Staatsballett and Sightseeing in Berlin!

If you’d like to follow my career as a professional classical dancer, go over to my Instagram page here.  Read on to find out more about my life at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy …

If you are particularly interested in entering international ballet competitions, I wrote an article on my top tips for preparing for international ballet competitions here.

 

Whilst competing at Tanzolymp 2015 (see my post here), in Berlin, I also had the chance to appreciate Staatsballett’s production of Sleeping Beauty fully outfitted in Nacho Duato’s new choreography – it really was a beautiful spectacle with fabulous sets and costumes. Tchaikovsky’s traditional music was left alone, however, apart from a few moments of necessary resemblance to Petipa’s original choreography, the rest took the classical style in an entirely new direction. Though I didn’t recognise it as typical Duato, the choreography possessed a flare and experimental quality that only he could have created.  Below is the link to the trailer:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153074053036147&set=vb.150782756146&type=2&theater

Making the most of being in Berlin, I visited the Yumiko store.  Yumiko make the best fitting dance leotards in the most amazing colour combinations; probably because they are designed by a dancer.  When you spend all day, every day in leotards, it’s important to feel good in them!

Tala Lee-Turton - at the Yumiko store in Berlin

I also saw some of the famous sights of Berlin Including the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Museum Island, the Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Cathedral.  The hotel I was staying in was right next to the famous TV tower – so it was always easy to find our way home!

I also, of course, tried out some fabulous foodie places including a Vietnamese restaurant called Monsieur Vuong and a great vegan restaurant called Kopps that blew my mind!

I also couldn’t visit Berlin without experiencing the Ritter Sport Factory where you can make your own chocolate bar!

I really was sad to leave Berlin; every moment I spent there was spectacular!  I hope to do the competition again next year so I’ll be able to see more!

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    1. Hi Susan – no I didn’t! I had really limited time to sightsee as I was so busy with the competition so just stuck to the main bits. Hope you are well and hope to see you in the Summer 🙂 x

  1. Thanks for the latest, Tala. Its always great to receive these updates. Not only doing so well, but also looking so genuinely happy! Yes, Berlin is a great city and I have spent some pretty good times there myself. Keep smiling! 😉

    1. Your welcome, Mike! Thank you! I hope to have more adventures such as Tanzolymp in the near future to tell you about? oh then you’ll know very well what a fantastic city Berlin is! I’m glad you liked the post- hope you enjoy the photos I’m in the process of posting of my variations?

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