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Posted 27 August 2011 - 11:32 AM

A review of A History of Irish Ballet from 1927 to 1963 by Victoria O’Brien.

The author pieces together a 36-year history that shows that ballet was a valued part of the Irish cultural landscape and that production standards, particularly between 1927 and 1945, were comparable with those of British ballet. The list of collaborators and supporters reads like a who’s who of Irish cultural life: they include Mainie Jellett, Patrick Kavanagh, Louis le Brocquy, Brinsley MacNamara, Donagh MacDonagh, Elizabeth Maconchy, Micheál Mac Liammoir, Lennox Robinson, John F Larchet, AJ Potter and FR Higgins.

The genesis for ballet created in this period is the Abbey Theatre School of Ballet, established by Ninette de Valois and WB Yeats in 1927, which staged Irish-themed ballets and Yeats’s Plays for Dancers . Its closure, in 1933, didn’t spell the end for ballet in Dublin, in spite of previous accounts. Kathrine Sorley Walker, de Valois’s biographer, states that her work in Dublin was “a failure” because nothing was left in its wake. Apart from Jill Gregory and Tony Repetto (who both went to London), Walker claims, none of the students at the Abbey Theatre School of Ballet became dancers.



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Posted 27 August 2011 - 11:35 AM

A story on the Chicago Dancing Festival by Kathlin F. Sickel for Suite101.com.

At the Festival finale, Saturday, thousands more will enjoy the Martha Graham Dance Company of today, along with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ballet West from Salt Lake City, guest artists from New York City Ballet, and Chicago's Joffrey Ballet and River North Dance Company, all on stage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion of Millennium Park, at 7:30 p.m. They will line up an hour or so before, in hopes of securing one of the 4,000 seats in the Pavilion, or carry in blankets to make their spot on the sprawling park lawn a comfortable place to enjoy the outdoor concert.



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Posted 27 August 2011 - 11:36 AM

Ballet Austin offers free classes this Sunday to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the opening of its dance education center.

The lineup of free classes includes ballet, ballet fit, Broadway fit, contemporary, contemporary choreography, hip hop, hula, three types of jazz, modern, Move Your Axis, Samba/Brazilian, tap, theatre dance, Turbo Kick and West African. Kids classes include kid's beginning ballet, kid's Broadway jazz and kid's hip-hop.



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Posted 27 August 2011 - 11:38 AM

A review of Scottish Ballet.

At the end of this show, one audience member declared: "How nice to see Scottish Ballet jump more than six inches off the ground." This is most certainly not a safe project for the national dance company to bring to 2011‘s Edinburgh International Festival.

The performance consists of two works. The world premiere of Jorma Elo's Kings 2 Ends and a 1965 Kenneth MacMillan ballet, Song of the Earth, have been placed side by side.



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Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:18 AM

A story on the opening of the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity.

Classes for anyone begin after Labor Day, says Jennifer Wampler, the KC Ballet director of development.

“We’re offering more than just ballet. … There’s Pilates, yoga, tai chi, even Zumba. We belong to the community,” she says.



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Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:23 AM

Promotions and new arrivals at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

But technical ability is not all Mr. Orr seeks when recruiting new dancers. "I look for personality to see how they're going to come across to the public, how they present themselves," he said.

Dancers moving to new ranks within the company are Elysa Hotchkiss and Luca Sbrizzi, both now soloists. Ms. Hotchkiss, a native of Erie, entered the company during the 2004-05 season. Her tenure has featured roles such as Lady Capulet in Jean-Christophe Maillot's "Romeo et Juliette" and the lead in Dwight Rhoden's "Carmina Burana."




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