Our guests this year were: Kevin O’Hare (Director of The Royal Ballet), Jonathan Cope (Répétiteur), Dame Monica Mason (Former Director of The Royal Ballet), Sir Peter Wright (Director Laureate, Birmingham Royal Ballet), Jeanetta Laurence (former Associate Director, The Royal Ballet), Robert Parker (Artistic Director, Elmhurst Ballet School and former Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet), Christopher Saunders (Senior Ballet Master and Principal Character Artist), Elyse Borne (Répétiteur for the George Balanchine Trust), Christopher Powney (Director of The Royal Ballet School), Amanda Maxwell (Character Dance Teacher, The Royal Ballet School); RB Principal Dancers Zenaida Yanowsky, Alexander Campbell, Francesca Hayward and Ryoichi Hirano; First Soloists Bennet Gartside, Itziar Mendizabal and Johannes Stepanek; Soloists Matthew Ball, Meaghan Grace Hinkis and Thomas Whitehead; First Artist Romany Pajdak; Artists Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Mica Bradbury, Harry Churches, Leticia Dias, Leo Dixon, Isabel Lubach, Julia Roscoe and Joseph Sissens.
Zenaida Yanowsky attended the pre-dinner reception to thank the Association for its support during her career with the Royal Ballet. A presentation was made to Johannes Stepanek who is also retiring at the end of the season.
We are, as ever, grateful to Company members for giving up one of their few spare evenings to join us. Photographs are by Janet Radenkovic.