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Darcey Bussell: Looking For Margot

December 3, 2016

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Darcey Bussell: Looking For Margot (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: with a student at the Royal School of Ballet Darcey Bussell - (C) Matchlight Ltd - Photographer: Andrew Muggleton

Darcey Bussell: Looking For Margot Margot Fonteyn has inspired generations of ballerinas. She was beautiful, brilliant, talented and never put a foot wrong on stage. Her late flowering partnering with Rudolf Nureyev created the most dazzling ballet partnership in history. And yet behind the scenes, as Darcey Bussell discovers, Margot’s life was marked by tragedy […]

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Ballet At Christmas 2016

November 25, 2016

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Snowflakes and Drosselmeyer in a performance of The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House - (C) Royal Opera House - Photographer: Andrej Uspenski

Ballet At Christmas 2016 BBC Two The Nutcracker For the first time in many years, the Royal Ballet has granted access behind-the-scenes for a landmark 90 minute Christmas documentary, following the company over three months as they prepare for the season’s production of The Nutcracker. Following the debuts of a number of dancers in iconic […]

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Alina Cojocaru Auctions Signed Pointe Shoes & 4 English National Ballet Nutcracker Tickets

November 11, 2016

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Alina Cojocaru Auctions Signed Pointe Shoes & 4 English National Ballet Nutcracker Tickets for charity Afternoon tea with Alina at the Millennium Hotel, London Auction bundle includes Alina’s signed pointe shoes (pictured below) plus 4 tickets to English National Ballet’s Nutcracker in London Romanian-born ballet dancer, Alina Cojocaru, has been a patron of Hospices of Hope since 2008 when […]

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World Ballet Day 2016

October 5, 2016

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World Ballet Day 2016 | Live stream from The Royal Ballet Here’s the full live stream from yesterday’s World Ballet Day at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, beginning with The Royal Ballet Company class. The live stream was introduced by Gethin Jones and Darcey Bussell.    

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English National Ballet | Akram Khan’s Giselle

September 29, 2016

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Akram Khan's Giselle for English National Ballet. Photo by Laurent Liotardo

English National Ballet | Akram Khan’s Giselle All photos by Laurent Liotardo. Cast features Alina Cojocaru and Cesar Corrales

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The Royal Ballet’s Frankenstein by Liam Scarlett

April 13, 2016

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The Royal Ballet’s Frankenstein by Liam Scarlett Today I wanted to highlight this Insight evening from The Royal Opera House ahead of the premiere of Frankenstein on Wednesday 4th May 2016. What I love about this particular footage, apart from the fact that it’s a decent length (over a hour), is the true insight into […]

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The Royal Ballet 2016/17 Season Announced

April 6, 2016

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The Royal Ballet 2016/17 Season Announced Today The Royal Ballet announced their plans for the 2016/17 season (marking 70 years since the Company reopened the Royal Opera House), which will include four world premieres and the return of Leanne Benjamin and Viviana Durante to coach Mayerling and Anastasia respectively. Darcey Bussell will return to coach […]

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The Royal Ballet | After the Rain / Strapless / Within the Golden Hour in Pictures

February 18, 2016

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Strapless. Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova -®ROH, 2015. Photographed by Bill Cooper.

The Royal Ballet | After the Rain / Strapless / Within the Golden Hour in Pictures The Royal Ballet recently performed a triple bill of Christopher Wheeldon’s work, including the premiere of Strapless, a co-production with the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia.    

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Ballet Class with The Royal Ballet’s Sander Blommaert

February 14, 2016

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Ballet Class with The Royal Ballet’s Sander Blommaert Are you looking to improve your ballet technique ? Sander Blommaert, a dancer with The Royal Ballet, is offering a short series of 10 ballet classes in response to demand. Book quickly !

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Glitter Pointe Shoes

December 11, 2015

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Glitter Pointe Shoes Pointe shoes come in many forms. Usually, they are pink satin, but you wouldn’t catch Cinderella without a glittery pointe shoe, would you ? 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, […]

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The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker Live Stream Tonight

November 25, 2015

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The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker Live Stream Tonight Tune in from 7.15pm GMT tonight for a live stream direct from the Royal Ballet in their home at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. They are rehearsing Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker – surely a must-see at Christmas – and the rehearsal will feature […]

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The Royal Ballet’s Vadim Muntagirov Talks Ballet

November 25, 2015

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The Royal Ballet Principal Vadim Muntagirov Talks ….. Ballet I’ve been following the career of Vadim Muntagirov since he joined English National Ballet and quickly rose through the ranks to form a starry partnership with established Senior Principal Daria Klimentova. Now Klimentova has retired from dancing and teaches at The Royal Ballet School, and Muntagirov […]

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The Royal Ballet | Carlos Acosta’s Carmen

October 29, 2015

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The Royal Ballet | Carlos Acosta’s Carmen This caught my eye on twitter the day after the premiere of Carlos Acosta’s new production of Carmen. The bareness of it made me laugh out loud : No polite way of putting this: #ROHcarmen is a disaster. Slap bang into the iceberg. No survivors. — Luke Jennings (@LukeJennings1) October 27, 2015 […]

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The No.1 Most Popular Ballet Product on Ballet News

October 12, 2015

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The No.1 Most Popular Ballet Product on Ballet News. Ever Hands down, the most popular product I’ve ever written about here on Ballet News is the Bloch Warm-up Bootie. They are worn by dancers, dance students and people across the planet because they are light, soft and very warm. I always describe them as little […]

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World Ballet Day Live In Videos

October 1, 2015

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World Ballet Day Live

World Ballet Day Live In Videos October 1st 2015 has been World Ballet Day Live, with 23 hours of live streaming from five ballet companies around the world. As the day progressed, video clips have been released on YouTube and I’ve curated them for you here for easy viewing, starting with one of my favourites […]

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Vocational Ballet Schools

September 17, 2015

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Vocational Ballet Schools How do the top professional ballet companies around the world find their dancers ? Most have associated vocational schools with close links to the company. This gives the director of the company every opportunity to keep an eye on the most promising students at the school and, when the time is right, […]

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The Royal Ballet | Cast Changes

September 17, 2015

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The Royal Ballet | Cast Changes Due to injury, Natalia Osipova will not dance her scheduled performances for the Autumn period.  Replacement casting is announced as follows :   ROMEO & JULIET – Sarah Lamb, Principal Saturday 26 September Thursday 1 October (eve) Wednesday 11 November   CONNECTOME – Lauren Cuthbertson, Principal Tuesday 6 October […]

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Insight Studio Performances New Zealand School of Dance

September 14, 2015

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Insight Studio Performances New Zealand School of Dance 24 & 25 September 2015, 6pm at New Zealand School of Dance, Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington.   NZSD students present an hour of short works, in the studio where they train, providing an intimate first-hand experience of the School […]

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The Royal Ballet Live Stream Tomorrow

September 10, 2015

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The Royal Ballet Live Stream Tomorrow Tomorrow evening (Friday 11th September) at 7.15pm BST, The Royal Ballet will live stream a rehearsal of Romeo & Juliet. The rehearsal is lead by Senior Ballet Master Christopher Saunders; always good value. I don’t know if it’s possible to take on board all that he knows about ballet. […]

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Thank You To You

August 10, 2015

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Thank You To You Today I’d like to say a very huge Thank You to all of you who donated towards my campaign to raise funds for a new camera lens. We did it ! I’m over the moon to be able to report that the lens is now in my possession and I’ll be […]

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