Young Dancer

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The area
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


How to get there
  • Covent Garden • 2 min walk
  • Holborn • 6 min walk
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futtock21
London, UK11,092 contributions
Centenary of the sculptor’s birth
Aug 2021 • Family
‘Young Dancer’ is the title of the bronze sculpture by Enzo Plazzotta (1921-1981) situated in Broad Court just behind a corner of the hotel which has taken the place of what was once Bow Street Magistrates’ Court in which as a very green Counsel I prosecuted lists for the CPS before a Stipendiary Magistrate mainly discontinuing cases against drunkards, prostitutes and vagrants after a night in the cells (now a museum!) The dancer is sited so as to be diagonally opposite the Royal Opera House home of the Royal Ballet. Piazzotta was born in Mestre near Venice but spent most of his working life in Britain. This work appears to been acquired by Westminster City Council from his estate as it was unveiled in 1988 seven years after his death. The dancer is life-size and is depicted seated on a stool with her left foot rested on her bent left knee. Her left foot is pointed onto the ground. Both her hands are rested on her left leg. Her hair is tied back in a bun.
Written August 12, 2021
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taficat
Sleaford, UK3 contributions
The Little Ballerina
Jun 2019 • Family
Stop! Take a moment and appreciate. You deserve it. There is something about this stunning statue that draws all ages.
Written June 8, 2019
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Beautiful statue opposite the Royal Opera House
Nov 2018 • Solo
London is full of statues to old men, often former politicians, generals or admirals, it is therefore a joy to find a statue celebrating youth, women and the arts.

The work of Enzo Plazzota, the statue was placed here in 1988, appropriately opposite the Royal Opera House and you can feel the anticipation in the young dancer as she starts out on a career whuch may lead to her being a star of the future. It is a beautiful celebration of hope and opportunity.

The five red phone boxes behind her are a strange reminder of a previous era.
Written November 8, 2018
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Brian K
Abbotsford, Canada1,306 contributions
Beautiful Statue
Sep 2018 • Couples
This statue helps make up the beauty of Covent Garden. This area is so beautiful. London is such a diverse city with so many wonderful landmarks.
Written September 25, 2018
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Jess Murphy
Dundalk, Ireland253 contributions
A gem in Covent Garden!
Aug 2018 • Friends
This beautiful piece of artwork is sitting across from the Royal Opera House and near the Royal Ballet School- a fitting home for such a sculpture! You can't fully appreciate this piece from photo's alone- it's so accurate; delicate but fierce, when you see it in real life. There's also a little plaque in front of it with some info about the sculptor and the piece itself. A lovely little gem in Covent Garden.
Written August 24, 2018
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK4,552 contributions
Elegant Bronze Statue
Jun 2018 • Family
This extremely elegant & I think quite sophisticated statue sits just outside the glorious Royal Opera House.
Simply Beautiful.
Written June 10, 2018
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Belgo96
Brisbane, Australia3,601 contributions
Not historic but attractive
Sep 2017 • Solo
Modern statue of young ballerina created by an Italian sculptor who loved ballet. It appropriately sits opposite the Royal Opera House in Broad Court, just off Bow Street. It is a great photo opportunity of London for Anglophiles if you can get it with no one around and frame the traditional red phone boxes in the background.
Written October 20, 2017
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WMIM
Horsham, UK3,231 contributions
Attractive bronze opposite the Royal Opera House.
Feb 2015 • Solo
A lovely study of a young ballerina created by the Italian-born British sculptor Enzo Plazotta. He hailed from Mestre in Venice and died in London aged 60 in 1981.
Many opera or ballet-goers including yours truly like to sit at the edge of its large, low plinth before the performance or during the intervals.
It is sited where the pedestrianized Broad Court meets Bow Street and this spot gives the best view of the majestic Royal Opera House opposite.
Written April 23, 2015
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