Archive | January, 2011

Ballet NEWSFLASH | Exclusive – Mara Galeazzi & GALA 2011

January 31, 2011

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Last year, Royal Ballet principal Mara Galeazzi organised a Gala evening of ballet & fun in aid of her charity, Dancing for the Children. Mara is organising another of her unique charity ‘GALAS’, together with friends from the ballet world and the wider world of entertainment at Sadlers Wells on 3 April at 7pm  ‘GALA 2011’   ‘GALA 2011’ will be in […]

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Ballet NEWS | Advanced Principles in teaching classical ballet

January 31, 2011

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The Advanced principles in teaching classical ballet, written by former soloist & ballet master of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, John White, covers a variety of subjects allied to ballet class for intermediate and advanced students. White has taught over 800 novice and experienced teachers and bases his teaching on the Agrippina Vaganova method.  He […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Cory Stearns, Principal, American Ballet Theatre

January 29, 2011

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 American Ballet Theatre are in town this coming week, and I’d like to introduce you to one of their Principal dancers.      Cupcakes & Conversation with Cory Stearns, Principal, American Ballet Theatre     What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? I don’t know what motivates me at 8 am on […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Lana Jones, Principal, The Australian Ballet

January 28, 2011

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  Cupcakes & Conversation with Lana Jones, Principal, The Australian Ballet In November last year Lana was promoted to Principal dancer. What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?  Breakfast. Why ballet ?  It’s forever challenging and exposes me to incredible experiences. What are you looking forward to dancing in 2011 ? Our […]

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American Ballet Theatre updated casting for London tour

January 27, 2011

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American Ballet Theatre updated casting for London tour

Ethan Stiefel will  not be performing in London, and so the casting has been revised as follows. American Ballet Theatre Two Mixed Bills UK PREMIERE Tuesday 1 – Sunday 6 February 2011 Performances: Tue – Sun at 7.30pm, Sat and Sun matinees at 2.30pm Tickets: £10 – £70  Ticket office: 0844 412 4300 or please vitsit the Sadlers […]

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Ballet NEWS | Carlos Acosta

January 27, 2011

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The Royal Ballet’s Guest Pricipal Carlos Acosta wrote his autobiography, No Way Home, which was published in 2007. Now, Margaret Willis has decided to raid her memory bank over the last 20 years and write her own version, entitled The Reluctant Dancer.  There is nothing much new here – Carlos’ story is simply told and is already […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Seth Orza, Principal, Pacific Northwest Ballet

January 26, 2011

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Seth Orza, Principal, Pacific Northwest Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?  I think about what can be accomplished for the week ahead: If not in ballet, then in my life at home. Why ballet ? My parents were both ballet dancers so I grew up in […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Hamburg Ballet highlights

January 25, 2011

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P R E S S   R E L E A S E Hamburg, January 24, 2011 The HAMBURG BALLET Highlights until July 2011: Revival of Midsummer Night’s Dream, Guest dancer Alina Cojocaru, 37th  Hamburger Ballett-Tage with world premiere The second part of HAMBURG BALLET’s season 2010/2011 brings a second revival, an internationally sought after guest […]

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Pacific Northwest Ballet Dancer Stacy Lowenberg Announces Retirement

January 25, 2011

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  Pacific Northwest Ballet Dancer Stacy Lowenberg Announces Retirement Following a 17-Year Career, Final Performances During 2010-2011 Season Seattle, WA – Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancer Stacy Lowenberg has announced she will be retiring at the end of the 2010-2011 season, following a 17-year career, 14 years of which were spent with PNB. […]

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The National Ballet of Canada Mourns Canadian Prima Ballerina Lois Smith, O.C.

