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Learning a work by World Class Choreographer

A Special Opportunity for our Dancers
Learning a work by World Class Choreographer

YOURI VÁMOS

After having spent many years as a professional dancer in Europe, I am happy to find myself back home in Melbourne teaching ballet at the school I once graduated from. I‘m extremely excited that Mr Vámos, (one of my ballet directors) has authorised me to teach the year 10 dance students the ball scene from his ballet “Romeo and Juliet” The Western Australian Ballet Company premiered this particular piece last year. It will be a highlight for the students to work on Mr. Vámos’s choreography, as his work is actively produced and performed throughout Europe. His works distinguish themselves by inventiveness, wit, as well as an outstanding sense of drama and highest musicality.

It has been written about Youri Vámos, that he is – “the supposedly best choreographic story-teller of the present” in the arte-edition book – “Tanzgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts in einem Band” (The Twentieth Century History of Dance in one Volume). Since 2001 Youri Vàmos is an Honorary Professor at the Dance-Academy Budapest. In 2007 he was awarded with the order of merit of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia. I believe it will be a valuable experience for the students to be exposed to current choreographer‘s works such as Youri Vámos’s ballet, as it adds to their experience of various styles of dance and also assists them to gain knowledge of such well known people in the dance industry that are held with such high regard. I wish the students a most enjoyable and productive experience.

JACINTA WALSH, DANCE TEACHER