You remember "Wouldn't it be loverly", the conversation between the coster and the porter about adult ballet classes at Covent Garden? And his excitement in "The Coster gets his Answer" when the geezer in charge told him he could join his class.
Poor bloke! He's feeling a bit deflated right now because he has just discovered this email in his spam filter:
"Dear Adult Ballet Participant,
We hope you have been enjoying The Royal Ballet School adult ballet classes on Wednesday evenings. This has been a new initiative for 2014 which we have run in various formats over the last three terms and this trial period will conclude at the end of the autumn term.
Following extensive consultation, we regret to inform you that, in order to re-evaluate provision, the School has decided not to continue with adult ballet classes from January 2015. Therefore the last adult ballet class will be Wednesday 17th December 2014.
All classes are now fully booked meaning that online booking for the remaining classes this term is no longer available. If you are on the waiting list and a place in class becomes available, you will be contacted in good time.
The decision to suspend the adult ballet classes has not been made lightly; you will appreciate there are some significant considerations for the School including cost implications and child protection issues. Meanwhile, we suggest you research the following organisations, all of whom run established adult ballet classes:
The Place, 17, Dukes Road, London WC1H 9PY
Trinity Laban, Creekside, London SE8 3DZ Tel: 020 8305 9400 http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/schools-and-community/adults
Central School of Ballet, 10 Herbal Hill, Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5EG Tel: 0207 837 6332 http://www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk/aeccourseoutline.php
Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP Tel: 020 8630 0600 http://www.rambert.org.uk/learning_participation/rambert_classes/adults
English National Ballet, 39 Jay Mews, London SW7 2ES http://www.ballet.org.uk/classes/
Thank you for your understanding in this matter and we hope you continue to enjoy taking adult ballet classes. Thank you also for your interest in The Royal Ballet School. If you would like updates concerning The Royal Ballet School and priority booking for events and open days, we recommend you consider joining our Friends.
The Adult Ballet Team"Never mind! It was good while it lasted! He learned a thing or two. He's going to check out the classes that the Royal Ballet School suggested. He has also heard of the RAD's syllabus and non-syllabus classes for adults, Pineapple, and the londondance.com website.
He's also had a butcher's at the Danceworks newsletter which has lots of deals. He's hinted to the missus that he wouldn't say no to a Danceworks gift card. And he knows where he can go to work off the turkey and Christmas pud over the Christmas holidays.
So he's spoilt for choice, isn't he.