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Snowflakes, led by Alison McWhinney, in Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Nutcracker – London

English National Ballet Nutcracker London, Coliseum 11 December 2014 Gallery of pictures by Dave Morgan www.ballet.org.uk You know that Christmas is really on its way when you see your first Nutcracker. And for…

Alina Cojocaru and Alejandro Virelles in Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in the Nutcracker

Alina Cojocaru and Alejandro Virelles were the lead dancers. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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.

Alina Cojocaru and Alejandro Virelles in Swan Lake.© ASH. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – Milton Keynes

Eight paragraphs of praise and I haven’t yet mentioned Alina Cojocaru! My advice to anyone yearning to see the special beauty of ballet is simple: take any chance you can to see Cojocaru dance.

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Constella Ballet and Orchestra – Ballet For Nancy, Adagio, Four On The Floor – London

George Williamson’s storming rise to the position of English National Ballet associate artist at just 23 suggests a lot of people see much promise in the young choreographer….

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English National Ballet 2014/2015 Season

Full Details of the 2014 / 15 Season…

The Making of Markova: Diaghilev’s Baby Ballerina to Groundbreaking Icon, book cover.© Pegasus Books. (Click image for larger version)

Book – The Making of Markova – by Tina Sutton

Sutton was originally asked to write a brief account of Markova’s career for the Gotlieb Centre but soon realised that her subject’s life, personal and public, was so fascinating that she undertook a substantial biography

Yonah Acosta and Shiori Kase in Coppelia.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Coppelia

Gallery by Dave Morgan of the Shiori Kase and Yonah Acosta cast

The Suffolk equivalent of the Hollywood sign!.© Lise Smith. (Click image for larger version)

Dance at the Latitude Festival 2014

For the past seven years, the festival’s organisers have been collaborating with Sadler’s Wells to curate a dance programme on the strikingly beautiful Waterfront Stage at the heart of the festival site…

Ballet Revolucion at Latitude Festival 2014.© Lise Smith. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Dance at Latitude Festival 2014

Lise Smith with a gallery of pictures taken over the 3 days of Latitude festival. Features the following, in order of appearance: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Ballet Revolucion, Sonia Sabri Company, James Cousins Company, English National Ballet, Candoco Dance Company and National Youth Dance Company

Fernanda Oliveira and Daniel Kraus rehearsing Coppelia.© Laurent Liotardo, courtesy ENB. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet – Coppelia in the studio

Some pictures of Coppelia coming together in the main English National Ballet studio, taken by ENB dancer, and well known photographer, Laurent Liotardo…

Shiori Kase.© ENB. (Click image for larger version)

Shiori Kase – First Soloist, English National Ballet

5 Questions to Shiori Kase. ENB soloist Shiori Kase is on a roll – only yesterday promoted to First Soloist (as of September), she’s just won a Gold Medal at the prestigious Jackson International Ballet Competition in the USA and is about to make her debut in Coppelia…

Candoco in Two for C by Javier de Frutos.© Pedro Machado. (Click image for larger version)

Dance at Latitude 2014 – Spotlight on Candoco and Sonia Sabri

Latitude Festival opens next week (17th July) and features lots of interesting dance – Lise Smith catches up with 2 companies preparing their open air shows…

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Now Closed… Win A Pair Of Tickets To Latitude Festival 2014!

The competition is now closed. The winning entry has been declared and the winner contacted and put in touch with Latitude Festival. Thanks to all who entered and better luck next time if you did not win! (A free to enter competition to win a free pair of adult tickets for the Latitude Festival…)

Tara-Brigitte Bhavani & Romany Pajdak in Ludovic Ondiviela's Untitled, Draft Works 2014.© Tristram Kenton / ROH, 2014. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2014 – London

At the outset I have to say I thought this year was one of the better years and we should all feel encouraged at the creativity on show.

Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – London

…in the autumn of their dancing careers Acosta and Rojo put on a stunning display that brought many in the audience to their feet come the end.

Daria Klimentová in Romeo and Juliet.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Daria Klimentová & Vadim Muntagirov in Romeo and Juliet, English National Ballet

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet, English National Ballet

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Michaela DePrince in George Williamson's Dawn Dances.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet, Junior Company – 2014 Tour – London

It’s always nice to be in at the start of a new company especially one associated with a class troupe like Dutch National Ballet (DNB). Their 13-strong Junior Company, newly minted this season, is for dancers aged 18-20…

Nancy Osbaldeston and Guilherme Menezes in Stina Quagebeur's Vera.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2014 – London

All up this was a solid night and a good complement to ENB’s ‘Lest We Forget’ (WW1) bill that was so recently on the main Barbican stage. But I hope that next year they return to a more open choice on what choreographers can do and also concentrate on choreography rather than include musical soiree interludes.

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