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Ballet News Reviews | The National Ballet of China | The Peony Pavilion

November 30, 2016

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Ballet News Reviews | The National Ballet of China | The Peony Pavilion The Peony Pavilion The National Ballet of China Sadlers Wells, London Rarely are you so thoroughly transported to a world of such refined elegance and sublimely eloquent dancing, but this show; this magnificent visual & aural feast, is one such time. Dancers Zhu Yan […]

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Ballet News Reviews | RAD Home Fragrance Collection

November 6, 2016

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ballet candle for chrismas

Ballet News Reviews | RAD Home Fragrance Collection Just in time for Christmas, this is the perfect candle for anyone with an interest in dance. The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) worked with Heyland & Whittle to create this Earl Grey fragranced first candle. Sumptuously packaged & beribboned, the 100% pure soy wax candle (220gms of a sustainable wax […]

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Ballet News Reviews | New Bloch Goody Bag

October 31, 2016

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Photograph by Cheryl Angear Photography

Ballet News Reviews | New Bloch Goody Bag New In ! Here is the new Bloch accessories bag that is exclusive to Bloch stores and Bloch day events (with re-sellers). In each bag is an I love Bloch badge, Bloch Pencil and Bloch Stickers. The bag is really lovely, great quality and roomy, lined and well […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Experiencing the Art of Pas de Deux

October 22, 2016

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pas de deux experience

Ballet News Reviews | Experiencing the Art of Pas de Deux by Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Carlos Miguel Guerra What a gem this book is ! Both former principal dancers with Miami City Ballet, Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Carlos Miguel Guerra have written a generous account of what it takes to dance a Pas de […]

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Ballet News Reviews | dancers after dark

October 20, 2016

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Dancers after dark

Ballet News Reviews | dancers after dark by Jordan Matter 300 dancers 400 locations 150 photographs 7 countries 20-30 seconds to nail the shot 0 clothes 0 arrests 0 digital manipulation This is not just a book. Oh no, dancers after dark is your daily dose of unbridled JOY! A bold statement, but a true […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Royal Ballet Diary 2017

September 21, 2016

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Natalia Osipova as Juliet

Ballet News Reviews | Royal Ballet Diary 2017 Looking for a week-to-view desk diary for next year? This one features Royal Ballet dancers such as Natalia Osipova and Sarah Lamb, beautifully printed on quality paper and hard bound for durability and ease of writing.  

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Shoes That Will Never See The Street

August 30, 2016

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dancer in pointe shoes and legwarmers

Shoes That Will Never See The Street Tonight’s episode of Inside the factory covers shoes – mainly the manufacture of trainers but also something of the history of shoes and a brief visit to Freed’s of London factory and to the Royal Opera House for a chat and demo with Lauren Cuthbertson. It’s not magic […]

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Ballet News Previews | The South Bank Show – Ballet Black

July 6, 2016

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Ballet News Previews | The South Bank Show – Ballet Black Here’s a charming opportunity to get to know Ballet Black a little better. The company was founded in 2001 by Royal Academy of Dance and Durham University graduate Cassa Pancho, and provides a vital platform for young, aspiring dancers of black and Asian descent. It was felt […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Paris Street Style

April 26, 2016

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a fashion inspired colouring book and brush

Ballet News Reviews | Paris Street Style Paris Street Style by Zoe de las Cases is fascinating. The trend for adult colouring books continues apace and when you look at the quality of what’s on offer, it’s not hard to see why. Praised for its stress-relieving benefits, colouring has really taken off, with five of […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Picture Perfect Lighting

April 11, 2016

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bride and groom stroll among the blossoms

Ballet News Reviews | Picture Perfect Lighting by Roberto Valenzuela Picture Perfect Lighting is the final corner in the triangle of books in this series, which includes Picture Perfect Practice and Picture Perfect Posing. With a new publisher, Roberto Valenzeula has produced a photography book with an innovative design element – a fold out cover […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Fairy Tale Fashion

