Archive | July, 2009

Cupcakes & Conversation with Tamara Rojo, Principal, The Royal Ballet

July 31, 2009

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Tamara Rojo, Principal, The Royal Ballet

Cupcakes & conversation with Tamara Rojo, Principal, The Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? A good coffee. Who would you most like to dance with ? I am very lucky, I dance with the partners I want to, but maybe one day I would love to share the stage with […]

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Ballet NEWS | The White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource Centre

July 31, 2009

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tutus on display at The Royal Balelet School

Darcey Bussell visits the Museum in May 2009 – Photo: Patrick Baldwin At the heart of Richmond Park lies White Lodge, a 17th Century Royal Hunting Lodge which has been home to The Royal Ballet Lower School since 1955. The School is a surprisingly interesting local resource centre, and although a working School for the […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Anaïs Chalendard, First Soloist, English National Ballet

July 30, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Anaïs Chalendard, First Soloist, English National Ballet Anaïs has recently been promoted from Soloist to First Soloist. What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? It sounds a bit of a cliché but I’m very lucky because I’m doing my passion: I am dancing. I don’t know a lot […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Adrienne Schulte, First Artist, English National Ballet

July 29, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Adrienne Schulte, First Artist, English National Ballet Adrienne is currently on maternity leave. What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? It’s tough when I’m tired…. but each new day is another chance to get it right. And some sunshine helps too! Who would you most like to dance […]

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Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition

July 28, 2009

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a mouse ballerina on a red bike

Photo: Patrick Baldwin Holland Park 22 – 30 August ”Outstanding… another huge success” The Stage “… guaranteed to charm an army of small children” The Sunday Times Choreography Antony Dowson Music Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky Music recorded by the Orchestra of English National Ballet Photo: Patrick Baldwin What could be more exciting than a trip to […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Daria Klimentová, Senior Principal, English National Ballet

July 28, 2009

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Daria Klimentová, Senior Principal, English National Ballet

  Cupcakes & conversation with Daria Klimentová, Senior Principal Dancer, English National Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? If I’m dancing with Friedemann, then Friedemann Vogel. If not, then coffee from Starbucks. Who would you most like to dance with ? I have already danced with Irek Mukhamedov and Carlos […]

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Ballet NEWS | Isabella McGuire Mayes has won the Great Britons competition

July 27, 2009

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Izzy has won the BA Great Britons competition. I would like to say thank you to everyone who voted because Izzy’s ranking shot up over the weekend and that must have been in no small part due to all of you. Why Izzy was chosen: At just 16, Isabella showed enormous courage in taking herself […]

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From Student to Star : Jeremy Curnier

July 27, 2009

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I am delighted to be able to reveal a specially commissioned drawing by Sarah, an immensely talented artist, to introduce this new series of interviews. I asked Sarah to depict the progression from student to professional dancer, and Sarah has very generously given of her time and skill to produce this magnificent drawing. From Student […]

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Ballet NEWS | Isabella McGuire Mayes – only a few hours of voting left

July 26, 2009

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Today is the last day of voting, so if you have a moment to follow this link, please have a look at Isabella’s achievements and perhaps you will want to vote for her. Izzy visited this website today and has said how much she would appreciate your votes as well. This is what she said […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Elizabeth Harrod, First Artist, The Royal Ballet

July 26, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Elizabeth Harrod, First Artist, The Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? The thought of learning something new, there are very few days in which I never learn something new, whether it be trivial or profound, ballet related or not, it’s always exciting to know there […]

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Ballet NEWS | GREAT BRITONS GOT TALENT

July 24, 2009

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Hello Everyone, On Monday we will know whether or not Isabella has won the Great Britons competition. One of the very first Great Britons winners was Daniel Dolan, who is about to take up his place at the Bolshoi Ballet. Daniel will be flying off to Moscow, courtesy of British Airways, in August. As the […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Anjuli Hudson, Artist, English National Ballet

July 23, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Anjuli Hudson, Artist, English National Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? A big cup of coffee and some good music on the way to work. Who would you most like to dance with? I danced the White Cat & Puss in Boots in The Sleeping Beauty with […]

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Ballet NEWS | Isabella McGuire Mayes

July 22, 2009

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Isabella is a plucky 16 yr old former Royal Ballet School White Lodge ballet student, who was offered a place at the legendary Vaganova Academy in St Petersburg last year. They broke the rules to accept her (the rules state that a foreign student must be aged at least 17 yrs), and Isabella is only […]

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Ballet NEWS | English National Ballet – Masterclasses & Summer School

July 22, 2009

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Ballet dancers take class every day of their working lives – and sometimes beyond ! Class is a structured work out where all the major muscles are warmed up ready for the day ahead. For professional dancers it’s a time to ease out the stiffness of last night’s performance, or to strengthen an area perhaps […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet on tour in Havana, Cuba

July 17, 2009

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I have been regularly updating my earlier post with pictures and articles about the Havana performances, so please do check back from time to time to see what’s new ! Monday 20th July I have just added a link to a review of one performance by someone who was actually inside the theatre, as well […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet announces promotions

July 16, 2009

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15 JULY 2009 For immediate release Steven McRae becomes The Royal Ballet’s newest Principal in 2009/10 season promotions The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae has been promoted to Principal in the recent Company promotions. The Australian dancer joined the Company in 2004 after two years at The Royal Ballet School and has risen quickly through the […]

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The Royal Ballet in Cuba

July 16, 2009

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20th July – At last ! Jorge Gonzalez who writes the Cuba Journal has sent me a link to an actual review of one of the performances in Havana, from periodico26.cu, which was a Special Report by Toni Piñera for Granma. There is a reference to “A Month in the Countryside” – the ballet is […]

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Ballet NEWS | Royal Ballet School Graduates 2009

July 15, 2009

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In my review of The Royal Ballet School Summer Matinee Performance, I reported that every one of the 2009 Graduate year had been awarded a contract with a professional ballet company. Here is the full list of Graduates and where they are going : Ruth Bailey – The Royal Ballet Leticia Stock – The Royal […]

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Ballet NEWS| Carlos Acosta and Guest Artists, casting update

July 15, 2009

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Full details of the cast and programme for Carlos Acosta and Guest Artists at the London Coliseum are now available. Due to unforeseen circumstances Nina Kaptsova of the Bolshoi Ballet will not be able to participate in the run of Carlos Acosta & Guest Artists. Nina Kaptsova was due to dance the Pas de Deux […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet School Annual Matinee Performance

July 14, 2009

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two dancers on stage

Photo : Johan Persson If it is the case that this performance is the one that the students most look forward to throughout the year, I can say that this year the audience’s eagerness far excelled their own. The entire Graduate year has, for the third year in a row, been offered contracts with ballet […]

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