Just before the season began, Principal Matthew Lawrence updated his blog on ballet.co.uk, touching upon the trials of the current repertory.

‘We’re kicking off the year with some hard ballets. It’s a test for bodies of all ages. Forget ‘Zumba’, this is the ultimate full body workout: for calves, the role of Colas in ‘La Fille’; for thighs, try the Red Knight in ‘Checkmate’; for cardio, dance ‘Symphonic Variations’…

‘…rest assured, when the season does get out of the blocks, you’ll be in for an eclectic mix of physically exhausting ballets; harder than complete box -set of ‘Zumba’ workouts.’

Click here to read Matthew’s full blog.