by William Bracewell, Student, The Royal Ballet School, London
7.15 – I wake up to eat breakfast and get ready for school.
8.15 – I arrive at school to warm up for class.
I walk to school in the morning as I live only 5 minutes away in a flat with 2 other students.
9.00-10.30 – On Monday and Wednesday we have ballet first and academics second.
11.00-12.30 – Tuesday, Thursday and Friday we have ballet first and academics second.
We have a choice of 6 subjects, and there are also options for students who do not have English as their first language.
2.30-1.30 – This is our lunch break, most of us walk across the bridge connecting our school to the Royal Opera House, and eat in their canteen/cafeteria.
1.30-2.45 | 3.00-4.15 | 4.30-5.30 – These three time slots consist of different classes, which include: Contemporary, solos, repertoire, character, pas de deux, body conditioning, pointe work (for girls), upper body (for boys) and coaching.
At the end of the year we come off timetable to rehearse for the approaching performances.
5.30-6.30 – When our choreography competition is near, this is the time we have to work on our pieces.
After this we are free to go home to eat dinner, relax and get ready for the next day.
London is an extremely busy city with lots to do and see such as amazing art galleries, many shops and numerous historical buildings. Covent Garden, where our school is located, is perfect for dancers as four ballet shops and countless theatres surround it. It’s a great privilege to be situated so close to the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet, where we are able to see so many amazing productions and dancers!