Maria Galeazzi, RB Principal
Despite there being a Gala for the Central School of Ballet, English National Ballet performing at Sadler's Wells and a documentary on Carlos Acosta on television, the hall was packed to hear Mara Galeazzi speak. So many of us, therefore, were thrilled when Mara told us the great news that she had just been promoted to Principal. The news was greeted by prolonged applause.
David asked how she had received the news. Mara had been rehearsing all day on Monday and had been invited to the Gala performance of Pagliacci and the party afterwards. She was called into Monica Mason's office after the rehearsal and told that because of her hard work and excellent performances she was now a Principal. The resulting excitement made her late, but she didn't care!