Archive | July, 2010

Cupcakes & Conversation with Melissa Hough, Soloist, Houston Ballet

July 30, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Melissa Hough, Soloist, Houston Ballet What prompted your move to Houston Ballet ? I have been with Boston Ballet for seven years and I’ve been feeling the need to change for quite some time. I’ve always liked Boston Ballet’s size and Houston Ballet has about the same number of dancers. I’m […]

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Arts Council England announces findings from the Achieving great art for everyone consultation

July 30, 2010

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Arts Council England has today published the findings from Achieving great art for everyone – a consultation on its 10 year strategic framework for the arts, including ballet. The findings will help inform the Arts Council’s relationship with artists and audiences, its investment priorities and decision-making. They will also enable the Arts Council and arts […]

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Ballet, Birmingham & Me

July 29, 2010

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For immediate release BBM003 29th July 2010 Young Brummies discover the effort that goes into staging a ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome Participants in Ballet, Birmingham & Me (BB&Me) have discovered just how much effort it takes behind the scenes to put on a performance at Birmingham Hippodrome. Ballet, Birmingham & Me is a unique project […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Rory Fairweather-Neylan, Royal New Zealand Ballet

July 29, 2010

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cupcakes courtesy Primrose Bakery, supporters of BALLET NEWS Cupcakes & Conversation with Rory Fairweather-Neylan, Royal New Zealand Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Ballet – the chance of having a good class, the opportunity to improve, the challenge. Who would you most like to dance with & what would you […]

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The Dance Show launches brand new Young Dancer of the Year award

July 28, 2010

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**MEDIA ALERT** The Dance Show launches a brand new national dance award One up-and-coming dancer will be crowned Young Dancer of the Year in the search for the UK’s most talented dancer The Dance Show, 3-5 December 2010, Birmingham NEC The most exciting dance show to hit the UK, The Dance Show is calling for […]

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Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers bare all for CHECKUM

July 27, 2010

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Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal dancers, real-life husband and wife, Gaylene Cummerfield & Matthew Lawrence Photography throughout :  Ian Thraves You’ve seen fabulous sculptures, where the subjects wore nothing but their Birthday Suit.  How about Michelangelo’s David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created in the early 1500’s ? Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal dancer Iain Mackay As part of Famousmales testicular cancer […]

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“Break the Ballet Record” on August 2nd 2010

July 26, 2010

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HIT Entertainment is pleased to announce that Angelina Ballerina™ (a fiesty little mouse) will be lending her support to hundreds of ballerinas in Central Park on August 2nd, in the attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Most Ballerinas En Pointe” at one time. Ballet dancers age 13 and up are invited to be […]

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Northern Ballet Theatre announces new season promotions

July 26, 2010

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For immediate release Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) is delighted to announce the following promotions which take effect from September 2010: Julie Charlet, Michela Paolacci and Ayana Kanda from Coryphée to Soloist; Lori Gilchrist Photograph : Bill Cooper Lori Gilchrist, Sebastian Loe and Michael Berkin From 5th year Corps to Coryphée; Dreda Blow from 4th to 5th […]

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From Student to Star : Duncan Lyle

July 24, 2010

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Regular readers will know that every summer, I follow the progress of some of the Graduates from vocational schools around the world.  This year I am delighted to present Duncan Lyle, a Graduate of The Royal Ballet School.  Lyle has been awarded a contract to Boston Ballet Company, and I will be keeping you up […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Swan Lake, Mikhailovsky Ballet

July 23, 2010

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Swan Lake Mikhailovsky Ballet Coliseum, London 22nd July 2010 Swan Lake © Mikhailovsky Theatre Mikhail Messerer, Ballet Master in Chief of the Mikhailovsky Theatre, said during a recent interview that he wanted success with British audiences and to expose the Company internationally. There can be no doubt that he has succeeded on both counts, just […]

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Triple Bill, Mikhailovsky Ballet, London

