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Ballerinas amongst the pigeons
Ballerinas amongst the pigeons Trafalgar Square is usually home to pigeons – less often ballerinas - but Friday saw dancers from English National Ballet take ballet class in the centre of the world famous London landmark to launch CARE International’s World Dance Week 2001.

The dancers, who were joined by students from the Royal Academy of Dance, were demonstrating to passers-by some of the barre exercises which are a part of a dancer’s daily training and warm-up. Chairman of English National Ballet, UK television personality Angela Rippon, joined the company members in the Square, encouraging young children to get up and dance with her.

They were followed on the outdoor stage by Ceroc, Line and Classical Indian Dancers.

CARE International’s World Dance Week activities take place throughout this week until June 10, involving thousands of amateur and professional dancers across the UK who are putting on dance events and raising funds for poor communities across the world.

“All funds raised will be channelled to CARE International’s work in developing countries,” said Dan McLean, who is the organiser of the event. “The events are as diverse as a Ho down in Birmingham to a 12 hour disco marathon in Essex!”

English National Ballet Company Teacher, Craig Randolph, who led the outdoor class, says he is used to unusual teaching venues, but this one surpassed all. “I have taught class in the centre of the Royal Albert Hall to 120 dancers, and in a marquee in Kensington Gardens, but never before under the watchful gaze of Lord Nelson!” he said.

Mon Jun 4 2001 (12:02:53 PM)