Archive | January, 2010

Cupcakes & Conversation with Clara Barbera, professional dancer

January 30, 2010

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I last saw Clara Barbera dance at the Royal Opera House last year, in Kim Brandstrup’s new work (Goldberg Variations) for Royal Ballet Principal Tamara Rojo.  I’ve just had the chance to catch up with her & to interview her; here it is ! Cupcakes & conversation with Clara Barbera, Professional dancer What motivates you […]

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Ballet NEWS | BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET SCOOPS PRESTIGIOUS THE SOUTH BANK SHOW AWARD

January 27, 2010

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dancer dressed as Geisha

I’m sure you’ll all join me in congratulating Birmingham Royal Ballet on their much deserved win.  I saw this programme last year and regular readers will recall my surprise at being almost catapulted from my seat in The Manhattan Project.  The ballet is adventurous and engaging, with great use of the stage from the dancers as you’d […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Hannah Bateman, First Soloist, Northern Ballet

January 22, 2010

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dancer on stage in pointe shoes

Cupcakes & conversation with Hannah Bateman, First Soloist, Northern Ballet I like to think that all of my interviewees have given a little piece of their soul, to show themselves in the way that they would like others to see them. These interviews are all about revealing something of the person behind the dancer, and it’s up […]

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Ballet NEWS | BIG DANCE 2010

January 21, 2010

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two dancers in Swan Lake

Photograph :  David Parry/PA PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR BIG DANCE 2010 AND 2012: LONDON’S MAYOR INVITES EVERYONE TO DANCE • 10,000 people take part in show-stopping Big World Dance in the streets of London in July 2010 • Wayne McGregor to choreograph London in 2012 • £2.89 million funding from Legacy Trust UK for London’s Big […]

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Ballet NEWS | National Dance Awards, the results & Paul Liburd announces retirement from Scottish Ballet

January 21, 2010

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Massive congratulations to today’s winners – details just in (pictures to follow) : The Tenth Annual National Dance Awards Royal Opera House, London: 21 January 2010 The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards took place at the home of The Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London today, 21st January. Patron of the Awards, the […]

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Ballet NEWS | English National Ballet Swan Lake in-the-round

January 21, 2010

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swan lake tutu

Zvetlana Zakharova Photograph: Daria Klimentová  © English National Ballet Press Release Derek Deane’s breathtaking Swan Lake in-the-round returns to the Royal Albert Hall in June 2010 starring Polina Semionova and Vadim Muntagirov 9 – 18 June 7.30pm 12, 13, 19 June 2.30pm Raymond Gubbay and the Royal Albert Hall present English National Ballet at the […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet Principal Mara Galeazzi & A Gala for Africa

January 20, 2010

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With children very much in our minds following the many, many orphans highlighted in the aftermath of the Haitian disaster, I wanted to remind everyone about Royal Ballet Principal Mara Galeazzi’s determined work for children in Africa, and the Gala next month. In my original post, Mara has left a comment thanking you all for the […]

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Ballet NEWS | Birmingham Royal Ballet announces an evening of ballet

January 18, 2010

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Lots of exciting news to reveal from Birmingham Royal Ballet – the Company’s 20th Anniversary celebrations begin with The Sleeping Beauty and an evening of music and dance, for one night only, hosted by Alan Titchmarsh : Nao Sakuma as Princess Aurora and Chi Cao as Prince Florimund Photograph :  Bill Cooper MEDIA RELEASE: 18.01.2010 BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET BRINGS […]

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Ballet NEWS | Our Ascending Stars – Shiori Kase, English National Ballet

January 17, 2010

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Our Ascending Stars…. Drawing by noomiedoodlesfashion The quite fabulous noomiedoodlesfashion very generously gave up some time to work on my brief, which was to use her fashion expertise to conjure up traditionally dressed dancers but with a fashionable twist. ‘Our ascending stars’…. follows the progress of professional dancers who have graduated this year. Regular readers […]

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BALLET NEWS | Northern Ballet & New York City Ballet

January 16, 2010

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dancers in rehearsal

I wanted to share with you a video from New York City Ballet as three Principal dancers prepare to take on the daunting role of Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. It really is enlightening viewing. In an earlier BALLET NEWS update I passed on the great news that David Nixon OBE has been awarded […]

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Ballet NEWS | Megan Wood; what it takes to follow your dream and become a professional ballet dancer

January 13, 2010

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dancer posing at Royal Opera House

Megan Wood @ The Royal Opera House “ I want to be on that stage and I want to do that”. So said Megan Wood, at the tender age of 3, after her Mum had taken her to see a ballet. Megan has just premiered in Ballet du Rhin’s production of Giselle, so I think we can safely […]

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Our ascending Stars… Freya Thomas, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich

January 11, 2010

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Our Ascending Stars…. Drawing by noomiedoodlesfashion The quite fabulous noomiedoodlesfashion very generously gave up some time to work on my brief, which was to use her fashion expertise to conjure up traditionally dressed dancers but with a fashionable twist. ‘Our ascending stars’…. follows the progress of professional dancers who have graduated this year. Regular readers […]

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Ballet NEWS | Royal Ballet Principal Mara Galeazzi, ‘Dancing for the Children’

January 8, 2010

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Royal Ballet Principal Mara Galeazzi is putting together a Gala night in aid of the charity ‘Dancing for the Children’. The Gala will be held for one night only on Sunday 28th February – see below for full details. To learn more about Mara in motion, click here. Mara has brought together some of her fellow […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Tracy Jones, Corps de ballet, Corella Ballet (now Barcelona Ballet)

January 3, 2010

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Cupcakes & conversation with Tracy Jones, Corps de Ballet, Corella Ballet, (now Barcelona Ballet) Tracy Jones in the dressing room How have you benefited from the training at The Royal Ballet School ? Having done most of my training with the RBS I feel as if I owe a lot to them as to how […]

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