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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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Ballet News Reviews | The Royal Ballet School Annual Performance 2015

July 13, 2015

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Royal Ballet School, Grande Defile, Royal Opera House, ballet

The Royal Ballet School Annual Performance 2015 The Royal Ballet School Royal Opera House Sunday, 12th July 2015 It’s easy to spot the dancers with the technical ability that allows them a certain freedom on stage. Their pointe shoes are silent. When dancers are nervous or uncertain, chances are they’ll keep their pointe shoes a little harder, and with that […]

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Ballet News Reviews | The Ballet Lover’s Companion

July 6, 2015

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The Ballet Lover's Companion

Ballet News Reviews | The Ballet Lover’s Companion by Zoe Anderson Jetting off on holiday soon ? Or just finding everything a bit of a grind…. Here’s something you might like to read, that will take your mind off things ! Do you want to know about ballet themes, choreographers, music, innovations and historical overviews ? […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Creative Wedding Photography

March 22, 2015

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Ballet News Reviews | Creative Wedding Photography by Susan Stripling Regular readers will know that I reviewed my first Creative Live course, 30 Days of Wedding Photography, taught by wedding photographer Susan Stripling. Stripling is first and foremost a photographer, shooting around 50 weddings a year in the US and with over 10 years in […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Friends Food Family

February 5, 2015

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Ballet News Reviews | Friends Food Family by Sasha Wilkins It’s February. We’re all shivering our way through the short, dull days and looking for diversion from the relentless greyness of everything. Step forward Friends Food Family by Sasha Wilkins. I’ve been reading Sasha’s lifestyle blog, LibertyLondonGirl since she started writing it, and it’s no surprise […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Strictly Inspirational

January 14, 2015

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Ballet News Reviews | Strictly Inspirational Ex-Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Camilla Sacre-Dallerup writes her own story, layered with her new understanding of the mind and how to harness its power to achieve happiness, success and more. What you’ll gain from reading this book much depends on your view of self-help, life coach techniques and whether you […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Irina Baronova and the Ballet Russes De Monte Carlo

December 29, 2014

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Ballet News Reviews | Irina Baronova and the Ballet Russes De Monte Carlo “My friend Irina Baronova was a legendary Baby Ballerina of the Ballets Russes and an ambassador of classical ballet in America, but this book shows us the kind, funny, and hardworking woman behind the legend. She was a total pro and an elegant human […]

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Ballet News Previews | Darcey Bussell’s Looking for Audrey

December 28, 2014

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Darcey Bussell - (C) Matchlight - Photographer: Marion Milne

Ballet News Previews | Darcey Bussell’s Looking for Audrey Retired Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet, Darcey Bussell explores the life of Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn – away from the cameras and perhaps surprisingly, away from Hollywood. Hepburn spent the majority of her adult life in Switzerland, where she could escape the frenzy of the […]

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Ballet News Reviews | 30 Days of Wedding Photography

November 20, 2014

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Natalia Osipova & Ivan Vasiliev in Arthur Pita's Facada. Photograph by Cheryl Angear

Ballet News Reviews | 30 Days of Wedding Photography That’s not a typo. Ballet Newsers know that I mix things up here, and today it’s wedding photography + ballet. We have visited the subject of weddings before, with 6 things you don’t know about Royal ballet weddings. So why now ? There are more similarities than you might […]

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