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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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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 | 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 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 Business In Print

June 3, 2015

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Ballet Business by Cheryl Angear

Ballet Business In Print *Breaking News* My latest book, Ballet Business, is now available for sale from Amazon. I wanted to delve into the business of ballet, and to that end Ballet Business delivers information you’ll need if you’re thinking of training towards a career in classical ballet. From what you should eat, how (and […]

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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 Published

October 30, 2014

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Cupcakes & Conversation | Published   The popular and original Cupcakes & Conversation interview series with professional ballet dancers has been available in e-book format for some time, but you can now buy one of the Ballet News Cupcakes & Conversation series as an actual book. What does a ballet dancer do ? What happens when the curtain […]

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Ballet News Giveaway

October 23, 2014

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Ballet News Giveaway Earlier this week I reviewed the wonderful Ballet Spectacular, a children’s guide to the ballet. “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. […]

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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 Photography by Richard Calmes

May 7, 2014

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Ballet Photography by Richard Calmes | Lines and LEAPS Richard Calmes’ third book, Lines and LEAPS, features a unique concept – showcasing the dancer’s line and then on the opposite page, a leap, or as it’s more usually known in ballet, a jete. Calmes says, “Lines and LEAPS is my third book. It is filled with […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Carlos Acosta – Pig’s Foot

October 18, 2013

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Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nunez in Scheherazade. Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Ballet News Reviews | Carlos Acosta – Pig’s Foot Carlos Acosta’s autobiography, Now Way Home : A Cuban Dancer’s Story, sold around 6,500 copies in hardback. Acosta’s debut novel, Pig’s Foot, has been picked as one of the most important literary debuts of the year by Waterstones.  For the third year running, Waterstones’ “debut literary stars of 2013” includes Pig’s Foot and they […]

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Ballet News | Forward Planning for a new ballet year 2013/14

August 13, 2013

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The Royal Ballet Yearbook

The new ballet year | forward planning   The end of the summer holidays signal a time for forward planning. It’s a new term, a lovely new Autumn season is just whispering around the edges of summer and a new season of ballet delights is just around the corner. It’s a busy time, so to […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Ravel Girl

February 27, 2013

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Ballet News Reviews | Ravel Girl by Audrey Niffenegger This story is the beginning point for Wayne McGregor’s next premiere for The Royal Ballet. All the ingredients for a new fairytale are here : transformation, medicine, unlikely lovers, technology and a Prince. Suspend reality for half an hour and you’ll unearth the fairytale you may (not) have dreamed […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Titian | Metamorphosis

January 24, 2013

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Federico Bonelli as Actaeon and Marianela Nunez as Diana with her Nymphs in Diana and Actaeon. Photographer : Andrej Uspenski/Royal Opera House

Ballet News Reviews | Titian | Metamorphosis: A collaboration between The Royal Ballet and The National Gallery It’s not often that a book comes along that is so compelling that you find yourself totally absorbed within its pages for hours at a time. Titian | Metamorphosis is one such rarity. If you missed the Imagine : Dancing with Titian programme, […]

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Ballet News Reviews | The Fairytale Princess

December 19, 2012

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Ballet News Reviews | The Fairytale Princess This beautiful hardback book takes you into a fairytale world, with Su Blackwell’s paper sculptures made from the pages of old books, bringing Wendy Jones’s retelling of classic stories to life. There are seven stories : Cinderella, The Frog Prince, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Princess and the Pea, […]

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Ballet News Christmas Cupcakes & Conversation 2012

December 18, 2012

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ballet dancers on pointe

Ballet News Christmas Cupcakes & Conversation 2012 What does a ballet dancer do ? What happens when the curtain goes down ? The grit and the glamour : your backstage pass into ballet. It doesn’t matter whether you are new to ballet, a ballet teacher, dancer, student or someone who just loves ballet, there is always something […]

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Ballet News Recommends

December 3, 2012

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ballet christmas

Ballet News Recommends It’s been a good year for ballet books and I want to recommend my top reads for Christmas. These are the books that you can’t go wrong with, whether they are gifts to give or receive – or whether they are, as we say in my family, “presents of undying affection,.” e.g. presents you […]

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Ballet News | The Cupcake

November 30, 2012

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ballet chirstmas cupcake

Ballet News & Cupcakes Through my Cupcakes & Conversation interview series with professional ballet dancers around the globe I bring you the delights of the Cupcake, which, as we’ve seen, is suitable for any occasion. A Cupcake and a cup of tea were made for each other; throw in a 30 minute interval at the ballet and hey presto – […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Ballet | Photographs of New York City Ballet by Henry Leutwyler

November 27, 2012

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ballet dancers feet

Ballet News Reviews | Ballet by Henry Leutwyler What a year it’s been for photography books connected to ballet! Darcey Bussell’s lavish photo-biography arrived within reinforced packaging, and then we had the utterly fabulous Dancer’s Among Us from Jordan Matter; an altogether different look at dancers with a spring in their step, and now an […]

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