We're very excited to announce that on Friday 19th June, Céline Gittens, Principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet, will be leading a ballet class for us, open to dancers of all abilities! The class will take place via Zoom at 2pm, and will consist of an hour's dancing followed by a 15 minute Q&A.
Céline Gittens was born in Trinidad and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. She trained with her mother, Janet Gittens, and at Vancouver's Goh Ballet Academy. She joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2006 and was promoted to Principal in 2016. She has danced lead roles in ballets by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, David Bintley and Kenneth MacMillan. Her notable roles include Juliet, Odette/Odile, Aurora, Lise, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Swanhilda and Giselle. In 2005 Céline was awarded a Gold medal and Audience Award at the Genée International Ballet Competition, which was held at the Sadler's Wells Theatre, London. In 2011 Céline was invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate young performers in the Arts and had the honour of meeting Her Majesty the Queen, and in 2016 Céline performed Swanhilda at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH Prince Charles. Céline also gained a Master of Philosophy in 2012 from the University of Birmingham.
The session costs £3, payable to the CUDS bank account. Follow this link for more information and to sign up: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MTWVIKQda2NEe_EuYu35Wu9Vd7gq79fUTtdolrM3HTU/edit?usp=sharing