Moorland Ballet Academy News

Ballet Visit to Hull New Theatre

“Our exciting day started at 5:00am to catch Steve’s bus to Hull New Theatre.

We arrived perfectly on time, to have our tickets scanned and were warmly welcomed to Hull new theatre. After a short wait in the theatre foyer, we were taken to the theatre auditorium to get ready for our first class of the day.

Our first class was ballet class on stage taught by Kristen McGarrity (a company member with McNicol Ballet collective). We were joined by other company members as well as other talented young dancers who had come to join in this inspirational experience.

The next lesson was all about learning choreography with the company director Andrew McNicol. Once we had been taught the material, each group of 3-4 people split off with a company member each to add onto what we had been taught; everyone contributed to the piece.

After this was lunch and we all sat together sharing our thoughts and experiences about the enjoyable mornings’ work.

The penultimate classes were with Winnie Dias who also taught us some choreography and yet again we split into the same groups of 3-4 accompanied by a company member, however this time we were given a different task. Each group was given a different emotion and had to change/alter the piece to fit whatever we had been given. We sat down at the front of the stage and watched each group perform, trying to guess which emotion they had been given. Each group performed three times, but after the 1st time corrections were given to help improve even further. The 3rd time had a change in music to better fit the feeling of the emotion given.

The final part of the day was filled with a company rehearsal for an upcoming show in which our friend and current Moorland Ballet Student will be performing around the country. Then followed by a Q and A, where we learnt lots of interesting facts about company life and the latest productions.

Before we left, we just had time for a picture outside of the theatre and then we hopped back onto the bus and to Moorland School. Thank you to Andrew McNicol and all who gave us such a wonderful, motivational experience and a great big thank you to Steve Baines for being so kind and driving us all the way there and back.”