Vienna Festival Ballet
Returning by popular demand, following several successful performances, including Sleeping Beauty earlier this year, Vienna Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker promises to be a delightful treat for ballet fans and interested observers alike. The performances also offer an ideal opportunity to introduce children to the art and skills of ballet.
For full details of the Nutcracker tour go to www.viennafestivalballet.com
Notable for the continued freshness and strength of their dancing casts, VFB have top-talented dancers including graduates from the Royal Ballet School, British, Australian and Italian soloists, and guest stars from Vienna and South Africa. In this their 34th anniversary year their casts and productions are sure to thrill against the glorious music background of Tchaikovsky.
“Being the only girl in my family, I was always trying to keep up with my older brothers, so mum thought I ought to start dance classes so I didn’t turn out a complete tomboy. I attended my local dance school – Southsea School of Dancing. I was hooked on ballet from my very first performance at the King’s Theatre aged 9. I am addicted to the adrenaline rush from the heat of the lights, looking into a black abyss except for the glint of spectacles and white hair knowing that behind the sea of blackness hundreds of eyes are focused on you.
“At 16 I took the risk and left home in Portsmouth to follow my passion to London to train as a dancer. My favourite quote from a dance teacher is “the biggest mistake you’ll ever make, is being afraid to make a mistake”. I knew that what I wanted to do was a highly competitive and gruelling profession. But after three years training at London Studio Centre I graduated with a first and got through the audition for Vienna Festival Ballet the same summer.
“It is certainly not a profession for security, money, free time, an easy life, or a long lasting career so you have to be a bit crazy to do it. But we have so much fun, it’s never boring, and of course there is always a bit of drama. So my advice to budding young dancers is, if you really love it, give it your absolute all and go for it – you’ll never know if you don’t.”
For more information about Vienna Festival Ballet go to www.viennafestivalballet.com