Tag Archives: Monica Mason

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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Darcey’s Ballerina Heroines

February 24, 2014

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Darcey’s Ballerina Heroines As courtesans, fashion icons, political pawns and international celebrities, the great ballerinas have played a multitude of roles both on and off the stage. They have moved from the courts of kings to stages around the globe, from the highs of public adoration to the lows of injury and scandal. But few […]

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ROYAL BALLET LIVE CINEMA SEASON

June 25, 2013

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ROYAL BALLET LIVE CINEMA SEASON TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2013/14 SEASON Tickets for the entire ROH Live Cinema Season 2013/14 are now on sale. The 2013/14 Season sees the expansion of the ROH Live Cinema Season through a new partnership with Mr Wolf Presents which will build on the achievements of ROH Cinema to date and accelerate global […]

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Ballet Gala Celebration | In a class of their own

September 18, 2012

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Ballet Gala Celebration | In a class of their own   A Gala Evening Performance CELEBRATION! ‘In a class of their own’ Featuring stars of The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Strictly Come Dancing, West End Productions and many more well-known artists who have generously agreed to perform. Directed by Wayne Sleep, Royal […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Darcey Bussell : A Life in Pictures

September 3, 2012

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Darcey Bussell : A Life in Pictures Darcey Bussell needs no introduction.  Known throughout the ballet world and far beyond its structured borders, Bussell defines what it is to combine very rare talent with exxceptionally good manners : in other words, a prima ballerina and a really lovely lady to boot. Putting together this photographic memoir, partly so […]

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Ballet News Previews : Imagine Dancing with Tititan

July 23, 2012

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Ballet News Previews : Imagine, Dancing with Tititan The Royal Ballet’s recent run of Metamorphosis : Titian 2012 is the subject of a documentary screened tomorrow evening as part of Imagine on BBC One. Going backstage to the start of the collaborative process instigated by out-going Artistic Director Monica Mason, the programme looks at each […]

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SECOND INTERNATIONAL DANCE TEACHER CONFERENCE

July 18, 2012

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SECOND INTERNATIONAL DANCE TEACHER CONFERENCE After the success of the first International Dance Teacher Conference (IDTC) by International Dance Supplies (IDS) in August 2011, Anne Walker MBE and the IDS team have been working hard to make the second IDTC even more exciting for Dance Teachers.   With several of last year’s popular faculty members […]

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The Royal Ballet | Metamorphosis: Titian 2012

July 17, 2012

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The Royal Ballet | Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 Currently in rep at the Royal Opera House, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 is a unique collaboration set up by the Royal Ballet’s out-going Artistic Director Monica Mason as a bold way of looking to the future of dance (though she is not actually ‘leaving’ and will return next season part time as a […]

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The Royal Ballet’s Ed Watson & Monica Mason | Awards at the Oliviers 2012

April 15, 2012

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Press Release: London, Sunday 15 April  2012 OLIVIER AWARDS WITH MASTERCARD AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LONDON ·      SENSATIONAL NEW RECORD OF SEVEN OLIVIER AWARDS WINS FOR MATILDA THE MUSICAL, WITH LIVE LINK TO BEST DIRECTOR MATTHEW WARCHUS RECEIVING HIS AWARD FROM JAMES EARL JONES IN NEW YORK  ·      BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH […]

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English National Ballet announces Tamara Rojo as its new Artistic Director

April 13, 2012

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English National Ballet announces Tamara Rojo as its new Artistic Director This morning the news has been officially released that Royal Ballet Principal dancer Tamara Rojo has been appointed Artistic Director of English National Ballet. Is this the worst-kept secret in ballet ? In part, yes; due to an inadvertently premature tweet from a broadcaster that was picked […]

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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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Royal Ballet News | Sergei Polunin resigns

January 24, 2012

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Royal Ballet News | Sergei Polunin resigns A statement from The Royal Ballet Dame Monica Mason announced this afternoon that Principal Sergei Polunin has resigned from The Royal Ballet with immediate effect. Born in the Ukraine, Sergei joined The Royal Ballet in 2007 from The Royal Ballet School. He rose rapidly through the ranks and […]

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Ballet Business | Dancing on paper

December 19, 2011

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Ballet Business| Dancing on paper | Choreography Central As part of the Ballet News Choreography Central series of in-depth features going backstage to find out who & what brings ballet to life, today’s subject answers the question : how do you write movement, in this case ballet, and what are the practical applications of being able to do so ? What is Benesh Movement Notation (BMN) ? […]

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The Royal Ballet’s Artistic Director Dame Monica Mason DBE receives QEII Coronation Award

December 9, 2011

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Dame Monica Mason DBE with RAD President Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE and Clement Crisp. Photo credit: Mark Lees.

The Royal Ballet’s Artistic Director Dame Monica Mason DBE receives QEII Coronation Award The Royal Academy of Dance has presented its most prestigious award, the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Coronation Award to Dame Monica Mason DBE, Director of The Royal Ballet, in appreciation of her lifetime contribution to dance. Celebrations were held on 8 December […]

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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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Cupcakes & Conversation with Alexander Campbell, Soloist, The Royal Ballet

August 7, 2011

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Alexander Campbell, Soloist, The Royal Ballet Alexander Campbell has until recently danced with Birmingham Royal Ballet, and I’ve often noted his dancing in my reviews. It’s great news that he has been offered a soloist contract with The Royal Ballet and you can see him dancing with the company from the […]

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The Royal Ballet announces Kevin O’Hare as new director

June 14, 2011

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KEVIN O’HARE APPOINTED NEW DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL BALLET PRESS RELEASE 14 June 2011, 10.30AM   Simon Robey, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Opera House, announced today the appointment of Kevin O’Hare as Director of The Royal Ballet following the retirement of Dame Monica Mason in July 2012. Kevin O’Hare has […]

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The Royal Ballet Season details for 2011/12

April 13, 2011

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Today The Royal Ballet has announced it’s plans for Monica Mason’s final season as Artistic Director. Since 1987 Mason has been involved with the direction of the company to some degree, first as Anthony Dowell’s assistant, then Assistant Director, though Acting Director and finally in December 2002 as Director.  This year we have been told that there is […]

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The Royal Ballet : Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland World Premiere

March 1, 2011

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland The Royal Ballet Covent Garden, London Monday, February 28th 2011 How hard is it really, to put together a brand new full evening story ballet ?  Not hard at all, if you have the right team. The Royal Ballet has been missing pieces of the puzzle for twenty years,  but it stops […]

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Breaking Ballet NEWS | National Dance Award winners 2011

January 24, 2011

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Breaking Ballet NEWS | National Dance Award winners 2011

Today the winners of the National Dance Awards 2011 were announced at Sadlers Wells, London.  Recently I published the full list of finalists. Patron of the Awards, Dame Beryl Grey says: “I am delighted that the awards are now entering their second decade and have established an important, permanent and valuable place in the annual dance calendar. […]

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