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If you’ve been following Channel 4’s Big Ballet last week you saw the dancers starting their training and auditioning for parts in Swan Lake. I tweeted at the time how fantastic the professional Northern Ballet dancers looked and they were almost matched by the splendour of the Northern Ballet studios (some scenes were also filmed at our neighbours Yorkshire Dance).
To get started, here is the first pointe fact you may not know
An interesting fact about the beginning of pointe
Did you love meeting all the people involved in Channel 4’s Big Ballet project? Tonight’s episode follows the dancers as they begin their training at our place! We got to know the Big Ballet dancers really well when they trained at our stunning studios several times a week throughout the project. Some of them loved our place so much they still come to our adult ballet classes.
Today is our last day in Beijing before we return to the UK. There have been one or two little challenges over the last two weeks which we have overcome and I am proud that the company has given some excellent performances and done a great job as cultural Ambassadors for our city and the UK in general.
Last night the company were treated to a banquet in a restaurant near to our hotel hosted by Cui Yang (Young), our Promoter.
We presented Young with a framed photograph from A Midsummer Night's Dream as a memento of our 2014 tour.
The dinner at Raffles last night was excellent. This is the most original take on a Greek Salad I have ever come across.
The Qianmen Jianguo Hotel is quite traditional in its decor, including the Lan Fang Restaurant where we have breakfast.
Today we are giving 2 performances in support of Leeds and Partners' business development initiatives. Ballroom Number 3 in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, although 2 floors below ground, is a great looking venue.
We had sent detailed specifications of our needs for the performance space and despite everything Leeds and Partners had done to ensure they were adhered to, inevitably there were challenges.