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Posted 27 September 2013 - 09:34 PM

A BBC News story about the new study concerning dancers and dizziness. Video.

Deborah Bull, a former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, described the technique she used to prevent dizziness.

"If you fix your eyes on something, you get less dizzy, so it's integral to the training," she said.

 

 

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In cases of chronic dizziness, tests are usually taken of the vestibular organs in the inner ear. These fluid-filled organs use tiny hairs to sense the movement of the fluid, which in turn send signals to the brain. The continued movement of fluid explains one of the reasons you can continue to feel dizzy after you’ve stopped moving. But this doesn’t go far enough to explain dizziness in chronic suffers, said Barry Seemungal, co-author of the study, published in Cerebral Cortex.

 

 



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 09:37 PM

Judith Mackrell asks Guardian readers to name their favorite ballet duos.

 

Audiences themselves are fascinated by long-term dance partnerships – Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn became a global phenomenon both on stage and off. So who have been the other great partnerships in the past, and which ones are we watching now?

 

 



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 09:40 PM

An NPR interview with Rachel Moore and Misty Copeland about Project Plié. Audio and texgt.

HEADLEE: Rachel, I read a comment that you made in which you mentioned the changing demographics of the country and said that if the American Ballet Theatre doesn't reflect the diversity of the country, you'll be obsolete. I wonder what represents success for you with Project Plie. Would you want to see a company which quite literally in its proportions reflects the demographics of the United States?

 

MOORE: I think that would be terrific. An American ballet company should look like America, and there's no reason why it couldn't look like America.

 



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 09:42 PM

The man convicted in the attack on dancer Jack Widdowson  receives a revised and extended sentence.

Lord Justice Pitchford, sitting with Mr Justice Spencer and Mr Justice Stewart, ruled there was no such thing as automatic deportation - and Mohamoed could spend years resisting removal from the UK on the grounds that it would infringe his human rights.

 

The judge quashed the 13-year term imposed at Cardiff Crown Court last June and substituted an extended sentence to meet the danger Mohamoed could pose to the public if released from prison but not immediately deported.

 



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Posted 28 September 2013 - 09:06 PM

A review of Boston Ballet's free performance on Boston Common by Attila Forruchi for the MIT student magazine The Tech.

 

Plan To B, by the resident choreographer Jorma Elo, would perhaps more aptly be called “Plan B.” I doubt it was anyone’s favorite, but nonetheless it has high energy and is full of accelerations and decelerations that take your breath away, if not out of excitement, then out of sympathy for the dancers, whose stamina seems to be tested. Ironically, the glitterati seated in the VIP caged area seemed most impressed with Plan To B. It must be highbrow.

 

 



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Posted 28 September 2013 - 09:11 PM

A preview  of Pacific Northwest Ballet's all-Tharp program.
 

During his twenty-two years dancing at New York City Ballet..... Boal often found himself the “paint” that choreographers used to create masterworks, i.e. the very first dancer who translates the idea into art through movement.

 

Today, Boal wants the dancers at Pacific Northwest Ballet to have that experience of being part of the creation process, to interact with a “genius in the building.”

 

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Tharp's long career has seen her evolve from a contemporary performer and dancemaker to a choreographer who has worked in ballet and on Broadway, winning fans as well as foes as she pursues her artistic visions......

 

She doesn't have false modesty; "Waiting at the Station" will be popular with audiences, she declared with certainty. But maybe not with all the dance critics, she admitted, saying that they aren't ready to acknowledge that popular art can be serious art.

 



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 08:51 PM

Florence Henderson  will be honored at Nevada Ballet Theatre's Black and White Ball.

 

Past honorees of the Black & White Ball include stars of stage and screen: Debbie Reynolds, Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Celine Dion, Ann-Margret, Rita Rudner, Paula Abdul, Twyla Tharp, Bette Midler, Marie Osmond, Priscilla Presley, Eva Longoria and most recently Mitzi Gaynor. NBT has honored these legendary women for their dedication to the performing arts and often times, their special connection to Las Vegas.

 

 



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 08:41 PM

Dancers from New York City Ballet will help Ballet Mississippi celebrate its fiftieth season.

 

Ballet Mississippi’s roots are in the 1964 founding of Jackson Ballet by Albia Kavan and her husband, Rex Cooper, who was originally from Jackson. Kavan was in Ballet Caravan and Ballet Society, George Balanchine’s companies preceding his founding of New York City Ballet. Kavan and Cooper met at Ballet Theatre, now American Ballet Theatre. Kavan danced for Balanchine and Cooper was the first cast member of “Fancy Free,” Jerome Robbins’ iconic ballet about sailors on shore leave in 1944, which is also on the November bill.

 



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:31 PM

A review of New York City Ballet by Tobi Tobias in her blog, "Seeing Things."

 

At any rate, Spectral Evidence remained uncertain—and ineffectual—whether considered as a near-abstract ballet or one that referenced a specific historical event in America’s culture.  Its confusion and its refusal to make any point decisively only added to the sense of hopelessness that grew more leaden until the audience was revived with a bit of Balanchine’s upbeat Western Symphony, then mercifully allowed to go home.  I hope the watchers in the dark this evening remember the authority and elegance of the company’s dancers, despite the choreography they had no choice but to illuminate as best they could.

 

 



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 01:59 PM

David Bintley talks about the making of Still Life at the Penguin Cafe.

“I used creatures on the endangered species list that represented a place in the world and a particular dance style that we are in danger of losing.

 

“In 1988, I was very interested in the work of Greenpeace but the idea of saving the planet seemed in its infancy. The whole thing was a leap in the dark into uncharted waters.

 




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