Spotlight: Ellie McGrath, Third Year Student

1st December 2022

This year for our ’12 Days of Rambert School’ countdown, we’ll be putting the spotlight on diverse members of Rambert School’s community, past and present.

The first person to step into the spotlight is third year student, Ellie McGrath.

Q – Ellie, what’s your favourite thing about Rambert School? 

A – My favourite thing about Rambert School is the Student Choreography Platform. It’s a true privilege to be able to make work on the inspiring people I train with, and an even greater one to also learn from them and their creative processes in turn. Platform is an invaluable opportunity to learn more about approaching choreography and how to express our choreographic voices, and it shows the immense creativity and range of Rambert’s students. Tickets are on sale now for our December Platform!

Q – As well as the opportunity to choreograph for Platform, what other opportunities have Rambert School given you?

A – A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to Botswana with my classmate Dylan and our teacher Jason Mabana, where we worked for ten days with the brilliant dancers of Mophato Dance Company. Whilst in Botswana, we also delivered workshops and classes to students and dancers in the community. For me, this was the most amazing experience and I will forever hold the memories of these dancers close to my heart. One stand-out moment from the trip would be when we were invited to watch a performance by the traditional dancers of Old Naledi. I will never forget the drive and desire to dance in their eyes, and I will take this with me throughout the rest of my training and life. 

Q – What’s your New Year’s Resolution? 

A – We get told even at the beginning of first year how fast the three years at Rambert School would go, and now in third year it seems like that very much is the case! So my New Year’s resolution is to really make the most of the time I have left at Rambert School, in the knowledge that it’s a very special place. Every day, I get to be surrounded by incredible people in class and rehearsal, and so I want to appreciate being in the midst of this inspiring environment of dancers and artists before we all graduate and begin our careers.


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