Tag Archives: Claudia Dean

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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Ballet News Reviews | The Royal Ballet 14/15

November 4, 2014

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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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Genée finalists get a place at Scottish Ballet for the Hansel & Gretel premiere season

November 20, 2013

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Genée finalists get a place at Scottish Ballet for the Hansel & Gretel premiere season   The Genée international Ballet Competition proves to be a great springboard for aspiring professional dancers once again. This year’s Genée, held in Glasgow, saw 58 candidates enter from 14 different countries. After a week of intensive training and competition […]

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Claudia Dean – The Royal Ballet’s Chosen One| In Photographs

November 15, 2013

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Claudia Dean – The Royal Ballet’s Chosen One | In Photographs I recently interviewed Claudia Dean ahead of her debut as The Chosen One in The Royal Ballet’s The Rite of Spring by Kenneth MacMillan. Today I can add a performance photograph to compliment those in rehearsal that you saw earlier.

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The Royal Ballet’s Chosen One

November 5, 2013

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The Royal Ballet’s Chosen One | Claudia Dean Picture the scene. You’re in the Corps de ballet. You receive an email informing you that you have been chosen to perform a Principal role.  Your first thought : this must have been sent to me by mistake, surely ? No mistake. For Royal Ballet Corps dancer […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Dancers – Behind the scenes with The Royal Ballet

March 25, 2013

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Ballet News Reviews | Dancers – Behind the scenes with The Royal Ballet There are, from my experience as a commissioning editor, just a couple of exceptional ballet photographers. I can count them on the fingers of one hand and I’d still be able to pour the tea. By exceptional I mean a photographer who goes beyond the capabilities of their camera, […]

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Royal Ballet Live

March 28, 2012

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Royal Ballet Live | Highlights Last Friday, March 23rd, The Royal Ballet launched a first for them – Royal Ballet Live; a live streaming day showing daily class, rehearsals, interviews and an Insight Evening, with their media partner The Guardian. The trailer for Royal Ballet Live asked the question, “have you ever wondered what it takes […]

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Ballet Business | How to be a media-savvy ballet dancer or student

February 20, 2012

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Ballet Business | How to work with the media In an earlier feature, How to get into ballet, I outlined the early stages of a ballet career and some of the pitfalls you might want to watch out for. As part & parcel of your professional ballet career – a visual art form – photographs of you could (and hopefully, will) end up in the media – here on Ballet […]

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The Royal Ballet promotions, joiners and leavers for the 2011/12 season

September 20, 2011

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Promotions, joiners and leavers for The Royal Ballet’s 2011/12 season Akane Takada and Emma Maguire become Soloists  The Royal Ballet’s Akane Takada and Emma Maguire have been promoted to Soloists in the recent Company promotions. Akane Takada, 21 from Japan, joined The Royal Ballet in 2008 as a Prix de Lausanne Dancer and was promoted […]

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The Royal Ballet Yearbook 2011/12

September 8, 2011

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The Royal Ballet Yearbook 2011/12 reviewed There’s no doubt that this is an attractive book; it’s unusual size and striking photograph on the cover (Lauren Cuthbertson and Sergei Polunin from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) will draw you in.  What happens when you delve inside ? The annual Yearbook is a curious mix of looking back […]

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From Student to Star | The Royal Ballet’s Tomáš Mock

August 16, 2011

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From Student to Star | The Royal Ballet’s Tomáš Mock Tomáš Mock is one of only three students at The Royal Ballet School to be offered a contract with the company (the others are Claudia Dean and Francesca Hayward). It’s a great achievement and yet, as you can read here, Mock is ready for more challenges […]

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From Student to Star – The Royal Ballet’s Claudia Dean

August 2, 2011

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For a few months and across continents I’ve been catching up with Claudia Dean, one of this years graduates of The Royal Ballet School.  Dean begins work this month with The Royal Ballet, one of only three students in her year to be awarded contracts with the company. I mentioned Dean in both my reviews of […]

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The Royal Ballet School Annual Performance 2011

July 11, 2011

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The Royal Ballet School Annual Performance at the Royal Opera House The Royal Ballet School Annual Performance 8th July 2011 The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Dedicating this performance to its founder, Dame Ninette de Valois (actually by birth, Edris Stannus), The Royal Ballet School chose her carefully choreographed game of chess to open the […]

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BRITS SHINE AT GENÉE INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION 2010

November 22, 2010

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BRITS SHINE AT GENÉE INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION 2010 FRANCESCA HAYWARD AND SEAN BATES WIN SILVER MEDALS      21 November 2010, LONDON — Recognised as one of the ballet world’s most prestigious competitions and the flagship event of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) the Genée International Ballet Competition 2010 finished in top form, as […]

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The Royal Ballet School Annual Matinee

July 12, 2010

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The Royal Ballet School Annual Matinee Royal Opera House 11th July 2010 The incomparable Défilé Photograph :  Johan Persson Gailene Stock, Director of the Royal Ballet School (RBS) says that this performance is the highlight of the year for all concerned. It’s mine too. It fair takes my breath away to see how accomplished the students […]

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