Archive | August, 2009

Cupcakes & Conversation with Alexandra Fern

August 29, 2009

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Alexandra Fern, Professional dancer, who will shortly be joining the UK’s newest professional ballet company, Ballet Theatre UK. Photo : Patrick Baldwin What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Getting up and doing a ballet class, a full day of rehearsals and always very loud music (that I […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Mara Galeazzi, Principal, The Royal Ballet

August 27, 2009

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Mara Galeazzi, Principal, The Royal Ballet The Royal Ballet Company opens the Autumn season with Mayerling on 8th October at the Royal Opera House. Galeazzi is cast as Mary Vetsera on 12th & 16th October at 7.30pm and as Countess Larisch on 29th October & 2nd November at 7.30pm (please note […]

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Ballet NEWs | BALLET THEATRE UK

August 26, 2009

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I wanted to let you know about the UK’s newest classical dance company – Ballet Theatre UK, who have just announced their first tour with The Nutcracker. The Company have been established for almost a year and there are ten professional dancers (six female and four male), some of whom have performed with major UK […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Elisha Willis, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet

August 24, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Elisha Willis, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet Elisha Willis by Peter Tiegen Elisha will be performing the lead role (first cast) of Roxane in David Bintley’s Cyrano. She is also dancing in David’s new E=mc² and Garry Stewart’s The Centre and its Opposite in the triple bill Quantum Leaps – in Birmingham […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani, First Artist, The Royal Ballet

August 21, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani, First Artist, The Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Knowing that I’m able to be a part of one of the best companies in the world, performing to the most incredible audiences, surrounded by such nice people… Who would you most like to […]

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Ballet NEWS | Desiree Ballantyne @ White Lodge, The Royal Ballet School

August 20, 2009

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I recently interviewed Désirée Ballantyne, a Soloist from English National Ballet, for my “Cupcakes & Conversation with …” series. Désirée studied at the Royal Ballet School (White Lodge, in Richmond Park – at almost 2500 acres, it is the largest Royal Park in London and is home to around 650 free roaming deer). I caught […]

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Ballet NEWS | BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S AUTUMN SEASON 2009 AT BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

August 20, 2009

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One of the reasons I admire and promote Birmingham Royal Ballet is because the Company does what I try to do here, and is “a world leader in ensuring that classical ballet has relevance for the future”. The Company is based at Birmingham Hippodrome & tours extensively throughout the UK and overseas. Quantum Leaps performs […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Rym Kechacha, Apprentice, Northern Ballet

August 19, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Rym Kechacha, Apprentice, Northern Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? On Mondays I always feel nice and rested from the weekend; so the thought of a whole new week where there’s loads of new stuff to learn and literally anything can happen, is exciting! What are […]

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Ballet NEWS | English National Ballet’s Angelina Ballerina SPECIAL OFFER

August 18, 2009

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Photo : Patrick Baldwin Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition Holland Park 22 – 30 August The English National Ballet press office have asked me to highlight a specal offer to see Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition. Special offer Up to 3 children can go FREE with 2 full paying adults, book now* or call 0845 230 9769. […]

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Ballet NEWS | Temps developpe* : Rachel Ware

August 16, 2009

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Rachel Ware, a 17 year old ballet student, is about to embark on the next phase of her vocational training, in Boston, USA. Rachel has entered the Great Britons competition run by British Airways in connection with their sponsorship of London 2012. The programme offers free flights to upcoming British talent in the run up […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Celisa Diuana, Artist, The Royal Ballet

August 14, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Celisa Diuana, Artist, The Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Everyday gives you new challenges. These challenges give me motivation to start the week every Monday morning. Who would you most like to dance with ? Among all male ballet stars, Carlos Acosta is definitely […]

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From Student to star : Elisa Badenes

August 14, 2009

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I am delighted to show another specially commissioned drawing by Sarah, a naturally talented artist, to introduce this latest interview series. Sarah’s brief was to depict the dancers’ progression from student to professional, and the resulting sketch perfectly represents that transition. From Student to Star is a series of interviews featuring Graduates as they begin […]

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Ballet NEWS | Meet the Stars who wear Grishko with Dancia

August 13, 2009

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Swan Lake tutu

Meet The Stars Who Wear Grishko at Dancia International London Daria Klimentová Senior Principal Dancer English National Ballet On Saturday 12th September, you have a chance to meet English National Ballet Senior Principal Daria Klimentová, First Soloist Fabian Reimair and Soloist Désirée Ballantyne in London. Other special guests will be at this ‘Meet The Stars’ […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Desiree Ballantyne, Soloist, English National Ballet

August 12, 2009

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Desiree Ballantyne, Soloist, English National Ballet

Cupcakes & conversation with Désirée Ballantyne, Soloist, English National Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Trying to do a better job today than I did yesterday. Who would you most like to dance with ? Rupert Pennefather – the future of British ballet and someone I’ve known since White Lodge. […]

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Ballet NEWS | Rachel Ware – update

August 11, 2009

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Following my post yesterday about Rachel’s entry into the Great Britons competition run by British Airways, I am delighted to be able to let you know that I will be following Rachel throughout her training at Boston Ballet’s School. The Company have a great website & will have a new home from September 2009. The […]

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Ballet NEWS | Rachel Ware – Great Britons

August 10, 2009

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Hello everyone, I need your help again. Rachel Ware, a student from The Royal Ballet School, is off to Boston Ballet in September. Rachel has entered this competition to help with the cost of flights to Boston. Rachel’s appliction is at an earlier stage than Izzy’s was when we started to follow her story – […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Adela Ramirez, First Soloist, English National Ballet

August 10, 2009

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English National Ballet dancer in arabesque

Cupcakes & conversation with Adela Ramirez, First Soloist, English National Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? I am a morning person, so I wake up around 6:45am every morning and it is not hard for me because I just do what I love the most. Who would you most like […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Claire Calvert, Artist, The Royal Ballet

August 8, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Claire Calvert, Artist, The Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8 am on a Monday morning? To be honest I am not really a morning person, but once I am up and have had a coffee, it doesn’t take me long to get ready. Who would you most like to dance […]

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Ballet NEWS | Scottish Ballet Tea Party

August 6, 2009

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Paul Liburd in an exclusive still from the slow motion film in the exhibition This year Scottish Ballet is 40 years young! As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, we’d like to invite Scottish Ballet dancers and staff past and present to a special 40th birthday tea party in our brand new home at Tramway, […]

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From Student to Star : Benjamin Ella

August 6, 2009

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dancer in jete

I am delighted to display a specially commissioned drawing by Sarah, an immensely talented artist, to introduce this latest interview series. Sarah’s brief was to depict the dancers’ progression from student to professional, and the resulting sketch perfectly represents that transition. From Student to Star is a series of interviews featuring Graduates as they begin […]

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