From the monthly archives:

December 2009

Kool Thing

by Emilia on December 30, 2009

As we prepare to send off 2009 and embrace a new decade, we look back into what was hot, fun & fab around the ballet blogosphere to pick our favorite things this year. Feel free to share yours too. Favorite Blog Posts Haglund Heel’s “ABT needs a Mayerling” campaign The coolest ballet campaign of the [...]

Dancing Shoes

by Linda on December 28, 2009

A small miracle took place when Italian ballerina Marie Taglioni first rose en pointe. She elevated a simple shoe into a tool for conveying sublime artistry. While it takes a ballerina endless hours and many years of training to be able to perform such miracles, let us not forget that her shoes will have also [...]

Bag of Steps: Adagio

by Linda on December 23, 2009

If jumps and turns are generally favoured by bravura dancers who have a “need for speed” showing off their technical abilities, then adagio dancing, with its slow, lengthened and connected movements is where highly lyrical dancers make their mark. It is typically in the adagio, rather than in complicated combinations of double-quadruple fouettés, where the [...]

All I Want for Christmas

by Emilia on December 19, 2009

Dear Santa, We know we had a lucky year with many wonderful ballet tickets filling our bags. We had a great time writing over here and making plenty of new friends on Twitter and Facebook some of whom we had the pleasure of meeting in person. Having managed to strike a good balance between work [...]

Oh! You Pretty Things

by Linda on December 15, 2009

In their final programme of the year The Royal Ballet celebrates Sir Frederick Ashton, the founder choreographer who gave this company a wonderful classical repertory and British ballet a defining style. Initially I thought of this double bill as a case of odd pairing since, on one corner, appealing to the Ashton addicts and older [...]

Golden Years

by Linda on December 13, 2009

The Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauties have just drawn to a close, giving way to the usual Christmas special of Nutcrackers. Notice anything in common? Both are Petipa ballets, both are amongst the safest for box office purposes, with blockbuster works such as Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, their lavish costumes, orchestral music and vast [...]