Liz foster leading affiliate students in a workshop

Enrichment workshops with Sarah Wildor and Liz Foster for our Affiliate Programme 

Over the past month, we’ve held two Enrichment Programme events for our Affiliate teachers and their students. 

The Affiliate Enrichment Programme is a part of the benefits available to Affiliate teachers. It includes creative and repertoire workshops, as well as Ambassador-led workshops. The programme also offers drop-in Q&A sessions with programme leaders and a Facebook forum for Affiliate teachers to connect across cohorts. Additionally, Affiliate teachers have access to a listing on a directory of teachers, Royal Ballet ticket offers, and invitations to watch The Royal Ballet School performances. 

Coppélia workshop with Sarah Wildor 

Our first workshop was held on 19 May with Sarah Wildor, who performed repertoire from Coppélia. Sarah, an alumna of The Royal Ballet School and a former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet Company used the imagery of a wooden doll to bring Coppélia to life. Affiliate teachers brought their students to the workshop, allowing them to enhance their learning while teachers observed and drew inspiration from Sarah’s teaching methods. 

The workshop was excellently paced, and my daughter learned a lot. The content was appropriate, and you could see the students were invested and keen. Sarah was a superb teacher, approachable, and included the audience in a manner that inspired my daughter. – Workshop attendee

Two affiliate students attending the affiliate enrichment workshop

Swan Lake workshop with Liz Foster 

The most recent workshop on 9 June featured Liz Foster, who explored the creative process using Swan Lake. Liz trained in ballet and contemporary dance at Arts Educational Schools, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and Trinity Laban, where she completed her MA in Dance and Movement Psychotherapy. 

Liz used a series of images from a Swan Lake performance to inspire students. She then had them work in pairs to create their own choreography that told a story. The students’ individual pieces were combined to form a final performance, incorporating choreographic principles such as counterpull and canon. 

Liz has a most engaging and inspiring manner and shared some simple but very effective strategies for fostering students’ creative ideas, which have given me confidence that I am on the right track with the creative elements of ATAP, as well as giving me further ideas to go forward with. – Workshop attendee

Our Affiliate Programme gives teachers and students opportunities to continue their development in ballet.  Learn more about our Affiliate Programme and other benefits here.