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a ballerina throughout a three-hour production, it's not people who are weak and dainty that progress through the ranks.” Michael now teaches half a dozen boys each week on an individual basis, including two who are in professional theatrical productions. Ballet is quite demanding then? Ballet is very good for flexibility and strengthening, so footballers, rugby players and even military personnel are turning to it. Ballet as an artistic style is also undergoing a transformation.
‘It's not people who are weak and dainty that progress’
In what way? Social media and online video channels are demonstrating new creative styles and inspiring people around the world. Michael said: “Companies like The Royal Ballet continue to push ballet to new heights as they have choreographers that are experimental and willing to embrace modern dance. They are doing things with classical dances that haven’t been seen before, so ballet is evolving. Dancers are also demonstrating new creative styles
on social media, so it’s an exciting time for the dance world.” What’s next for Michael? He hopes to be able to collaborate with other singers and dancers to produce a talent showcase in the future. But for now, he’s happy to continue teaching at his beautiful studio in the countryside. “Teaching my Ballet Power Classes is enormous fun, and seeing my young dancers progress is very rewarding. Dance is my passion and I’m just thrilled that I can still be a part of the creative process.”
WORDS: BEN MORRIS PICTURES: TOBY PHILLIPS
For details of private ballet masterclasses or group classes, visit www.balletpower.com or www.michaelkopinski.com
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