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English National Ballet School publicity image for the 2017 Summer Performance.© ENB School. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet School – Summer Performance 2017 – London

★★★★✰   The highlight of the second half of the programme was Mats Ek’s Pas de Danse, staged by his assistant, Pompea Santoro.

Bethany Headland, Alexander Nuttall, Alexandra Cameron-Martin and Diogo Barbosa in Kristen McNally's Moonshine.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre – Quint-Essential bill of Five New Ballets – London

★★★✰✰   Some of these pieces are more successful than others but the dancers seize the opportunities with relish…

Diogo Barbosa in Valentino Zucchetti's Enticement's Lure.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New English Ballet Theatre in Land of Nod, Strangers, Moonshine and Enticement’s Lure

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Tiffany Hedman and Daniel Kraus in Morgann Runacre-Temple's Give My Love to The Sunrise.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2015 – London

Of the three Choreographics evenings to date I thought this was the best, with all the pieces feeling buffed-up, thought about and nobody making a huge wrong turn.

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English National Ballet 2015/16 Season

Full press release of English National Ballet’s 2015/16 Season.

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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….

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 Burer, surrounded by Nathan Brhane, Daniel Cooke, Thomas Van Damme and Wentao Li in Hans van Manen's Kwintet.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – DNB Junior Company in Kwintet and Dawn Dances

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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.

Akram Khan and ENB dancers in Khan's Dust.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget: No Man’s Land, Second Breath, Dust, Firebird – London

Dust is a resounding success for Khan as creator, Rojo as artistic director and both as performers.

Tamara Rojo and Akram Khan at today's press briefing.© David Jensen. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet Announces 2014 Season and New Barbican Performances

Award winning British choreographers Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett will all create new works for English National Ballet, as part of a programme of dance inspired by the centenary of the Great War.

Araminta Wraith & Shevelle Dynott in Tamarin Stott's Work in Progress.© Arnaud Stephenson. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics – A Letter to… – London

I hope ENB do lots more short and sweet choreographic initiatives to real audiences. Well done all, great to have a go – now do more.

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English National Ballet – New Choreographers and New Music – Choreographics, A Letter To…

English National Ballet dancers turn choreographers when five of them get a chance to create new works in collaboration with students from the Royal College of Music…

Daniela Oddi and Mlindi Kulashe in My First Cinderella.© David Jensen. (Click image for larger version)

ENB2 – My First Cinderella – London

As I say ultimately the kids on the afternoon I was there had a good old time. But I’d like to think that something where the steps assume greater significance will show little people even more of the joy of dance.

Sergei Polunin in Narcisse.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

2012 Dance Memories – London

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

Artistic Director Tamara Rojo Announces English National Ballet New Season

To be honest I don’t think her first announcements are a landmark in repertoire terms – but it was never going to be unless some ballet fairy deposited a few extra million in the company coffers to allow instant change.

Eugenia Brezzi - and Katya Bourvis, Hayley Blackburn in George Wiliamson's Threefold.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre – Synergies bill – London

All in all, this was a programme that delivered what Karen Pilkington-Miksa and her team set out to achieve for which she (and they) deserve our considerable applause. …NEBT allows one more throw of the die but these young dancers still need a “double 6” to win contracts for more sustainable jobs.

New English Ballet Theatre – Inaugural performances, 4-8 July, London

Synergies is an exciting programme of world renowned choreography and four premieres by young emerging choreographers. NEBT’s dancers will perform alongside guest artists Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares, only on the gala night of July 5th…

English National Ballet – Beyond Ballet Russes, Programme 1 – London

Firebird: To Williamson’s credit, the action, though baffling, never palls. He knows how to deploy a diverse cast, using an interesting vocabulary of classical ballet steps and partnering. He’s obviously fired up his dancers to commit themselves to their roles, flaunting their glitzy costumes with panache. But it’s a muddled piece, overpowered by Stravinsky’s myth-making music.

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