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Arms Out Like Wings
10 minutes | Jul 11, 2018
The Spark - episode one
The very beginning of my story. Visit our family home and the warm chaos within. Meet my Mum, Dad, brother and sisters. A glimpse into life in the 1960's.
5 minutes | Jul 10, 2018
Toe in the Water - episode two
My first ballet classes as a six year old. How my mother saved the day.
6 minutes | Jul 9, 2018
Stage School - episode three
Things start to scale up when I go to Corona Stage School. I find a dance mentor and Dad becomes a grumpy hero.
9 minutes | Jul 8, 2018
The Audition - episode four
My Dad organises my secret audition for a professional Ballet School in East Grinstead. I then meet another influential lady in my life whilst I Polka in the biggest studio I have ever seen.
4 minutes | Jul 7, 2018
Uniform - episode five
My Italian family think I have been kidnapped, my Dad tells them where to go whilst I get turned down for a grant.
11 minutes | Jul 6, 2018
Arriving - episode six
A rather tense car ride to my new Ballet School. My little sister playing 'rag doll' with me, my brother giving me a whole Ten Shilling note and my mother sobbing and smoking like she would use every cigarette in Surrey. Meeting 'Nursey' and finding out that trendy, short skirts were useless for galloping like a horse around a dance studio.
4 minutes | Jul 4, 2018
The Contents of my Trunk - episode seven
How I yearned for winceyette pyjamas and boring old fashioned slippers.
3 minutes | Jul 3, 2018
The First Night - episode eight
Crisp and formal bedding, lights out and growing home sickness with an unusual approach to bed time.
4 minutes | Jul 2, 2018
Initiation - episode 9
Girls behaving 'sort of badly' at night. Strange rituals involving absent Nursey and Glito . . . . .
2 minutes | Jul 1, 2018
Rising Bell - episode 10
My first morning with a ridiculously early start, cold linoleum and myriad shoes.
3 minutes | Jul 1, 2018
Breakfast - episode 11
The one where my Dad delivers coffee and Marmite in catering size jars!
9 minutes | Jun 30, 2018
Evenings - episode 12
Evenings at a girls Ballet School for borders. Midnight games, kissing practise 'girl on girl', crushes, making cheese from yoghurts and eventually sleep. . . .
8 minutes | Jun 29, 2018
Vitae Honestas, Weekends & Dancing in the Lunch Queue - episode 13
Strange latin phrases, weekend visits to my family and cuddling my sister. Dancing on the staircase.
6 minutes | Jun 28, 2018
Aprons and National Skirts - episode 14
Being at a Ballet School involves many rituals. You also have to know your place in the hierarchy. This is where Aprons came in. Your apron and National Skirts were part of you. Life evolved around the seamstress who inhabited a cramped and warm space at the top of the school, a sort of haven for me. . . .
6 minutes | Jun 27, 2018
Ballet Classes - episode 15
It seems young ballet dancers need to learn about washing tights with fabric softener and how to put clothes on in a hurry.
6 minutes | Jun 26, 2018
School Work, Elocution and My Tuck Box - episode 16
My 'Pygmalion' moment when I learn to 'speak posh', learn how to read & write at last and secret moments with my parents and baby sister Gaynor in the Tuck Box room.
5 minutes | Jun 25, 2018
Fire Drills & Blue Peter recording at the School - episode 17
We loved Fire Drills which were always so exciting and after lights out. Nothing however prepared us for performing tap dance routines with John Noakes and Roy Castle on our own theatre.
4 minutes | Jun 24, 2018
The Lady of the Blue Pond & Levitation - episode 18
This is the one about the incredibly ethereal lady who inhabited our Blue Pond and school corridors at night. Also the strange powers of levitation at our fingertips.
5 minutes | Jun 23, 2018
The Pull of Home - episode 19
My first year at Ballet School was tough and my homesickness was extreme.
5 minutes | Jun 21, 2018
Pointe Shoes - episode 20
I discover the agony and ecstasy of dancing in pointe shoes. These were of course so much more than shoes. Every pair of every girls pointe shoes was individual to them.
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