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Time Out in Covent Garden, in pictures: behind the scenes with the Royal Ballet

We took a small group of lucky readers on an exclusive tour of the Royal Opera House, where they met some of the country's most talented dancers

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Principal dancer Edward Watson at the barre (with Lauren Cuthbertson in the mirror behind him)

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The dancers are put through their paces every morning

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Two dancers perform arabesques

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The Time Out audience watch the dancers in their daily class

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A dancer executes a grand jeté

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Royal Ballet soloist Akane Takada

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First artist Fernando Montaño and soloist Eric Underwood show off their jumps


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