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In the 2012/2013 season, the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of its modern-time existence, which dates back to 1953, when the school’s operation was renewed by O. Pásková,
N. Sobotková and V. Ždichyncová, graduates of the Dance Department of the Academy of Performing Arts. Whether 60 years is a short or long time depends on your vantage point, yet if we bear in mind that the school was founded under
a different social system, in another state and in the middle of the last century of the past millennium, and that it has devoted to something as essentially delicate and ethereal as ballet, it is at least extremely remarkable. The school has served as the springboard for the later dazzling careers of
a number of distinguished figures of ballet art. These include, to mention but a few at random,
J. Kylián, P. Ždichynec, D. Wiesner, J. Slavický, A. Voleská, later on T. Juřicová, T. Podařilová and
Absolutely unique is the fact that the school was also attended by Norodom Sihamoni, the current King of Cambodia. The Czech National Ballet Preparatory School not only adheres to its classical, yet by no means narrow-minded, form, it is also in tip-top shape, as, after all, was demonstrated by the most recent performance, First Ballet Steps. At the present time, the staff combine tradition and continuity, embodied by Mrs. Naďa Sobotková, with new invention and a modern approach being represented by young pedagogues.
The new season will feature numerous special events and projects, which should show the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School from various perspectives, ranging from events taking stock of our history to demonstrations of its latest direction. Moreover, the announced projects will not only pertain to, for instance, the art of movement, but also the visual and verbal rendering of our artistic discipline. We believe that the projects we are planning will be a pleasant and refreshing surprise for all ballet-lovers. Let us then wish together that we step into this anniversary year on the right foot, or, rather, tiptoes…
Jana Jodasová, Head of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School
On 20 April 2013, Mrs. Naďa Sobotková turned 90
On 18 April, Mrs. Sobotková celebrated her birthday in the company of those most dear to her in her professional life – current and former pupils of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School. The atmosphere of the party was pleasant, sincere and informal. The celebrations are captured on a few photographs.
Ballet Preparatory School pupils in The Sleeping Beauty
Dear friends of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School, We cordially invite you to a performance of The Sleeping Beauty, taking place on the stage of the State Opera. Numerous pupils of our school will be appearing in the roles of little butterflies, spectres and cats. For more information click here.
Photo: R. Sejkot
Photo: D. Zehetner