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Northern Ballet in Swan Lake.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Swan Lake – Milton Keynes

★★★✰✰   Although David Nixon authored this ballet long before Lord Grantham was a twinkle in Julian Fellowes’ eye, it certainly provides an inkling of Swan Lake meets Downton Abbey.

Gary Avis and Friends Flyer - 2016

The Royal Ballet’s Gary Avis & Friends – Dance for Suffolk

Led by Gary Avis and a Royal Ballet all-star cast, the company will perform an especially created programme of Royal Ballet classics, hosted by BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke.

New York Theatre Ballet in Cinderella.© Morah Geist. (Click image for larger version)

New York Theatre Ballet – Cinderella – New York

★★✰✰✰   Despite New York Theatre Ballet gearing its tightly edited, hour-long, rendition of Cinderella towards children, NYTB had tough, abundantly vocal, critics on Sunday afternoon, all of whom were under three feet tall.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Ashton bill: The Dream, A Month in the Country – Birmingham

★★★✰✰ When I think of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) under David Bintley I think of tradition with a capital T and the latest double bill underlines that in spades.

Federico Bonelli and Natalia Osipova in Strapless.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Wheeldon bill: Strapless, After the Rain, Within the Golden Hour – London

★★★✰✰ Wheeldon’s talents are on display, as well as the Royal Ballet’s dancers. A pity, then, that Strapless has been exposed without previews to sort out its weaknesses.

Laura Morera in Song of the Earth (with Edward Watson in full version).© Tristram Kenton, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Laura Morera – Principal, The Royal Ballet

“I’ve never won a prize before…” on the day Laura Morera won an Outstanding award at the National Dance Awards, Margaret Willis had a long chat with the excited, and much loved, Royal Ballet principal…

Sophie Laplane, Eve Mutso and Christopher Harrison in Cinderella.© Andy Ross, Scottish Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Cinderella – Inverness

★★★★✰ DanceTabs reviewed the Scottish Ballet premiere of Cinderella and now we catch up with the last show of the season – which also happened to be Eve Mutso’s last performance with the company.

Unspecified work in Gemma Bond's Harvest bill.© Kathryn Wirsing. (Click image for larger version)

Gemma Bond – Harvest: Being, Manner, Depuis le Jour, Then and Again – New York

★★★✰✰ ” Bond’s strength, for now, lies in a kind of old-fashioned insistence on beauty and her ability to coax sensitive, generous performances out of her dancers.”

Francesca Hayward and James Hay in Rhapsody.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Rhapsody, The Two Pigeons – London

★★★★★ “What a joy to have Rhapsody back in its original setting…”

Steven McRae with Benjamin Ella and Yasmine Naghdi in Rhapsody.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Rhapsody (2 Casts: Osipova, McRae & Hayward, Hay)

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Sylvie Guillem. © Gilles Tapie. (Click image for larger version)

2015 Dance Memories – London

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

Bethany Kingsley-Garner and Christopher Harrison in Cinderella.© Andy Ross, Scottish Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Cinderella – Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet are touring Christopher Hampson’s “Cinderella” this Christmas – Graham Watts was at the European premiere in Edinburgh for DanceTabs…

Svetlana Zakharova and Edvin Revazov in Lady of the Camellias.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Lady of the Camellias – live cinema screening

Dance on film is a tricky thing. On the one hand it provides a unique opportunity to see dance up close and to see foreign repertoires and artists; on the other, it lacks the intangible live chemistry that can electrify an opera house.

Valeri Hristov, Marianela Nunez and Edward Watson in Monotones II.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version

Royal Ballet – Monotones I & II, The Two Pigeons – London

Monotones II: Audiences are now accustomed to the manic acrobatic contortions of modern choreography, so it is rewarding to see the rigour with which the three performers (Marianela Nunez, Valeri Hristov and Edward Watson) control their elasticity.

Vadim Muntagirov and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Two Pigeons.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Monotones, The Two Pigeons

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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…

Ballet Memphis in Gabrielle Lamb's I Am A Woman: Moult.© Ari Denison. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Memphis – Confluence, I Am a Woman: Moult, The Darting Eyes, Politics – New York

Without a doubt, the most eccentric piece on the program is Gabrielle Lamb’s I Am a Woman: Moult, originally commissioned as part of an evening of works by women choreographers. (A noble cause.) …

Gillian Murphy and Sterling Baca in After You by Mark Morris.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – After You, Monotones I & II, Brahms-Haydn Variations – New York

ABT galas are more laid-back than City Ballet’s; they’re less “produced,” with fewer speeches or slick video presentations. For the most part, the company just gets on with the show, with minimum fuss.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Balanchine's Theme and Variations.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Themes & Variations, Enigma Variations, The King Dances – London

The 28-strong cast rose to the challenge of Themes and Variations, with its tricky footwork and complicated formations…

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.

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