White Lodge students who are eligible to enter the Young British Dancer of the Year Competition have this week prepared a provisional shortlist of their preferred solo variations. First held in 2000, this annual event is open to British dancers and those resident within the United Kingdom for a minimum of three years, aged 15-17.
From a set range of solos you must choose according to your preference and abilities. 2013 sees the introduction of two categories dividing the solos into List 1; classical variations to expose your technical skills, and List 2; more recent and narrative works to expose your artistic skills. At White Lodge, our decision is guided and finalised by our teachers.
A Preliminary Class is watched behind closed doors by an adjudicating panel and, if successful, you perform a solo from List 1 at the Semi-Final the next day. If selected for the Final you are required to perform two solos; one from each List.
This year the Semi-Final will take place at the Linden Studio Theatre on Sunday March 3rd and the Final will be held at the Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House on Saturday 9th March. Unfortunately, tickets are sold out for both events.
For March 3rd I hope to perform the energetically demanding Solo from the Pas de Trois in Act I of Swan Lake for the List 1 first category. To reach the final would be a dream and if it comes true I will perform ’The Betrayed Girl’ from Dame Ninette De Valois’ The Rake’s Progress for the second category. I will keep you posted. Prisca
Photo by Martin Bell. Dance audition/CV photos