did anyone pick up on this in the link that bruce recently posted, that people will be able to pay to watch classes? i'd be interested in people's thoughts but to me it sounds like an invasion of privacy. wonder how the dancers feel...
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When I was in Brazil I watched a Bolshoi warm up class which was very interesting. It was comforting to see that even proffessionals have problems just as every ballet student across the country does. Given the chance I would love to watch the Royal ballet in Class. As long as the audiences were small I do not think they would pose a problem to the dancers who are used to performing anyway, most of them will be concentrating on their work so would not notice the presence of a small number of people
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you see, i disagree in part. if it's a special occasion, where the dancers know ahead of time that people are coming to watch a class, that sounds fine. most of the time they don't mind that sort of thing. but for the most part the class is their only time to themselves in the day, their time to work kinks out and to moan and groan a little, to figure out why something didn't work yesterday and how to fix it. i've always felt especially during barre as though i were eavesdropping when i was watching a class of working dancers. for that reason this summer when the kirov was in new york, although someone asked me if i wanted to see the class, when i approached the door and saw some pretty tired faces i demurred and did something else. i wasn't comfortable. maybe it's just personal...oh well!patricia
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BRB have let Friends pay to watch a class a season for a number of years. Sometimes two classes are available one male and one female. They also do a mixed class on stage somewhere each season on tour. Before their studios were built Birmingham Friends also had the opportunity to see stage classes.
I found the classes I watched in the studio facinating. I have seen both studio and stage classes. They limit the number of visitors and the company know in advance they will be watched. Sometimes principals are missing, but at a recent class I did not attend it was reported that principals of the opposite sex had been present. Classes are often taken by a guest teacher, who is introducted by the Friends Co-ordinator. There is always a waiting list for the class sessions, as they are popular with the Friends. Pauline
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no, i agree as well, pauline, it's just that it wasn't clear at first that this would be only a now and then prearranged sort of thing, and as jane said, it would be a bit much if the public were simply given an open every day sort of invitation to buy tickets to see class! so sorry if i didn't make that evident at first... patricia
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English National Ballet have also been doing this for years, although only in the theatres rather than at base, and I think it's only for Associates and their guests. The RB started doing them (free) at the Festival Hall and Coliseum while they were out of the ROH, but I imagine that some people will be put off by the £10 charge, which I think is rather steeper than what's charged elsewhere.