Ballet News is a professionally written website bringing you ballet insights, breaking news & backstage highlights straight from the stage.
In case you aren’t aware, all of the features, reviews etc on Ballet News are written by me – that’s how I always intended my website to work – I don’t have a team of people working in my business and I don’t publish other people’s work here.
Please feel free to contact me with any relevant queries, questions or comments you may have. But, before you do, please read the notes below which have been designed following queries from other readers and may also help you (and me!)
If you would like to purchase copies of any of the images you see on Ballet News, this is the place to get in touch first (unauthorised reproduction of anything on the Ballet News website is an infringement of copyright and legal action may follow).
Ballet photographer recommendations
If you are looking for a really great ballet photographer then please get in touch and I will send you a recommendation based on your location, if I have one. Please include details of what you are hoping to achieve, your budget and timescale, and contact details so that I can pass them on to the photographer, who will then get in touch with you. It’s very difficult for me to offer recommendations without this information so please do include it. I only recommend photographers that I’ve worked with – so if you are a photographer looking to receive recommendations, then you need to do some work for me first !
I do receive a lot of emails from photographers who ask for commissions and/or exposure on Ballet News. The first thing I’d say is this : do you know the difference between a press photographer and a photographer working in any other field of photography ? The very specific demands of press photography aren’t for everyone; in fact they aren’t for many people at all, so do consider that before making contact.
Ballet News is not able to sponsor fundraising causes. If you have questions about how to go about fundraising please read the Ballet Business article. If you are thinking of getting in touch because you need to raise funds to go to ballet school, please read the article.
If you, or someone you know is interested in taking up ballet, for fun or vocationally, one of the best places to begin is with your local ballet company. Ask whether they have knowledge of the local area and suitable classes – they may run summer school intensives/workshops and they should be able to help you in your search for the right kind of class. You can also check the local paper and dance magazines as many teachers advertise in the relevant sections. Local knowledge is key here. Please feel free to contact me if none of the above help – there are always new classes springing up and it’s possible that I may have heard of something that would be useful to you.
Ballet product reviews
If you are writing to invite me to test/review/write about your product/s, please check the About Me page first, to ensure relevance. If you are sending me details of a classical ballet event, please specify your involvement (if any) and summarise all of the details (date/time/location/press contact etc) rather than sending a lot of links. I’m a journalist, very often working to short deadlines and I need to be able to quickly assess the information you’ve sent, so please be precise and piquant and make sure you’ve included the information I’ve asked for here without asking me to follow links. I don’t follow any links sent, because that’s what spammers tend to include in emails, so you’ll need to explain why you’re contacting me very briefly without resorting to links.
Ballet work experience & apprenticeships
I’m sorry but at the current time, Ballet NEWS is not offering apprenticeships or work experience. Check back when you can though!
Ballet News is not a performing ballet company. There are no auditions or positions available for dancers.
If you want to use some of my content in a research paper, school essay or similar, please contact me with relevant details and include the purpose of the work, where it will be published, and exactly which content you want to use. Including this information from the start avoids a lengthy email trail that may not lead to permission being granted. If you want to translate the content on Ballet News into another language then please contact me with the details. Under no circumstances should you copy anything on Ballet News without permission.
If you have particular dancers/companies/classical ballet events etc, that you’d like to see featured on Ballet News, your suggestions are very welcome so please feel free to let me know if something or someone ballet-related has sparked your interest. If I’m not featuring your local professional ballet company or vocational school, and you want to read about them here, please ask their press office to contact me. As before, please explain your involvement (if any) because I’ll need to know your link with the company or person before I can consider your suggestion.
If you are entering a competition, please double-check the entry requirements and make sure you include them, as any that don’t match exactly will not be counted.
I do reply to all relevant messages as promptly as I can, usually within 12 hours, but due to the volume of messages I receive, I encourage you to use the search function on the website and to check the About Me page (link above).
If you would like a response, please make sure that your message is correctly addressed (check the About Me page if you aren’t sure) because it’s good manners. Please be sure to include a valid email address and then periodically check that a) your mailbox is not full (and therefore not accepting new messages) and b) check your spam folder, just in case.
And my top tip for you if you get in touch - write your message not from your perspective but by thinking about why it might be of interest to Ballet News. There’s a lot of noise out there and an email along the lines of, “my photos are great, look at them” won’t get you a response. Why ? Because you didn’t tell me what is so great about your photos and crucially, why they’d be so great for Ballet News.
So, for example, you might be a photographer who wants to be commissioned by Ballet News. If you can say “I’ve got this great idea and I have these three professional dancers and a photogenic location already lined up” that’s helpful to me, which in turn helps you. It can be hard, if you’re close to a story, to look at it objectively when you send me a message, but if it’s not relevant, newsworthy or likely to be of interest to my readers then it’s probablyworth thinking again.
Thank you for taking the time to write, & for your interest in Ballet News. I love hearing from my readers; it’s one of the most rewarding aspects of working in a digital medium.
To re-cap briefly; if you’re about to send me a message, please make sure you know to whom you should address it. Any unaddressed mail is deleted without being read ie ‘Dear Ballet News’ or ‘Dear Sir’ or worse still, ‘hello.’ Do your research and find out who runs Ballet News!
Don’t include any links please and explain who you are and why you are writing, succinctly.
Once you’ve sent your message, check your spam filter regularly if you are hoping for a response. I reply promptly.
I look forward to hearing from you.