Advent 14: Brace yourself

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Pluck these, and stuff their legs inside their bottom, and they'll be ready to do ballet.

Pluck these, and stuff their legs inside their bottom, and they'll be ready for ballet

Another from the incomparable Jackie Barratt, when she was ballet mistress at ENB.

She was rehearsing two principals in Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, which involves a lot of complex and heavy-duty lifts. In one of them, Kate adopts a position rather like a figurehead on a ship.

“Careful with your shoulders there” said Jackie, “otherwise it looks a bit oven-ready”.

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