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Cupcakes & Conversation with Damian Smith, Principal, San Francisco Ballet

April 15, 2014

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Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Tomasson's The Fifth Season (© Erik Tomasson)

Cupcakes & Conversation with Damian Smith, Principal, San Francisco Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Getting coffee, and taking some Tylenol! But actually, breakfast – it’s my favorite meal of the day. Why ballet ? When people ask me that, my first thought is “Why not ballet?” You get the […]

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

March 20, 2014

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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 Luke Schaufuss, Artist, Birmingham Royal Ballet

February 19, 2014

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Luke Schaufuss, Artist, Birmingham Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? To answer the question bluntly; usually I’m asleep on a Monday at this time. At Birmingham Royal Ballet, we start our Mondays later. Hooray! However, the constant need to improve, and become better always helps […]

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Strictly Come Dancing | The Quarter Finals

December 7, 2013

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L - R Natalie Gumede, Artem Chigvinstev - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

Strictly Come Dancing | The Quarter Finals This week, in the quarter finals, the Swing-a-thon returns to sort the wheat from the chaff. Tonight’s Strictly Details are : Ashley and Ola Salsa to Gloria Estefan’s party tune ‘Conga’. Patrick and Anya Rumba to ‘When I Was Your Man’ by Bruno Mars. Abbey and Aljaz perform a Viennese […]

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Strictly Come Dancing week 2

October 5, 2013

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Pasha Kovalev, Rachel Riley - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

 Strictly Come Dancing week 2 This was the week that : Brucie missed the show due to illness and Claudia Winkleman stepped in Suzanna Reid “put the go in Tango” according to judge Len Goodman, though she missed a connection with her partner Kevin Despite spangled silver and gold golf trolleys & Aliona’s pink shoes, Tony […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Calvin Royal III, Corps de Ballet, American Ballet Theatre

January 1, 2013

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Calvin Royal III, Corps de Ballet, American Ballet Theatre What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Monday is my day off. So it’s usually little motivation and more sleeping in! It’s my day to get the ‘chores’ done (laundry, groceries for the week, clean the house). If we’re […]

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Strictly Come Dancing week 8

November 24, 2012

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Vincent Simone, Dani Harmer - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

Strictly Come Dancing week 8 Eight celebrities and just four weeks remaining. Dani and Vincent kick off the show with a samba to Beyoncé. Dani starts alone, sizzling with confidence in canary yellow and there is a good mix of tricky samba steps. Len thought it was brave with lots of basic steps. Bruno said […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Jake Mangakahia, Corps de ballet, The Australian Ballet

May 3, 2012

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Jake Mangakahia, Corps de ballet, The Australian Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? My alarm ha ha! t’s the want or the need to feel prepared for a day of movement ,inspiration and creativity. Why ballet ? It’s fun, exciting, beautiful, adventurous and creative! The lifestyle of […]

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Strictly Come Dancing Semi Final

December 10, 2011

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Strictly Come Dancing Semi Final week 10 Strictly Come Dancing reaches the semi final stage this week, with each couple dancing twice and a double elimination. Harry & Aliona are first onto the floor with their Charleston. It looks as though they’ve been having fun in training but will it translate to the performance ? […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Herman Cornejo, Principal, American Ballet Theatre

December 5, 2011

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Herman Cornejo, Principal, American Ballet Theatre What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? I have to admit that I’m not a morning person, but I feel very lucky to live out my dream as my job. Sometimes there’s not one specific motivation to go into the studio every morning […]

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Strictly Come Dancing – Halloween week with Swan Lake

October 29, 2011

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Strictly Come Dancing – Halloween week (5)  Last year, one of my all time favourite weeks was Halloween, because everything came together – the costumes, hair and make-up, and the dancing. 3 Tangos, 3 Pasos, 1 Samba, 1 Jive, 1 American Smooth, 1 Rhumba and 1 Quickstep. But will they match up to last year […]

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Strictly Come Dancing – it’s week 2

October 8, 2011

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Ballet News | Strictly Come Dancing – Saturday night, week 2  So, this is the first week where one celebrity will be going home; voted out by the public. Great start by Chelsee & Pasha dancing the Salsa.  Bruce called her a swizzle-stick with her fringed trews.  She does well with a very fast routine, […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Robert Gravenor, First Artist, Birmingham Royal Ballet

August 23, 2011

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Robert Gravenor, First Artist, Birmingham Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? Meditation. I use it as a practical tool to develop concentration, awareness, mindfulness of the body, determination, and positive states of mind. Why ballet? Because it hurts. Who would you most like to dance with […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Carlos Lopez, Soloist, American Ballet Theatre

August 19, 2011

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Carlos Lopez, Soloist, American Ballet Theatre Lopez has now left ABT and is freelancing. What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? It’s been a while that I haven’t had to think about that, because we usually rest on Mondays at ABT, but let’s say on Tuesdays, I’m motivated by […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Abi Boyle, Royal New Zealand Ballet

April 27, 2011

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    Cupcakes & Conversation with Abi Boyle, Royal New Zealand Ballet     What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning The feeling I get after Monday class. My body always feels good, worked, and ready for the week. Why ballet? I like the physical challenge as well as the opportunity to express […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Shelby Elsbree, corps de ballet, Royal Danish Ballet

December 23, 2010

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'Aurora's Friends' in Christopher Wheeldon's Sleeping Beauty

Cupcakes & Conversation with Shelby Elsbree, corps de ballet, Royal Danish Ballet  What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? A nice big bowl of Oatmeal served with homemade apple compote, a drizzle of maple syrup and a latté. Why ballet? I gave it a try, and fell in love with the art form, […]

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