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Poldark | Episode 4 New Photographs

September 20, 2016

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Demelza ((ELEANOR TOMLINSON), Ross Poldark (AIDAN TURNER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Mike Alsford

Poldark Series 2 | Episode 4 New Photographs

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Ella Havelka, Corps de Ballet, The Australian Ballet

April 1, 2016

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Ella Havelka dancing with Christopher Rogers Wilson in The Australian Ballet's Vitesse. Photograph courtesy of TAB.

Cupcakes & Conversation with Ella Havelka, Corps de Ballet, The Australian Ballet Ahead of their London tour, The Australian Ballet’s Ella Havelka answers the C&C questions. What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? I start my day with coffee and some cartoons. Preferably SpongeBob squarepants or something to make me laugh. If ballet […]

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1st recommendation of 2016

January 14, 2016

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1st recommendation of 2016 Today I’d like to make my first recommendation of the year. It’s not related to ballet directly, but hair care is a big deal and I’ve spent time researching options. If, like me, you prefer to use organic shampoos and conditioners, it can be hard to find products that care for […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Laura Hidalgo, Principal, Queensland Ballet

August 4, 2015

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Laura Hidalgo Photographer, David Kelly

Cupcakes & Conversation with Laura Hidalgo, Principal, Queensland Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? I just recently moved to Australia so everything motivates me at the moment. The excitement of working in a new place is something that gets me right out of bed. Getting to know my colleagues, the sun […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Raffaele Morra, Dancer & Ballet Master, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

July 28, 2015

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The Trocks as Odalisques (L-R Raffaele Morra Chase Johnsey Robert Carter) - photo credit Zoran Jelenic

Cupcakes & Conversation with Raffaele Morra, Dancer & Ballet Master, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (New York based, all-male, comedy ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, also known as The Trocks) What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Curiosity motivates me every Monday morning, just like any other day. If ballet chose […]

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Ballet News Published

October 30, 2014

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Cupcakes & Conversation | Published   The popular and original Cupcakes & Conversation interview series with professional ballet dancers has been available in e-book format for some time, but you can now buy one of the Ballet News Cupcakes & Conversation series as an actual book. What does a ballet dancer do ? What happens when the curtain […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Lauren Fagone, Richmond Ballet

May 29, 2014

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Lauren Fagone as The Fairy Godmother in Malcolm Burn’s Cinderella. Richmond Ballet 2014. All rights reserved. Photo by Sarah Ferguson

Cupcakes & Conversation with Lauren Fagone, Richmond Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? The thrill of a new adventure!  Every day offers the chance for growth and discovery!   …though the sweet smell of coffee brewing helps too! If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Sonia Rodriguez, Principal, The National Ballet of Canada

May 8, 2014

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Sonia Rodriguez. Photo by Sian Richards.

Cupcakes & Conversation with Sonia Rodriguez, Principal, The National Ballet of Canada  What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? The challenge of pushing myself and discovering new things. I love the time in the studio where I get to develop a role or a get to discover a new way of moving. […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Damian Smith, Principal, San Francisco Ballet

April 15, 2014

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Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Tomasson's The Fifth Season (© Erik Tomasson)

Cupcakes & Conversation with Damian Smith, Principal, San Francisco Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Getting coffee, and taking some Tylenol! But actually, breakfast – it’s my favorite meal of the day. Why ballet ? When people ask me that, my first thought is “Why not ballet?” You get the […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Iain Mackay, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet

March 20, 2014

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Grosse Fuge Iain Mackay photo Roy Smiljanic

Cupcakes & Conversation with Iain Mackay, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? My four year old son Oscar gets me out of bed every day of the week, usually around  7.30am and always with a smile on his face. He’s so funny and happy in the morning, […]

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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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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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Cupcakes & Conversation with Bronte Kelly, Royal New Zealand Ballet

February 11, 2014

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RNZB dancers in Bronte Kelly and Helio Lima in Don Quixote pas de deux TOWER Tutus on tour - credit Evan Li

Cupcakes & Conversation with Bronte Kelly, Royal New Zealand Ballet From Queensland, Australia, Bronte started dancing at the age of four and went on to train at The Australian Ballet School. She joined Royal New Zealand Ballet at the start of 2011 and recent highlights include appearing in Balanchine’s Who Cares?, performing the title role in […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Rachael Gillespie, Coryphée, Northern Ballet

February 6, 2014

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Rachel Gillespie in NBT's Peter Pan

Cupcakes & Conversation with Rachael Gillespie, Coryphée, Northern Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? It’s a brand new day! I’m lucky to be happy and healthy and doing a job that I love. If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you […]

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Cupcakes and Conversation with Qi Huan, the Royal New Zealand Ballet

January 29, 2014

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Qi Huan in Final Dress - one of three short ballets in NYC

Cupcakes and Conversation with Qi Huan, the Royal New Zealand Ballet  What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? When I wake up in the mornings, I don’t usually think too much. I just quickly wash up, get something to eat and go to work! If ballet chose you, as many dancers say […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Giuliano Contadini, Soloist, Northern Ballet

January 6, 2014

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Giuliano Contadini, Soloist, Northern Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? My special protein shake. It wakes me up much faster than my alarm. If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it ? It’s the […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Bethany Kingsely-Garner, Soloist, Scottish Ballet

August 3, 2013

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Bethany Kingsley – Garner in Scottish Ballet’s production of Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling. Photograph by Andy Ross.

Cupcakes & Conversation with Bethany Kingsely-Garner, Soloist, Scottish Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? Coffee, sunshine, and knowing that I get to do a job that I love. If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it? It constantly challenges […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Christopher Harrison, Principal, Scottish Ballet

July 24, 2013

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Christopher Harrison and Sophie Martin in Scottish Ballet’s EIF promotional pictures. Photo by Graham Wylie

Cupcakes & Conversation with Christopher Harrison, Principal, Scottish Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? A shower and a coffee. Along with some music to help me get in the right frame of mind. If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Pippa Moore, Premier Dancer, Northern Ballet

June 26, 2013

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Pippa Moore, Premier Dancer, Northern Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? I must be hard wired after all these years of discipline and dedication; by 8am I’ve been up a while organising what needs to be done! If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Dreda Blow, Soloist, Northern Ballet

June 20, 2013

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Dreda Blow as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream Photo Jason Tozer

Cupcakes & Conversation with Dreda Blow, Soloist, Northern Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? I really enjoy my work so I don’t really have trouble motivating myself on a Monday morning. It is, however, tough to get your motor running again after a few days off. I love breakfast and […]

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