Following government advice about Coronavirus Covid-19, English National Ballet’s home is currently closed, and some future performances and events has been cancelled. However, English National Ballet believes ballet is for everyone, everywhere, so whilst the Company’s home is currently closed and some future performances and events have been cancelled, they are working hard to continue to give free access to great content, as well as providing ways to keep people fit and moving during these uncertain times.
Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet’s Artistic Director, is teaching special online ballet classes and warm-ups for professional dancers (and the ballet curious!) wishing to keep active and positive whilst at home.
Tamara Rojo said: “Dance can bring us closer together. When you dance, something incredible and beautiful happens.”
There will also be online classes tailored to different levels. This week, these include a dance class for those with restricted mobility or limited space, just a chair needed (Tuesday 31 March, 11am); a 30min bootcamp with English National Ballet’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, Ben Dixon, on Instagram Live (Thursday 2 April, time TBC); and a beginners/ improvers ballet class aimed at those with a basic knowledge of ballet (Friday 3 April, 11am).
In addition to classes, English National Ballet is sharing other great ballet content across its online platforms including a special rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake recorded at home by some of the wonderful musicians of the English National Ballet Philharmonic under the virtual baton of our Music Director Gavin Sutherland.
On Sunday 5 April at 6pm, a ‘Slow TV’ film focussed on English National Ballet dancer, Amber Hunt, preparing her pointe shoes, will be released. Filmed in real time, with no music or voiceover, it gives viewers time to tune in, tune out and relax.
ENB will also be releasing performance excerpts, insight films, playlists, blogs and more. People can visit the English National Ballet website or find the company on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, and Twitter.