Rehearsals for Cinderella began fully last week, with preparation taking place in all four of our Birmingham studios. As discussed by Delia Mathews here last week, Monday saw five principal couples share a studio to go through a duet between Cinderella and the Prince. Company Notator Denis Bonner was also present, armed with a copy of the score and an archive recording of the ballet for referral purposes (as shown above).

For those who had danced the roles in 2010/11, it was a return for familiar territory, while others were learning the choreography for the first time. In some cases, couples had simply not danced with one another before, and so it was a chance to establish a working partnership.

As shown in these photos, the atmosphere was one of support, as the intensive preparations began.

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Cinderella returns to Birmingham Hippodrome, 21 November-9 December 2012. Click here to book your seats now.