Young dancers, like young musicians, are dependent on the quality of their early training if they are to achieve professional standards. Historically, in the great dance training establishments, the introduction to serious training is handled with immense skill and expertise. Sadly, there is no equivalent in this country, perhaps because the arts in all their forms are still regarded as the icing on the cake rather than an integral and life- enriching part of society.
There is no shortage of raw talent in this country, and the comment that there are not enough suitable physiques is in my view nonsense. There are some physical criteria for a dancer that certainly help the process of training, but almost every great dancer of the last 50 years has had major physical problems to overcome.
Vocational training in this country needs to be re-examined, because at present we are seriously misusing the potential of our youngsters. It is the responsibility of our leading directors, choreographers and luminaries of the dance world to share in the process of that re-examination, and to contribute to finding a solution.
Central School of Ballet
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