by Rob Binet, Student, Canada’s National Ballet School
The excitement for the AI09 is building quickly for all of us here at NBS. We have been looking forwards to it for so long, it is strange to think that in a week all of the guests will finally be here!
I am so excited to meet my dancers and see them dance my choreography. I am very interested to see how they have learned steps and picked up the style from the video. It is going to be so much fun for us to be working all together and for me to see my piece danced by so many extremely talented dancers from our international partner schools.
In the AI09 performances of my choreography, I have four dancers from NBS who have been dancing the piece since I first choreographed it, over a year ago. They know the piece extremely well, so they will be a huge help to me in rehearsals when it comes to helping the couples from the other schools with partnering and steps. The other 5 couples in my piece are coming from The Royal Ballet School, The Paris Opera Ballet School, The John Cranko School, the School of The Hamburg Ballet and The Cuban National Ballet School. I think putting the styles of all these schools together will create an incredible energy in the rehearsals and performances.
In addition to getting the opportunity to work with all these incredible dancers, the student choreographers will also receive feedback about their work from Northern Ballet Theatre Artistic Director, and NBS Alumni, David Nixon. I am really looking forwards to hearing his opinions of my choreography.
The AI09 is sure to be a fantastic experience, and I just cannot wait for it to begin!