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The Washington Ballet Announces New Dancers, Promotions

August 19, 2015

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The Washington Ballet Announces New Dancers, Promotions   WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Washington Ballet has announced the addition of seven new Company members, three new apprentices and five new Studio Company members for the 2015-2016 season, making up the largest Company and Studio Company the organization has known to date. This illustrious collaboration of artists represents […]

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Ballet and Fine Art Photography

December 14, 2012

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ENB photography exhibition

Ballet and Fine Art Photography Yesterday I reviewed English National Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum, and in addition to the performance, four company dancers have mounted an exhibition of their photography at the Orchestra Stalls Level. It’s well worth a look if you have a ticket for the ballet. If not, take […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Andile Ndlovu, The Washington Ballet

June 2, 2012

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Andile Ndlovu by Steve Vaccariello

Cupcakes & Conversation with Andile Ndlovu, The Washington Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Nothing really motivates me on a Monday.  I do not like Mondays as it is the first day of the week. Why ballet ? I do ballet because it is not a stereotypical activity that people […]

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Ballet Business | How to be a media-savvy ballet dancer or student

February 20, 2012

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Photograph by Cheryl Angear

Ballet Business | How to work with the media In an earlier feature, How to get into ballet, I outlined the early stages of a ballet career and some of the pitfalls you might want to watch out for. As part & parcel of your professional ballet career – a visual art form – photographs of you could (and hopefully, will) end up in the media – here on Ballet […]

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English National Ballet | The Nutcracker reviewed

December 28, 2011

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Venus Villa and Yonah Acosta

English National Ballet | The Nutcracker reviewed | Debut by Venus Villa & Yonah Acosta The Nutcracker English National Ballet London Coliseum Boxing Day, 26th December 2011 Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s novel written in 1816, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, The Nutcracker ballet was originally conceived as an entertaining add-on to follow […]

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English National Ballet | The Nutcracker starring Venus Villa & Yonah Acosta

December 21, 2011

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two ballet dancers in reherasal for The Nutcracker

English National Ballet | The Nutcracker Back in October I published The Nutcracker casting for English National Ballet’s new production.  Ballet News favourites Venus Villa and Yonah Acosta take centre stage in December : Casting in order of Clara, Nephew/Prince, and the Nutcracker * Monday 26 December 2:30pm (F) Venus Villa, Yonah Acosta and Laurent Liotardo F […]

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English National Ballet | The Nutcracker casting

October 31, 2011

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ballet dancers in The Nutcracker

English National Ballet | The Nutcracker casting London Coliseum 8- 30 December Book online 0871 911 0200 Casting for English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker is as follows (on 26th and 28th December you can see Ballet News favourite Venus Villa take on the principal role with Yonah Acosta, both seen here rehearsing for a gala) […]

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Ashanti Ballet Gala

September 16, 2011

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 Ballet Gala in aid of Ashanti Development – A Dream of Africa A Dream of Africa is an annual charity gala in aid of Ashanti Development.  Please find below a gallery of images from the gala, held on Sunday evening in London. Photography throughout © Fotini Christofilopoulou. All Rights Reserved. No unauthorized reproduction. [nggallery id=17]

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Ballet Gala – Ashanti Development

September 8, 2011

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Ballet Gala – Ashanti Development The programme for Sunday’s Ballet Gala in aid of Ashanti Developoment is : Welcome by William Carslake Carnaval de Venise Pas de deux – Venus Villa & Fernando Montano                                 Still Moving Pas de Deux by Simon Rice – Hubert Essakow & Paul Liburd             Violin & Piano – Saint-Saens Havanaise                                                                      Frozen  Vanessa […]

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English National Ballet’s star Venus Villa heads for Miami

July 1, 2011

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Venus Villa, from English National Ballet, dances in gala performance in Florida Last weekend Venus Villa headed to Miami, Florida, to dance in the Florida Classical Ballet Summer Gala. Dancing Le Sylphide with Isaac Hernandez, a soloist from San Francisco Ballet, the pair showed off their virtuoso style with a beautiful & very well received performance. Photography […]

