“Arms DOWN, Matthew…”

Thus came the refrain today, as I took part in a ballet class led by RAD Artistic Director Lynn Wallis, and accompanied by resident maestro Jonathan Still.

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In the photo I’m the ‘black’ swan; I’m joined by RAD Principal Dancer (well…Financial Controller) Richard Slatford, who’s sporting the white ensemble.

Our hour’s coaching culminated with a gala performance featuring all sorts of fancy footwork, but my stubborn arms wouldn’t play ball – hence Ballet Mistress Wallis’s siren call: “Arms DOWN, Matthew…”

One to pick up in tomorrow’s weekly ballet lesson – after a three week respite, it’s time to get those toes back to the grindstone.

I should perhaps point out: I don’t make a habit of wearing the tutu to class – only when fundraising is on the agenda (we’re raising money for our ballet competition the Genée – it’s for elite young people, so I fail on every count). If you’d like to contribute please go to http://www.justgiving.com/challengenee2013

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