Tag Archives: Bob Martin

Ballet Business : Pointe shoes deconstructed

January 20, 2011


Ballet News, pointe shoes,

It’s Not Magic; it’s linen & often flour It’s not magic that keeps a ballerina on her toes – it’s a mixture of materials – often burlap, flour, dextrine*, paper, potato starch, rough and smooth leather, coarse linen, satin, papier-mâché, held together with glue of a secret formula. You may have seen dancers strutting about, […]

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Ballet School – behind the barre

November 11, 2010


dancer in tutu

English National Ballet School | Behind the barre This year I am following two English National Ballet School (ENBS) students; one in the first year and one in the third (graduate) year. The latest available Ofsted inspection report (2008) gave the three year National Diploma in Professional Dance (classical ballet) an ‘outstanding’ grade.  The report […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Elisha Willis, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet

August 24, 2009


Cupcakes & conversation with Elisha Willis, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet Elisha Willis by Peter Tiegen Elisha will be performing the lead role (first cast) of Roxane in David Bintley’s Cyrano. She is also dancing in David’s new E=mc² and Garry Stewart’s The Centre and its Opposite in the triple bill Quantum Leaps – in Birmingham […]

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