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Connor Scott - being presented with his award by Carlos Acosta.© BBC/Guy Levy. (Click image for larger version)

BBC Young Dancer Award 2015 – Some Thoughts

Days after BBC Young Dancer made its first successful appearance on TV people are still talking about it…

Steamy Wonder wondering about the world.© Johanna Nuutinen. (Click image for larger version)

Jarkko Lehmus Blog: Sweet loving and banjo music… Don’t do it.

This month Jarkko blogs candid views on ballet and contemporary dance plus talks about all the projects he has coming up, not least the next OuDance Festival…

Cover of the Dance Open 2015 Gala programme.© Dance Open. (Click image for larger version)

International Ballet Festival 2015 Dance Open and Tsiskaridze at the Vaganova Academy – St Petersburg

Margaret Willis has just been in St. Petersburg, catching up with the Dance Open Festival and also visiting the Vaganova Academy where she had some words with director Nikolai Tsiskaridze…

BOD.Y in BAKKHEIA - dancing on the edge.© Peter Snadik. (Click image for larger version)

Aerowaves – Spring Forward Festival of Contemporary Dance – Barcelona

Spring Forward is a three-day festival of contemporary dance, presented by Aerowaves, which confidently declares itself to be a ‘hub for dance discovery in Europe’…

Rebecca Jensen and Sarah Aiken's Overworld.© Sarah Walker. (Click image for larger version)

Melbourne’s Dance Massive 2015, Rebecca Jensen & Sarah Aiken’s Overworld and the rise of spiritual & ritual contemporary dance

In its quasi-spiritual themes and framing, Overworld has tapped into an emerging trend in Melbourne contemporary dance, namely the creation of work that uses ritual as a thematic basis…

Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild in An American in Paris.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

An American in Paris – Broadway Ballet

After its premiere in Paris last autumn, Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris is about to open in New York. Marina Harss talks to Wheeldon and the 2 stars of the show – Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild…

Vanessa Kang in Christopher Bruce's Rooster.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Stephen Wright – View from the wings and catching the perfection of dancing flow

Rambert dancer Stephen Wright is also a photographer – here he blogs about what’s like to perform on stage, as seen from the wings. Enjoy…

Jinhao Zhang in The Dying Swan.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Emerging Dancer Competition 2015

Like ENB at large, the eight finalists for 2015 are a noticeably international bunch, representing Germany, America, Ukraine, Brazil, China and the UK between them.

Wrecking Dissolver: Courtney Moreno, Peiling Kao, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart and Aura Fischbeck.© Christy Funsch. (Click image for larger version)

Wrecking and Deconstructing Dance – Christy Funsch with Rowena Richie, Megan Nicely and Keith Hennessy in San Francisco

Developed in 1995 by New York choreographer Susan Rethorst, Dance Wrecking entails inviting colleagues to view your in-progress work, then granting them freedom to “wreck” it…

Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in Push, taken in 2005. From a John Ross Gallery of 6 images.© John Ross.

2014 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Patricia McBride on the red carpet.© Margot Schulman. (Click image for larger version)

Patricia McBride Honoured at The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honours

McBride joined the New York City Ballet in 1959, and two years later, at the age of 18, she was promoted to the rank of principal, becoming the youngest principal dancer in the troupe’s history.

Jarkko Lehmus.© Jukka Nuutinen. (Click image for larger version)

Jarkko Lehmus Blog: Artistic Director – a customer service professional

Like so many other artistic organisations we currently have a yearly cycle of funding. In addition to that some parts of the funding are only secured during the season. A bit like juggling a chainsaw.

Alicia Alonso at the Gala.© Margaret Willis. (Click image for larger version)

24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2014

This time, I made 15 trips to the theatres – there were performances at 5pm and 9pm each day – and saw 82 different full-length ballets or extracts in the eight days I was in Havana.

Lublin Dance Theatre in All stories, which we have not told before with Beata Mysiak and Ryszard Kalinowski.© Jakub Wittchen. (Click image for larger version)

Polish Dance Platform – Lublin 2014

A first for DanceTabs in covering the Polish Dance Platform event – 3 days of contemporary dance and big thinking in Lublin. Lucy Ribchester, who has covered much dance at the Edinburgh festivals, reports on a wide ranging event…

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Dance Proms 2014 – Royal Albert Hall, London

I’ve never been to Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall before. Which is amazing given it has a cast of over 400 dancers, has been running since 2011 and, as I discovered, is such an uplifting and feel-good affair.

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Don Quixote.© Stas Levshin, courtesy the Mikhailovsky Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

The Mikhailovsky Ballet’s American Debut at the Lincoln Center

Having wowed London with three acclaimed seasons over the last six years, at last the Mikhailovsky Ballet make their American debut in NY. Lisa Snyder introduces the company and its repertoire…

Ballet Spectacular book cover.© Carlton Kids, The Royal Ballet and respective photographers. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Ballet Spectacular: A children’s guide to ballet and an insight into a magical world.

A key to the book’s success is that it’s based on talking about one company – the Royal Ballet – and that makes all the information so much more real and immediate.

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Edgar Degas.© Oksana Khadarina. (Click image for larger version)

Degas’s Little Dancer

Washington is going Little Dancer mad with both an exhibition of the famous Edgar Degas sculpture and a new Susan Stroman musical based on the iconic art work with Tiler Peck in the lead…

Natalia Osipova in rehearsals at the ROH for A Month in the Country.© ROH, 2014. Photographed by Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Frederick Ashton Remembered – Ashton Foundation Masterclasses & In Step with Fred film screenings

As The Royal Ballet prepares to celebrate Frederick Ashton with an all Ashton quad bill, two other events have also been celebrating the work of the Royal Ballet’s founder choreographer…

The Lost Rite book cover - drawing by Millicent Hodson.© KMS Press and Millicent Hodson. (Click image for larger version)

The Lost Rite – Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer document ‘their’ Rite of Spring in a newly released book

Kenneth Archer and Millicent Hodson have contributed a number of articles to DanceTabs and before that ballet.co.uk. Their last piece, on ‘Jeux’ reaching its centenary in 2013, can be found here and includes…

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