What’s it like to take a ballet class when you’re blind?
The Royal Opera House’s weekly class for blind and partially sighted people debunks the myth that ballet is a solely visual art form.
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For over 25 years, the Royal Opera House’s Monday Moves project has been challenging that very presumption of the art form’s visual nature, with weekly ballet classes specifically for adults with sight impairment.
‘It was an experiment to see if visually impaired people could do ballet,’ explains Maggie, one of the founding members of Monday Moves.
Many of the participants had tried other dance classes in the past, but found them difficult to follow as they couldn’t see what the teacher was doing. At Monday Moves participants have a shared movement language in the form of ballet’s French terminology, enabling faster and more accurate responses to vocal instruction.
Monday Moves classes also take place in a large, familiar studio, encouraging participants to be unrestrained in their movement. ‘It’s so wonderful to be able to prance across a really long studio and know there is nothing in the way,’ says Maggie. ‘Your body feels better, and your mind feels better for having done things you didn’t think you could do.’
Enrolment for the next term of Monday Moves is now open.
Classes will run on the following dates:
- Mon 9 Sep (6:30 – 8:00pm)
- Mon 16 Sep (6:30 – 8:00pm)
- Mon 23 Sep (6:30 – 8:00pm)
- Mon 30 Sep (6:30 – 8:00pm)
- Mon 7 Oct (6:30 – 8:00pm)
- Mon 14 Oct (6:30 – 8:00pm)
Attendance is strictly limited so please call
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Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
David Pickering will be leading this block of classes and will take Manon as the rep theme: Kenneth MacMillan’s telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love, set to music by Massenet:
If you would like to sign-up for the Autumn block of classes please email me to confirm your attendance. There is limited availability and all places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We do ask that all participants commit to the majority of the specified sessions, if there are any sessions that you will be unable to attend please let me know and I will make a note of this on the register.
Ballet Learning and Participation Officer
Learning and Participation
Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
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Monday Moves classes take place weekly from 6.30-8pm. For more information about joining, call Niesha Holder on 0207 212 9410 or email Niesha.Holder@roh.org.uk
Monday Moves is generously supported by the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Charitable Foundation.