SMUS Students Take to the Ballet Stage

Three of our students took the Royal Theatre stage with the Moscow Ballet, for their production of Swan Lake this week Lindsay Solmer, Julia Milden and Julia Rego performed marvellously in the second act for an audience of over 1000.

Each of the girls auditioned for and won parts in the production, which runs again tonight for its second and final time in Victoria. Lindsay, who has been taking ballet since she was four years old, was excited to perform. “I like doing shows,” she says. “What I like about ballet is that it’s never boring.”

Swan Lake debuted in Moscow 130 years ago, and both the prestige and the history behind the Moscow Ballet are not lost on the Grade 8 girls. “I think it’s really great, because they are world-renowned,” says Julia Milden. “For them to even come to Victoria is amazing, but for us to dance with them is incredible.”

On Saturday, the girls will go for tea at the Empress with the Moscow Ballet, to get autographs and talk to the dancers.

If you miss this performance, you can catch Lindsay and Julia Rego in the Alberta Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, which starts on November 30 and features the Victoria Symphony. Lindsay is thrilled to be playing the role of Clara. “It’s interesting because there’s acting and dancing at the same time,” says Lindsay. Julia will take on the role of Fritz, Clara’s brother.

Both Swan Lake and The Nutcracker will be performed at the Royal Theatre. Since its opening in 1913, the theatre and has hosted many remarkable performers including Mikhail Baryshnikov, often called the world’s greatest living male ballet dancer.

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