Category Archives: Ballet

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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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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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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Interview with Nancy Osbaldeston, ENB artist

Nancy Osbaldeston is a professional working ballerina at the English National Ballet Company. Here she talks about her role in ENB’s latest production of Romeo and Juliet, the future of ballet in the world of dance and the pros and cons of her chosen career.

Nancy dancing a solo from Don Quixote at the 2008 Prix de Lausanne

Nancy, 21, started dancing at a very young age, attending ballet classes offered at her local nursery. After keeping up the hobby throughout her childhood years, she auditioned for the part of a little girl in the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. It was this first real experience of the ballet world that inspired her to pursue a career in dance, after being “truly wowed” in playing just a tiny part of the production.

It was from this point that Nancy started to “get more serious” about her dance. She became an associate for both Northern Ballet Company and the Royal Ballet, taking extra lessons every week. At the age of 16, Nancy auditioned for seven different ballet schools up and down the country, finally settling in London with the English National Ballet school for three years.

After completing her training, Nancy was offered a contract with the English National Ballet, and has been dancing as an artist of the company for the past three years.

 

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