Having been a freelance ballet dancer for six years, 24 year old Georgina Rose has been given her first permanent contract with the Norwegian National Ballet. It has been a colourful journey along the way!
After attending the Junior and Upper Royal Ballet Schools, Georgie worked closely with the Royal Ballet Company and seemed on track for a place after she graduated. Carlos Acosta inviting her to dance in Apollo with his company in Valencia, gave weight to our hopes for a contract. A month before the crucial Graduation Performance Georgie unfortunately broke her foot meaning no contract. It was a low point.
After six months, George decided to give her career another attempt. London is the only place that provides professional dance classes, so it was a Catch-22 situation – living in London was not financially possible, yet she couldn’t get a job without at least four classes a day. Eventually she acquired her first short contract with Vienna Festival Ballet. Due partly to the recession, the popularity of dance and the limited
number of ballet companies, full time contracts are very scarce. With 400 dancers auditioning for one place, Georgie had to take any short term contracts that were going.
Mixed in amongst many short ballet contracts Georgie had to support herself with various jobs including being an extra in Lewis; dancing for children’s birthday parties; modelling, including the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A; and music videos. Highlights included being a body double for Amber Heard (Mrs Johnny Depp) in The Danish Girl.
Seasonal ballet contracts includeddancing with the National Ballet of Ireland, English National Ballet, Vienna Festival Ballet, and other companies in which she danced two Royal Ballet roles; one of which, Resolutions, a role created by Wayne Eagling (formerly artistic director of the English National Ballet); this is usually danced by a Royal Ballet principal.
She has also danced at the Royal Opera House, as part of the Covent Garden Company in Manon, The Carmelites, and the highlight was lead ballerina in the opera Les Vepres Siciliennes. This opera was filmed and shown in cinemas world wide. In The Carmelites, one of the principals, Anna Prohaska, is the niece of our neighbour, Terry Ryan!
Opera ballet was a turning point and dancing The Governess in Death in Venice at Garsington, led to her contract. The choreographer, Andreas Heise (Principal with Norwegian National Ballet), recommended her to the director.
Two weeks later, Georgie successfully auditioned and is very happy in Oslo!