Tradition, and the passing down of traditions, is taken very seriously. Each coach, though, has their own experience and memory of what it was like in their day, inevitably leading to disagreements.
‘It’s usually easily resolved. The ballerina is always right and, by default, her coach too. I’ve danced Swan Lake with many different partners each of whom have slightly different things which they or their teacher want, so I have to be careful not to confuse who wants what.
Our coaches also watch our shows and discuss our progress with our director and then work on things accordingly in the studio to maintain progress. Igor [Petrov] also often teaches one of the four morning classes so I’m able to work with him there too which is good.