Cunard has announced a partnership with the English National Ballet for the first-ever Dance the Atlantic transatlantic crossing on board Queen Mary 2, sailing from Southampton to New York, Aug. 11-18, 2019.

Guests on the 7-night crossing on board the Queen Mary 2 will have the opportunity to meet six lead dancers from the British ballet company, including lead principal Erina Takahashi and first soloist James Streeter. Guests will also have the  opportunity to watch the dancers’ morning ballet class and drop-in on afternoon rehearsals. A highlight of the voyage will be performances in the ship’s Royal Court Theater, including extracts from the all-time classic “Swan Lake,” the contemporary work “Dust” and the stunningly visual “Le Corsaire.”

In another first, dance workshops will run daily throughout the week at sea, offering a special opportunity for guests to learn directly from English National Ballet associates. There will also be Insights talks, offering an understanding of the dedication and exhilaration of the dancer’s life, along with dance-themed films and documentaries shown throughout the voyage.

“We are so excited to have the English National Ballet on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 in 2019,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America, in press material. “For the first time ever, guests will be able to interact with the English National Ballet on the ocean with world-class performances and intimate experiences that will only further enhance the elegance and romance of the Cunard Transatlantic Crossing.”

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