On Saturday 13th February, we were delighted to welcome Rambert's Simone Damburg Wurtz, who led a contemporary class for us. This class included a warm up and a number of exercises which worked through the legs, feet, core and arms, including some variations which included triplets and adage. Simone then taught us some of her own choreography from her work 'Rift,' before answering some of our questions about her choreography and her life as a dancer for Rambert. This was an incredibly inspiring class, and it was a real pleasure to be taught by Simone and to learn more about her work.
We were delighted that Kit Holder, a first soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet, hosted a Christmas ballet workshop for CUDS via Zoom at the end of Michaelmas term. Kit led us through a barre before teaching us 'The Dance of the Mirlitons' from the Peter Wright production of 'The Nutcracker,' a variation which appears in the second act of the ballet in the land of sweets. We watched a performance of this dance together before learning it and performing it together, even recreating some of the patterns created by the group of dancers through Zoom! It was wonderful to learn from Kit and to hear about his experiences performing with Birmingham Royal Ballet, and this was the perfect event to get us into the festive spirit!