Tag Archives: Australia

ROYAL BALLET’S LONGEST-SERVING PRINCIPAL BALLERINA RETURNS HOME TO AUSTRALIAN HONOURS

March 9, 2016

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ROYAL BALLET’S LONGEST-SERVING PRINCIPAL BALLERINA RETURNS HOME TO AUSTRALIAN HONOURS More than three decades after she left regional Queensland as a teenager to pursue her dreams on the international stage, one of Australia’s most accomplished dancers, Leanne Benjamin, will return home to be appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). The award comes […]

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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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American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School Attracts Talent from Across the Country and Around the World to Princeton, NJ for Summer Intensive Program

June 30, 2015

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American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School Attracts Talent from Across the Country and Around the World to Princeton, NJ for Summer Intensive Program PRINCETON, NJ – On Monday, June 29, ballet students from around the world started their first day of training at Princeton Ballet School, the official school of NJ’s premiere professional ballet company […]

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Professional Ballet Dancer to Business Owner | Claudia Dean’s Sprezzatura

May 26, 2015

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Claudia Dean | Ballet Dancer to Business Owner Sprezzatura is the Italian word for nonchalance; the effortless art of making something difficult look easy. The sustained hard work needed to conceal the effort has been a hallmark of Claudia Dean’s training and professional ballet career. Claudia Dean graduated from The Royal Ballet School in August 2011, having moved to London […]

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PW Dance & Sportswear to be official stockist of Freed pointe shoes

September 17, 2014

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Dancer: Iona Marques, Melbourne City Ballet Photographer: Dani Brown.

PW Dance & Sportswear to be official stockist of Freed pointe shoes PW Dance & Sportswear (PW) is set to announce an exciting development in their dancewear range. In September 2014, PW will become an official stockist and distributer of Freed of London pointe shoes. Since the take over of world-renowned principal ballet dancer Paul Wright’s shoe […]

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The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae named Young Australian Achiever of the Year

January 26, 2014

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The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae named Young Australian Achiever of the Year Last night, The Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae was honoured by the Australia Day Foundation. Marking Australia Day abroad has taken on an extra special meaning for Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae, who has been named Young Australian Achiever in the UK 2014 by […]

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American Ballet Theatre to tour to Australia for the first time

August 5, 2013

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Two-Week Engagement in Brisbane to Include Performances of Swan Lake and Mixed Repertory at The Queensland Performing Arts Centre 8/2/2013 – American Ballet Theatre will make a historic trip to Australia for performances exclusively at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane, August 28 through September 7, 2014. ABT’s first ever engagement on the continent will […]

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Harlem Shake + Ballet

February 19, 2013

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Harlem Shake in Ballet Class ? Northern Ballet’s class, to be precise (scroll down for the video). The Harlem Shake, originally called the Albee in Harlem and originating from the Ethiopian dance called Eskista, is a dance that started in 1981 in New York. Originator Al B described the Harlem Shake as a drunken or alcoholic […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Tatiana Leskova : A ballerina at large

January 3, 2013

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Ballet News Reviews | Tatiana Leskova : A ballerina at large Tatiana Leskova is one of the last surviving pupils of dancers from the golden age of the Imperial Russian Ballet; the daughter of exiled Russians whose mother, Helena, conceived her in Venice, Italy, and born in Paris in 1922. This biography, first published in Brazil and […]

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The Australian Ballet | Amy Harris crowned 2012 Telstra Ballet Dancer

November 30, 2012

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Telstra Ballet Dancer Award 2012 winner Amy Harris Photo by Jess Bialek

The Australian Ballet | Amy Harris crowned 2012 Telstra Ballet Dancer Two dancers hailing from regional Australia have reigned triumphant at tonight’s Telstra Ballet Dancer Award (TBDA)     announcement at the Sydney Opera House. Senior Artist Amy Harris from Ararat in regional Victoria was crowned the 2012 TBDA winner. Amy’s win is a case of third time […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Jessica Morgan, Northern Ballet

