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Pointe Shoes + Playground Favourites

May 24, 2016

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Pointe Shoes + Playground Favourites I recently photographed some products from Capezio, including pointe shoes, and I decided to add a twist of my own. Who remembers JACKS ? A playground game of skill – dexterity and co-ordination needed – JACKS involved small metal crosses and a rubber ball.    

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BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET HOSTS DAY OF EXCITING NEW DANCE CREATIONS

January 12, 2016

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BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET HOSTS DAY OF EXCITING NEW DANCE CREATIONS   Birmingham Royal Ballet is preparing to host the inaugural event of the newly formed Midlands Dance Hub on Friday 15 January.   On Friday Birmingham Royal Ballet will welcome a varied selection of Midlands based dance practitioners and creators into its home studios for […]

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The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit 2015: The Annual Festive Fundraising Event to support

December 6, 2015

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The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit 2015:  The Annual Festive Fundraising Event to support Hong Kong Ballet For the seventh year running, The Hong Kong Ballet Guild’s annual fundraising event, The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit 2015, was held successfully at the Island Ballroom of Island Shangri-La Hotel on Sunday 6th December, 2015. As always, the event was a […]

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker

November 10, 2015

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The Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker   Friday 27 November – Sunday 13 December 2015   Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst Street, B5 4TB Birminghamhippodrome.com, 0844 338 5000 In 1990, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet travelled to the Midlands to become Birmingham Royal Ballet in what was described as “the arts coup of the decade”. In celebration of this […]

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Programme announced for BIRMINGHAM WEEKENDER

July 6, 2015

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Awe-inspiring performances will entertain festival goers during Birmingham Weekender including Motionhouse dancers Martina Bussi and Alasdair Stuart -

Programme announced for BIRMINGHAM WEEKENDER   25 – 27 September 2015   Birmingham Weekender, a weekend of world-leading free outdoor performance, art and entertainment, is pleased to announce details of its ambitious, family-friendly festival programme for 2015.   In what is Birmingham’s largest arts festival, Birmingham Weekender features an awe-inspiring programme of events from hundreds […]

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Sergei Polunin, “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, Directed by David LaChapelle

February 12, 2015

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Sergei Polunin, “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, Directed by David LaChapelle Sergei Polunin “Take me to Church” by Hozier Directed by David LaChapelle Choreography by Jade Hale-Christofi Proving very popular, this video showing ex- Royal Ballet Principal dancer Sergei Polunin was recently released on YouTube. The video is beautiful. The choreography by Jade Hale-Christofi […]

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JEANETTA LAURENCE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL BALLET RECOGNISED FOR SERVICES TO DANCE IN NEW YEAR HONOURS

December 31, 2014

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JEANETTA LAURENCE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL BALLET RECOGNISED FOR SERVICES TO DANCE IN NEW YEAR HONOURS   Jeanetta Laurence, Associate Director of The Royal Ballet, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list.   Born in Oxford, Laurence trained with June Christian and at The Royal Ballet School. Her dancing career […]

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Ballet News Previews | Carlos Acosta’s Cuban Night

December 23, 2014

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Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nunez in Scheherazade. Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Carlos Acosta’s Cuban Night Ballet’s mega star, Carlos Acosta, hails from (if you didn’t already know) Cuba. When he’s not dancing at The Royal Ballet then he likes to produce shows that incorporate his Cuban heritage of mambo, salsa and jazz, and this programme was recorded earlier this year at the Royal Opera House. Acosta […]

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2 + 2 = 1984 for Northern Ballet

September 29, 2014

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2 + 2 = 1984 for Northern Ballet Northern Ballet is delighted to announce its next new creation will be 1984, based on George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece and created by guest Choreographer Jonathan Watkins. Experts in passionate storytelling, Northern Ballet’s adaptations of some of the world’s most treasured novels move and inspire more people in more cities across […]

