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Ballet Backstage | First hand account of the Olympics Closing Ceremony

August 14, 2012

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ballet dancers at olympics closing ceremony

Backstage at the Olympics Closing Ceremony & rehearsals with the ballet dancers So, what does it feel like to dance in front of an audience of 26 million people ? Last year one of the Olympics casting directors asked me to help them find hundreds of ballet dancers who could dance very strongly en pointe, and in October […]

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Darcey Bussell flies in to the Olympics Closing Ceremony on a flaming phoenix

August 13, 2012

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Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell flies in to the Olympics Closing Ceremony Retired Royal Ballet dancer Darcey Bussell spectacularly flew into the Olympic Stadium last night on a flaming phoenix to dance to a piece created by Christopher Wheeldon. As Bussell lands on the centre stage, she’s met by four male dancers – Gary Avis, Jonathan Cope, Edward Watson and Nehemiah Kish – […]

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Ballet School : behind the barre update – Ellie Sharpe wins professional contract

March 4, 2011

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Black swan dancers

“I couldn’t even bring my knees to my chest, it was painful; I could not do that. We started yoga, and yoga’s supposed to be a relaxing thing and I couldn’t do it. It was all parallel and contemporary. It was a nightmare.  So, thinking it was just tendonitis or something, or I was hoping […]

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Ballet School – behind the barre

November 11, 2010

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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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