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PROFILE The Art of

PROFILE The Art of PERFECTION Photography by Millie Pilkington Granted exclusive access into The Royal Ballet School’s inner sanctum, Susannah Warren gets a rare taste of what life is like for the young dancers training at the world-famous Covent Garden site “C larity and focus please girls. You are performers. This is your job.” Nicola Tranah is taking the morning technical class for the 14 first-year girls at The Royal Ballet School’s Upper School – and she means business. “Look like you want to be here – you are here!” Here, at one of the world’s greatest centres of dance training, that is. Here, where dreams are made. The walls everywhere confirm it, adorned as they are with stunning images of the school’s most famous exports: Darcey Bussell, Anthony Dowell, Margot Fonteyn, to name but a few. This year’s intake are in their sixth week at the Floral Street institution, and it’s been a baptism of fire. “It’s very hard,” says Maddison Pritchard, a tall 16-year-old from Manchester who dreams of joining The Royal Ballet “like everyone else”. It’s not impossible. Seven of last year’s graduates did join the company. And, astonishingly, for the 11th consecutive year, every single graduating dancer secured a contract with either a national ›› W I N T ER 17 ★ 19


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