Leo Morad is a man on a mission. Following his training with us from 2015 - 2020, he went on to train at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham and now graduates from there with a professional contract in Israel. We wanted to catch up with him before he starts performing with them for their 23/24 season - see what he had to say below!
How long did you spend training at school?
I spent 5 years at YDA. I look back really fondly at my time there. It’s such a unique school, and some of my happiest memories so far were there. It really helps prepare you for later life and has definitely shaped me into the person I am today.
What's your favourite memory of your time at school?
My favourite memory is probably performing Nutcracker at the Adelphi Theatre. Having the opportunity to dance a lead role on a west end stage was an experience I’ll never forget.
I certainly made some friends for life at the school. I’m still in contact with many people from my time there who I remain very close to.
"My favourite ballet to watch is MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet - which incidentally is what inspired me to start dancing"
Where did you go on to train after your time with us?
I’ve just graduated from Elmhurst Ballet School after three years there. My training highlight was going on tour to London and performing our grad show at Sadlers Wells. Another highlight for me was getting to perform at the commonwealth games opening ceremony, performing in a stadium in front of thousands of people was truly special.
What's your favourite work to watch or perform?
I recently got the opportunity to perform Argonauts choreographed by Sir David Bintley which is undoubtedly my favourite piece I have ever danced. My favourite ballet to watch is MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet - which incidentally is what inspired me to start dancing.
Any advice for our current students?
My advice to current YDA students would be to remember that it’s about having fun. The school is somewhere where the environment allows you to enjoy yourself while also working hard. Also always listen to your teachers, they know best!
Where are you dancing next year?
I’m joining the Israeli Ballet as an Apprentice next season, I’m so excited to get started and finally realise my ambition of dancing professionally.
We can't wait to hear about Leo's adventures and look forward to him popping in to visit us soon when he is back home! For more information on our school, and how to audition, click here.