Several LBC members took advantage of Northern Ballet's free Breaktime Barre on Tuesday, 4th May. Originally designed to enable the Company to reach out during the pandemic, the sequence of exercises (which could be attempted standing or sitting) took its inspiration from ballets in the repertoire. So, one minute, the participants were swans, the next mermaids, and the next Russian folk dancers.
Taking questions afterwards, Pippa Moore, who is now involved in the artistic side of the Company and in teaching at the Academy, recalled aspects of her 20 year career and talked about how well the students had progressed over the past 13 months and how the dancers were keeping themselves performance fit. It was thrilling for everyone to see the productions coming back to life.
Pippa also emphasised the importance of balletic movement for all ages, sizes and abilities in maintaining fitness, strength and mobility. Now that Zoom had opened up different ways by which the Company could engage with people, including many outside its normal orbit, virtual classes and other kinds of innovative sessions would remain very much part of Northern Ballet's offer.