Fast Blue by Mikaela Polley was a winner. Abstract with a dramatic subtext, it was ballet based with turbo-charged dynamics and the senior male students made it their own. The power, strength and precision in their dance was remarkable as was their teamwork which included exciting partnering. Goya Montero’s Bold, a large-scale work dressed in shiny black unitards, also needed close teamwork and the dancers, moving swiftly in ever changing formations, were impressive. Owen Belton’s dynamic score kept the pace on the move, and light-hearted snippets added a fun element.
The graduation progression is impressive with six dancers joining the Royal Ballet on the Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme and the rest of the cohort of twenty-four landing contracts with companies or junior companies from across the world. Thirteen students will progress from White Lodge to Upper School in September 2023. It’s been another good year for the RBS and congratulations are due to the dancers, teachers and staff.
Royal Ballet School Matinee, Royal Opera House, London. 16 July 2023