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Tuesday, March 25

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Q&A with Misty Copeland.

Do you think that you have a different perspective on limitations like age because you not only started later than most dancers typically do, but as one of the few black dancers at your level, came from a different background?

Absolutely. I think I’m proof that you don’t have to have all of the things people think you have to have in order to make it in this world. I think it’s possible to mold and shape a body into whatever it is you want to do, and whatever type of dance you want it to do. With the knowledge we have of our bodies, of working out, and of cross-training, I think it’s possible to train yourself to do anything.

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The Joffrey Ballet visits New Orleans.

Wheater, 55, danced with Joffrey Ballet under its visionary founder, absorbing Robert Joffrey's then-radical vision of a classical troupe that commissions new repertoire, often by choreographers from outside the ballet world.

"Lots of companies took Robert's blueprint for a hybridized ballet with contemporary repertoire, but they sometimes forget that he was a stickler for refined, classical technique."

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Tamara Rojo appears on the BBC's "HARDtalk."

"We never spend any time talking about the joy, about the huge satisfaction that being a ballet dancer gives you," she said, adding that if there were serious issues dancers should "speak up".

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A report on the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards aka the Izzies by Allan Ulrich in The San Francisco Chronicle.

Kreiter's "Niagara Falling" and her Flyaway Productions took top honors for outstanding achievement in choreography and company performance. San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Frances Chung got the nod for outstanding individual performance for her 2013 season work, while puppeteer Basil Twist's design elements for SFB's "Cinderella" shared the outstanding achievement in visual design honors with Jim Campbell's contribution to Lines Ballet's "Constellation."

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American Ballet Theatre brings "Coppelia" to Abu Dhabi.

“Coppélia is a western classical ballet that people identify with,” says Kevin McKenzie, ABT’s artistic director, who began his career with the company in 1979 as a principal dancer. “But ballet is still viewed as a European art form. We pride ourselves on being a company that brings American dance to the world through our ­productions.

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The island that once belonged to Nureyev is part of a photo gallery of "The World's Best Private Islands."

......The property at Li Galli comprises six rooms, a sea-water pool, large chapel and a staff of nine to look after guests' every need. Rates on request only

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A review of the Bolshoi Ballet in "The Lady of the Camellias" by Laura Cappelle in The Financial Times.

The part of Marguerite was variously taken by three ballerinas who came to the Bolshoi from St Petersburg, home of the rival Mariinsky Ballet: Svetlana Zakharova, Olga Smirnova and Evgenia Obraztsova. The deep sense of lyricism nurtured at the Vaganova Academy – feeder school for the Mariinsky – was put to good use as the martyr courtesan fell for Armand and left him at his father’s request, with ensuing twists and turns.

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