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NEBT Round-Up

New English Ballet Theatre

The recent performances of the New English Ballet Theatre were a breath of fresh air for its spread of audiences. Opening night at the Peacock Theatre, London, saw a multitude of audiences vying for a taste of the company’s work, still reasonably new and fresh on the dance and ballet scene. The cast were all [...]

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Karen Pilkington-Miksa – New English Ballet Theatre

Karen Pilkington-Miksa

Karen Pilkington-Miksa, choreographer and artist, is the Founding Director of The New English Ballet Theatre. She holds a degree in education and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD). She ran her own dance group and school, and has choreographed for ballet, opera and the BBC. Tell us about your dance background. [...]

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Northern Ballet announces new ballet for children

Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet has announced that its much-anticipated enchanting new ballet for children, Elves & the Shoemaker, will première in Leeds this October, revealed on the evening of the television broadcast of its production Three Little Pigs. The company is extremely excited to launch this brand new production. Elves & the Shoemaker is the latest in [...]

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The Royal Ballet Graduate Scheme

The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet is set to launch a year-long training scheme for graduate dancers, aimed at providing female ballerinas in particular with an “extra chance” to gain employment in the industry. The number of female graduates entering the dance industry has been the topic of many conversations, so the steps to be taken by the [...]

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Learning To Dance

Learnuing to Dance

For most young children, dance class is a time to don the pinkest tights in town and join their friends in becoming fairies, soldiers and various other characters at the command of their teacher. It is only when children become a little older that ballet and dancing becomes a little more disciplined and structured. Instead [...]

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Darcey at the Royal Ballet School

Darcey Bussell

Ex-prima ballerina and Royal Academy of Dance President Darcey Bussell’s career will be displayed in the form of memorabilia at the Royal Ballet School’s museum in west London this summer. The free exhibition will feature photographs and costumes from Bussell’s personal collection, including her Princess Rose costume from Kenneth MacMillan’s 1989 production The Prince of [...]

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The Royal Ballet 2014/15 season

The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet 2014/15 season has recently been announced. It will include three world premieres (with only one likely to be classical) including a new full length ballet by Wayne McGregor, a new one act ballet from Liam Scarlett in November, alongside Kim Brandstrup’s Ceremony of Innocence, and a work by Hofesh Shechter. Carlos Acosta’s [...]

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Are You Dance Direct’s Student Ballet Dancer Of The Year?

Ballet Students

As dance forms go, ballet is among the hardest to perfect. It requires coordination, care and balance. Dancers work for years to perfect these qualities, and of course become students to enhance their form and knowledge. Those who wish to make a career from ballet might study at university or a specialist dance school or [...]

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Want A Deeper Plié?

Achilles Tendon

Are you blessed with long Achilles tendons, loose calf muscles and a deep plié? Count yourself lucky. Many dancers are desperate to increase the depth of their plié however, short of surgery, there is only so much change that can be made. Some grand pliés in second position are shallow and look more like a [...]

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Sergei Filin To Judge The Youth America Grand Prix

Sergei Filin

Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Ballet artistic director who was wounded in an acid attack that shocked the dance world last year, will appear in New York in April as one of the judges of the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition. As an influential figure for classical ballet in Russia particularly, the coup for the [...]

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