Archive | September, 2009

Cupcakes & Conversation with Eve Musto, Soloist, Scottish Ballet

September 30, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Eve Musto, Soloist, Scottish Ballet   In their special 40th anniversary year, Scottish Ballet has received an exceptional birthday present from Clarence House: a Royal Patronage from HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay. Scottish Ballet begin their sparkling 40th Anniversary tour featuring George Balanchine’s Rubies, alongside Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light […]

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Ballet NEWS | A Dream of Africa

September 28, 2009

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Sunday, 27th September 2009 The Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music London Every now and then, like-minded people collaborate and generously give their time for a good cause. Masterminded by Henry Roche and Penny David, ‘A Dream of Africa’ was born – a heady mix of ballet and music to celebrate the lives of Martin […]

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Ballet NEWS | Darcey Bussell & Strictly Come Dancing

September 27, 2009

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The “Darcey Bussell” rose, bred by David Austin Roses Darcey Bussell, retired Prima Ballerina with The Royal Ballet, coaches the “dysfunctional family” of Strictly contestants at The Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden. Skip through to 1.28, unless you want to watch the wonderful professionals showing how two of next week’s dances should be done, […]

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Ballet NEWS | ROYAL BALLET GALA TOMORROW EVENING

September 26, 2009

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dancer in high jump at the royal Ballet

Here are the very latest details for tomorrow nights show. As I type this, there are a few tickets left so if you are keen to see the dancers of The Royal Ballet performing World Premieres in a unique setting, please do book quickly ! Unusually for a Gala night, the tickets are extremely good […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Brian Maloney, Soloist, The Royal Ballet

September 25, 2009

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dancer in jete

Cupcakes & conversation with Brian Maloney, Soloist, The Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? A strong coffee. Who would you most like to dance with ? Sylvie Guillem if she was 6 inches shorter or Gelsey Kirkland if she was 30 years younger. What is your daily routine at […]

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From Student to Star : Freya Thomas

September 22, 2009

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I am delighted to show another specially commissioned drawing by Sarah, a naturally gifted 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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Cupcakes & Conversation with Elsa Godard, Artist, The Royal Ballet

September 20, 2009

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Elsa Godard, Artist, The Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? I feel really lucky to do my job. It’s always fascinating to learn and discover something every day, to give the most of ourselves. And the best thing is to know that we can enjoy […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Crystal Costa, First Soloist, English National Ballet

September 18, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Crystal Costa, First Soloist, English National Ballet   What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? To be honest, it’s the prospect of my first morning coffee… Who would you most like to dance with ? Fred Astaire by far. How do you prepare your pointe shoes ? I […]

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Ballet NEWS | Builders swap trowels for tutu’s

September 17, 2009

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builders line up at the barre

This clip has just arrived – trust me, it’s worth watching ! Builders working on the new home of Northern Ballet, spent the day learning what it takes to be a ballet dancer. They’ve raised a lot of money for charity in the process.

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Ballet NEWS | OFFICIAL OPENING OF SCOTTISH BALLET AT TRAMWAY

September 17, 2009

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two dancers and Scottish Ballet staff pose

Scotland’s national dance company celebrates the opening of its new home Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution Mike Russell, Scottish Ballet Principal Claire Robertson, and Scottish Ballet Mid-Associate Scott McKenzie celebrate the official opening of Scottish Ballet’s brand new custom built premises at Tramway. To mark this historic moment for Scottish Ballet, which […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Amy Coughlan

September 16, 2009

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dancer in arabesque

Cupcakes & Conversation with Amy Coughlan, Professional Dancer, Ballet Theatre UK What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? I awake each morning to my alarm playing ‘Hey There Delilah’ by the Plain White T’s. It is one of my favourite tunes and calms me for my day ahead; also you can’t beat […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Daniel Jones, Soloist, English National Ballet

September 14, 2009

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Daniel Jones, Soloist, English National Ballet Jones will be performing Hilarion on the opening night of Giselle in Manchester and various other performances, and will be performing Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker (dates to be announced). Jones has his own film production company – Soloistmovies.com. Jones has been quoted in this article […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet dancers in ‘A Dream of Africa’

September 14, 2009

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I recently gave you preliminary details of the rep & casting for the ‘A Dream of Africa’ Gala, a charity Gala night taking place in a fortnight, and featuring dancers from The Royal Ballet. I can now fill in some more of the gaps and this is what you can look forward to if you […]

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From Student To Star : Nicola Henshall, English National Ballet

September 12, 2009

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dancer in profile in leotard

I am delighted to show another specially commissioned drawing by Sarah, a naturally gifted 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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Cupcakes & Conversation with Natalie Cawte

September 9, 2009

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dancer in jete wearing black tights

Cupcakes & conversation with Natalie Cawte, Professional Dancer Natalie is about to start work with the UK’s newest classical ballet company, Ballet Theatre UK. What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? I’m quite a cheerful and happy person so Monday mornings are no different to any other morning. I always look forward […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Leanne Cope, First Artist, The Royal Ballet

September 8, 2009

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cupcakes with candles

 Cupcakes & Conversation with Leanne Cope, First Artist, The Royal Ballet Leanne has recently been promoted to First Artist. The Royal Ballet’s Autumn season opens with Mayerling at the Royal Opera House from 8th October. What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? I find Monday morning is the easiest day to get […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet Swan Lake DVD

September 8, 2009

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Swan Lake poster

Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake (The Royal Ballet) It’s unheard of for me to recommend a recording of a ballet performance but, as unlikely as it seems, there is very good reason to commend this one by The Royal Ballet to you. When the curtains go up, you are right there, in among the dancing, just hovering […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet to premiere new works at “A Dream of Africa” Gala night later this month

September 8, 2009

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dancer in high jump

Mara Galeazzi Photo : Viacheslav Samodurov Following my recent post about the “A Dream of Africa” Gala night later this month, the dancers from The Royal Ballet will be performing : Mara Galeazzi & Gary Avis – Concerto pas de deux (MacMillan) The Dream pas de deux (Ashton) (dancers TBA) Birthday Offering pas de deux […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Erico Montes, The Royal Ballet

September 6, 2009

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dancer in high jump on stage

Cupcakes & Conversation with Erico Montes, Artist, The Royal Ballet The Royal Ballet Autumn season begins at the Royal Opera House on 8th October. What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? It can be a rehearsal or a performance of a ballet I particularly enjoy, or class with a guest teacher I […]

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Ballet NEWS | Isabella McGuire Mayes – back to St Petersburg for a new year

September 4, 2009

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exhausted dancer lying on floor after show

We first met Isabella McGuire Mayes in July, when she had been short-listed in the Great Britons competition run by British Airways. Thanks to your generosity in voting, Izzy won the competition. Izzy’s transport costs to and from the school will now be fully met, and becoming a Great Briton has rewarded Izzy in other […]

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