Prince George will reportedly be taking ballet classes in school this year to expand 'creativity'
It is expected that the British Royal Family's decision will also help challenge gender norms in the UK
Prince George, third in line to the British throne, is returning to St. Thomas's Battersea School for another academic year, and the world seems to be excited as the prince and his younger sister Princess Charlotte pursue their scholastic goals. It is unlikely, however, that Kensington Palace will share official photos of the prince starting school this year.
George, meanwhile, has way more than annual photoshoots and academics to be excited about, because he will also be joining many extra-curricular activities. The five-year-old royal's new lessons are expected to include sports, swimming, choir, and dancing – more specifically, ballet. According to Grazia Daily, the private school’s website claims that the weekly 35-minute ballet classes, featuring a live pianist, are designed to “develop students’ physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression, and musicality, using a range of sounds and musical styles."
The ballet classes may come as a surprise to some, but this is apparently one of the most popular classes in the school, especially among “pupils in Years 1 to 8."
If the young prince shows an aptitude for the art form, he would be given extra coaching and taken to the Royal Opera House to further his interest and be part of the school’s ballet recital at the end of the year. According to the school’s website, "Extra Ballet pupils visit the Royal Opera House and watch the ballet company perform either on stage or backstage during one of their morning warm-up classes. This usually happens after the exams and is a great opportunity for parents to see the work and effort involved in exam preparation.”
Ballet is one of the three disciplines of dance forms that the school teaches, the other two being 'free movement' and 'character'. The former seems to share a resemblance to Jazz and has incorporated movements from other styles as well, including contemporary and classical Greek dance.
Character, on the other hand, is a “theatrical presentation of national dance using original ethnic dance and music which has been freely adapted for the theatre. The three styles – Hungarian, Russian and Polish – were selected because of their historic importance in the development of the 19th-century full-length classical ballet.”
It comes as no surprise that the private school the young royal goes to does not come cheap, with an annual fee of $25,924. After all, St Thomas’s Battersea even comes with a dietician that prepares a menu, which changes every week.