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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:01 AM

Promotions and changes at Sarasota Ballet.

 

Rita Duclos, who married in July, is now dancing in Europe. Principal Sara Sardelli retired in August and assumed the newly-created position of Outreach Director with the ballet. And several corps members are not returning, including Steven Windsor and Kohhei Kuwana. Ian Tanzer of "Breaking Pointe" fame, is the newest addition to the corps.

 

 



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:02 AM

Natasha Kusch joins Queensland Ballet as a principal.

Kusch joined the company earlier this month and will make her debut in this week's Dance Dialogues studio season.

 

She said the decision to leave Europe was a difficult one, particularly given she had danced with the Vienna State Ballet since 2005, but said she is already settling in well.

 



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:05 AM

An article on the Shanghai Ballet Company's  recent visit to the U.K. and "cultural diplomacy" by Andrea Beck in The Diplomat.

 

Given the concerns and suspicions that China’s economic and military ascendancy is causing in many Western countries, such warm words are a welcome—and much needed—attempt to improve perceptions of China among foreign publics. Indeed, as shown by the Pew Research Global Attitudes Project, China tends to be regarded negatively in many European and North American societies, with the lowest ratings received in Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and the United States. As Joshua Cooper Ramo put it in 2007, “China’s greatest strategic threat today is its national image.” To what extent could the Shanghai Ballet’s visit to London serve as a model for Chinese “cultural diplomacy,” aimed at improving attitudes toward China in Western societies?

 



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:06 AM

Olivia Bell  is retiring from the Australian Ballet.

 

Bell was born and raised in Newcastle. At 15, she competed in the Prix de Lausanne competition and won scholarship to the Paris Opéra Ballet School. Upon graduating in 1995 she joined The Australian Ballet. Twelve years later, after a season-closing performance in The Nutcracker, she became the organisation's Principal Artist.

 

 



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:11 AM

Chattanooga Ballet  receives money from the county.

 

Though the Chattanooga Ballet has endured budget constrictions due to less funding from ArtsBuild, the former Allied Arts, the Ballet continues to operate in "the black" and instructs hundreds of children each year.

 



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:28 AM

A look at dancers' career pursuits post-retirement  by Katie Colombus for The Stage.

 

In the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s recent summer news bulletin, the company said goodbye to a number of dancers and their farewell note was a case in point. Ambra Vallo, a principal who leaves the company after 17 years, is off to pursue a career as a yoga instructor. First soloist Victoria Marr is now a business woman and co-founder of www.sleektechnique.com; Kirsten McGarrity, an artist with the BRB is chasing her dream of being a singer-songwriter and Laura Davenport, also an artist, is off to train in midwifery. It’s a pretty impressive range.

 



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:19 PM

Tennis player Victoria Duval once considered ballet as a career.

 

She went on to be a doctor. But her dream of a ballerina lived on in her daughter, Victoria.

 

"She was good at ballet, but she told me she wanted to be a tennis player," said Nadine, who did not say 'No, no, no.'

 

 



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 10:47 PM

Alastair Macaulay writes on the treasures to be found in the New York Public Library's Dance Collection.

 

Then there’s choreography nobody has performed for decades. More than 70 items by Balanchine are danced today, but at the Dance Collection you can see others. One is the pas de deux from “The Gods Go a-Begging,” which he first choreographed for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1928. Here Nora Kaye and Hugh Laing dance it at Jacob’s Pillow in 1951. Though it’s in silence, it’s completely vivid: a playful, expansive flirtation, with steps and gestures so clear you want to try them out at home.

 

 




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