleven in the Junior Choreographic Workshop, which takes place during ballet classes towards the end of the year. When I entered the senior school, I was able to take part in the Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Workshop which allows students to choreograph pieces that are performed for the public.

The piece I am working on for the 50th Anniversary is called “Surge” and I originally choreographed it for the Annual General Meeting performance. I am so excited for the Assemblée Internationale because of the opportunity to dance and work with students from all around the world and to have so many people see my choreography.

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by Andreas Kaas, Student, Royal Danish Ballet School

Andreas Kaas, Student, Royal Danish Ballet SchoolHello,

My name is Andreas and I am at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. I’ve been dancing ballet for eight years. I got interested in ballet when I was only seven years old. It started when my grandmother and I saw a ballet for kids. I thought it was cool and exciting so I decided to go to the admission test at the theatre – and I passed! 🙂

If you have any questions, please ask.

– Andreas Kaas

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by Erin Brennan, Student, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

Erin Brennan, Student, Canada's Royal Winnepeg Ballet SchoolHello!!

My name is Erin and I dance with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. I am going into my fourth year with the school; however, I’ve been dancing about 15 years in total. I first started dancing because I watched a performance with Karen Kain in it on television and loved it. I soon found my passion and before long knew it was what I wanted to do in life.

I currently live with a roommate in an apartment, but I lived in residence for two years before that. I’m glad I had the opportunity to live in res. for my first couple years, as it made the transition away from home much easier. I am very close with my family so it was tough at first, but I have gained much independence and learned many life lessons.

Sincerely,
Erin Brennan

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by Shaun Amyot, Artistic Staff, Canada’s National Ballet School

Shaun Amyot, Canada's National Ballet SchoolMy name is Shaun Amyot and I am a member of the Artistic Staff at Canada’s National Ballet School.

I have been very busy organizing and casting for our Assemblée Internationale, the November event which is part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

After watching the DVD’s of the student choreographies from our partner schools, I have to say I am thoroughly impressed by the level of talent from both the dancers and the choreographers. It is very exciting to see it all come together (at least on paper). With all of the specific information I have about the international students who will be here in November, I have compiled an international cast for each of the student choreographies. I have done my best to take into account the style of each ballet, whether it is on pointe or in soft shoes and the dynamics of each piece.

Although I have been working with a range of details about the dancers, from extremely specific to none at all, I am confident that each School’s training is so strong that all the dancers will be up to the challenges that this unique project entails. I look forward to meeting our 94 visiting dancers and their staff this November!

After watching the DVD’s of the student choreographies from our partner schools, I have to say I am thoroughly impressed by the level of talent from both the dancers and the choreographers. It is very exciting to see it all come together (at least on paper). With all of the specific information I have about the international students who will be here in November, I have compiled an international cast for each of the student choreographies.

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