Sylvie Guillem wows at Sadler’s Wells at the age of 46

Paris Opera Ballet prodigy and ballet veteran Sylvie Guillem dazzled audiences at Sadler’s Wells this weekend, in her self-devised mixed programme 6000 Miles Away.

Admittedly, journalist pre-lim exams and general end-of-course mayhem has caused me to neglect my blogging as of late, but when I read the glowing reviews of Guillem’s latest performance, I couldn’t help but pay her some respect.

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New ballet class in Cardiff: Gemma Brannigan’s Ballet Academy

For the past two weeks I have been going back to my classical roots, attending Gemma Brannigan’s Sunday morning ballet classes at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

The trouble with ballet classes is when you first go along, you never know what to expect. Ability can range so massively that it can be difficult to know what you’re letting yourself in for – you can find yourself in an adults advanced class with a room full of beginners, or perhaps worse, attend an advanced class strictly for professionals… and find yourself struggling to attempt a triple pirouette en pointe.

Ballet class 4

Photo: Peter Voerman, the Oude School

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REVIEW: Ballet Central 2011 Tour at ADC Theatre, Cambridge

On their fourth stop on their 2011 tour, Ballet Central gave Cambridge a solid reason why arts funding should not be cut.

With a medley of classical ballet, contemporary and jazz, the final-year students of the ballet school offered something for all tastes at the ADC Theatre on Tuesday.

Central School of Ballet. 2010/2011 tour

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REVIEW: We Will Rock You at the Wales Millennium Centre

After causing a storm in the West End for almost 10 years, We Will Rock You has embarked on a UK tour, making a one-month pit stop at Cardiff’s very own Wales Millennium Centre.

The show, written by Queen and West End legend Ben Elton, tells the story of creative youth Galileo (Popstars winner Noel Sullivan), who struggles to be individual in a futuristic world where creativity is repressed and music is computer-generated. Through going back to the rock greats of the 20th century, Galileo manages to free the world of conformity and liberate the planet.

Noel Sullivan as Galileo


RAD, ISTD and IDTA to launch first Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

Three of the leading dance boards are to collaborate to launch the first ever Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in November this year.

The event will feature UK members from the RAD, ISTD and IDTA from across the country, with the dancers performing original choreography either as a solo, couple, trio or group performance. Those who wish to enter are required to send in a video of the performance to a judging panel of professionals, who will then select a variety of acts to perform at the event.

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Review – NDC Wales Spring Tour

The National Dance Company Wales is to grace our UK stages this year with their Spring Tour – a trilogy of contemporary dance pieces choreographed by some of the biggest names in the business, created in Cardiff itself.

Quixotelands, Romance Inverse and By Singing Light make up this year’s triple bill, with the company performing two of the pieces on offer at each venue. Quixotelands, by Gustavo Raminez Sansano, and By Singing Light, by Stephen Petronio, was the line up for the preview of the NDC Wales’ Spring Tour, performed at the Dance House in the Wales Millennium Centre.

 

'By Singing Light' by Stephen Petronio, performed by NDC Wales

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Capturing Cardiff – how the dance scene is surviving budget cuts

 

The Cardiff dance scene is still battling to stay alive despite recent budget cuts, thanks to a handful of dance groups in the city.

After the announcement of the brutal curb on funding in all governmental departments, the end seemed nigh for the dance scene in Cardiff – which, in comparison to other major UK cities, is seemingly underdeveloped. However, all is not lost.

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