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Posted on May 22, 2013

Victoria Marr, first soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet, will be dancing her very last performance with the company, as Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, at Birmingham Hippodrome in June.

Talking to Dancing Times’ Jonathan Gray whilst the company were on tour in the US last month, Marr admitted she has found the decision to stop dancing hard, as she has “never fallen out of love of performing. I’ve never lost that joy, but the idea of stopping had been creeping up for a little while”.

Not one to rest on her laurels, she has embarked on a new project, Sleek Technique (sleektechnique.com),  along with her friend Flik Swan (pictured above by Drew Tommons), a former West End dancer with whom she trained at Elmhurst.

A qualified personal trainer, Marr found much of the physical side of that profession regimented and lacking in artistry. The pair have now devised a method that combines ballet with fitness training in a feminine way. The website is already live, and is “aimed solely at women, with exercise packages designed for individuals who have signed up. The idea is that it gets women fit without becoming too muscular.”

To read more about Birmingham Royal Ballet’s appearances at the Virginia Arts Festival, see the June issue of Dancing Times.

Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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