On 27 November 2019, we welcomed Principal Laura Morera as our November guest. As might have been expected, Laura provided us with an entertaining evening and had members in hysterics with some of her anecdotes. She also spoke profoundly about some of the challenges as she approaches the latter stages of her dancing career, injuries and the support of her family.
Laura is a regular attendee at our Annual Dinner and she spoke warmly about the support she has received from her many fans in the Association. We look forward to hearing from her again fairly soon, as she moves into the next stages of her career.
On 8 January 2020, at our first meeting of the New Year, we were delighted to welcome Jessica Clarke, Artistic Manager of the Royal Ballet Upper School, who escorted two of our 2019 RBS Award winners, 3rd Years Hanna Park from South Korea and Denilson Almeida Afonso from Brazil. The third winner, 2nd Year Alix Van Tiggelenfrom Belgium was unable to attend as she was rehearsing with a group of 2nd Years in Lausanne for the Opening Ceremony of the Youth Olympics.
Jessica spoke about her training and career, both as a dancer with SWRB/ BRB and as a teacher at Rambert School and the Royal Ballet School, before explaining, with Denilson’s help, her role as Artistic Manager.
Those who attended were very impressed by Hanna and Denilson, neither of whom had spoken English before arriving at the School. They spoke fluently, and with some humour, about their training, competitions and the Royal Ballet School. Both had joined following their performances in the Prix de Lausanne.
In Hanna’s case, a month after she arrived as a 1st Year student, she was moved into the 2nd Year. Members were delighted to hear that both have accepted offers of contracts with The Royal Ballet for next season on the Aud Jebsen Young Dancers programme. We were given a fascinating and entertaining evening, though sadly very few members attended.