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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

August 10, 2015

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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 ? Here’s something you might like to take with you. Do you want to know about ballet themes, choreographers, music, innovations and historical overviews ? This guide to over 140 ballets combines all of those and more : you’ll find […]

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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 Camilla Sacre-Dallerup 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 […]

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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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Ballet News Reviews | The Royal Ballet 14/15

November 4, 2014

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© ROH / Johan Persson, 2013

Ballet News Reviews | The Royal Ballet 14/15 Rebranded for 14/15, The Royal Ballet Yearbook series returns with exclusive behind the scenes content. Introduced by Kevin O’Hare, The Royal Ballet’s Director, the yearbook covers a season preview and a visual look back at last season with Claudia Dean’s The Chosen One and some lovely images […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Ballet Spectacular

October 22, 2014

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Ballet News Reviews | Ballet Spectacular Ballet Spectacular. Quite a title to live up to, and the good news is that this book is a delight. Beautifully put together without overloading young readers, this book acts as a guide to all things ballet. Its glossy production is perfect for the lavish photography as you begin […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Natalia Osipova Becoming A Swan

September 30, 2014

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Ballet News Reviews | Natalia Osipova Becoming A Swan Photographs by Andrej Uspenski What makes you return to a photography book ? Reviewing countless such books, I find myself asking this question often, and only this time, reviewing this book, have I found an answer. Some photography books are coffee table tomes to be displayed […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Taking Flight – Michaela & Elaine DePrince

September 14, 2014

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Ballet News Reviews | Taking Flight – Michaela & Elaine DePrince You probably won’t recognise the name Mabinty Bangura. You may have heard of Michaela DePrince, the extraordinarily flexible dancer from Sierra Leone whose story has been published for young adults. DePrince lived in Sierra Leone, West Africa, during the civil war, and the horrors […]

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Ballet News Reviews | The Faber Pocket Guide to Ballet

August 11, 2014

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Ballet News Reviews | The Faber Pocket Guide to Ballet Essentially  a guide to some of the classical ballet’s you’re most likely to see in company rep, this small book has been updated to include new ballets by Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon. First published in 2004, it’s aim has always been to […]

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Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Coppelia

July 25, 2014

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Tamara Rojo as Swanhilde and Alban Lendorf performing as Franz in English National Ballet's Coppelia rehearsal at The Coliseum Theatre, London on July 23, 2014. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Coppélia English National Ballet Coppelia London Coliseum Thursday 24th July 2014 Coppelia is a light-hearted, sweet & charming ballet with plenty of laughter along the way. English National Ballet’s production is now entering its 30th year, and is still going strong despite it being short on today’s reality. The Principal […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Steven McRae | The Royal Ballet’s Dancer In The Fast Lane

June 30, 2014

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Steven McRae | Dancer In The Fast Lane With photographs by Andrej Uspenski Andrej Uspenski, a dancer with The Royal Ballet, fills the gaps in his schedule by using his unique position to photograph his colleagues. For most dancers, looking at one photograph of themselves, let alone of book of them, is a task to be avoided, but the dancers of […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Lest We Forget | English National Ballet

April 3, 2014

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Artistic Director and principle dancer Tamara Rojo & Fabian Reimair from English National Ballet rehearse Akram Khan 's new work: Dust, as part of a program entitled 'Lest We Forget' in commemoration of the start of World War I, at The Barbican Centre, London on March 15, 2014. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Ballet News Reviews | Lest We Forget | English National Ballet Lest We Forget English National Ballet The Barbican, 2nd April 2014 Many evenings spent in the theatre are forgettable; either the music grates or the choreography is so-so. Not this one. Rarely, if ever, have I seen English National Ballet so together and, well, […]

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Ballet News Reviews | The Prince Of The Pagodas

March 26, 2014

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Tyrone Singleton as the King of the South; photo: Phil Hitchman

Ballet News Reviews | The Prince Of The Pagodas | Birmingham Royal Ballet The Prince of The Pagodas Birmingham Royal Ballet London Coliseum, 26th March 2014 David Bintley’s The Prince Of The Pagodas was funded by philanthropic support from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s audience. Touring, the support is harder to see. Tonight’s opening might have been […]

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