July 19, 2010

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Triple Bill The Mikhailovsky Ballet Coliseum, London July 18th 2010 Spring Waters The Mikhailovsky Ballet was first seen in London a couple of years ago, also at the Coliseum, when they were warmly received. This time they’ve fared less well so far, though expectations were high. They started with Le Halte de Cavalerie, 36 minutes […]

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Shobana Jeyasingh’s ‘Counterpoint’ at Somerset House

July 16, 2010

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Shobana Jeyasingh’s Counterpoint at Somerset House Photograph : zxDaveM I’m going to break my own rule.  Although this was not strictly a ballet event, it was part of Big Dance 2010, which covered all forms of dance, ballet included. Shobana Jeyasingh’s Counterpoint at Somerset House Photograph : zxDaveM The reason I want to show you […]

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English National Ballet Swans glide into Parliament

July 14, 2010

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ENB dancer Jennie Harrington Photograph :  zxDaveM As part of Big Dance 2010, English National Ballet dancers Ruth Brill & Jennie Harrington Danced on Parliament last week. With their Swan Lake tutus, the girls performed an extract from Swan Lake in Horse Guards Parade, on 8th July 2010 Ruth Brill & Jennie Harrington Photograph : zxDaveM […]

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BREAKING BALLET NEWS – Bolshoi announce major cast changes ahead of their London tour

July 13, 2010

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Ivan Vasiliev in Spartacus Photography throughout :  Damir Yusupov Victor Hochhauser presents THE BOLSHOI BALLET at the Royal Opera House Monday 19 July – Saturday 14 August 2010 REVISED CASTING 13.07.2010 Svetlana Zakharova has had to withdraw from the Bolshoi Ballet season at the Royal Opera House due to a hip injury.   The revised casting […]

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BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET ANNOUNCEMENTS JUNE 2010

July 12, 2010

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Mathias Dingman MEDIA RELEASE: 12 July 2010 BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET ANNOUNCEMENTS JUNE 2010 At the end of the 2009/2010 Season, Birmingham Royal Ballet is able to announce the following: Promotions: Momoko Hirata is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist. Steven Monteith is promoted from First Artist to Soloist. Mathias Dingman is promoted from Artist to […]

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The Royal Ballet School Annual Matinee

July 12, 2010

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The Royal Ballet School Annual Matinee Royal Opera House 11th July 2010 The incomparable Défilé Photograph :  Johan Persson Gailene Stock, Director of the Royal Ballet School (RBS) says that this performance is the highlight of the year for all concerned. It’s mine too. It fair takes my breath away to see how accomplished the students […]

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THE T-MOBILE BIG DANCE FINALE:

July 12, 2010

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T-Mobile Big Dance Finale

Getty Images CAST OF THOUSANDS TRANSFORM LONDON STREETS FOR THE ‘BIG WORLD DANCE’ Not strictly all ballet, but the sheer joy of dance in all it’s forms was on display at the weeked, and as I have been reporting on Big Dance 2010 throughout, I couldn’t leave out the finale ! The T-Mobile Big Dance […]

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Royal Ballet School Graduates 2010

July 11, 2010

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Royal Ballet School Graduate contracts 2010 Huge congratulations to all the RBS graduates, who, at the end of a tough year for students everywhere, gave a remarkable end of year Matinee performance at the Royal Opera House today (review to follow). As the time of publication, the School are waiting for confirmation of the final contracts, but […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Megan Fairchild, Principal, New York City Ballet

July 9, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Megan Fairchild, Principal, New York City Ballet You’re going to love this interview.  Megan speaks from the heart and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is – which, as you know by now, I applaud in my interviewees.  Sit back with a cup of Earl Grey or a Margarita, pull up […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Russell Ducker, Corps de Ballet, Corella Ballet

July 6, 2010

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  Cupcakes & Conversation with Russell Ducker, Corp de Ballet, Corella Ballet Today I had completely the scariest experience of my life; at least on a par with nearly drowning as a child.  So the calming influence of ‘Cupcakes & Conversation’ has never been more essential.  I’m delighted to bring you the charming, talented and […]

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