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Essential clips: Tetsuya Kumakawa

Our regular visitors will know that BDB HQ just moved to Tokyo (which is why posting has slowed down a bit). In honour of our new location here are two clips of a Japanese dancer, Tetsuya Kumakawa.

Kumakawa studied ballet in Japan before coming to England to complete his training at the Royal Ballet Upper School. On graduating, he danced with the Royal Ballet, becoming their youngest ever soloist, and eventually returned to Japan where he founded K-Ballet, a company now regarded as amongst the finest in the world.

The first clip is a variation from Coppelia. Try and pause the video at exactly 0.58 to see how high he jumps!

This second clip is a variation from Don Quixote which he danced when he was only 16. It's interesting to see how his nervous pacing in the wings disappears as soon as he steps on stage. In fact, I think his poise as he positions himself on stage is just as impressive as the dancing itself.

If you are familiar with this variation you will notice that the choreography has been a little spiced up for the competition.

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