Aurora’s Wedding was the centre piece. This version, a neat combination of extracts from the Prologue and Act 3 of The Sleeping Beauty, offers so many dance opportunities, including the fairy variations.
The Grand Pas, danced by Yu Hang and Harrison Lee, who both have Royal Ballet contracts lined up, was given a performance of professional standard. Hang’s footwork and placing were textbook perfect and her musical accents beautifully phrased. Lee partnered with confidence then attacked his solo with crisp double tours and a laser sharp manège.
I am sure we will be seeing more of these two very talented dancers. In this version the coda is taken by the dance of the Three Ivans, which is unfortunate for Aurora and her Prince, but great for the trio of exuberant young men.
Amelia Townsend and Taisuke Nakao, another pair with Royal Ballet contracts, gave a crisp and technically adept rendition of the famous Bluebird pas de deux. Nakao was a soaring Bluebird, his slight build disguising his strength and tenacity. He didn’t miss a beat or a tour and still finished smiling.
Lore Zonderman who joins the Dutch National Ballet next season was an authoritative Lilac Fairy using her height to good effect in the sweeping moves of the solo.
Yuki Sugiura exploited the lyrical qualities in the Woodland Glade solo to good effect in neat contrast to Yu Kurihara’s effervescent Song Bird.
It was a clever idea to have two tinies from White Lodge, Katie Robertson and Leo Godfrey, to play Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, it seemed so right for this age group.