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Ballet Business | The Science Behind Ballet

May 15, 2014

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Ballet Business | The Science Behind Ballet The expert, professional ballet dancers you see on stage today have been through rigorous, deliberate and repetitive training to become elite athletes. They keyword here is expert. ‘Expertise’ is defined in a study (1) as “the result of intense practice for a minimum of ten years.” Any sort of practice won’t do, either. The study […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Sonia Rodriguez, Principal, The National Ballet of Canada

May 8, 2014

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Sonia Rodriguez. Photo by Sian Richards.

Cupcakes & Conversation with Sonia Rodriguez, Principal, The National Ballet of Canada  What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? The challenge of pushing myself and discovering new things. I love the time in the studio where I get to develop a role or a get to discover a new way of moving. […]

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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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Boston Ballet Company head to London

July 3, 2013

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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 Adam Bull, Principal, The Australian Ballet

May 26, 2013

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Adam Bull Amber Scott in Swan Lake Photography Jim McFarlane

Cupcakes & Conversation with Adam Bull, Principal, The Australian Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? A swim in the ocean at Manly beach followed by a long macchiato. If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it ? Working in […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Ty King-Wall, Principal, The Australian Ballet

May 15, 2013

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Madeliene Eastoe Ty King Wall in Halcyon 2011 Photo by Jeff Busby

Cupcakes & Conversation with Ty King-Wall, Principal, The Australian Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Absolutely nothing! I get up at 8.30am….Not a morning person! If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it ? Insanity, and a certain level […]

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Cupcakes and Conversation with Rebecca Krohn, Principal, New York City Ballet

April 30, 2013

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Cupcakes and Conversation with Rebecca Krohn, Principal, New York City Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Tuesday morning? What gets me going on Tuesday morning is remembering that this is a career I chose to do. Ballet was never forced upon me, I do it because I love it.  Also, a big cup […]

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Scottish Ballet announces dancer promotions

March 8, 2013

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l-r: Remi Andreoni, Bethany Kingsley-Garner, Christopher Harrison and Victor Zarallo

Scottish Ballet announces dancer promotions   Christopher Harrison has been promoted to Principal. Scottish born Christopher joined Scottish Ballet in 2005 and was promoted to Soloist in 2009. Most recently performing lead roles of Drosselmeyer and the Nutcracker Prince in the company’s recent production of The Nutcracker, Christopher also represented ‘Scotland’ in the promotional images for […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Piotr Stanczyk, Principal, National Ballet of Canada

May 17, 2012

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Piotr Stanczyk in Hamlet Photo Christopher Wahl

Cupcakes & Conversation with Piotr Stanczyk, Principal, National Ballet of Canada Piotr will dance the title role in Hamlet, which makes its North American premiere on June 1 in Toronto, Canada at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. He will also perform in Chroma by Wayne McGregor, June 13 to 17, 2012.   […]

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Pacific Northwest Ballet | After Petipa

May 8, 2012

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Pacific Northwest Ballet | After Petipa Works & Process, the performing arts program at the Guggenheim to live stream   Tune in at 7:30 pm EDT  (4:30 pm Pacific) Sunday, May 13 and Monday, May 14, 2012   For over 27 years and in over 350 productions, Works & Process has offered New York audiences […]

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Ballet San Jose | A ballet company on the edge

December 14, 2011

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The snoflakes in The Nutcracker ballet

Ballet San Jose | A ballet company losing it’s direction Dennis Nahat Photograph : John Gerbetz Ballet San Jose (BSJ), a well-respected non-profit charity and the second largest ballet company in California, performs three or more repertory programmes per season (October-May) as well as Artistic Director Dennis Nahat’s The Nutcracker which has a run of only ten […]

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The Everyday Dancer by former Royal Ballet Principal Deborah Bull

September 22, 2011

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The Everyday Dancer by the Royal Ballet’s Deborah Bull with illustrations by Millicent Hodson   First things first. You absolutely need to read this book. Deborah Bull knows her subject and will take you on a journey that you may be unfamiliar with – as a dance student (male or female) or the parent/guardian of […]

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The Australian Ballet’s Andrew Killian, Amber Scott and Leanne Stojmenov prmoted to Principal

May 3, 2011

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  Amber Scott, Andrew Killian and Leanne Stojmenov. Photography James Braund Andrew Killian, Amber Scott and Leanne Stojmenov step up Ballet hat-trick as three dancers promoted to principal artist at The Australian Ballet   Audiences at the opening night of British Liaisons in Sydney experienced a triple treat tonight. It was revealed that a trio […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Lana Jones, Principal, The Australian Ballet

January 28, 2011

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  Cupcakes & Conversation with Lana Jones, Principal, The Australian Ballet In November last year Lana was promoted to Principal dancer. What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?  Breakfast. Why ballet ?  It’s forever challenging and exposes me to incredible experiences. What are you looking forward to dancing in 2011 ? Our […]

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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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Ballet News | Style Pointes

September 9, 2010

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dancer wears Chanel coat

Ballet News | Style Pointes If you’ve visited Ballet NEWS before, chances are you’ll be aware that one of my aims is to highlight the versatility of ballet dancers in mainstream channels. Who remembers Darcey Bussell’s shoot for Caroline Baker at The Sunday Times with leading photographer Anthony Crickmay, or the leather, Avengers-style catsuit she […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Megan Fairchild, Principal, New York City Ballet

July 9, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Megan Fairchild, Principal, New York City Ballet You’re going to love this interview.  Megan speaks from the heart and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is – which, as you know by now, I applaud in my interviewees.  Sit back with a cup of Earl Grey or a Margarita, pull up […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with David Makhateli, Principal, The Royal Ballet

July 6, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with David Makhateli, Principal, The Royal Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? At 8am I am still asleep! Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance? I have to say that I’ve been fortunate enough to dance with most incredible dancers such as Nina […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Laura Bösenberg, Principal, Cape Town City Ballet

June 20, 2010

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cupcakes courtesy of the Primrose Bakery, supporters of BALLET NEWS Cupcakes & Conversation with Laura Bösenberg, Principal, Cape Town City Ballet Laura, by Laura Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) is governed by a Board of Directors, with Elizabeth Triegaardt as Executive Director, responsible to the Board for all artistic and business decisions. CTCB currently employs […]

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