Archive | October, 2010

BALLET NEWS WORLD EXCLUSIVE – The New Male Dancer

October 31, 2010

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THE NEW MALE DANCER On December 5, 2010 at The Royal Ballet Upper School, a brand new, innovative event entitled The New Male Dancer is set to thrill audiences and I can now exclusively reveal the exciting programme for the day.  12.00 – 13.00 Boys class taught by Jay Jolley Lunch (provided) 13.45 – 14.30 Discussion with Kevin […]

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Strictly Halloween results show

October 31, 2010

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The Halloween themed Strictly results show opens with the Pro dancers dressed in day-glo yellow, with Anton in army green and Erin in a red dress, dancing to the ‘Ghostbusters’ soundtrack. Looking back over the main show, Len says he was bored with Tina O’Brien’s performance, but Kara Tointon scores the first 10 of the […]

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Ethan Stiefel appointed Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

October 29, 2010

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Ballet NEWS

One of the world’s most acclaimed dancers has been appointed Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Gillian Murphy will join him. ONE of the world’s most acclaimed dancers has been appointed Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.   Ethan Stiefel – currently a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and […]

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Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker @ The Boston Opera House

October 28, 2010

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BOSTON BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER, THE BEST-LOVED NUTCRACKER IN THE U.S., TAKES THE STAGE AT THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE New England’s Favorite Tradition Returns For its 43rd Year, November 26 – December 31, 2010 BOSTON, MA – October 28, 2010 – Boston Ballet presents Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, voted last year as ‘The Best-Loved Nutcracker in […]

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Latest casting for charity Ballet Gala on November 7th

October 28, 2010

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This wonderful ballet Gala night has been arranged to support the Honeypot charity, which is a great cause.  Honeypot provides respite holidays and on-going outreach support to young carers and children at risk.  All of the dancers have been rehearsing on their day off – usually only a Sunday – to bring this fabulous collection of […]

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BREAKING STRICTLY NEWS : Michelle Williams’ ankle injury

October 27, 2010

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a shiny glitterball in pink

BREAKING NEWS : Michelle Williams’ ankle injury Michelle went to see the physio on Tuesday, after taking a small tumble in the training room. She had thought it was nothing when it happened, but then her ankle had begun swell during the night, so she thought she ought to get it checked out. The physio […]

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New York City Ballet’s Kathryn Morgan signs pointe shoes for Ballet NEWS

October 27, 2010

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New York City Ballet’s Kathryn Morgan signs pointe shoes for Ballet NEWS

One year ago today, New York City Ballet dancer was promoted to Soloist. To celebrate her anniversary and on-going achievements, I have a pair of Kathryn’s pointe shoes to give away to one lucky reader. Kathryn has set two questions – it’s up to you whether you answer either or both – the first is […]

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Cuban Ballet : Octavia Roca – reviewed

October 26, 2010

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I recently highlighted a new book based on the influence of the Cuban Ballet by Octavia Roca. Roca was born in Havana & is a former music & dance critic for The Washington Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and the Miami New Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle.  Roca studied at Emory and Georgetown Universities and […]

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella WORLD PREMIERE

October 26, 2010

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Ballet NEWS

BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S BRAND NEW PRODUCTION OF CINDERELLA BY DIRECTOR DAVID BINTLEY WORLD PREMIERE AT BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME performances: Wednesday 24 November – Sunday 12 December 2010 Birmingham Hippodrome Ticket Office: 0844 338 5000 or online  With tickets selling fast and several performances in Birmingham already sold out, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s brand new production […]

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HORSES TAKE TO THE STAGE AT SADLER’S WELLS

October 26, 2010

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Press Release   Date of issue: 26 October 2010 HORSES TAKE TO THE STAGE AT SADLER’S WELLS   PET SHOP BOYS JOIN FORCES WITH BALLET STAR IVAN PUTROV   World-renowned rider, director and stage designer, Bartabas and his company Zingaro come to London for the first time to appear at Sadler’s Wells in an Equestrian […]

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Sadlers Wells announces record year for 2009/10

