Royal New Zealand Ballet Workshop

September 14, 2020 at 4:40 PM

Our Year 9 Dance students had the privilege of welcoming Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) Educator, Lauren Byrne and a group of musicians from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra to their class today for a Dance workshop.

This unique opportunity was a chance for the students to experience and better understand the special working relationship between live music and dance. Linked to the RNZB’s production, ‘Venus Rising,’ Ms Bryne put the students through their paces, starting with a quick warm up and moving into traveling sets which the RNZB dancers perform. 

As the workshop progressed, the tempo certainly picked up and the sequences that the students were learning became more complex. In the last quarter of the session, the students learnt a piece of choreography from the show. The choreography taught also gradually increased in complexity; challenging our students to keep up with the changing tempos and remember the moves before splitting into groups to showcase what they had learnt.

Our students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and we thank the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra for spending time to work with, dance and musically accompany our students.

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