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Estonian National Ballet invites everyone to practice ballet at home

04.05.2020 / Leenu Nigu

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On May 4th Estonian National Ballet began showing a video series of invigorating ballet morning exercises. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30 the artistic director, soloists and ballet masters will be leading ballet exercises and introducing the basics of ballet.

„Dance keeps the mind and the body young,“ says Linnar Looris, the artistic director of Estonian National Ballet. He adds that the ballet exercises are designed to be done at home, and offer joy from movement even for those without previous ballet background.

Estonian National Ballet dancers help everyone to start their day in an energised manner whether at home offices or elsewhere. In addition, the ballet mornings give the audience a physical taster of ballet as one of the most complicated forms of dance. Through this they can perhaps get a fresh perspective on the ballet performances once it is possible to attend them again.

Language skills are not essential when it comes to dance and exercising. However, in some mornings the exercises are delivered in Estonian. As the company has an international artistic staff, then other mornings the exercises will be conducted in Russian and in English. The videos will remain on Estonian National Opera Facebook page and can be viewed at any time.

The invigorating ballet mornings’ programme is part of Estonian National Opera online activities. Due to the national emergency and lockdown period the theatre had to stop performing, however for the rest of the season artistic endeavours are released online. From mid-April the national opera has streamed recorded performances, and up to now tens of thousands of people have viewed them. All audience members who have purchased tickets for the performances of the spring season can exchange their tickets for future performances.

Estonian National Ballet and Estonian National opera wish everyone well!

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