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2016 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2016 were presented today at a ceremony in London, hosted by Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the creative team behind the highly successful dance company, Boy Blue Entertainment.

Alina Cojocaru and Osiel Gouneo in Swan Lake.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – London

★★★★✰   The entire company looks strong and well disciplined.

Lawrence Rines.© Vikki Sloviter Portrait Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Lawrence Rines – Boston Ballet, Corps de Ballet

“I feel as though now that I’m older, working smart is the best thing as a dancer and artist. It’s not about NOT trying as hard as when I was younger, but really thinking about things.”

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English National Ballet announces promotions and new joiners for the 2015/2016 Season

English National Ballet announces promotions and new joiners for the 2015/2016 Season Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, has today announced promotions within the Company and details of new joiners for…

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…

Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring in Liam Scarlett's Acheron.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Acheron (Scarlett premiere), Vespro, Spectral Evidence – New York

Acheron, Liam Scarlett’s new piece, revealed a choreographer of prodigious imagination and compositional craft, adept at building an atmosphere and suffusing it with traces of meaning.

Marjin Rademaker and Edward Watson in Javier de Frutos' 3 with D.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ivan Putrov – Men in Motion (2014) – London

…the men Ivan Putrov has chosen for his latest Men in Motion programme are exceptional dance-interpreters, not self-glorifiers…

World Stars of Ballet line-up (l to r): Lisa Macuja, Paloma Herrera, Yevgeny Ivanchenko, Daria Pavlenko, Maxim Beloserkovsky, David Makhateli, Aleksandra Timofeeva, Dmitri Gruzdev, Yolanda Correa Frias and Yoel Carreno.© Ocs Alvares. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Manila – World Stars of Ballet Gala – Manila

A 40-hour round trip to watch a ballet gala on the other side of the world might be seen as a trifle obsessive by some and perhaps it is. But galas tend to be two a penny these days and this one was certainly very different, both in terms of being in aid of a unique and wonderful cause and in the spectacular diversity of remarkable dancing…

DanceEast Rural Retreat 2012 group photograph.© Eamonn McCabe. (Click image for larger version)

DanceEast Rural Retreat – Dance leaders call for re-branding of Dance

I went to the final get-together of of the Rural Retreat on Monday at the House of Commons. I’ve been to a few of these wrap-up sessions now and they are good for…

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