Mattheus was also full of praise for the health care team, ‘the physio staff at the school is just amazing. The way they deal with the student injuries is of a very high standard.’
But life at The Royal Ballet School is not all classwork. Over the Christmas period Mattheus headed to Birmingham where the sister company, Birmingham Royal Ballet, is based. He worked on a very busy schedule performing 35 shows in Sir Peter Wright’s, The Nutcracker.
‘Performing with Birmingham Royal Ballet is a great experience, it gives us students a sense of how it is in a real company.When you are performing next to company members you start to work in a different way. For example, the way you prepare yourself in ballet class changes. In the school your main focus is on the training. In the company your focus is on what you are doing on stage.’
His roles in the ballet have included Cadets, Manservant and Rats as well as learning the Trepak as an understudy in case of injury. ‘Dancing next to the company members has been a great experience. I enjoyed the fun atmosphere on stage, you could really tell that the audience could feel it too, as they clapped and yelled ‘Bravo’ after all the dancing parts. No matter what roles I did, I learnt to enjoy them in their own way, it’s about getting the experience and appreciating what you’re doing in the moment.’