October 26, 2010

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SADLER’S WELLS ANNOUNCES RECORD YEAR FOR 2009/10, the UK’s leading dance house, announced its highest audience figures ever at its Annual Press Conference today: a record 600,000 for 872 performances of 136 productions. Sadler’s Wells Interest in dance has increased dramatically. Dance is now second only to football as the most popular activity among schoolchildren, […]

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Royal Ballet latest casting

October 26, 2010

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The following casting is subject to change, and represents 24th January – 18th June 2011 *donates a debut in the role Rhapsody|Sensorium|’Still Life’ at the Penguin Cafe March 16 (Wed) 7.30pm Cojocaru*, McRae*|Benjamin, Nuñez*, Whitehead, Pennefather|McNally*, Kish*, Hay*, Watson*, McRae*, Yanowsky*, Avis* March 17 (Thurs) 7.30pm Morera&, Polunin*|Galeazzi, Hamilton, Gartside, Avis|Filpi*, Hirano*, Scarlett*, Underwood*, Kay*, […]

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Arts Council announces funding decisions for the Arts in England

October 26, 2010

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Ballet NEWS, Arts Council ENgland

ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES FUNDING DECISIONS FOR THE ARTS IN ENGLAND     Arts Council England today (26 October) revealed its plans for implementing the 29.6% cut to its budget announced as part of the Government’s Spending Review.   Following a meeting of National Council yesterday (25 October) an implementation plan has been agreed to reduce […]

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Los Angeles Ballet Announces 2010-2011 Season

October 25, 2010

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Los Angeles Ballet Announces 2010-2011 Season

Los Angeles Ballet Announces 2010-2011 Season CELEBRATE LANDMARK FIFTH SEASON!   (Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles Ballet Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are pleased to announce the company’s fifth season as Los Angeles’ own professional ballet company. This season the company will dazzle viewers with The Nutcracker, Balanchine masterworks, a World Premiere, and […]

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Strictly results – week 4 and the 3rd celebrity leaves the show

October 24, 2010

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So, another Sunday evening and here we are, another celebrity about to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing 2010.  Do you miss Bruce on the results show ? Peter and Erin are currently at the bottom of the judges leaderboard, but did you vote for them and save them ?  The show kicks off with […]

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Strictly week 4 story in pictures – Lipstickgate, Unicycles & flying Ann

October 23, 2010

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Ballet NEWS

As before, these photographs are a mixture of those taken during the dress run and the live Strictly show.  Enjoy ! Who’s your favourite ?  Which outift did you like the best ?

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Strictly report – week 4

October 23, 2010

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Ballet NEWS, Strictly

So. it’s Charleston or Tango week for the remaining Strictly contestants.  Fun, or drama ?  Tantalising or charming ? All of the couples look happy and confident walking down the stairs, the celebrities in ever shrinking costumes !  Kara Tointon probably wins the award for the least amount of fabric. Jimi Mistry, who is loving […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Bridgett Zehr, Principal, National Ballet of Canada

October 22, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Bridgett Zehr, Principal, National Ballet of Canada Bridgett will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in James Kudelka’s The Nutcracker. Known for extraordinary musicality and willowy limbs, Bridgett combines a delicate innocence with lyrical grace and steely technique, making her an critic and audience favourite. She recently made her debut […]

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The secrets of… Strictly dance shoes

October 21, 2010

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Ballet NEWS, Strictly

In the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing series 6, Camilla Dallerup lifted the glitterball trophy with her celebrity partner Tom Chambers in 2008. Who could forget their show dance ? So, in response to your questions about the dance shoes worn on Strictly, who better to ask for some insider secrets than former champion, Camilla ? Camilla tells me that, “amazingly, […]

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Arts Council England responds to 29.6% cut in its budget

October 20, 2010

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Ballet NEWS

Arts Council England responds to 29.6% cut in its budget     Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said:   “This cut will inevitably have a significant impact on the cultural life of the country.“The Secretary of State has asked us to try to ensure that funding for arts organisations is not cut by […]

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