"I was born in Barcelona and I initially started dancing at ten, but it was only at the age of 14 that I started to take it seriously and see it as a career. I was 17 when I moved to Birmingham to go to Elmhurst Upper School. It was in the second year that we increased our contact with the Company.
I remember that my first role was to dance in MacMillan’s Concerto, which was scary, but certainly in a good sense – I only had ten days to learn my role.
My involvement with the Company grew after that and I was a cover for Cinderella
in 2010 but, unfortunately, I didn’t get the opportunity to dance.
Moving into my third year, I spent more time at Birmingham Royal Ballet
than I did at Elmhurst.
"I only had ten days to learn my role"Anna Monleon
The Company was extremely supportive. Marion Tait gave me a lot of
advice about my pointe shoes and that helped enormously with my
Spending so much time with the Company allowed me to show what I could do. David Bintley saw me dance several times and he offered me a contract.
Easing my way into Birmingham Royal Ballet before securing my contract
made me aware of the challenges I would face when joining a professional
company and it helped me to adapt quickly."
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