Monday, 8 June 2009


Well not me dancing, but the English National Ballet. Olive has been doing ballet and tap classes on a Saturday since the beginning of the year and loves it. I've been looking out for a good introduction to a ballet performance for a while and saw that the English National Ballet were touring with an Angelina Ballerina show. Perfect, a well loved character to make it accessible, but proper dancing and lovely music from the Philarmonic Orchestra. There were no central London dates so we had to drive over to Wimbledon to see it but it was well worth sitting in traffic for an hour as Olive loved it. She was entranced. She found it a bit strange that there was no talking but soon got to grips with the dancing and music telling the story. She even got a bit panicked when the lights came up for the interval as she didn't want it to end. Afterwards she said that she would like to see it again, at least 5 times! It was a perfectly judged performance for little ones, with plenty of humour and sparkle. The length was just right too, with a twenty minute interval.

Angelina's Big Audition
Touring until the 12th August
Image from the English National Ballet

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