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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:02 AM

A review of the Bad Boys of Dance by Neil Norman in The Daily Express.

But one glance at the song list makes the heart sink. Stuck in a kind of Eighties' groove with add-ons from different decades, the playlist looks like a mixtape compiled by someone suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder.

 

 

 



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:05 AM

A BBC News story on the two unidentified Royal Ballet dancers who have refused to go on the company's Russian tour in protest of the anti-homosexual laws passed last year.

The Royal Ballet will perform Manon by Kenneth MacMillan and a triple bill of Tetractys by Wayne McGregor, Rhapsody by Frederick Ashton and DGV: Danse a grande vitesse by Christopher Wheeldon.

 

The trip is part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, which features an exchange of artists and exhibitions between the two countries.

 

 



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:07 AM

The backstory behind efforts to bring the Bolshoi Ballet to the U.K. that culminated in the 1956 visit by Alice Lagnado for Voice of Russia. Audio, video.

As early as the 1930s, Britain and Russia were drawing up plans to get the Bolshoi to London, on a tour that both sides thought would burnish their reputations.

 

Britain saw the visit as a way to show Soviet ballerinas and musicians the western way of life. For Russia, the Bolshoi was a jewel as important as the space mission that they later developed – with deep political as well as cultural resonances.

 



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:08 AM

An interview with Misty Copeland.

Copeland was one of six children raised in San Pedro, California by a single mother, Sylvia DelaCerna. “My mom was struggling at the time and her priority was to keep us fed and alive, it wasn’t getting me to ballet class,” Copeland says of the time her family lived in a motel room. But she did manage to take a ballet class at her local Boys & Girls club at age 13; she was dancing en pointe within three months, making her a veritable prodigy.

 



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:10 AM

Ballet Ireland presents "Carmen" at Sadler's Wells.

 

Now it’s the turn of Ballet Ireland to perform London-based choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple’s rendition of this Spanish folklore romance, as they bring the production to the capital for their first visit to the iconic Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

 

 



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:24 AM

Q&A with Blake Zelesnikar and Marquis Cunningham of the Bad Boys of Dance.

 

What will we see you both do next?

Both: This is our first time dancing in London but we definitely can’t wait for our returning for a second season in 2015, featuring our version of Romeo & Juliet, which will include hits such as Lady GaGa.

 



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 01:51 PM

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center extends New York City Ballet’s summer run to two weeks.

 

Marcia White, SPAC's president and executive director, said Tuesday that factors affecting the decision included cost savings realized by two summers of one-week residencies, renegotiated contracts between City Ballet and its labor unions and renewed fundraising efforts. The ballet costs SPAC slightly more than $1 million per week to produce, of which 40 percent is covered by ticket sales; the rest must be made up by fundraising. Ballet attendance averaged 2,770 per performance last summer, White said, up 10 percent from 2012.

 




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