After the success of online ballet masterclasses from Danceworks in London with Alejandro Parente and Marianela Nuñez, and then with Vadim Muntagirov, the studios are now further dates.
On Saturday 17 April from 13.00 to 14.30 GMT, Ivan Putrov will give a classical ballet masterclass. The Ukrainian dancer trained at The Kyiv State Choreographic Institute but completed his studies at the Royal Ballet School and he became one of The Royal Ballet's youngest principal dancers when after just three seasons with the company he was appointed to the top rank.
Current Royal Ballet Principal Dancer, Vadim Muntagirov, will give a class the following week on Saturday 24 April from 10.30 to 12.00 GMT. He says, “This class will not only help to keep your body in shape but also help to prevent injuries. You will also be looking at improving your upper body coordination and strength throughout. Class will include full barre and centre work, as well as jumps – depending on the amount of space you have!”
If all goes according to plan, Marianela Nuñez and Alejandro Parente will return for another masterclass in May to celebrate the reopening of Danceworks to the public, albeit with a reduced timetable and reduced class numbers in order to comply with Covid safety measures. Return to in-person dance classes for over-18s in the UK coincides with the planned reopening of theatres on 17 May.
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