Filming IDTC 2013 at the Royal Ballet School

This was the third year that Wizard Video has been fortunate enough to be filming this conference and what an exciting action packed event IDTC 2013 turned out to be!

The International Dance Teachers Conference is run by IDS, the award winning supplier of dance costumes and uniform. Dance teachers from around the world attend a wide variety of classes, taught by an amazing faculty in awe-inspiring surroundings. Wizard Video Productions, as sponsors, are delighted  to be  filming the proceedings. After the Buffet reception, delegates watched a Gala Performance including an incredible tap sailor’s hornpipe from Wayne Sleep. The evening was rounded off by a lively Ceilidh with all the teachers joining in.

As classes in a wide variety of genres from Hip Hop to ballet were held in four different studios at the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden, our cameramen needed a detailed but flexible timetable to cover all the moves of IDTC 2013. We set up tripods and recording equipment  in all four studios but Ed, Tim and Michael also used portable shoulder held 5D cameras to get into the action. We also interviewed many of the famous faculty including Dame Monica Mason who had just taught a Master class with Lauren Cuthbertson and Steve and Angela D’Valda Sirico from New York. At IDTC 2013 the teachers are themselves learning routines to take back to their schools and it was important that we filmed those in their entirety. Dance, especially at this advanced level, is visually wonderful to record and our team thoroughly enjoyed the experience once again.

By day three, Michael was back in the edit suite at Wizard Video, burning the midnight oil,  to create a highlights video for delegates to watch on the final day of IDTC 2013. The rest of the team, including our MD Patricia, saw Popping and Locking with Fred Realness, Kelly Ewins teaching Musical Theatre, Wayne Sleep remembering the days of the Hot Shoe Show and a Jump Jive and Swing session where the camera got right into the action.

The final day finished with a Q and A session with Luke Rittner and Matthew Bourne, when we learnt that Matthew didn’t have a formal dance lesson until he was 22 years old. However he went on to create his legendary versions of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

The next step for Wizard Video Productions will be to create a full length DVD for delegates to enjoy. That’s quite a job, but most enjoyable, as there are so many stunning shots of IDTC 2013 from which to choose! Take a look for yourself …

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