Richmond in London

Richmond Ballet is currently making its international debut in a tour to London. Dancer Maggie Small sent Pointe a dispatch from England:

 

Just touched down in London town! After a long flight we had a day to regroup. Today I've successfully dealt with my jet lag, been to the bank and grocery, strolled around the city, stretched out the post plane pains, enjoyed coffee and pastries at a local restaurant and taken in a Royal Ballet show. Whew, what a day. As if we weren't already excited to be a part of the exciting and ultra-relevant dance scene here in London, after finally seeing the beauty all around I can't wait to be in it! The Royal Opera House is incredible and evoked little girl giddiness in me. The performance offered similar sentiments, reminding me what it was like when I was first inspired to pursue a career as a ballet dancer. The only thing I didn't accomplish today was curbing my excessive use of the word y'all so as not to reveal my southern identity immediately upon meeting strangers. There's always tomorrow...

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