The Performance Platform - Event by Ballet Boost
DancEnhance is contemporary dance, ballet and choreography masterclasses for students aged 12+ held at The Royal Ballet School studios.
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The Performance Platform

Performance Platform Masterclasses

A new addition to The Performance Platform, an exciting opportunity for talented young dancers.

It’s time to get your performance skills finely tuned with The Performance Platform masterclasses series!

Three Sundays a term we will be purely focusing on how you perform by learning a solo and mastering the art of musicality, dynamics, facial expression and much more, as well as technical application. It’s not as simple as just smiling! This series will enhance opportunities across the board for aspiring ballet dancers as it is a crucial skill even during classwork at auditions.

The ballet class will focus on presentation followed by a longer Solos Masterclass where we aim to build confidence and an ability to deal with nerves by ensuring each dancer performs alone (when ready) to their peers during these sessions. So it becomes common practice and less of a worry for them. This is a good half day training with the option to continue on for a full day including contemporary and choreographic skills. This too can be booked as a separate afternoon for those budding contemporary dancers.

 

Two ages -based groups:

  • 9 to 11/12 – grade 4 to 6 / Intermediate Foundation
  • 12 to 16 – minimum level: strong Intermediate Foundation

 

To apply, complete the online application form, including two pictures: first arabesque and á la seconde en l’air. For further information please contact theperformanceplatform@balletboost.com

Richmond

Morning: £45

Afternoon: £45

Full day: £80

When applying please select ``Performance Platform MASTERCLASSES``

  • Winter 2021

    • 26th September
    • 24th October
    • 21st November

  • Spring 2022

    • 23rd  January
    • 13th February
    • 6th March

  • Summer 2021

    • 24th April
    • 22nd May
    • 26th June: demonstration to parents

TEACHERS

JAMIE CARTER

Born in London, Jamie trained at London Studio Centre and joined Sarasota Ballet, Florida, USA in 2007. His repertoire included ballets by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Kenneth MacMillan, Paul Taylor and Martha Graham. Jamie began to choreograph in 2010 and made over 10 ballets of Sarasota Ballet.

From 2009 to 2012 he was assistant director of Images of Dance at London Studio Centre.

Since leaving the company in 2019 he has taught open professional classes at Pineapple Dance Studios, Dance Works and Dance House in Dublin. He has been a gust teacher for London Studio Centre, the Urdang Academy, and Kings International Ballet Academy.

JAMIE CARTER

CARRIE TAYLOR JOHNSON

Carrie Taylor Johnson BSc MBPsS ARAD PDTD

As a student Carrie trained with Marilyn Baker and Tring Park gaining Bronze at The Genee International Ballet Competition and Young British Dancer of the Year Competition 2003. She has danced worldwide with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Ballett am Rhein (soloist), New Adventures (principal) Phantom of the Opera and the Mconie Company. Most recently she danced in Disney’s ‘Nutcracker & The Four Realms’.

She is a graduate of the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma 2015 (Distinction) and currently teaches at The Urdang Academy and London Studio Centre. She is a guest teacher for New Adventures and Yorke Dance Project and has taught at the Royal Academy of Dance’s Singapore, Kuala Lumpar and Battersea Summer Schools. Most recently she taught for the RAD’s prestigious Phyllis Bedell’s Bursary.

In 2019 Carrie was Associate Artistic Director of National Youth Ballet nurturing young aspiring artists and in previous years hasstaged Christopher Hampson’s” Carnival” and Drew Mconie’s “Old Man of Lochnagar”. Carrie holds a BSc in Psychology & Sports Science and completes her MSc in Applied Sports Psychology this September. She is using techniques, tools and strategies from these studies to help dancers optimise their performance potential and wellbeing on and off stage.

The Performance Platform

About the Event

The Performance Platform is an annual event designed to allow students the chance to showcase their technical and performance abilities to a panel of highly respected, industry professional judges.

The aim is to provide an opportunity for young dancers to perform a repertoire solo of their choice, learn how to deal with nerves when performing and improve through feedback and constructive comments from the judges. This platform is also a chance for students to make dance industry connections that will serve them in good stead for future training and performance opportunities.

After a period of limited opportunities for dancers due to COVID-19, particularly for those trying to audition for schools and companies, we felt it would be exciting to have a new focus and an opportunity to showcase performance skills. This is primarily a learning platform, and not so much a focus on the competition element. The awards are a bonus to encourage and reward hard work; however, the main element is self-discovery through the choice of a solo to suit the individual dancer, and the application of technique – how classwork and in-depth understanding directly affects one’s ability to execute a solo correctly.

The judges will be looking for a combination of artistry, musicality, and pure technique; therefore, it is important for dancers to consider their own strengths and weaknesses in order to select a solo that will fully suit them and allow these three important elements to be showcased to the best of their ability. Subsequently, a final round in the form of a physical live performance will be the goal.

Feedback is provided for every applicant after the preliminary round and will be sent via email. Further consultations can also be arranged on an individual basis.

We hope you enjoy this new opportunity and challenge!

Preliminary Judges

Ruth Brill

After dancing with English National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, where she was also promoted to First Soloist, Ruth is now a full time choreographer. She has created works for English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, New English Ballet Theatre, among the others. Since 2019 Ruth is also Artistic Director of London Children’s Ballet.

Olivia Cowley

Soloist with The Royal Ballet, Olivia has already danced many roles of the company’s repertoire including big swan (Swan Lake), Grand Duchess Olga (Anastasia), Summer Fairy (Cinderella) Arabian Princess and Lead Flower (The Nutcracker). Olivia is also a renowned teacher.

