Staatsballett and Sightseeing in Berlin!

If you’d like to follow my career as a professional classical dancer, go over to my Instagram page here.  Read on to find out more about my life at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy …

If you are particularly interested in entering international ballet competitions, I wrote an article on my top tips for preparing for international ballet competitions here.


Whilst competing at Tanzolymp 2015 (see my post here), in Berlin, I also had the chance to appreciate Staatsballett’s production of Sleeping Beauty fully outfitted in Nacho Duato’s new choreography – it really was a beautiful spectacle with fabulous sets and costumes. Tchaikovsky’s traditional music was left alone, however, apart from a few moments of necessary resemblance to Petipa’s original choreography, the rest took the classical style in an entirely new direction. Though I didn’t recognise it as typical Duato, the choreography possessed a flare and experimental quality that only he could have created.  Below is the link to the trailer:

Making the most of being in Berlin, I visited the Yumiko store.  Yumiko make the best fitting dance leotards in the most amazing colour combinations; probably because they are designed by a dancer.  When you spend all day, every day in leotards, it’s important to feel good in them!

Yumiko store Berlin - Tala Lee-Turton

At the Yumiko store in Berlin

I also saw some of the famous sights of Berlin Including the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Museum Island, the Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Cathedral.  The hotel I was staying in was right next to the famous TV tower – so it was always easy to find our way home!

I also, of course, tried out some fabulous foodie places including a Vietnamese restaurant called Monsieur Vuong and a great vegan restaurant called Kopps that blew my mind!

At Monsieur Vuong, Vietnamese restaurant.

At Monsieur Vuong, Vietnamese restaurant.

Gorgeous mango and raspberry smoothies at M Vuong.

Gorgeous mango and raspberry smoothies at M Vuong.

I also couldn’t visit Berlin without experiencing the Ritter Sport Factory where you can make your own chocolate bar!

My chocolate block being made at the Ritter Sport Factory :)

My chocolate bar being made at the Ritter Sport Factory 🙂

Collecting ritter

Collecting my made-to-order chocolate bar!

I really was sad to leave Berlin; every moment I spent there was spectacular!  I hope to do the competition again next year so I’ll be able to see more!


  1. […] I am currently sorting through all of the professional photos that were taken so I’ll post them soon.  I’ve also written a separate post (cos this one was getting very long!) about seeing the wonderful Staatsballett’s production of Sleeping Beauty and some of the sightseeing and foodie stuff that I did, which you can find here. […]

  2. pamt1 01/03/2015 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    It looks a fascinating city.( Food looks good, too! )

    • Tala Lee-Turton 01/03/2015 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      It really is! Haha yes, it’s impossible to eat badly in Berlin!🍴🍫🍰

  3. Susan 01/03/2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Hi. My favourite city too. Did you get to K de W at all 😄? Susan x

    • Tala Lee-Turton 02/03/2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Susan – no I didn’t! I had really limited time to sightsee as I was so busy with the competition so just stuck to the main bits. Hope you are well and hope to see you in the Summer 🙂 x

  4. Mike Martin 04/03/2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the latest, Tala. Its always great to receive these updates. Not only doing so well, but also looking so genuinely happy! Yes, Berlin is a great city and I have spent some pretty good times there myself. Keep smiling! 😉

    • Tala Lee-Turton 08/03/2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Your welcome, Mike! Thank you! I hope to have more adventures such as Tanzolymp in the near future to tell you about😃 oh then you’ll know very well what a fantastic city Berlin is! I’m glad you liked the post- hope you enjoy the photos I’m in the process of posting of my variations😃

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