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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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Cupcakes & Conversation with Iain Mackay, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet

March 20, 2014

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Grosse Fuge Iain Mackay photo Roy Smiljanic

Cupcakes & Conversation with Iain Mackay, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? My four year old son Oscar gets me out of bed every day of the week, usually around  7.30am and always with a smile on his face. He’s so funny and happy in the morning, […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Jim Nowakowski, Demi Soloist, Houston Ballet

February 28, 2014

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Jim Nowakowski Photo Amitava Sarkar

Cupcakes & Conversation with Jim Nowakowski, Demi Soloist, Houston Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Well on Monday’s Houston Ballet does not work, so I would have to say the luxury of planning my own day and doing whatever I want, be with my friends, or just have “me” time. […]

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Ballet News No.1 UK ballet facebook page

September 23, 2013

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Ballet News World Exclusive illustration by Noemi Manalang

Ballet News No.1 UK ballet facebook page Ballet News – the only professionally written website focusing on classical ballet – leads the UK’s ballet field on facebook. Launched on facebook on 10th January 2010, the Ballet News facebook page has surpassed 124,000 ‘likes’, making it the number one page on that social media platform relating to classical ballet in the […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Bethany Kingsely-Garner, Soloist, Scottish Ballet

August 3, 2013

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Bethany Kingsley – Garner in Scottish Ballet’s production of Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling. Photograph by Andy Ross.

Cupcakes & Conversation with Bethany Kingsely-Garner, Soloist, Scottish Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? Coffee, sunshine, and knowing that I get to do a job that I love. If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it? It constantly challenges […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Christopher Harrison, Principal, Scottish Ballet

July 24, 2013

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Christopher Harrison and Sophie Martin in Scottish Ballet’s EIF promotional pictures. Photo by Graham Wylie

Cupcakes & Conversation with Christopher Harrison, Principal, Scottish Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? A shower and a coffee. Along with some music to help me get in the right frame of mind. If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you […]

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Boston Ballet Company head to London

July 3, 2013

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Ballet News World Exclusive illustration by Noemi Manalang

Boston Ballet Company head to London As Boston Ballet head into town for a hotly anticipated week of performances, here’s a round-up of my interviews with their dancers across the ranks, for Ballet News. Cupcakes & Conversation with Erica Cornejo, Principal, Boston Ballet Cupcakes & Conversation with John Lam, Soloist, Boston Ballet Cupcakes & Conversation with Sylvia […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Dreda Blow, Soloist, Northern Ballet

June 20, 2013

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Dreda Blow as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream Photo Jason Tozer

Cupcakes & Conversation with Dreda Blow, Soloist, Northern Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? I really enjoy my work so I don’t really have trouble motivating myself on a Monday morning. It is, however, tough to get your motor running again after a few days off. I love breakfast and […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Nancy Osbaldeston, Artist, English National Ballet

June 19, 2013

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Nancy Osbaldeston, Artist, English National Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Knowing I get paid to do what I love for a living. If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it ? I would say […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Brooke Widdison-Jacobs, Artist, West Australian Ballet

May 21, 2013

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Brooke Widdison-Jacobs, Artist,  West Australian Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? Well, to be honest, I do need my coffee in the morning but as soon as that kicks in I am excited to start the week. You never know what kind of rehearsals you will have […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Wendy Whelan, Principal, New York City Ballet

December 12, 2012

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Wendy Whelan, Principal, New York City Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? What motivates me and gets me out of bed in the morning on the first work day of the week is knowing that I will have the privilege of working with a choreographer or […]

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Ballet News | The Cupcake

November 30, 2012

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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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Cupcakes & Conversation revisited

August 30, 2012

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Cupcakes & Conversation | looking at the stats It’s that time of year when it’s possible to take a bit of time to analyse the business and in particular, today, I wanted to highlight the immensely popular Cupcakes & Conversation interview series, which has been running since 2009. Looking at the breakdown of how many interviewees […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation …

August 21, 2012

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Cupcakes & Conversation … There are now four volumes of my interview series with professional ballet dancers called Cupcakes & Conversation with ..  From the back cover : “The grit and the glamour; your backstage pass into ballet.” It doesn’t matter whether you are new to ballet, a teacher, dancer or someone who just loves ballet, there is […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Sarah Van Patten, Principal, San Francisco Ballet

August 17, 2012

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Sarah Van Patten and Pierre Francois-Vilanoba in Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour Erik Tomasson

Cupcakes & Conversation with Sarah Van Patten, Principal, San Francisco Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? If Monday is the start of a new ballet then it’s always exciting to see what will be created. I love seeing what can evolve from nothing. I’m also always excited, not only by the […]

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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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Exposed : The ballet dancer capturing it all

July 24, 2012

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The ballet dancer’s snapshot Anecdotal evidence suggests that a higher than average proportion of professional ballet dancers use a camera (often a high-end model) as a hobby and a way of recording the backstage preparations and after-show celebrations. You often find dancers at the side of the stage capturing the action. It’s easy to see why; visual by nature, […]

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Ballet News Selects… Cupcakes!

July 12, 2012

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cupcakes with ballet dancer toppers

Ballet News Selects… something different Who doesn’t love a cupcake ? There comes a certain time of the day – usually about 4pm – when a cup of tea and a cupcake just makes good sense. Here on Ballet News you can enjoy the long-running Cupcakes & Conversation interview series with professional ballet dancers (including just-promoted Meaghan Grace Hinkis from The […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Meaghan Grace Hinkis, First Artist, The Royal Ballet

July 11, 2012

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ballet dancer in jete on stage

Cupcakes & Conversation with Meaghan Grace Hinkis, First Artist, The Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? Eight am on a Monday morning, I am usually really looking forward to learning some new and exciting rep. The Royal Ballet has such a diverse repertory and each week we typically begin rehearsals for […]

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Ballet Business | Fundraising

June 11, 2012

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Ballet Business | the business of fundraising “It’s my dream. There’s nothing else I want to do.”  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that. Dreams are vital and if you’ve got to the stage where you need to be thinking about fundraising – well done! The transition of dream to reality begins […]

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