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Ballet News World Exclusive : Venus Villa & Yonah Acosta reach for the stars

April 5, 2011

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Venus Villa in a jete

Recently I caught up with Ballet News favourite Venus Villa, who was rehearsing with Carlos Acosta’s nephew Yonah Acosta. Yonah recently completed his training in Cuba and has joined English National Ballet as a First Artist.  His technique and partnering are already well defined, and I reviewed his first performance for the company, in Suite en […]

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Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet – The Nutcracker diaries

March 20, 2011

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dancer practices high lift

The last episode of Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet airs this Tuesday on BBC Four at 9pm.  This week the film focuses on preparations for The Nutcracker, their 10th production. 75% of this version was created by Artistic Director Wayne Eagling for the Dutch National Ballet, with the remaining 25% to be […]

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Ballet NEWS | English National Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet @ The London Coliseum

January 6, 2011

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a ballet dancer jetes across the stage

Romeo & Juliet English National Ballet London Coliseum 5th January 2011 Watching Rudolf Nureyev’s production of Romeo & Juliet is the balletic equivalent of a dusty fist of wind in your face – life and death is summarily dealt with just as it was in the Italian Renaissance era. Try not to blink.  As I […]

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Ballet Gala in aid of The Honeypot Charity reviewed

November 8, 2010

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Ballet Gala in aid of Honeypot Charity Britten Theatre November 7th 2010 Galas can be tricky.  You could have presenters to introduce each piece, which the audience can tire of; you can choose standard gala fare which again, can put people off, or you can be bold and brave.  Mara Galeazzi did just that when […]

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Behind the scenes with Royal Ballet dancer Celisa Diuana as she rehearses for Ballet Gala

November 1, 2010

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two dancers in the studio practicing a split move

Last weekend, Celisa Diuana found time during her incredibly busy schedule to arrange her third rehearsal for one of three ballet’s she will dance for the Ballet Gala in aid of the Honeypot Charity on November 7th.  I recently interviewed Diuana and published a behind-the-scenes snapshot of the photo shoot which accompanied the piece.  The […]

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Latest casting for charity Ballet Gala on November 7th

October 28, 2010

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a poster for a ballet gala

This wonderful ballet Gala night has been arranged to support the Honeypot charity, which is a great cause.  Honeypot provides respite holidays and on-going outreach support to young carers and children at risk.  All of the dancers have been rehearsing on their day off – usually only a Sunday – to bring this fabulous collection of […]

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BREAKING BALLET NEWS – unmissable Ballet Gala next month

October 13, 2010

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On Sunday November 7th, a collection of your favourite ballet dancers are getting together in London to dance in aid of charity. You may remember Celisa Diuana from my recent interview and photoshoot, with this video from behind the scenes : I’m pleased to be able to announce that Celisa will be dancing several pieces […]

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BALLET NEWS | English National Ballet, Northern Ballet & the Ballet NEWS competition winner

December 31, 2009

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competition winner outside ENB

NEW YEAR HONOURS Huge congratulations to Northern Ballet Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE. The New Year Honours list has been published today. ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET Emma Stanworth attending English National Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker Our recent competition winner, Emma Stanworth, attended a performance of ENB’s The Nutcracker.  Emma said afterwards “it was beautiful, utterly amazing! […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Venus Villa, First Artist, English National Ballet

December 1, 2009

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  Cupcakes & conversation with Venus Villa, First Artist, English National Ballet Venus Villa has been nominated for The Emerging Dancer Award, which is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture the phenomenal talent of their up-and-coming dancers. The Award encourages excellence and potential within the Company, with the winner being awarded a […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Esteban Berlanga, Soloist, English National Ballet

November 25, 2009

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Esteban Berlanga

Cupcakes & conversation with Esteban Berlanga, Soloist, English National Ballet Berlanga has been nominated in the OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL) category of the National Dance Awards.  The other nominees in this category are :  Tobias Batley / Northern Ballet, Esteban Berlanga / English National Ballet, Sergei Polunin /The Royal Ballet. Berlanga has also been nominated in […]

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