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Ballet

leap of faith

What a weekend.

Opening night always generates the most jitters.

Before the curtain’s first rise, the corps de ballet is tilting chins from one corner to the next like birds, cooing and checking in with the fluttering heartbeats around them. 560 more words

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Birmingham Royal Ballet's 'Beauty and the Beast'

This week I went to see Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Beauty and the Beast at the Birmingham Hippodrome, a half-term treat for my son and me. David Bintley’s production was first performed in 2003, and this production offers some Gothic splendours and – happily – is a long way from Disney, though as Bintley acknowledges in the Hippodrome magazine  1,065 more words

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The Royal Ballet's Don Quixote

It’s shocking that I’ve never read the novel, though I was always familiar with the story, but that didn’t matter for the Royal Ballet’s performance of  537 more words

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twenty-seven

Today, I am 27. Wow.

I am a nester. I am a small talk-avoider. I am a devotional walker, an emo-music rediscoverer, a reborn journal keeper. 199 more words

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slide

The life of a twenty-first century ballerina often means jumping from one persona to the next, out of pointe shoes and into socks, tattered technique shoes, bare feet and bruises. 255 more words

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waltzing

Performing a Balanchine ballet always provokes a certain sense of reverence. Iconic costumes, powerful scores, distinct steps.

I wrote a bit about the history of Balanchine’s  167 more words

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