Back in 2012, The Royal Ballet broadcast over nine hours of live rehearsals and interviews on Royal Opera House Youtube channel, including this 75 minute ballet class.
If you’ve never been to a ballet class, here’s a sneak peek! Even non-professional classes look roughly like this – though rather less complicated. If you ever had doubts that ballet was athletic and hard core, just watch a couple of minutes. I can’t think of any other form of exercise that demands such strength, flexibility, agility, grace, musicality and focus. And crazy amounts of commitment.
I love the fancy hair and daggy warm up clothes, the barre and mirrors, the teacher snapping out French terms and everyone ‘marking’ with their hands before the music starts. And I laughed part way through when the ballet mistress calls out ‘Laura, are you breathing?’