Tag Archives: Soloist

Cupcakes & Conversation with Giuliano Contadini, Soloist, Northern Ballet

January 6, 2014

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Giuliano Contadini, Soloist, Northern Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? My special protein shake. It wakes me up much faster than my alarm. If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it ? It’s the […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Bethany Kingsely-Garner, Soloist, Scottish Ballet

August 3, 2013

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Bethany Kingsley – Garner in Scottish Ballet’s production of Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling. Photograph by Andy Ross.

Cupcakes & Conversation with Bethany Kingsely-Garner, Soloist, Scottish Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning? Coffee, sunshine, and knowing that I get to do a job that I love. If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it? It constantly challenges […]

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Boston Ballet Company head to London

July 3, 2013

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Ballet News World Exclusive illustration by Noemi Manalang

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 Victoria Sibson, Soloist, Northern Ballet

June 4, 2013

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Victoria Sibson as Lady de Winter in Northern Ballet's Three Musketeers Photo by Merlin Hendy

Cupcakes & Conversation with Victoria Sibson, Soloist, Northern Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? First days of the week are really difficult so I would have to say that knowing you’re not the only one going through it makes you feel better! The motivation to want to start maybe new […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Ashley Laracey, Soloist, New York City Ballet

April 21, 2013

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Ashley Laracey, Soloist, New York City Ballet What motivates you at 8 a.m. on a Tuesday morning?  The alarm rings at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning. A few minutes prior to the alarm, our automatic coffee pot begins brewing our favorite Whole Foods blend. The smell of coffee motivates me to get […]

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SOUTH AFRICAN MZANSI BALLET AUDITIONS FOR MALE AND FEMALE DANCERS

March 28, 2013

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SOUTH AFRICAN MZANSI BALLET AUDITIONS FOR MALE AND FEMALE DANCERS AUDITIONS FOR MALE AND FEMALE DANCERS 29 and 30 APRIL 2013   SOUTH AFRICAN MZANSI BALLET (SAMB) JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA South African Mzansi Ballet will hold open auditions for male and female dancers of Senior Corps de Ballet and Soloist levels to fill short-term contracts.  […]

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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 Li Jia-bo, Soloist, The Hong Kong Ballet

January 27, 2013

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Li Jia-bo, Soloist, The Hong Kong Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Realizing that there are still so many interesting and challenging creations to be completed. Why ballet? Ballet chose me when I was a boy, then I started to appreciate and love ballet, and turned […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Sasha De Sola, Soloist, San Francisco Ballet

October 10, 2012

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Sasha De Sola, Soloist, San Francisco Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? My husband Josh! He is always there to love and encourage me and I am so grateful for that. I am also motivated by the prospect of working on any of the ballets that […]

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Exposed : The ballet dancer capturing it all

July 24, 2012

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The ballet dancer’s snapshot Anecdotal evidence suggests that a higher than average proportion of professional ballet dancers use a camera (often a high-end model) as a hobby and a way of recording the backstage preparations and after-show celebrations. You often find dancers at the side of the stage capturing the action. It’s easy to see why; visual by nature, […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Yuriko Kajiya, Soloist, American Ballet Theatre

March 6, 2012

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Yuriko Kajiya, Soloist, American Ballet Theatre What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Work on whatever ballet/role I’m working at the time and make more progress. What are you looking forward to dancing this year ? I have a première of Giselle coming up on March 25th in […]

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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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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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Scottish Ballet promotions

July 13, 2011

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PRESS INFORMATION From:             Scottish Ballet         Released:     Wednesday 13 July 2011                 Ballet promotions  Scottish Ballet would like to announce that the following dancers have been promoted: Luke Ahmet has been promoted to Soloist, and Quenby Hersh, Sophie Laplane and Owen Thorne have all been promoted to Coryphée.   Luke has been with Scottish Ballet since 2003 and has danced […]

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New York City Ballet’s Kathryn Morgan signs pointe shoes for Ballet NEWS

October 27, 2010

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New York City Ballet’s Kathryn Morgan signs pointe shoes for Ballet NEWS

One year ago today, New York City Ballet dancer was promoted to Soloist. To celebrate her anniversary and on-going achievements, I have a pair of Kathryn’s pointe shoes to give away to one lucky reader. Kathryn has set two questions – it’s up to you whether you answer either or both – the first is […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Melissa Hough, Soloist, Houston Ballet

July 30, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Melissa Hough, Soloist, Houston Ballet What prompted your move to Houston Ballet ? I have been with Boston Ballet for seven years and I’ve been feeling the need to change for quite some time. I’ve always liked Boston Ballet’s size and Houston Ballet has about the same number of dancers. I’m […]

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English National Ballet | The story of a Swan Lake tutu

June 2, 2010

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Swan Lake and its iconic tutus Think of a traditional Swan Lake and then magnify the spectacle. English National Ballet’s in-the-round version has 60 swans gliding across the stage together – a traditional production might have only 20. For the busy wardrobe department, this makes a lot of work, and is one of the elements of […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Lia Cirio, Soloist, Boston Ballet

May 11, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Lia Cirio, Soloist, Boston Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Coffee and my kitty, Lady:) What are you looking forward to dancing this year ? Right now I am looking forward to dancing Terpsichore in Apollo, the principal role in Theme & Variations, and Kylian’s Black […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Ellen Bar, Soloist, New York City Ballet

April 26, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Ellen Bar, Soloist, New York City Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? That would have to be a Tuesday morning, since Monday’s are our day off. I don’t really have trouble motivating to get to class and rehearsal; it’s just a part of life. I save […]

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