THE COMPANY

“Tendue (tahn-dew) 5th to the plie (plee-ay)- to the plie,to the plie. Tendue 5th to the plie, slide 1st, front passé, back passé, fast 5th, in-out-1st-out. And if you want to use an arm, feel free.”

It’s Monday morning in mid-Sukhumvit and some of Thailand’s best contemporary dancers are being put through their paces by Stephen Beagley, a Brit, and current Artistic Director of the Bangkok City Ballet (BCB).

 “Don’t go through the motions, give it a little push!”

Across the room, lithe athletic bodies bend and kick, hands gripping the barre, their highly honed muscles bristling under various shades and shapes of lycra.

“Keep lifting. We’ve got a long way to go!” Stephen jibes as he moves around the room – correcting an arm here and stretching out a leg there. The dancers giggle as he passes. 

“Don’t go through the motions, give it a little push!”

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