by William Bracewell, Student, The Royal Ballet School, London
The summer time for me means a lot of hard work rehearsing for our end of year performances. We’re lucky enough to have a run of five performances in the basement theatre of the Royal Opera House and one on the Main Stage, which is probably the highlight of the year.
Last year the performance consisted of Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, a new work titled Les Jeunes Hommes choreographed entirely for boys by Stanton Welch, a Lower School piece titled Reawakening choreographed by teacher Antonio Castilla, Ashley Page’s Larina Waltz and last but not least The Grand Defile.
The day after this performance we break up for our summer holidays, which normally last for eight weeks, however this year hopefully I will have a contract and may therefore get less time off, which is actually better as I can some times find it quite difficult to stay in shape. Over the summer holidays I try to get some sort of part time job to help fund a small holiday for myself or to go towards living in London. Last year I worked in a restaurant next to the sea with my two older sisters which was great because I don’t get to see them very often.
I love having my summer break because it gives me a chance to see all my family and really spend some quality time with them, however the one downside is being away from ballet for such a long time. As I live in a fairly small town there are no ballet or dance companies, so I have to find different ways to stay in shape, such as swimming, cycling, running and using the gym, which is great for my cardio vascular strength… but you just can’t beat that end of class feeling!