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Friday, January 4

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Billy Connolly likes ballet.

‘I took my daughter to see Cinderella when she was 13 or 14 and I thought: “This will be a nightmare.” From the second the curtain opened, I thought: “Oh my God, this is beautiful!”’ He even has a favourite ballet, Giselle.

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Kenneth MacMillan's hometown honors him with a plaque.

Sir Kenneth’s plaque will be fixed to the Hollywood Cinema in Marine Parade, which formerly housed Great Yarmouth’s Little Theatre where he took dance lessons with Miss Jean Boulton.

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Northern Ballet's Christmas offering for next year will be a new "Cinderella" from David Nixon.

Cinderella will be Nixon’s 15th new full-length production for Northern Ballet, where he has been artistic director since 2001, and will be his second new ballet for 2013, following on from the world première and national tour of The Great Gatsby from March 2.

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An interview with Daria Klimentová.

Injuries. When I entered my 30s, suddenly my body started to give up; I had three operations on both knees and an ankle operation. I was off for eight months and I really worried that I wouldn’t dance again. Now I live from day to day. I don’t know how long I’ll keep dancing; if I can dance tomorrow I will.

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A review of Northern Ballet's Nutcracker by Stephanie Ferguson in The Yorkshire Evening Post.

Gently blossoming into womanhood when her nutcracker doll is transformed into a dashing prince, Pippa Moore is the perfect Clara, wide-eyed and captivating, taking us on her magical trip through snowy forests to the Kingdom of Sweets, as her dream unfolds. She’s admirably partnered by Italian coryphée Giuliano Contadini, who provides the wow factor as her escort, gallant and attentive.

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The Sarasota Ballet offers a series of informal discussions, "Inside the Studio."

The series will begin Jan. 24 with a sneak preview of Will Tuckett’s choreography for a company world premiere that will debut on Feb. 1. The ballet, which has collaborated with the choreographer several times over the past few years, most recently presented his “Spielende Kinder” in 2012. Tuckett will be on hand to answer questions.

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José Mateo Ballet Theatre holds an open house this weekend.

The ballet theatre, a nonprofit organization that opened in 1986, is the second largest professional ballet company and school in the Greater Boston area. Scott Fraser, the managing director, said the school’s mission is to use dance and ballet training to reach out to the diverse community of Greater Boston. Hosting open houses is one way the theatre accomplishes this mission.

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Liam Scarlett's second piece for Miami City Ballet premieres tonight.

MCB founding artistic director, Edward Villella commissioned Viscera when Scarlett was unknown outside the Royal Ballet, an impulsive decision that turned out to be a prescient one. Villella’s successor, Lourdes Lopez, says that bringing in choreographers to create work on MCB’s dancers remains a priority.

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A preview of the Russian State Ballet of Siberia's Swan Lake.

The Russian State Ballet is a state-run company that tours with its own orchestra. Most of its dancers are graduates of the choreography school in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia's third city and the Ballet's home. Founded in 1981, the Ballet is now embarking on its 11th UK tour. And, as the company's international head of touring Sergei Selivanov explains, the RSB draws on the traditions of its two illustrious forebears. "The Bolshoi and Mariinsky stand alone above all other Russian companies. Most modern Russian companies follow the traditions of the Russian classical ballet in choreography and staging, and this is what audiences in the West expect."

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