January 25, 2011

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  The National Ballet of Canada Mourns Canadian Prima Ballerina Lois Smith, O.C.  January 24, 2011… Lois Smith, former Principal Dancer of The National Ballet of Canada, died on Saturday, January 22 at the age of 81 in Sechelt, British Columbia. Ms. Smith was one of the founding dancers of the National Ballet and danced […]

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Breaking Ballet NEWS | National Dance Award winners 2011

January 24, 2011

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Breaking Ballet NEWS | National Dance Award winners 2011

Today the winners of the National Dance Awards 2011 were announced at Sadlers Wells, London.  Recently I published the full list of finalists. Patron of the Awards, Dame Beryl Grey says: “I am delighted that the awards are now entering their second decade and have established an important, permanent and valuable place in the annual dance calendar. […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with John Lam, Soloist, Boston Ballet

January 24, 2011

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Cupcakes & Conversation with John Lam, Soloist, Boston Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Nothing. I am still sleeping. Why ballet ? Ballet chose me, it is what I know. Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance ? I don’t have any favorite dancer […]

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s London premiere of Cinderella

January 24, 2011

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s London premiere of Cinderella

BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S LONDON PREMIERE OF CINDERELLA BY DIRECTOR DAVID BINTLEY WITH CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED DESIGNS by JOHN MACFARLANE Following its world premiere season in Birmingham and subsequent Christmas Day BBC Television debut, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new production of Cinderella, by Director David Bintley, will receive its London Premiere on Tuesday 29 March 2011, at the London […]

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Ballet Business : Pointe shoes deconstructed

January 20, 2011

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Ballet News, pointe shoes,

It’s Not Magic; it’s linen & often flour It’s not magic that keeps a ballerina on her toes – it’s a mixture of materials – often burlap, flour, dextrine*, paper, potato starch, rough and smooth leather, coarse linen, satin, papier-mâché, held together with glue of a secret formula. You may have seen dancers strutting about, […]

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Pacific Northwest Ballet – lunch is a ball !

January 20, 2011

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Lunch is a Ball! Prince Charming may be just a scratch away at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pacific Place SEATTLE, WA — Lunch is a ball!  And you must eat, so why not dine and win?  Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pacific Place, downtown Seattle’s premiere shopping, dining and entertainment center, have joined forces to create […]

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The Royal Ballet’s Wayne McGregor on DVD

January 19, 2011

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The diversity of Royal Ballet resident choreographer Wayne McGregor’s astonishing talent is demonstrated through Chroma, Infra and Limen, each created for The Royal Ballet. Intimate yet universal, light yet dark, frenetic yet lyrical, McGregor pursues his passion for exploring the inner workings of the human body and mind, his many-layered and beautiful dances providing visual, sensual and kinaesthetic stimulus […]

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English National Ballet Spring Season with Swan Lake & free ballet events/classes

January 19, 2011

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EMERGING DANCER 2011 Aspire, discover, emerge… 28 February 10.30am – 5.30pm Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre ADMISSION FREE – Drop-in event (no advance booking required). Join English National Ballet and engage in a programme of FREE activities inspired by the Emerging Dancer Award. 10.30am – 11.45am: English National Ballet class Follow the six Emerging Dancer nominees for […]

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National Ballet of Canada announces Erik Bruhn Prize competitors from Hamburg Ballet for the first time

January 18, 2011

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The Erik Bruhn Prize Competitors Announced Shino Mori and Naoya Ebe Represent the National Ballet Robert Stephen Creates New Work for Choreographic Prize New! Audience Choice Award  January 18, 2011… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that Corps de Ballet members Shino Mori and Naoya Ebe will represent the […]

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BBC iPlayer breaks records as ballet draws over half a million viewers

January 18, 2011

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The Royal Variety Performance 2010, starring Royal Ballet Principal dancers Lauren Cuthbertson and Nehemiah Kish, drew an iPlayer audience of 595,000 and made it into the top 20 TV programmes for December 2010, beating EastEnders ! BBC iPlayer notched up a massive 145 million requests for programmes in December 2010, breaking its own record for […]

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American Ballet Theatre casting announced for London dates

January 18, 2011

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American Ballet Theatre, recognised as one of the greatest dance companies in the world, presents two mixed bills which showcase the company’s extraordinary versatility (Tuesday 1 – Sunday 6 February). The casting has been announced (and is subject to change) as follows : Feb 1 7:30 PM Seven Sonatas J Kent, X Reyes, S Abrera, D […]

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