May 11

Exciting news from Dancing Member Lorian Kurzweil

Dissertation Day!!!

Dissertation Day!!!!

Received too late to include in our last newsletter, but we thought you’d all like to hear about Lorian……

My name is Lorian, I am 21 and I have been a member of the Chelmsford Ballet Company since 2012. This July, I will be graduating from the BA (Hons) Ballet Education course at the Royal Academy of Dance, a course which has helped me explore my love of ballet. During the last year, I have completed my 13,000 word dissertation – about the role of gender within ballet – and have been assessed on pieces from Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Apollo, Sleeping Beauty and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; some classics which have reminded me of rehearsing on Sundays back in Chelmsford with CBC! I also had the opportunity to perform at Move It! Festival 2016 which was so exciting as I have missed performing for a big audience. My course has also involved completing several dance teaching placements, including at my old dance school: Central School of Dance & Drama in Brentwood, where some of you may remember me from.

Swan Lake Assessment

Swan Lake Assessment

The best thing about my degree course has been the opportunities it has opened up for me, most of all that in August this year I will be flying over to Shanghai, China to begin teaching ballet full-time at the Conservatory of International Style and Cultural Arts (CISCA). The prospect of moving to the other side of the world by myself for my first real job is extremely daunting, but opportunities like this are too good to say no to. Studying at the RAD has given me a unique advantage in that I can travel around the world to share what I have learnt over the last 3 years, since RAD ballet is practiced worldwide. I have been warned that China will be a big culture shock compared to the UK, but I am ready for a big adventure that starts with me jumping in at the deep end. Of course, I hope to come back and see you all again soon! If anybody would like to ask me about my experiences then feel free to find me on Facebook!