Archive | December, 2013

Houston Ballet Presents The American Premiere Of David Bintley’s Aladdin

December 27, 2013

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Joseph Walsh - HB Aladdin Photo by Amitava Sarkar

Houston Ballet Presents The American Premiere Of David Bintley’s Aladdin February 20 – March 2, 2014 Houston Ballet Tours The Production To Chicago March 22-23, 2014  Aladdin Is The First Work By Celebrated English Choreographer David Bintley To Enter Houston Ballet’s Repertoire HOUSTON, TEXAS – From February 20-March 2, 2014, Houston Ballet presents the North […]

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The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2013

December 25, 2013

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Pasha Kovalev, Flavia Cacace, Janette Manrara, Robin Windsor, Ian Waite, Karen Hauer - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2013 2 huskies one snowboard one swing one igloo Kicking off the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, Ricky & Janette’s Quickstep “was like a glass of champagne” according to Len, and “full of treats and on trend” according to Bruno. Darcey found their routine “sugary & crisp” and they […]

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Happy Ballet News Christmas !

December 25, 2013

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Happy Ballet News Christmas ! I received this lovely Christmas Card from Berenice Bercelli, with whom I’ve been collaborating over the past year, and I wanted to share it with you. Many of Bercelli’s illustrations that have been exclusive to Ballet News are for sale as Limited Editions (though not this one). Happy Christmas to […]

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Ballet at Christmas

December 24, 2013

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A Ballet News World Exclusive Illustration by Noemi Manalang

 Ballet at Christmas Looking for ballet on television over the holidays ? Here’s your guide. Carlos Acosta’s new Royal Ballet production of Don Quixote is on BBC Four at 8pm on Christmas Day. On Sky Arts you can see : Les Patineurs on 15 December at 3.30pm and then at various other times during the festive period. The […]

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THE WASHINGTON BALLET PRESENTS The Jazz/Blues Project

December 23, 2013

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THE WASHINGTON BALLET PRESENTS  The Jazz/Blues Project At The Harman Center  Program includes Trey McIntyre’s Blue until June, Val Caniparoli’s Bird’s Nest and the world premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s PRISM  E. Faye Butler and the Howard University Jazz Ensemble to perform   WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) continues soaring through the 2013.2014 […]

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Abbey Clancy is crowned Queen of the 2013 Strictly Come Dancing

December 22, 2013

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Aljaz Skorjanec, Abbey Clancy - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

Abbey Clancy is crowned Queen of the 2013 Strictly Come Dancing ballroom in first ever all female final  After an electrifying night in the ballroom, Abbey Clancy  and partner Aljaz Skorjanec lifted the coveted glitter ball trophy in the Strictly Come Dancing 2013 live grand final – the show’s first ever all female final.   […]

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Strictly Come Dancing | The Final 2013

December 21, 2013

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Natalie Gumede, Artem Chigvinstev - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

Strictly Come Dancing | The Final 2013 2 live shows 4 finalists 1 historic all-girl final 1 glitterball First up, the finalists must dance the judges choice, which for Suzanna & Kevin was their Quickstep. Len said “what a wonderful start” and Bruno said “high spirit, high energy.” They scored 37 Abbey & Aljaz danced […]

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Bloch Warm-Up Boots | New Colours

December 20, 2013

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Bloch Warm-Up Boots | New Colours Since I first recommended Bloch’s warm-up boots, I’ve had requests for different colours – especially pink. The boots are so popular that I’ve recently included them in my Christmas Edit. Well, today is a good news day and I can report that new colours have been added to the […]

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The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers welcome two guest stars

December 20, 2013

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Guest Dancer: Aki Saito

The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers welcome two guest stars as they prepare for tonight’s opening of The Nutcracker Ahead of Thursday night’s dress rehearsal in the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, there is an atmosphere of great excitement among the dancers, as they prepare to stage this year’s first performance of The […]

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Christmas shoppers delighted by exquisite costumes from The Hong Kong Ballet’s Swan Lake

December 20, 2013

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Wei Wei teaches Jay Fung

Christmas shoppers delighted by exquisite costumes from The Hong Kong Ballet’s Swan Lake Exhibitions co-presented by The Hong Kong Ballet and Sunlight Reit’s Sheung Shui Centre Shopping Arcade & Metro City Plaza 1 Families visiting Sheung Shui for their Christmas shopping were pleasantly surprised earlier this month to see the Opening Ceremony of The Hong […]

