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Opinion

Go For Fouetté Gold

by Linda on August 6, 2012

The London 2012 Olympics are in full-throttle and we’re currently glued to the TV watching athletes going faster, higher and stronger. Even though in gymnastics – an event so closely associated with performance and artistic values – we now see a noticeable decline in dance and performance quality, incredible feats still make us think of [...]

The Future of Dance Criticism

by Guest on November 1, 2011

Last year, in this post on the future of dance criticism, we wrote about the need for critics to embrace web 2.0 and social media, to engage with the online dance community and attract new readers. Among examples of writers who are using these new channels, we mentioned leading UK dance critic Ismene Brown and [...]

The Royal Ballet 2010/11 Season Roundup

by Linda on June 28, 2011

In one of their riskiest and most exciting ventures, The Royal Ballet wrapped up for summer with MacMillan’s blockbuster Romeo & Juliet staged for an audience of 40,000 (split over 4 performances). The so-hashtagged #RomeO2 event was the surprise hit in a season more memorable for the hasty return of works like Ashton’s Cinderella (4 [...]

Musicality

by Linda on June 9, 2011

A few months ago we wrote about what makes a dancer graceful. When looking at elements of Grace, we mentioned  musicality as a quality in dancers that “will trick you into forgetting about the orchestra pit and thinking that his or her movement is creating the music.” Musicality is a common discussion theme between balletomanes [...]

Editorial: Happy Anniversary to Us

by Emilia & Linda on April 21, 2011

How time flies! It seems like yesterday that we kicked off The Ballet Bag (then in WordPress.com) with a totally fangirly post about Alina Cojocaru’s return to the stage in Giselle. We had no idea anyone would pay attention to our dance musings, but soon after, we started tweeting and discovered many other like-minded ballet [...]

Editorial: Happy New Year & Reader Survey

by Emilia on January 6, 2011

Happy New Year everyone! Before Linda and I get swamped again it’s time to get philosophical. Our year in dance was metaphorically bookended by two very different ballet movies; two opposites in mood: we started 2010 writing about Only When I Dance, a heartwarming documentary about two Brazilian favela dwellers overcoming obstacles to pursue a [...]