Aspen native lands dance position with Polish ballet
September 20, 2014
Aspen native Remy Lamping — who recently completed a three-year professional traineeship with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow — has garnered a one-year position with the Polish National Ballet.
Lamping, 18, left for Warsaw on Tuesday.
She graduated at the top of her 32-member class at the Russian ballet academy in April. She interviewed with several ballet companies around Europe in the winter and spring before returning to Aspen for the summer to spend time with her family.
Completing the intensive Bolshoi Ballet program helped her to land the job in Poland, she said in an interview last week.
"The ballet companies know the Bolshoi Ballet," she said. "If you put that on your resume, they tend to take you more seriously. The training also helped me, in terms of dance auditions."
The auditions were difficult, "but if you have the right kind of training, it really stands out," Lamping said.
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Worldwide, the competition among ballet dancers is fierce, she said, because of the small number of jobs that become available each year. She estimated that so far, only one or two other ballerinas from her class have landed jobs with ballet companies.
"They reject people fast," she said of the audition process. "But a lot of times, I was traveling with other girls from my class, and we never found ourselves in a place where we were the worst ones there. We were always among the better ones because of our training."
Lamping said the language barriers in Poland won't be so bad because more people speak English there than in Russia. However, as part of her schooling in Moscow, she learned the Russian language.
"Using English and Russian, I'll get along just fine in Poland," she said. "Many of their words are similar to Russian."
The Polish ballet covers contemporary and classical selections, with programs that suit her tastes, she said.
"It's a good mix," Lamping said. "The theater looks beautiful, so that's also exciting."
Dawn Lamping, her mother, pointed out that Remy's ascent in the ballet world was aided by many Aspen-area donors who showed faith in her talent. At the Bolshoi academy, the cost of tuition alone is an estimated $27,000 annually (in U.S. currency).
Remy Lamping is a former student and dancer with the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.