With the Australian Ballet at Covent Garden this August, the London Ballet Circle was pleased to host Laura Day, who recently joined Australian Ballet as a Corp de Ballet Repetiteur, “in conversation” with Brandon Lawrence.
Brandon started by asking about how Laura started dancing. She replied that she used to like musical theatre and knew from a young age that she wanted to dance. One thing led to another and she ended up progressing all the way to the Royal Ballet School. Here she recounted happy memories of living and working with other dancers.
Upon leaving the Royal Ballet School Laura was offered a contract with Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB). Laura elaborated on her various roles here, as well as working with David Bintley who gave her the opportunity to dance more prominent roles – including in Still Life at the Penguin Café and Clara in The Nutcracker. Brandon was at BRB alongside Laura, so the two reminisced fondly about their time dancing at the company together, sharing numerous amusing anecdotes.
Laura also talked about her transition away from the stage to supporting roles – first as a repetiteur at BRB and her more recent move to Australian Ballet. She said: “I do miss performing but this move was too big an opportunity to miss.”
This was a fascinating “in conversation” event and the LBC extends our thanks to Laura and Brandon for a fantastic talk.