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Ballet News Reviews | Strictly Inspirational

January 14, 2015

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Ballet News Reviews | Strictly Inspirational Ex-Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Camilla Sacre-Dallerup writes her own story, layered with her new understanding of the mind and how to harness its power to achieve happiness, success and more. What you’ll gain from reading this book much depends on your view of self-help, life coach techniques and whether you […]

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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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Ballet News Reviews | Carlos Acosta – Pig’s Foot

October 18, 2013

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Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nunez in Scheherazade. Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Ballet News Reviews | Carlos Acosta – Pig’s Foot Carlos Acosta’s autobiography, Now Way Home : A Cuban Dancer’s Story, sold around 6,500 copies in hardback. Acosta’s debut novel, Pig’s Foot, has been picked as one of the most important literary debuts of the year by Waterstones.  For the third year running, Waterstones’ “debut literary stars of 2013” includes Pig’s Foot and they […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Ravel Girl

February 27, 2013

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Ballet News Reviews | Ravel Girl by Audrey Niffenegger This story is the beginning point for Wayne McGregor’s next premiere for The Royal Ballet. All the ingredients for a new fairytale are here : transformation, medicine, unlikely lovers, technology and a Prince. Suspend reality for half an hour and you’ll unearth the fairytale you may (not) have dreamed […]

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Ballet News Reviews | The Fairytale Princess

December 19, 2012

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Ballet News Reviews | The Fairytale Princess This beautiful hardback book takes you into a fairytale world, with Su Blackwell’s paper sculptures made from the pages of old books, bringing Wendy Jones’s retelling of classic stories to life. There are seven stories : Cinderella, The Frog Prince, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Princess and the Pea, […]

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Ballet News Christmas Cupcakes & Conversation 2012

December 18, 2012

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Ballet News Christmas Cupcakes & Conversation 2012 What does a ballet dancer do ? What happens when the curtain goes down ? The grit and the glamour : your backstage pass into ballet. It doesn’t matter whether you are new to ballet, a ballet teacher, dancer, student or someone who just loves ballet, there is always something […]

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Ballet News Reviews | dancers among us

October 19, 2012

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Wildest Dream

Ballet News reviews | dancers among us Do you remember back when you were a kid ? When your wide-eyed innocence set your imagination free and inspired you to dream ? Living in the moment, unselfconsciously, is something we forget about as adults; responsibility and routine snatching our time and blurring our thoughts.   But…. Celebratory photographs with evocative names : Meter Maid, Alone Together, Sticky Situation, Late […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Dogs don’t do Ballet

September 28, 2012

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Ballet News Reviews | Dogs don’t do Ballet by Anna Kemp “Sugar Pug Fairy Takes Ballet By Storm!” What an enchanting book!  No wonder children the world over have memorized the words in Dogs don’t do Ballet. Although in this case, they do. “Biff is not like ordinary dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Richmond Park

September 25, 2012

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Ballet News Reviews | Richmond Park by Alex Saberi It’s a great time for photography enthusiasts and professionals alike.  First we had Darcey Bussell’s wonderful photo-biography which was a visual delight and now Richmond Park, by Alex Saberi, a professional photographer who has spent 7 years compiling the exquisite photographs that document the home of The Royal Ballet […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Darcey Bussell : A Life in Pictures

September 3, 2012

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Darcey Bussell in her dressing room

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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Darcey Bussell’s Gorgeous, Extravagant, New Photo-Biography

August 29, 2012

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Darcey Bussell in her dressing room

 Darcey Bussell | Photo-Biography | First look at the photos I’m not (yet) allowed to tell you all about Darcey Bussell’s new photo-biography, but I can say that this covetable book is in a league of it’s own and for that reason alone I encourage you to pre-order, especially the Limited Edition boxed and signed version – […]

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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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Ballet News Selects… an outfit for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend

May 28, 2012

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Ballet News Selects… an outfit for the Diamond Jubilee This weekend the celebrations for HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will really take off – and it’s a long weekend here in the UK. The Thames River Pageant on Sunday 3rd of June promises to be a highlight, and street parties are being organised up and down the land, but […]

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Ballet News Reviews | The Healthy Dancer – ABT Guidelines for Dancer Health

May 6, 2012

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Ballet News Reviews | The Healthy Dancer – ABT Guidelines for Dancer Health Taking their responsibilities as a national ballet company resposibly, American Ballet Theatre brought together a medical advisory board to help with health guidelines in their National Training Curriculum. The medical professionals involved were from a wide range of disciplines – physical therapy, sports […]

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Easter Cupcakes & Conversation

March 30, 2012

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Easter Cupcakes & Conversation “The grit and the glamour; your backstage pass into ballet.” The latest Edition of the ‘Cupcakes & Conversation’ interview series with professional ballet dancers is hot off the press now, just in time for Easter! It doesn’t matter whether you are new to ballet, a teacher, dancer or someone who just […]

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Ballet News Reviews| Sophie Flack’s Bunheads

February 22, 2012

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Ballet News Reviews| Sophie Flack’s Bunheads Ex New York City Ballet dancer Sophie Flack’s debut novel, Bunheads, draws heavily on her own experiences of life within a ballet company at the Corps de Ballet level. Flack danced with New York City Ballet for nine years in the Corps. Bunhead, a pejorative term used to describe a […]

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T is for Tutu | A Ballet Alphabet

November 1, 2011

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T is for tutu – an alphabetic introduction into ballet Do you have a young dancer in your house ? T is for Tutu is a scrumptious, adorable book filled with beautiful, colour paintings by Wilson Ong which they will love. In a large size format, the paintings bring the letters of the ballet alphabet to life and […]

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Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2012

October 31, 2011

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Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2012 Who would have thought that Strictly would be back for a ninth series ? So far we’ve seen new choreographic ideas, with Artem Chigvintsev and Holly Valance dancing to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake music; Holly dressed as Black Swan, and we’ve seen several celebrities leave the show – including the shock […]

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Ballet News | The Top 5 Ballet Books

October 13, 2011

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Ballet News | The Top 5 ballet reads There are many books, both fiction and non-fiction, where the author has taken classical ballet as their subject.  I’ve reviewed quite a few of them for Ballet News over time, and my choice here represents my absolute must-have reading. It didn’t even take any debate – they are all outstanding […]

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Ballet NEWS : Kindle & Cupcakes – your backstage pass into ballet

December 13, 2010

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Kindle, books, Amazon

Amazon’s top-selling e-reader, the Kindle is aimed at readers who want to get straight to the heart of a book – the content – rather than, say, those who like to see the cover of the book or the author’s photograph, smell the pages or actually ‘pick up a book’ to read. It’s a neat way of getting to the […]

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