November 29, 2012

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Jessica Morgan, Northern Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? Not much! I am definitely not a morning person! However, once I have managed to peel myself from my bed and had my morning coffee I become excited about the prospect of another inspiring and creative week. It […]

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A Masterclass With The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae

November 11, 2012

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A Masterclass with The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae I recently reported that a masterclass with Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae would be taking place at The Royal Academy of Dance on Remembrance Sunday. ‘Celebrating Dance 2012’ was billed as a day of dance to fundraise for the Frank Freeman Scholarship fund. McRae’s masterclass was open to students studying Advanced […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Fanny Gorse, Coryphée, Opéra national de Paris

September 28, 2012

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Fanny Gorse, Coryphée, Opéra national de Paris What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Monday morning, I need a latte and some music on my way to the Opéra. Then I find my best friend Allister at the same place at the barre and the week can start! […]

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Darcey Bussell on Strictly Come Dancing

September 11, 2012

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Darcey Bussell on Strictly Come Dancing Darcey Bussell has been invited onto the judging panel alongside Len Goodman, Craig Revel-Horwood and Bruno Tonioli for the 2012 series.  So, what does she make of it all ? How does it feel to be the new judge on Strictly? I am so excited. I love the show. […]

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New work by disabled and deaf artists presented alongside the London 2012 Paralympic Games

August 21, 2012

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'Fusional Fragments' by Marc Brew with Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photographer Irven Lewis

New work by disabled and deaf artists presented alongside the London 2012 Paralympic Games   Last year Ballet News broke new ground : Ballet News presents a British Sign Language Interpretation for the first time I’d like to introduce you to Kelly Johnson, a Junior Trainee Sign Language Interpreter.  Kelly has, for the first time, interpreted […]

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Royal Academy of Dance Awards Day: an International Celebration for Student Graduation

August 16, 2012

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(L-R) Kerry Rubie, Dr Anne Hogan, Mayor of Wandsworth, Julia Farron OBE, Luke Rittner. Photo: Tempest Photography

Royal Academy of Dance Awards Day: an International Celebration for Student Graduation The annual Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 11 July at St Mary’s Church, Battersea on the banks of the river Thames. The graduation was an international celebration with over 179 students and guests travelling from 32 countries […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Clare Morehen, Principal, Queensland Ballet

July 31, 2012

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Clare Morehen in Nils Christe's SYNC 2009 Pic Ken Sparrow

Cupcakes & Conversation with Clare Morehen, Principal, Queensland Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday Morning? Routine. I am a routine driven person, which kicks in the second my alarm goes off at 7am on Monday morning. The thought of coffee initially gets my dazed body out of bed. Then it’s off to […]

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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet participate in Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

July 29, 2012

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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet participate in Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival For the first time in nearly 50 years, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet will be travelling to Massachusetts next week to participate in the 80th Anniversary of the famed Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival from August 1-5, 2012.   Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival served as the platform […]

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Northern Ballet in ‘Arts Troubleshooter’ documentary this weekend

May 21, 2012

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Michael Lynch, and Northern Ballet Dancers: Victoria Goldsmith, Josh Barwick, Hannah Bateman, Kenny Tindall, Stage at Theatre Royal in Newcastle - (C) Wall to Wall - Photographer: Dominique Belcourt

Northern Ballet in Arts Troubleshooter documentary Last week I reported that Northern Ballet were to feature in a BBC documentary called Arts Troubleshooter, to be broadcast this weekend. What’s in store ? The programme follows Michael Lynch, former Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre in London & the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, as he works […]

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THE HAMBURG BALLET’s tours until summer 2012: Leverkusen, Essen, Moscow, Brisbane

April 3, 2012

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THE HAMBURG BALLET’s tours until summer 2012: Leverkusen, Essen, Moscow, Brisbane   This Tuesday night THE HAMBURG BALLET kicks off a short tour to the West of Germany with a performance of Saint Matthew Passion inLeverkusen. The second stop of the tour will be Essen. A longer tour to Moscow will follow in May. In […]

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