Archive | February, 2014

Cupcakes & Conversation with Jim Nowakowski, Demi Soloist, Houston Ballet

February 28, 2014

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Jim Nowakowski Photo Amitava Sarkar

Cupcakes & Conversation with Jim Nowakowski, Demi Soloist, Houston Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Well on Monday’s Houston Ballet does not work, so I would have to say the luxury of planning my own day and doing whatever I want, be with my friends, or just have “me” time. […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Life in Motion : An Unlikely Ballerina

February 27, 2014

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Ballet News Reviews | Life in Motion : An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland Unlike many books of the genre, which are akin to digesting dust, Misty Copeland’s story, written with Charisse Jones, is an engaging read. Lightly written, with dark corners that punctuate her life, she tells it like it is, in a balanced […]

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Dutch National Ballet | New Season 2014-15

February 26, 2014

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DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET PRESENTS THE 2014 – 2015 SEASON * World premieres by Hans van Manen, Christopher Wheeldon, David Dawson and Ernst Meisner * Dutch premieres by John Neumeier and Wayne McGregor * Revivals of Rudi van Dantzig’s Swan Lake, Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella & George Balanchine’s Jewels * International tours to China, Paris and London * […]

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Dancing in the Blitz : How WW2 made British Ballet

February 26, 2014

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(L-R) in Les Sylphides, circa 1939. Robert Helpmann, Margot Fonteyn - (C)

Dancing in the Blitz : How WW2 made British Ballet     As part of the BBC’s Short Ballet Season, Dancing in the Blitz : How WW2 made British Ballet describes how the onset of war isolated Britain and its small ballet companies, which were then given the chance to shine through adversity. From 1939 […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Good Swan, Bad Swan : Dancing Swan Lake

February 25, 2014

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Artistic Director and Lead Principal dancer of English National Ballet, in her dressing room preparing to dance the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Tamara Rojo - (C) BBC - Photographer: Arnaud Stephenson

Good Swan, Bad Swan : Dancing Swan Lake Why is Swan Lake still being danced more than 100 years after it was created ? What is its appeal for audiences and for dancers of today ? These are some of the questions that Tamara Rojo, Principal dancer and Artisitc Director of English National Ballet, attempts to […]

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET PRESENTS DIRECTOR’S CHOICE

February 25, 2014

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET PRESENTS DIRECTOR’S CHOICE                         Featuring works by ALEJANDRO CERRUDO – MOLISSA FENLEY – SUSAN MARSHALL – SUSAN STROMAN   March 14-23, 2014 Marion Oliver McCaw Hall 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center Seattle, WA 98109   7:30 pm on March 14, 15, […]

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Darcey’s Ballerina Heroines

February 24, 2014

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Darcey’s Ballerina Heroines As courtesans, fashion icons, political pawns and international celebrities, the great ballerinas have played a multitude of roles both on and off the stage. They have moved from the courts of kings to stages around the globe, from the highs of public adoration to the lows of injury and scandal. But few […]

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Masterclass with English National Ballet’s Daria Klimentova

February 22, 2014

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Masterclass with Daria Klimentova 02 Mar 2014 10:30 – 12:30 Celebrating Dance 2014 – a fundraising day for the Frank Freeman Scholarship fund. In 2012 I reported on an excellent master class held by RAD with Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae, and at the time some of you expressed an interest in attending – either to participate […]

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Big Ballet may have seen their last curtain call but the stage door is always open with Northern Ballet

February 21, 2014

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Big Ballet may have seen their last curtain call but the stage door is always open with Northern Ballet Filmed at Northern Ballets Big Ballet may have come to an end last night, but the door into dance remains open with Northern Ballet. The Company has been pioneering accessible ballet since it was founded nearly […]

