The Sleeping Beauty: Royal Ballet Stars Discuss The Difficult Lead Roles

“The Sleeping Beauty: The challenges of technically demanding roles”

One of the big challenges in ballet is executing extremely demanding choreography while appearing effortless and playing a role.

This is true in some respects of many genres of dance but the contrast in ballet seems particularly strong especially for ballerinas.

Sarah Lamb, who’s danced Princess Aurora in The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty, Steven McRae, who’s danced Prince Florimund, Alexander Agadzhanov and Dame Monica Mason discuss the challenges brought on by technically demanding roles with the example of The Sleeping Beauty.

Clyde F. Smith

DanceLand founder Clyde F. Smith has a PhD in Cultural Studies from OSU and performs improvisational dance in Working Sessions.