• Short Summary

    Girls in the Legat School of Ballet doing Yoga exercises to improve their dancing technique.

  • Description

    Legat School of Ballet, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

    C/U shot of face of a girl performing headstand. Cut to L/S of two lines of girls standing on their heads. An elderly woman straightens one of the girls' legs. M/S of her face (very distinguished look) as she gives instructions to the girls.

    The woman is Madame Legat (Nadine Nicolaeva Legat), former Prima Ballerina of the Imperial and State theatres of Moscow and St. Petersburg (Petrograd, Leningrad) and Principal Dancer of Diaghilev's Company, founder and owner of Legat School of Ballet in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. She decided to introduce Yoga exercises as part of the school curriculum, claiming that Yoga exercise, with its multiple benefits to mind and body, is extremely helpful to ballet dancers. Yoga increases elasticity, heightens concentration, helps to co-ordinate mind and body and helps the body to relax.

    L/S of the girls moving their heads in the manner of Indian traditional dancing. M/S of the girls exercising. C/U shot of the face of one of the girls smiling. C/U shot of Madame Legat's face as she waves, probably explaining the next exercise. Several shots of the girls doing some seriously difficult exercises.

    C/U shot of two pairs of elegant ballet shoes being picked up by someone's hands. C/U shot of the girls' feet (more half legs) in ballet shoes, dancing. Cut to M/S of the girls in pink ballet dresses, dancing. M/S of a young ballerina with funny looking tiara on her head (as if she has birthday candles on top of her head) being held in the air by two male dancers.

    Note: Diaghilev - alternative spelling Diaghileff - check database.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    55.30
    Media URN:
    2061
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1956
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:21:00 / 01:43:44:00
    Canister:
    CP 100

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