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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.

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2016 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 17th National Dance Awards,

Mark Samaras and Mia Labuschagne in Sharon Watson's Repetition (2) Change.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central – 2016 Tour – Tonbridge

★★★✰✰   Ballet Central’s 2016 tour visits 17 theatres with 8 diverse works. Bruce Marriott catches up with one of the paciest nights of dance you will find…

Yakatarina Verbosovich and Chase Johnsey.© Zoran Jelenic. (Click image for larger version)

Chase Johnsey, Dancer, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Yet again the Trocks had a fabulous critical reception during their Autumn UK tour and mentioned in nearly every review was Chase Johnsey, or in Trocks speak their petite ballerina Yakatarina Verbosovich. So what makes Chase/Yakatarina tick? Time for an interview…

Chase Johnsey and Giovanni Goffredo, as Yekaterina Verbosovich and Sergey Legupski, in Paquita.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – London & UK Tour Bills – London

So a tip to the wise up front – see them in London while you can or catch them on their subsequent UK tour….

Chase Johnsey and Giovanni Goffredo, as Yekaterina Verbosovich and Sergey Legupski, in Paquita.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in Paquita and The Dying Swan

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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.

Doug Fullington, in the studio with Marian Smith, working on Giselle at Pacific Northwest Ballet.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Doug Fullington – on Stepanov Notation

Some of the great 19 century Russian ballet classics were recorded in Stepanov notation – Doug Fullington is one of the few people in the world who can understand Stepanov’s hieroglyphics and what they represent for those looking to do justice to the past…

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TanzOlymp 2014 – Berlin

For four days, over 1,000 young dancers from 35 countries competed – with smiles – in the eleventh TanzOlymp, a dance competition for students from the ages of 8 to 21.

Juliet Burnett in Paquita.© Jeff Busby for Australian Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Juliet Burnett on Injury and Rehab – part 4 and back on stage

Someone wise once said that the journey is as important as the destination…

Staatsballett Berlin in The Nutcracker.© Bettina Stoess. (Click image for larger version)

Staatsballett Berlin – The Nutcracker (premiere) – Berlin

Christmas is nearly here and Staatsballett Berlin are celebrating early with a brand new Nutcracker. Margaret Willis visits Berlin for us…

Juliet Burnett.© James Braund & Australian Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Juliet Burnett on Injury and Rehab – part 3

Juliet Burnett (a Senior Artist with Australian Ballet) is in unchartered territory – injured and offstage for the first time in over 10 years. We are following her rehab – Part 3: “Now pain-free…”

Juliet Burnett - the house painter!© Juliet Burnett. (Click image for larger version)

Juliet Burnett on Injury and Rehab – part 2

Juliet Burnett (a Senior Artist with Australian Ballet) is in unchartered territory – injured and offstage for the first time in over 10 years. We are following her rehab – Part 2: “Stress reaction, not stress fracture”

Juliet Burnett in rehearsal for Paquita.© Lynette Wills. (Click image for larger version)

Juliet Burnett on Injury and Rehab – part 1

Juliet Burnett (a Senior Artist with Australian Ballet) is in unchartered territory – injured and offstage for the first time in over 10 years. We are following her rehab: a fascinating insight into the private reality of dancers’ lives…

Virginia Johnson.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

Virginia Johnson – Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem

Wherever Virginia Johnson goes, she seems to travel on a cloud, with a kind of regal composure few possess in our day. She appears imperturbable…

Ye Lim Choi and Sung-Woo Han in Giselle, Act 2 Pas de Deux:.© Sunkyung Jang. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Seoul International Dance Competition, 10th Anniversary Gala

20 pictures by Sunkyung Jang

Austlian Ballet in David McAllister's Overture.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – 50th Anniversary Gala – Melbourne

It was a program that harkened back to the big international Galas of previous years, as well as a nice reference to the company’s first years, when artists including Sonia Arova, Erik Bruhn, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev guest-starred.

Anna Pavlova in Russian costume. From 1911. Courtesy of BFI ©. (Click image for larger version)

Anna Pavlova on Screen – London

Rambert provided the marvellous quote: ‘Pavlova excited in people the desire to dance where Diaghilev inspired in people a love of ballet and a love of choreography’.

Itzik Galili's The Sofa in the 4 Tendances programme. © Sigrid Colomyes. (Click image for larger version)

Bordeaux Opera Ballet – In The Steps Of Petipa and 4 Tendances – Hong Kong

The company brought two contrasting programmes, one classical, In the Steps of Petipa, and one modern, 4 Tendances (Four Tendencies). Of the two, the dancers looked far more at home in the contemporary pieces…

Noe Soulier. © Benedict Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

Noe Soulier / Frauke Requardt & Freddie Opoku-Addaie – Mixed Bill – London

Soulier has created two thoughtful and captivating dance works from the ingenious simplicity of systematically cataloguing the building blocks of ballet and then having some deconstructive fun by shifting these basic elements around.

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