Maina Gielgud

After an incredible career as dancer and director, Maina is now an amazing teacher, coach and repetiteur. Guests in major companies around the world, Mina also has great connections in some of the most important schools, where she teaches and often stages productions.

Glenn Graham

Resident Director and dancer with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Glenn Graham is also a teacher and rehearsal director. He has danced with a number of companies including Introdance and Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Emma Northmore

After a career with English National Ballet, where she was promoted twice and performed soloist roles Emma is now a teacher and artistic director. Together with directing Ballet Boost she also teaches for various ballet companies.

Didy Veldman

Artistic director, choreographer and contemporary teacher, Didy has danced with many companies including Scapino Ballet, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and Rambert Dance Company. She now directs her own company Humanoove and teaches professionals and students all around the world.

Sections

Section Guidance

The grade levels are there as guidance only, so please do contact us should you fall shy of a level. Remember this is a vocational competition, aimed at assisting and further enhancing vocational potential in classical ballet. However, everyone is welcomed to apply – those who are on associate programmes, at full time school, or training locally. We want to provide an opportunity for students to shine after a tough time of restrictions; and provide a little excitement without any real stress attached. This is very important – please view this not as an added pressure, but a new and exciting opportunity to showcase who you are, and what you can do!

Section 1

One main event – consisting of a video submission of your entry. The following year groups will be judged separately:

  • Aged 8/9 (Year 5) – minimum Grade 4 or about to take Grade 3
  • Aged 10/11 (Year 6) – minimum Grade 5

The focus for this section is mainly on gaining experience, and feedback to aid progression. Awards are made after the preliminary round, with the possibility of exceptional students being invited to showcase their work at the finals.

Section 2

Two events – a preliminary round via video, and a final in late March in a studio theatre / theatre (COVID and venue permitting):

  • Ages 11-13 (Year 7 & 8) – minimum Inter Foundation / Grade 6 or vocational student

Preliminary

Submission of entry via video, focussing on application of technical elements combined with artistry and musicality.

Finals

Finals will provide the additional element of handling nerves in the moment, enjoying a live performance and demonstrating to the judges the process of learning involved through handling moments when things may go wrong, or not quite to plan!

Finalists will be selected from the initial video applications. The number of finalists is at the judges’ discretion, as is the allocation of awards.

Section 3

Two events – a preliminary round via video and a final in late March, in a studio theatre / theatre (COVID and venue permitting)

  • Year 9 & 10 – minimum Intermediate level or vocational student

Preliminary

Submission of entry via video, focussing on application of technical elements combined with artistry and musicality.

Finals

Finals will provide the additional element of handling nerves in the moment, enjoying a live performance and demonstrating to the judges a natural instinct for professionalism through handling moments when things may go wrong, or not quite to plan!

Finalists will be selected from the initial video applications. The number of finalists is at the judges’ discretion, as is the allocation of awards.

Section 4

Two events – a preliminary round via video, and a final in late March in a studio theatre / theatre (COVID and venue permitting):

  • Years 11, 12 and above – minimum Advanced Foundation or vocational student

Preliminary

Submission of entry via video, focussing on application of technical elements combined with artistry and musicality.

Finals

Finals will provide the additional element of handling nerves in the moment, enjoying a live performance and demonstrating to the judges the process of learning involved through handling moments when things may go wrong, or not quite to plan!

Finalists will be selected from the initial video applications. The number of finalists is at the judges’ discretion, as is the allocation of awards.

Solos

Solos to be classical or neo classical, taken from professional repertoire only please. Dancers are to make their own choice about the repertoire to be performed.

This event is primarily designed to be a learning platform; therefore, dancers are asked to consider their strengths, personality and what they have to offer, and choose a piece to suit them accordingly. Enjoy the process… and really give it some thought!

Please consider appropriate choice for your age and level and DO NOT perform on pointe if under 12 years of age. We are not looking for the most advanced solo or technique, but the most pure and correct form of ballet at a vocational level. Minimal adjustments to the original choreography are permitted for spatial reasons (i.e. if filming at home or in a small space!)

Costumes

We want to see genuine artists performing to the best of their abilities so we can provide helpful, honest feedback to give the optimum chances of success as part of their ongoing training; and for the older students – to ensure optimum opportunities for entry into a professional company.

Extravagant costumes / tutus are not necessary at all and can even act as a mask for technical feedback, so please consider this when choosing what to wear. Naturally, dancers enjoy this aspect too… however, I would like to reassure everyone that the “best tutu” is not an award!

Awards & Feedback

Results will hopefully be announced w/c 21st February. Finals will take place in late March (date and venue TBC, and COVID permitting).

A 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in each section.

Additional awards will include:

One to Watch / Most Potential

Musicality

Outstanding Performer

Artistry & Technicality

Every entry will be viewed by judges, who will be professionals in the field of classical ballet, and feedback will be offered in the form of a list of 3 points to work on as a minimum. There is potential for scholarships towards future courses and on-going training.

Individual consultations for further feedback can be arranged directly with Emma – please email theperformanceplatform@balletboost.com.

Fees & Entry

The fee to enter is £50.00. This is payable upon application via bank transfer (please provide a fully named reference). Please note this is a separate account from the usual Ballet Boost account:

Ballet Boost
09-01-29
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The deadline for application forms is 30th January 2021. Please complete your application to The Performance Platform using our online application form. The video included in your application should be made available through YouTube or Vimeo (password protected please). You will be prompted to provide a link to this during the application form process.