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Saturday, July 13

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Pix of the audience from Family Night at the New York City Ballet in Saratoga.

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Reviews of the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet in "Coppélia."

The Independent

But, ultimately, who cares about acting in the face of such dancing? If Polunin was ever off-form, he’s back on it with a vengeance. Sinews sculpted by pewter high-waist tights, he cannons into the circuits of barrel turns and fancy aeronautics, his enjoyment visibly heightened by each faultless execution. At the curtain, protocol dictated that Polunin present his ballerina and keep two paces behind. When, finally, he was sent out front (still in tandem) some elements of the audience emitted a noise I haven’t heard in years. Something between woooaar and aarghhh. Enough said.

The Observer

Of Polunin, who knows? Applause greets his solos, which contain their share of pyrotechnics. Flying jetés, spring-heeled tours en l'air, effortless-seeming double assemblés and sauts de basque. But much of it is, by his own standards, rough around the edges. Preparations are approximate, pirouettes snatched and off-centre, landings not quite even. The poetry and beautiful precision of which he is capable are not in evidence here.

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Mini-profiles of Sergei Polunin, Vadim Muntagirov, and Ivan Vasiliev by Vanessa Thorpe in The Observer.

This summer, against the background of the acid attack on the Bolshoi's talented artistic director, Sergei Filin, and the continuing power struggle at that theatre, the British public will have the chance to sample the skills of three young men, all trained in the traditional Russian techniques. Each is approaching the peak of his powers and each has already been compared with Nureyev.

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Margaret Severin-Hansen and Gabor Kapin will perform with the Royal Ballet of Flanders next season. Item in brief.

They will remain members of the Carolina Ballet and will perform key roles throughout the Raleigh-based company’s 16th season.

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The Montgomery Ballet hosts an International Gala of Dance. Item in brief.

The gala featured more than thirty dancers from ten different nations, performing dances native to their home countries.

"The talent is unbelievable," said Darren Mcintyre, Artistic Director for the Montgomery Ballet.

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Ballet B.C. is off for Jacob's Pillow. First item.

Calling that 70-year-old event "the Venice Biennale of contemporary dance," board chair Dr. Kevin Leslie showed Ballet BC dancer Rachel Meyer's photo on its pre-program cover. He also announced that a fundraising campaign Chuck Brook and Graeme Falkowsky headed raised $460,000 ($70,000 over target) toward Ballet BC's $3.5 million budget. Dance magazine recently called Ballet BC one of 25 global companies and artists "to watch" in 2013. So, these disciplined young athletes are back on their feet, and boy are they kicking.

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The head of a charity focused on eating disorders calls for more regulation of dance schools.

Last year, Dame Monica Mason, former director of the Royal Ballet, told the Dance UK conference on nutrition and disordered eating in dance that any dance director who claimed never to work with an anorexic performer was "lying".

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A review of a Ballet in Cinema broadcast of Nederlands Dans Theater by Jennifer Fried for Broadway World.

Next, Johan Inger's Dream Play, set to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. While the ballet was primarily abstract, the narrative of a crazed, yet ritualized, and at times rough, or even erotic daydream of six dancers emerged. The choreography was fresh, exhilarating and beautifully contemporary, perfectly suited for the Nederlands Dans Theater's aesthetic.

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Dancer Paul Knobloch returns to his native Canberra to offer classes in Gaga.

The Gaga movement language is used by the professional dancers of the Batsheva company as part of their day-to-day training and Naharin stresses that Gaga doesn't go against ballet or ruin a dancer's technique. It improves technique and supports the language dancers already know. It is a way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through the body.

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A local story on Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet alumni who earned a mention in Alastair Macaulay's recent article on American ballerinas.

"I remember someone from The Sentinel when we were doing the 'Nutcracker' said 'I want to write about one of your twelve little angels' and I said, 'Pick Ashley Bouder, she's five but she's going to be a ballerina for sure," Marcia Dale Weary, the founder of Carlisle's Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet recalled.

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