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Five Ballet Books

by Emilia & Linda on May 12, 2013

In the spotlight, five recent ballet and dance book releases that will make great summer reads or that are perfect for your Amazon wishlists: Sadler’s Wells Dance House by Sarah Crompton With plenty of photos of some of Sadler’s Wells’s most successful productions from the last few years (Sylvie Guillem fans are in for a [...]

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 [...]

Water Dancers

by Emilia & Linda on January 16, 2012

We’ve often said that surfers are to waves what dancers are to music (or was it the other way round?), so we were extremely interested to read, on sports & lifestyle webzine Lupita, about surf brand Quiksilver’s new project, The Water Dancer. The Water Dancer is a series of short films where Quiksilver ambassador and world champion Stephanie [...]

Home for the Holidays: Ballet Siblings

by Brian on December 21, 2011

Here’s a holiday special from our fab US-based guest blogger Brian Mengini: Christmas is a time for families to get together and celebrate; to enjoy each other and share in the love. But for most in ballet, it’s slightly different. Christmas means seemingly unending Nutcracker runs, accompanied by seemingly unending rehearsals and shows, maybe 30 [...]


by Linda on October 3, 2011

Balanchine’s three-act ballet Jewels has become a global phenomenon. This autumn the ballet returns to New York City Ballet, the company for whom it was originally created (don’t miss this recent video where NYCB dancers Jenifer Ringer, Sterling Hyltin and Sara Mearns discuss each act), while the Royal Ballet presents this season’s final performance on [...]

We recently wrote about how many different elements have to come together for one of *THOSE* perfect evenings at the ballet. Designs and, in particular, costumes, play a big part in creating a mood, helping dancers express themselves and inhabit their roles. They come in all shapes, colours and fabrics: from vaporous Romantic skirts to [...]