Archive | December, 2010

Happy New Year to every utterly wonderful Ballet NEWS reader

December 31, 2010

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Ballet NEWS | Canada’s National ballet School : Mavis Staines A Member of the Order of Canada

December 30, 2010

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Mavis Staines A Member of the Order of Canada 28/51 December 30, 2010…Canada’s National Ballet School is thrilled to announce that NBS Artistic Director and Co-CEO Mavis Staines was today made a Member of the Order of Canada.  The Order of Canada is the centrepiece of Canada’s honours system, and was established in 1967 by […]

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Ballet NEWS | Mariinsky Ballet London visit – celebrating 50 years of Russian ballet in London

December 29, 2010

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It’s 50 years since the Mariinsky Ballet were first presented to Londoners by Victor Hochhauser, and this summer they will return with a much anticipated line-up. The Mariinsky Ballet will pay tribute to Jerome Robbins & George Balanchine with Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony, Ballet Imperial & In the Night.  The company also pays homage to Fokine […]

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Ballet NEWS | Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Contemporary 4

December 28, 2010

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 Pacific Northwest Ballet presents featuring works by PAUL GIBSON – MARCO GOECKE – MARK MORRIS – ALEXEI RATMANSKY March 18-27, 2011 Marion Oliver McCaw Hall 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center Seattle, WA 98109 March 18-19 at 7:30 pm March 19 at 2:00 pm March 24-26 at 7:30 pm March 27 at […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Jade Heusen, Artist, Birmingham Royal Ballet

December 26, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Jade Heusen, Artist, Birmingham Royal Ballet Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s BBC broadcast of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella, (which is repeated tonight on BBC4 at 7pm and is available for a short time on iPlayer) Jade Heusen, who you might have seen on stage and during the backstage clips, talks to […]

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Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2010

December 25, 2010

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Erin Boag and The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP Rest of cast left to right: Anton Du Beke, Ronni Ancona , John Barrowman, Kristina Rihanoff, Fern Britton, June Brownm Matthew Cutler, Vincent Simone

Tess Daly & Bruce Forsyth Photograph : BBC Pictures Christmas Day means only one thing – the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, and this year’s line-up is filled with actresses, comedians, actors and politicians plus another chance to see Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev, Strictly Champions, along with others from the main show. Tess and […]

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Ballet NEWS | Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella televised on Christmas Day

December 24, 2010

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the cast of Cinderella on stage

Hello everyone, Just a reminder in case you have a trillion other things on your mind right now; when you’ve burst your way through all the presents tomorrow, and the dishwasher is busy with the aftershocks of your lunch extravaganza, the premiere of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s sumptuous new production of Cinderella will be shown on BBC […]

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Ballet NEWS | Northern Ballet open the doors of their £12 million home

December 24, 2010

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For immediate release Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre open the doors of their £12 million home Leeds based dance companies Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre are throwing open the doors of their new home, on Quarry Hill, on Saturday 22 January 2011 from 11.30am – 5pm for a fun packed Open Day. The Open […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Shelby Elsbree, corps de ballet, Royal Danish Ballet

December 23, 2010

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'Aurora's Friends' in Christopher Wheeldon's Sleeping Beauty

Cupcakes & Conversation with Shelby Elsbree, corps de ballet, Royal Danish Ballet  What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? A nice big bowl of Oatmeal served with homemade apple compote, a drizzle of maple syrup and a latté. Why ballet? I gave it a try, and fell in love with the art form, […]

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Ballet NEWS | Merry Christmas everyone

December 22, 2010

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Wherever you are, here’s wishing you – Feliz Navidad Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou! Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth Glædelig Jul Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast Jutdlime pivdluarit […]

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Ballet NEWS | American Ballet Theatre dancers ring the Opening Bell @ NASDAQ

December 21, 2010

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ballet dancers in costumes from The Nutcracker

Recently, I wrote about dancers from American Ballet Theatre ringing the Opening Bell at the NASDAQ. Today, the Opening Bell ceremony took place and here are some pictures from the event. The dancers are : Young Clara – Athena Petrizzo Nutcracker – Philip Perez Little Mouse – Justin Souriau-Levine Drosselmeyer – Issac Stappas Snowflake – Courtney […]

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Strictly NEWS | Kara & Artem

December 21, 2010

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In case you are having Strictly withdrawal symptoms, here are some more images from the final last weekend.  Craig finally got his 10 paddle out !  If you would like to see images from the earlier shows, they are all here : The lowdown on series 8 Strictly, back with a bang Dancing to stay […]

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Ballet NEWS | Fifty years of the ballet by Colin Jones

December 20, 2010

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This January, Proud Galleries is pleased to announce the launch of its first ever dedicated Ballet exhibition – Fifty Years of the Ballet, photographs by Colin Jones. Born in 1936 as the son of an East London printer, Colin Jones spent his youth struggling with dyslexia and illiteracy. He was evacuated three times during the Second […]

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Ballet NEWS | English National Ballet London casting for Romeo & Juliet

December 20, 2010

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5 – 15 January Tickets £10 – £65 London Coliseum St Martin’s Lane London WC2N 4ES Box office 0871 911 0200 Casting for the London Coliseum dates for English National Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet is as follows : Casting in order of Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, and Tybalt Wednesday 5 January at 7.30pm Vadim Muntagirov, Daria […]

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Strictly News | Kara & Artem crowned Champions for 2010

December 19, 2010

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  Last night, Kara Tointon and her professional dancer partner Artem Chigvintsev were victorious, and the Glitterball belongs to them.  Kara & Artem were humble and gracious; mostly they looked shell shocked, and this video shows their reaction to winning the competition.  What I’ve loved about Kara from the start was her willingness to embrace […]

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Strictly Final – part 2

December 18, 2010

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Having danced twice, one couple’s dream of holding aloft the Glitterball is over. Our three finalists are lined up in front of the Glitterball – one of them is about to leave.  The couple with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated. First of all, Tess introduces a retrospective on the drama of the […]

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Strictly News | The Final – part one

December 18, 2010

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two dancers perform

So here we are.  The Strictly Final.  Pamela & James, Matt & Aliona, Kara & Artem. Who will leave with the Glitterball tonight ? The grand final kicks off with the Strictly Professionals dancing to Eye of the Tiger, with the ladies holding placards aloft with the finalists names on. The finalists are welcomed onto the set, […]

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Strict in the rehearsal room = Strictly success for Artem Chigventsev & Kara Tointon ?

December 16, 2010

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two dancers perform a rumba

Strict in the rehearsal room = Strictly success for Artem Chigventsev & Kara Tointon ? Strictly newcomer Artem Chigvintsev is a professional dancer with something to prove. “It’s the perfect job at this time.  I think I was fully ready to take a job. If you were to ask me, say, two or three years […]

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Ballet News | Sugar Plums

December 15, 2010

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Christmas tree with lights and baubles

Ballet News | Sugar Plums Just how do you make your own Sugar Plums ? Courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada, and with all the talk of Nutcracker at this time of the year, I thought it would be great to know how to make Sugar Plums. So, without further ado : Sugar Plums […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Lindsi Dec, Soloist, Pacific Northwest Ballet

December 15, 2010

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Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist Lindsi Dec with principal dancer Karel Cruz in Paul Gibson’s Sense of Doubt. Photo © Angela Sterling

  Cupcakes & Conversation with Lindsi Dec, Soloist, Pacific Northwest Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday Morning? I love waking up in the morning thinking, what can I improve on today? One of my favorite things about being a dancer is there is always something to work on. I love the challenge and […]

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