March 10, 2016

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Fairy Tale Fashion book cover

Ballet News Reviews | Fairy Tale Fashion Once upon a time….. Beautifully printed and bound in Italy, where fairy tales first thrived, Fairy Tale Fashion is a fascinating look at the curated content put together by Colleen Hill. This book combines with an exhibition at The Museum at FIT. This is the first book to […]

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Ballet News Reviews | What Lies Beneath by Rick Guest

January 10, 2016

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What Lies Beneath

Ballet News Reviews | What Lies Beneath by Rick Guest With a foreword by Tamara Rojo, What Lies Beneath is a large photography book with dancers as its subject, by international photographer Rick Guest that aims to go beyond the immediately obvious. Guest explains, “I became obsessed with the grace and poise of these creatures […]

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Back To Work

January 4, 2016

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a turquoise office chair

Back To Work | Are You Sitting Comfortably ? For many of us, today marks the beginning of the new working year, and I don’t know about you but I’d like 2016 to be a bit kinder on my back. If you work from home, how often do you say that you’re just going to do a bit of […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Darcey’s Ballet Heroes

December 17, 2015

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Darcey Bussell and her former dance partner Jonathan Cope demonstrating a pas de deux step

Ballet News Reviews | Darcey’s Ballet Heroes Darcey’s Ballet Heroes is a delightful story – an hour well spent on Christmas Day if you can. Bussell has grown in her presenting skills and her new-found confidence allows us to see her cheeky, fun side more often. It can be difficult to appear un-staged when interviewing […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Darcey’s Ballet Heroes

November 24, 2015

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Darcey Bussell in the ballet studio

Ballet News Reviews | Darcey’s Ballet Heroes This delightful – really sparkling film will be shown on BBC Four. Darcey Bussell picks the ballet men that have shaped and transformed ballet and ends by looking to the future to see who’s next. More details to follow shortly but since this lovely image has been released […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Swan, The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

November 12, 2015

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illustrated ballet book

Ballet News Reviews | Swan, The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova Swan is a short children’s story book by Laurel Snyder, beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Julie Morstad. It follows the story of Anna Pavlova’s life, from her humble beginnings to world-wide fame, to the moment she asks for her Swan costume. The illustrations […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Carlos Acosta at The Royal Ballet

October 22, 2015

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in rehearsal with Carlos Acosta

Ballet News Reviews | Carlos Acosta at The Royal Ballet Photo books are notoriously tricky to get just right. Expensive to produce, getting a commercially viable price point is a difficult balancing act between cost and quality. The incomparable Kirsty Mitchell has been brave enough to forego several offers from publishers for her Wonderland book that […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Roberto Bolle Voyage into Beauty

August 11, 2015

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Ballet News Reviews | Roberto Bolle Voyage into Beauty This Voyage into Beauty really is a journey worth taking. Not just a coffee table book of photographs (and what photographs!) but the writing, too, is a thing a beauty. Sparce, but beautifully written. What is beauty ? The Pythagorean’s proportion and harmony ? The Augustine […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Creative Successful Dyslexic by Margaret Rooke

August 10, 2015

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Ballet News Reviews | Creative Successful Dyslexic by Margaret Rooke

Ballet News Reviews | Creative Successful Dyslexic by Margaret Rooke This is such a fabulous, pithy book. I’m not dyslexic but the stories from 25 high achievers including Darcey Bussell reveal what a diagnosis dyslexia has meant to them. Yes, there are tough times, but the stories are punchy in the right way with so much […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Understanding Exposure

July 22, 2015

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Ballet News Reviews | Understanding Exposure There exists a triptych of photography books that are game-changers. They are best sellers, and so I can’t be alone in finding them revelatory. I’ll review the others in due course but for now I want to concentrate on Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure, which is now on to its 3rd Edition, it’s that good. Why is […]

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