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FAIRY TALES ARE BACK IN FASHION | Queensland Ballet announces Season 2015

September 22, 2014

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FAIRY TALES ARE BACK IN FASHION | Queensland Ballet announces Season 2015 Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director Li Cunxin continues to dream big in his third season for the Company, announcing a program of four magical ballets by celebrated international choreographers for Season 2015. Queensland Ballet will perform Peter Schaufuss’ La Sylphide, Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan, Greg […]

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HOUSTON BALLET 2014-15 SEASON

July 15, 2014

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HOUSTON BALLET 2014-15 SEASON April 26, 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. In honour of this milestone in world culture, Houston Ballet will present dance interpretations of great Shakespearean works by choreographers from three continents: a lavish new production of Romeo and Juliet by Stanton Welch; the company premiere of John Neumeier’s […]

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DARCEY BUSSELL AND THE MAYOR OF LONDON LAUNCH BIG DANCE 2014

July 2, 2014

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Darcey Bussell and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson warm up at City Hall in London for Big Dance 2014, 5–13 July.

DARCEY BUSSELL AND THE MAYOR OF LONDON LAUNCH BIG DANCE 2014  GLASGOW, LONDON AND SYDNEY JOIN UP FOR BIG COMMONWEALTH DANCE   Big Dance Special Ambassador, Darcey Bussell, and Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, launched Big Dance 2014 today, Wednesday 2 July, at City Hall in London, with a warm up for this year’s Big Dance, […]

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Win Your Own Ballet Shoes Worth £160

June 26, 2014

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Win Your Own Ballet Shoes Courtesy of French Sole Earlier this year I reported that French Sole founder and designer Jane Winkworth, designed a limited edition shoe in aid of English National Ballet. The shoe is in a ballet pink quilted duchess satin with a matching silk cord trim and the bow is trimmed in […]

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Pointe Shoes | Snapped

June 20, 2014

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a pair of pointe shoes in an English garden

Pointe Shoes | Snapped Pointe shoes are essential if you’re a professional classical ballet dancer. They elongate the line of a dancer but they don’t last long, they are often made to measure and they still require a lot of preparation & sewing before they are worn – for perhaps only one Act of a ballet. […]

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The National Ballet of Canada | Dancers who retire following 2013/14 season

June 20, 2014

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The National Ballet of Canada | Dancers who retire following 2013/14 season Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that the following dancers will be retiring at the end of the 2013/14 season: Principal Dancer Aleksandar Antonijevic, First Soloist Stacey Shiori Minagawa, Principal Character Artistic Kevin D. Bowles, Corps de […]

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English National Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet in Pictures

June 11, 2014

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Photograph by Cheryl Angear

English National Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet in Pictures English National Ballet’s in-the-round version of Romeo & Juliet opens tonight, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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Darcey Bussell exhibition at The Royal Ballet School

May 30, 2014

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Darcey Bussell exhibition at The Royal Ballet School An exhibition has been opened to mark the fifth anniversary of White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre, based at The Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park. Darcey Bussell: from Student to Star of The Royal Ballet tells the story of Darcey Bussell’s ballet career, from her days as […]

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Northern Ballet’s Three Little Pigs on CBeebies

April 10, 2014

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CBeebies Three Little Pigs. Presented by Mr Bloom (Ben Faulks) with dancers from Northern Ballet. Straw Pig (Teresa Saavedra Bordes) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

  Northern Ballet’s Three Little Pigs on CBeebies This Easter, Three Little Pigs, presented my Mr Bloom with dancers from Northern Ballet will be broadcast on CBeebies on 21/4/2014.  

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Miles Gilliver, Artist, Birmingham Royal Ballet

March 13, 2014

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Miles Gilliver by Ty Singleton

Cupcakes & Conversation with Miles Gilliver, Artist, Birmingham Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? The excitement of what opportunities the new week will bring, and knowing that I get to do what I love for a living in such an inspiring environment. And fair bit of coffee! If ballet chose […]

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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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