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James Hay.© Andrej Uspenski. (Click image for larger version)

James Hay – Royal Ballet First Soloist

The Royal Ballet’s 2015/2016 season is providing big opportunities for James Hay, promoted to First Soloist in June…

David Drew in his later years - here as the Duke of Courland in Giselle.© John Ross, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Obituary: David Drew, Royal Ballet Principal, with the company 56 years

David Drew, for 56 years a member of The Royal Ballet, has died after a long battle with illness. He described himself as one of a ‘bridge generation’ of dancers. The longevity of his career meant that he worked with many figures from the Ballets Russees – but also taught many dancers and choreographers working today.

Royal Ballet School in Jiri Kylian's Sechs Tanze.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance 2015 – London

I thought this year’s Royal Ballet School (RBS) performance on the main Royal Opera House stage was pretty damn’ good.

Zenaida Yanowsky.© Rob Moore, ROH. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Zenaida Yanowsky – Principal, The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet’s Zenaida Yanowsky talks about her long career and also about the joys of working with Carlos Acosta – part of which is appearing with him in ‘Cubania’ this summer…

Maiko Tutsumi, Victoria Ananyan, Matthew Golding and Maria Chigai in Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version

Dutch National Ballet – Cinderella – London

Wheeldon has two problems to contend with in Cinderella: Prokofiev’s prescriptive score and Ashton’s definitive choreography from 1948…

Maia Mahhateli and Artur Shesterikov in Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Dutch National Ballet in Cinderella

Christopher Wheeldon’s production of Cinderella, in 2 casts, photographed by Dave Morgan…

Tristan Dyer in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety.© ROH, 2014. Photographed by Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Infra, Divertissements, The Age of Anxiety, The Dream, Song of the Earth – New York

These are dancers worth following in a wide repertory of works; it’s a shame to see them go while feeling we’ve barely gotten to know them better.

Jamar Roberts in Exodus.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Exodus bill – New York

Harris’s Exodus, on the other hand, felt just right. Like so many pieces in the Ailey repertory, it suggests a spiritual quest, a journey toward the light…

DNB Junior Company in Blink by Juanjo Arques.© Michel Schnater. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet, Junior Company – 2015 Tour – London

The programme stretches and shows off the young graduates to good advantage in a well-chosen assortment.

Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks in the studio.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Whelan – Restless Creature bill – New York

The whole evening has the feeling of an extended experiment. We see Whelan ridding herself of ballerina habits and trying on new clothes.

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…

Stella Abrera and Christine Shevchenko in Ratmansky's Seven Sonatas.© Rosalie O'Connor/Courtesy American Ballet Theatre.

San Francisco Ballet – 2016 Season Announced

Hot off the presses, San Francisco Ballet 2016 season announcement includes two world premieres, three full-length revivals and numerous bold-face names, including Forsythe, Ratmansky and Wheeldon…

NYCB in Alexei Ratmansky's Pictures at an Exhibition.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Symphonic Dances, Pictures at an Exhibition, This Bitter Earth, Everywhere We Go – Washington

New York City Ballet’s second bill in Washington was all about 21st-Century Choreographers, with works by Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck and Peter Martins.

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…

Rachael McLaren and Yannick Lebrun in Bad Blood.© Steve Wilson. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey – Odetta, Uprising, Night Creature, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, Bad Blood, After the Rain pas de deux, Revelations – Boston

The second night… this was by far the best program I’ve ever seen Ailey offer: five pieces, each as good as the others in its different way…

Russian Ballet Icons Gala front cloth with Olesya Novikova.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Russian Ballet Icons Gala – Dedicated to the History of Russian Ballet – London

The gala opened with the Act III wedding pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty, performed by Ekaterina Osmolkina and Guiseppe Picone. No fish-dives in this version – the Russians regard them as vulgar, and Osmolkina could never be vulgar.

Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in Diamonds.© ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2011. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House – A Gala Celebration: Life Reimagined – London

Both Royal Ballet premieres, one by Kim Brandstrup, the other by Liam Scarlett, were surely keepers, bound to be seen again.

NYCB in Justin Peck’s ‘Rode,o: Four Dance Episodes.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Pictures at an Exhibition, ‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes, Mercurial Maoeucres – New York

‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes premiere: It turns out that this combination of male vigor, Copland, and Peck is a felicitous one.

© Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

2014 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2014 took place today in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan in Possokhov's Bells.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Infinite Romance: 2015 Season Opening Night Gala – San Francisco

The SF Ballet premiere of choreographer-in-residence Yuri Possokhov’s pas de deux from Bells is my all-round favorite of the evening. Sublime dancing from Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan…

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