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Stories from the Ballet Central tour… Spotlight on dancer, Olivia Boyd

Calendar Posted 30 May 2019

What I have gained from touring with Ballet Central…

The highlight of the tour for me has been the opportunity to perform some amazing roles in front of family and friends. The tour visited my home county of Suffolk and many of the people who I know saw how much I have achieved through my training. When we were in Bury St Edmunds BBC’s Look East programme filmed rehearsals and interviewed some of the local students from the area. This was my first experience of live TV. It was a nerve-racking but an amazing experience, which gave my family and friends at home the chance to see what I was doing. I’ve also been interviewed on local radio and appeared in a few different newspapers in my area. This has helped me in my career – I was challenged to do something I would not usually do, and this has helped to boost my confidence.

Being on tour over five months means we have to face quite a few challenges. I am now conscious of the need to self-correct and to stay focused during our short warm up classes on stage, because we are so busy on tour we don’t have as many technique classes, and it’s really important not to lose our technique.

The tour allows us to perform many different roles across the repertoire. My favourite is the girl in 'House of Birds' as I love performing pas de deux and feel I can really get into the character within the piece. I also enjoy being the lead girl in 'Valses Nobles et Sentimentales' as well as performing as the hula girl in 'Carousel Dances'. The variety of roles means I can bring something different to each piece and practice a range of techniques.

One thing I have gained through the Ballet Central tour is how to cope with my nerves. As I have been lucky enough to perform a few demanding but amazing roles I have learnt the best way to cope with them and still perform to the best of my ability.

The Ballet Central tour continues to tour across the UK until 20 July. Find your nearest venue and book now: www.balletcentral.co.uk

Pictured: Olivia Boyd and Joseph Beretta performing The Lovers duet from Kenneth MacMillan's 'House of Birds'

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