So there we were, everything going so smoothly, great interview with Daria Klimentova last night, all the teachers turned up and started swapping funny stories of things that go wrong during shows with all the dancers (lots of laughter all round, then we showed our private comedy tape. it always goes down well. Then back home for dinner with Sabina. Daria sat up very late making a video (which is on this page) when suddenly she got a phone call, at one o’clock in the morning, from a very emotional and upset TAMARA ROJO, who had broken her foot in the middle of ACT 2 in Manon, during a gala in Italy with Federico Bonelli. Obviously she wasn’t going to be able to make it over to Prague. (she had even checked in to the flight online before the show). Daria woke me up, and we had to get our thinking caps on. Agnes Oaks was on an island in the middle of nowhere in Estonia only accessible by boat, so wouldn’t make it in time, we put Beatrice Knop on stand by and asked her to find out if she could stay an extra week but then fortunately we finally managed to get hold of Barbora Kohoutkova (Prima Ballerina from Hamburg Ballet) through her mother and she was very happy to arrive three days earlier than planned (she was due to give general class on Wednesday and Thursday) to cover for Tamara Rojo. In the middle of all this I had to get back to the airport first thing in the morning to meet this weeks arrivals.

This is what to look out for at the airport. Ian Comer

This is what to look out for at the airport. Ian Comer

I had also forgotten that Kevin Richmond (balletmaster of Basel Ballet Company) was arriving just to visit us all for a holiday. So he has now been roped into giving a couple of classes during the week, secretly I think he is very happy, he would much rather be working than being on holiday.

Whilst on my way back to the airport at four o’clock Beatrice Knop calls me to say the flight is delayed back to Berlin, did I want to meet for coffee. So we met up at the coffee bar with big armchairs right outside the arrivals in Terminal 2 so that I could look out for Tamas Solymosi our star teacher arriving from Budapest. Beatrice and Tamas are old friends so it was nice to be able to say a brief hello all round before we had to head off back into the city. Christopher Hampson and Jonathan Still had booked a table for all of us at Kolkovna off the Old Town Square (very Czech and nice) so we all went there before i had to shoot off to the airport again to meet two dancers from Malta and one from Japan (one of the dancers from Malta took this picture of me for the blog). Finally back home at 11.30pm to print out the new schedule with the new teachers. The final word of course is for Tamara Rojo from all her friends here in Prague and all the young dancers. GET WELL SOON XXXXXXXXXX