The sixth year running, and the International Ballet Masterclasses in Prague are still as exhilarating as ever. Last night, Beatrice Knop told us the story of how she got through the preliminaries of the Prix de Lausanne before the (Berlin) wall came down, and how she didn’t know what to do when it was announced she was going to Tokyo – because she hadn’t got any money for per diems, quite apart from anything else. This was after the story of her first performance of Giselle, when she came up from the (trap-door) grave facing the back of the stage instead of the front because no-one under the stage could remember where front was. Yat Sen Chang arrives tonight, Tamara Rojo next week. It’s a hard life, eh? Pictures in the Prague 2008 gallery.