Since our last post Salem has been very busy.
He has had a contemporary class at Thistle Hall with Lyne Pringle.
He really enjoyed that class and thought that Lyne was a really good teacher and gave him a lot of pointers.
On the 24th February he attended the Boys Class with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Martin Videl, the RNZ Ballet's new ballet master, took the class.
Salem didn't enjoy it as much as the previous Boy's Classes he has been to.
The boys didn't get to have a chat with the male company dancers this time and only got to see the company's class for a few minutes.
Then on the 2nd March, he attended the Senior Master Class with the RNZB.
Rory Fairweather-Naeylan took the class and Salem said he did a really good job and Salem enjoyed it a lot. This was the second class that Salem has had with Rory.
The lovely people at the RNZB gave the kids who did the Master Classes, free double passes to see the Made To Move ballet that afternoon.
So we got to see the ballet. Yay!!!!!!
Made to Move consisted of three very different ballets - "The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud" by Javier De Frutos; "Of Days" by Andrew Simmons; and "Bier Halle" by Ethan Stiefel.
We didn't like "The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud" at all and were quite bored with it. It really wasn't our sort of tatste. The only part we liked was listening to the wonderful songs by the Yandell Sisters.
"Of Days" was a lot better, beautiful dancing but we found that the projected writing was too distracting.
It was so high up that when you read it, you missed out on the dancing and vice-versa. The lighting showed off the dancers impressive muscles amazingly.
"Bier Halle" was a bit of a light-hearted laugh.
It was very impressive to see Jonte (Sir Jon Trimmer) do a backward roll!!!!!!
Can't wait to see Swan Lake next season!!!!!!!!
Salem has been doing plenty of practice but has unfortunately has had an injury which has put him back a bit.
He has been over stretched which has affected his hips and thighs so we are working through this with gentle exercises and plenty of massage etc.....
He is still doing all his classes and preparing for the up-coming competitions, The Ribbon Festival and The Alana Haines Awards.