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Queensland Ballet announces new Company Dancers and Young Artist Program for 2014

December 18, 2013

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Queensland Ballet announces new Company Dancers and Young Artist Program for 2014 Queensland Ballet has announced   that four new dancers will join the Company in 2014: Tara Schaufuss, Jack Lister, Mia Heathcote and Zhi Fang. Tara Schaufuss joins from The Royal Danish Theatre; Jack Lister from Queensland Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program; and Mia Heathcote and […]

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Students of Elmhurst School for Dance leap towards new accommodation

December 17, 2013

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Elmhurst School for Dance - new sixth form accomodation - image supplied by St Paul's Associates

Students of Elmhurst School for Dance leap towards new accommodation To resolve a demand for additional boarding premises in the vicinity of its Bristol Road premises in Birmingham, Elmhurst School for Dance is working with Calthorpe Estates, Birmingham-based architects St Paul’s Associates, and construction, design and management co-ordinator DBK to provide additional accommodation for its […]

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Strictly Come Dancing Semi Final Results

December 15, 2013

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Micheline Marmol, Craig Smith - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

Strictly Come Dancing Semi Final Results Patrick Robinson is the latest casualty of the ballroom as he fails to make the Strictly Final Sophie Ellis Bextor, Abbey Clancy, Susanna Reid and Natalie Gumede are through to the first ever all female Strictly Final With the grand final and the Strictly trophy in sight, hosts Sir […]

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Strictly Come Dancing | Semi Finals

December 14, 2013

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Brendan Cole, Sophie Ellis-Bextor - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

Strictly Come Dancing | Semi Finals 11 weeks 5 couples 2 dances each Bruno commented on Natalie & Artem’s Salsa “you put just the right amount of fluidity and all the ingredients for a fantastic salsa.” Craig said “I couldn’t find much wrong with it. Just wonderful to watch. Brilliant.” They scored a perfect 40. Patrick […]

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Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2013

December 14, 2013

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Pasha Kovalev, Flavia Cacace, Janette Manrara, Robin Windsor, Ian Waite, Karen Hauer - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2013   The celebrities taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special for 2013 were announced recently. The full line-up is : Anton Du Beke, Rufus Hound, Flavia Cacace, Elaine Paige, Pasha Kovalev, Janette Manrara, Ricky Norwood, Rochelle Humes, Ian Waite, Aliona Vilani, Matt Goss, Sara cox, Robin Windsor, […]

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Hong Kong Ballet’s The Nutcracker

December 13, 2013

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Choreographer Terence Kohler speaks about the enduring significance of The Nutcracker for generations of children  As The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers make their final preparations for this year’s run of The Nutcracker (20th – 29th December 2013, Hong Kong Cultural Centre), choreographer Terence Kohler was singing the praises of Hong Kong’s talented child dancers. Just […]

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The Sarasota Ballet, Barbara Banks Photography and State of the Arts Gallery Team Up

December 13, 2013

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Barbara Banks Photography

The Sarasota Ballet, Barbara Banks Photography and State of the Arts Gallery Team Up       In a spirited collaboration between The Sarasota Ballet, Barbara Banks Photography and State of the Arts Gallery, nine portraits of Sarasota Ballet Company members are now available for purchase in downtown Sarasota. With 10 percent of all proceeds […]

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DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome launch International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014

December 13, 2013

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DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome launch International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014   One of Europe’s biggest dance festivals returns for the fourth time More theatre shows than ever before 5 world premieres and brand new commissions   The award-winning International Dance Festival Birmingham, one of Europe’s biggest dance festivals, returns to the city from 24 April […]

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Academy of Northern Ballet to hit the road in search of Yorkshire’s talented young dancers

December 12, 2013

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Academy of Northern Ballet to hit the road in search of Yorkshire’s talented young dancers   Northern Ballet has announced plans to take its Academy Open Days on the road to Hull, Doncaster and Harrogate in early 2014 in a bid to find Yorkshire’s most promising young dance talent. The open days are a chance […]

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Royal New Zealand Ballet welcomes new dancers

December 9, 2013

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Royal New Zealand Ballet welcomes new dancers The Royal New Zealand Ballet welcomes five new dancers to the company for 2014 and bids farewell to two dancers. The RNZB has recruited from within New Zealand, in addition to attracting dancers from all over the world. The RNZB welcomes Bryn Watkins (from American Ballet Theatre), Lori […]

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