Copenhagens ballet scene?
Posted 29 June 2002 - 11:16 PM
I am 16 and training to become a pro ballet dancer. I am visiting Copenhagen this summer, Aug 24-31. I am totaly clueless when it comes ballet in foreign countries. I was wondering if anyone could recomend ballet studios in the city, I mean i have heard of the Royal Danish and the Bourneville, but i dont know if they just let random Americans kids walk in and take classes, that seems kind of crazy. so as you can see I dont really know half of what I should know. I also dont speak Danish but i have two years of High German under my belt. Do people speak any german in Denmark? Please reply with any information or help about anything that i should possibly know about! And thank you so much for your time. Maybe I'll meet some of you at ballet class or something?!?!?!?!?!
Posted 29 June 2002 - 11:35 PM
I'm afraid I don't have any information about private ballet training in Copenhagen (I did write to a Danish friend in the hopes he might know) but you should lay your fears of not being understood to rest. The majority of Danes speak very good English, and your German will come in handy to read signs, but picking up a traveler's guide to Danish will help as well. It's an enchanting city, I think you will have a marvelous time!
Posted 29 June 2002 - 11:55 PM
Posted 30 June 2002 - 07:16 AM
Posted 30 June 2002 - 07:27 AM
There's also a place called Dansens Hus (The Dance House) that has classes -- it's for modern dancers, but they also have ballet classes. It's a hang out for dancers, too. There may be other performances around during that time -- watch for notices placed on trees
Copenhagen can be expensive if you eat at the touristy places -- anything that's in a guidebook -- and quite inexpensive if you walk a few blocks over and find a neighborhood pub or sandwich shop. There are "frokost" places that serve only lunch. The menus MUST be posted outside, so you know what you're getting into before you go in. And there's a McDonald's on Strøget (the pedestrian street, a street of shops that wends its way through the center of the old city) if you get homesick.
Have fun. It's a lovely city. And please go to Tivoli (the amusement park built the same year as Bournonville's Napoli) at least once.
Posted 30 June 2002 - 07:44 AM
Posted 30 June 2002 - 11:23 AM
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Posted 30 June 2002 - 11:25 AM
Posted 01 July 2002 - 01:13 AM
I read in the press a few weeks back - perhaps some could enlighten us - that a former Royal Ballet soloist has set up a private school in Copenhagen for MEN only, perhaps to avoid young men becoming discouraged from dancing, by the sight of us ladies rushing about dressed in pastel colours !!! Does someone reading this Website remember his name ?
IN any event, I believe that several former principals and soloists have their own schools, and/or give classes in private studios.
Or, you could ring the Royal Theatre, ask for the Secretary of the School (which is within the Royal Theatre itself), explain your situation, and ask them to recommend private classes to you. The Danes are extremely friendly and helpful, and they are very keen on Americans !
Posted 01 July 2002 - 06:39 PM
Posted 20 July 2002 - 11:45 PM
re. arne villumsen he only gives 2 a week classes outside the royal theatre but i asked and you are very welcome to attend if you want.
the class consists of mostly woman but that shouldn't be a problem as he likes teaching them male variations from napoli, sylphide and more.
i don't have the details for the classes yet but i will post them a.s.a.p.
Posted 21 July 2002 - 09:10 AM
Thanks a ton!
Posted 23 July 2002 - 04:33 AM
re. copenhagen, i spoke to one of the women who attend arne villumsen's classes and she will be happy to give you all the details you need about this class and other options.
could you write her, please, at firstname.lastname@example.org? her name is anne-marie.
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