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Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:44 AM

Octavio Martin is appointed artistic director of the Brandon Ballet.

Martin was 8 years old when his father, a stagehand at the Garcia Lorca Theatre in Havana, took him to audition for a part in children’s theater. At the age of 9 he started ballet lessons and studied at the Cuban School of Ballet and, at age 19, he was accepted to the prestigious Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 1994.

By 2001, Martin was the Primer Bailarin representing that company in theaters around the world. Then, in 2006, Martin was invited to guest dance with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet in productions such "The Nutcracker" and "Sleeping Beauty."



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Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:45 AM

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House tours the U.K. with "Swan Lake."

From October until Saturday December the impressive show will be visiting 37 theatres, spanning the length and breadth of the UK - including the Key Theatre on October 7.

The company comes to Peterborough following sell outs in 2010 and 2011.



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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:51 AM

David Schultz of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago receives a Princess Grace Award.


Schultz, a 2005 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, begain his dance training with the School of Grand Rapids Ballet and later studied with the National Ballet of Canada before joining GRBC's professional company. He left Grand Rapids Ballet after the 2008-09 season to join Hubbard Street Dance 2 in September 2009 and became a main company member two years later.

The Princess Grace Foundation USA awards scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships in theater, dance and film, awarding over $9.5 million to more than 600 individuals over 30 years. Students are eligible for scholarships; emerging artists working in companies qualify for apprenticeships and fellowships.



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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:54 AM

A former ballet student reaches the Olympic hammer throwing final and sets a record.

It was at the age of 14 - Hitchon was already an accomplished dancer - that she took up the hammer after a coach at her local athletics club in Burnley, Lancashire, said they had no one to do it and asked if she would give it a go.

The girl known for her ballet, had a raw talent for the sport and broke the British under 17s record in her first year of competing, aged 15.




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