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CAROLINA BALLET REVIVES “STUNNING” ROMEO AND JULIET

February 21, 2014

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CAROLINA BALLET REVIVES “STUNNING” ROMEO AND JULIET Hot on the heels of the winter Olympics, Carolina Ballet brings one of the great family rivalries back to the stage, artistic director Robert Weiss’ Romeo and Juliet, featuring the feisty Capulets and Montagues, March 13-30, 2014 at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater of the Duke Energy Center […]

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The National Ballet of Canada | Greta Hodgkinson’s Extraordinary Winter Season

February 20, 2014

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The National Ballet of Canada | Greta Hodgkinson’s Extraordinary Winter Season Final Swan Lake Debut in A Month in the Country  Tatiana in Onegin This Winter Season will feature the extraordinary talents of Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson with her final Swan Lake, her debut as Natalia in A Month in the Country and her return […]

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Does your dog share your passion for all things ballet ?

February 20, 2014

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Does your dog enjoy ballet ? How adorable is this image ? Long-time Ballet News collaborator, Noemi Manalang, is more usually inspired by fashion, and her illustrations mix the latest catwalk trends with classical ballet. However, reaction to a recent illustration of a ballet dancer and a very special dancing dog, inspired her to create a […]

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Revel in the magic of ballet

February 20, 2014

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Ballet Season on BBC Two & BBC Four Revel in the magic of ballet, with this season of documentaries that includes footage never publicly seen before. Subscribe to Ballet News for the latest previews of each programme.

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Luke Schaufuss, Artist, Birmingham Royal Ballet

February 19, 2014

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Luke Schaufuss photo Kate Watson

Cupcakes & Conversation with Luke Schaufuss, Artist, Birmingham Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? To answer the question bluntly; usually I’m asleep on a Monday at this time. At Birmingham Royal Ballet, we start our Mondays later. Hooray! However, the constant need to improve, and become better always helps […]

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The National Ballet of Canada’s Swan Lake | Principal Guest Artists announced

February 19, 2014

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The National Ballet of Canada’s Swan Lake | Principal Guest Artists announced Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that Principal Guest Artists Svetlana Lunkina and Evan McKie will open the winter performances of Swan Lake on March 8, 2014. Swan Lake is onstage until March 16, 2014 at the […]

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FRENCH SOLE FOR ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET

February 18, 2014

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FRENCH SOLE FOR ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET French Sole founder and designer, Jane Winkworth, has designed a limited edition shoe in aid of English National Ballet, a charity Jane has closely supported in recent years. The shoe is in a ballet pink quilted duchess satin with a matching silk cord trim and the bow is trimmed […]

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The Royal Ballet’s Gloria|Rhapsody|Tetractys – The Art of Fugue in pictures

February 18, 2014

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Sarah Lamb in Gloria. Photograph Bill Cooper, courtesy ROH

The Royal Ballet’s Gloria|Rhapsody|Tetractys – The Art of Fugue in pictures The Royal Ballet’s recent triple bill included notable debuts from James Hay and Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, as well as a world premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Tetractys –  The Art of Fugue. Here’s a photographic record of the performances.      

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Royal New Zealand Ballet receives standing ovations in the US

February 17, 2014

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Royal New Zealand Ballet receives standing ovations in the US   The Royal New Zealand Ballet has received an enthusiastic response and several standing ovations from near-capacity crowds in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Minneapolis and New York.   This was the company’s first tour to the US in over 21 years, and with it they […]

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Elmhurst School for Dance | Report highlights Access to Excellence

February 16, 2014

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Elmhurst School for Dance | Report highlights Access to Excellence A report issued by the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Schools highlights the excellence being achieved within its 8 participating organisations.  Designated as Centres of Excellence, the schools ensure fair and equal access to training based on talent and not ability to pay. The report […]

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The National Ballet of Canada Celebrates Aleksandar Antonijevic in Onegin

February 15, 2014

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The National Ballet of Canada Celebrates Aleksandar Antonijevic in Onegin Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for Onegin which concludes the Winter Season. Onegin is onstage March 19 – 23, 2014 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.  The National Ballet celebrates Principal Dancer Aleksandar […]

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