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by Andreas Kaas, Student, Royal Danish Ballet School

Royal Danish Ballet SchoolNow there are approx. 2 weeks to Canada and I’m very excited! I know that we all are here in Denmark.

Every time I think of what we have to show, I get the wildest butterflies in my stomach. It’s going to be really great to get out of Denmark, meet other young dancers on our age and perform on Toronto’s stage!

It’s my first time visiting Canada, so that makes it even more exciting! I really want to see Niagara Falls and the CN Tower, so I hope there will be some time to experience the city. But yeah… us in Denmark can’t wait!

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by Andreas Kaas, Student, Royal Danish Ballet School

Summer at the Royal Danish Ballet SchoolI really like summertime. It’s warm and nice. The only summer school I’ve been on was a Bartholin week here at the theater. There were some young dancers from around the world who came and took part in the exchange program. It was a nice experience and it was the first time I tried something like that.

I had only three week’s vacation this summer, so there was room for only one week’s summer school, because I had two weeks in Turkey with my family, which was super cool! I hope that I can get some scholarships to go out and dance this summer. I would love to go to the U.S. with my best friend and take a summer school program. It could be so nice!

About ballet and academics, I do not do academics anymore, it’s completely finished. So now I’m apprentice at The Royal Danish Theater Ballet on full time. 10 am – 6 pm. I do not know what my favourite thing about ballet is. I think it’s a good mix between to move to the music, get the pulse up and strive to become a better dancer all the time. I strive a lot and I am determined!

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by Andreas Kaas, Student, Royal Danish Ballet School

Royal Danish Ballet School rehearsalsDuring our workflow in terms of our choreography, it was a super course. It was two of my friends, two girls who had made the choreography and it was really good.

There was a good atmosphere when we did it and all eight people who would carry out the choreography also made some suggestions for how we could even get the most out of the movements, etc. They had done such that I should help them make the boys part in the choreography, which meant I had to make some of the steps and help to make it all go up in a higher unity. And I think it was fun to try to be the one who would instruct the others.

The difference between what the two peers who would instruct us and two adults were different! There’s just more discipline when it’s an adult, where it sometimes was such… How you say it… not serious, but when people gets tired after working for several hours in a row, you can’t get around. But overall, it has been super to us “children” to have the possibility of a choreographed piece which we can show to others in something as big as the Assemblée Internationale in Canada soon! It will be cool.

We have also shown our choreography for some of our school and we got very positive response. They think it was pretty cool and it was really nice to do.

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by Andreas Kaas, Student, Royal Danish Ballet School

A Day in the Life at the Royal Danish Ballet SchoolI get up at 7:15 and eat breakfast and am ready to go at 7:45. I take a bus, a train and a subway, so I’m at the theater after an hour of traveling time.

Then I have an hour to do exercises and prepare for the morning class (9:00-9:50) and then my second morning class starts at 10 and lasts till 11:30.

There may be some samples of performances from 11:40-14:15 o’clock and after that – finally lunchtime!

Then we start some samples of performances again at 14:50 and lasts till 16:00. 16:15-17:55, afternoon class, and then I take the metro, train and bus home again. I’m home by 19:30 o’clock.

‘A day in the life’ and that was it!

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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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