Since leaving SD back in June, I had a lot of time to kill before starting my vocational training at Elmhurst, a.k.a. The Birmingham Royal Ballet School. In July, I decided to spend a month in Brisbane, Australia, so that I could see old friends and keep up my ballet training. There, I met up with Royal Ballet graduate and ex-soloist of Queensland Ballet, Guy Wheatstone, 4 times a week for private sessions that took my ballet technique and artistry up to the next level. Following my month in Brisbane, I spent a week in London fulfilling a scholarship I had earned the previous year from Bird College, a school renowned for its training in the performing arts. Having chosen to do the Classical and Contemporary week, each day was filled with ballet and contemporary classes, along with sessions dedicated to learning the rep of famous dance companies such as Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert.
Then, after a week and a half’s break back in Dubai, it was time to make the big move to Birmingham. Since coming here to the Birmingham Royal Ballet School, I’ve been busy virtually nonstop. Everyday is filled with numerous dance classes and I find myself tired and draining my legs more often than I do going out and having a drink with friends. It’s certainly tiring but definitely worth it as I already feel stronger! This term, we have our solo competition coming up and I’ve chosen do one of the male solos from Paquita so fingers crossed that goes well!