Voices of Spring

Voices of Spring
Yuhui Choe and Alexander Campbell
© ROH/ Tristram Kenton


'Ashton Rediscovered' masterclasses 2017-18

A series of masterclasses presented by the Frederick Ashton Foundation and given at The Royal Ballet (Upper) School by the original casts of rarely-performed works by Frederick Ashton during 2017-18.

Presented by Jane Prichard, Curator of Dance at London's Victoria & Albert Museum, and featuring dancers of The Royal Ballet. To be filmed for research and educational purposes.

Each masterclass includes an Introduction and a discussion and Q&A, and is followed by a drinks reception.

The Royal Ballet Upper School, 46 Floral Street, London WC2E 9DA

Sunday 11 February 2018 with Monica Mason
2.30 - 5.30pm (doors open 2.00pm)
Spanish Dance from Swan Lake Act III (1963)

Booking now open:
Tickets: £60 per person
For further information, please email ashtonrediscovered@yahoo.com or leave message on 020 7212 9627 (voicemail)
All proceeds to benefit the Frederick Ashton Foundation (reg. charity no. 1143433)
The Foundation reserves the right to alter arrangements owing to unavoidable circumstances. All details correct at time of going to press.


2017. 'Ashton Rediscovered' masterclasses 2017-18

2017. Fundraising event

2016. 'Ashton Rediscovered' masterclasses 2016-17

2014. Masterclass event

2013. Ashton Symposium

2013. 'Introduction to the Foundation' event.

2012. 'Introduction to the Foundation' event.

2011. Recreation of Foyer de danse

2011. Press release announcing establishment of the Foundation.

La Fille mal gardee

La Fille mal gardée
The Clog Dance
© ROH/ Tristram Kenton

Marion Tait CBE, former Principal, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet:

"As a member of Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, I had the great privilege of working with Sir Frederick Ashton on numerous occasions throughout my career, as many of his ballets were regularly in SWRB's touring programme. He was not particularly 'vocal' in rehearsals, but with one small move or gesture was able to transmit exactly what he was after (usually more body and speed!).
Today Birmingham Royal Ballet still maintains many Ashton ballets in the staple repertoire. As I find myself responsible for passing on some of the wonderful roles in his ballets, it has become apparent to me that today's young dancers find the "Ashton style" quite hard to master - the musicality, the use of epaulement, the speed of footwork - all are great challenges to their technique. Ashton's ballets never rely on athleticism, but require a sound technique, one that can be 'manipulated' to show every nuance of style."