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Posted 12 August 2011 - 10:05 PM

Danielle Rowe is promoted to principal at Houston Ballet. Item in brief, with photo.

At the performance’s conclusion, artistic director Stanton Welch, principal ballet master Louise Lester and ballet master Steven Woodgate appeared on stage with a surprise announcement honoring Danielle Rowe with a promotion to principal dancer.



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Posted 12 August 2011 - 10:07 PM

An interview with dancer Kimiho Hulbert by Kris Kosaka in The Japan Times.

Hulbert came to live in Japan at the age of 5. Her mother, Mitsuyo Kishibe, continued to dance professionally before opening a ballet school in the Tokyo area. Since Hulbert had already started international school in Belgium, she enrolled in Seisen International School in Yoga, Setagaya Ward.

Her life soon became separated into two spheres, areas that did not necessarily support each other, as Hulbert was more dedicated to dance than the academic rigor of an international school. "School could not always support my focus on ballet, and my ballet world was a mostly Japanese world. I found it difficult in the beginning to adapt to the differences," she said.



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Posted 12 August 2011 - 10:11 PM

A review of the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet in 'La Bayadere' by Clement Crisp in The Financial Times.

http://www.ft.com/cm...l#ixzz1Ut2QwtU4


On Thursday night, as the Mariinsky Ballet entered the closing days of its season, I – and, I’d venture, many of the audience – were profoundly moved by the last act of Petipa’s La Bayadère. It has been a treasure in the Petersburg repertory since 1877. The company dances this hallowed staging with a unique grace of means: it is theirs, and they show us how glorious it can be in the theatre.



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Posted 12 August 2011 - 10:24 PM

Secrets of keeping fit and the favorite moisturizers of Mick Jagger.

In the build-up to a tour, Sir Mick runs eight miles a day, swims, kickboxes and cycles, as well as maintaining a strict strength and conditioning programme in the gym.

For balance, he takes ballet lessons and studies yoga and pilates. While on tour, he warms up on a treadmill, but cuts back on the intensity of his training because of the energy he expends on stage. In a typical show (the Stones’ stages are 100ft wide by 50ft deep) he covers 12 miles.



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Posted 13 August 2011 - 04:11 PM

A complete recording of Verdi's ballet music is due from Naxos next year.

Giuseppe Verdi started including ballets in his operas upon the request of the Paris Opera, but often omitted them from his published scores. The double CD of Verdi's complete ballet music scores, produced by Naxos, is scheduled for worldwide release in March 2012. Naxos has released recordings of Serebrier's compositions in the past, including his Symphony No. 1.



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Posted 13 August 2011 - 04:14 PM

An item on the reported theft of costumes from the Manhattan Youth Ballet.

A whopping four months ago the dance company realized that the tutus were missing. Now in August the report has been filed with the police. What took so long? If the tutus really were worth $16,000, the theft should have been reported right away. The dance company says they spent the questionable amount of time trying to find those tutus. How many hiding places do they have in that dance studio?

The Manhattan Youth Ballet organization had borrowed the missing costumes from the internationally renowned Parsons Dance Company, run by David Parsons. These two famous studios are known for their brilliant dancers and extravagant costumes. It would be nice to know exactly how many costumes they had for $16,000.




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