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Third year students Breanna Foad and Rentaro Nakaaki, who join English National Ballet next season.© Jesus Vallinas. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet School – Summer Performance – London

★★★✰✰   This summer’s showcase of English National Ballet School’s students was the first under its new director, Carlos Valcarcel… The Wimbledon programme consisted of two creations by him, two by students, and excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty as a conclusion.

Students of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in Garden of Dreams.© Teresa Wood. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Across America – Opening Night Celebration 2017 – Washington

★★★★✰   Ballet Across America – a festival that showcases the stylistic, creative and geographical diversity of American ballet – returned to the Kennedy Center this month…

Sarasota Ballet in Frederick Ashton's Facade.© Frank Atura. (Click image for larger version)

Sarasota Ballet – A Knight of the British Ballet (Ashton bill) – New York

★★★✰✰   The Sarasota dancers, who do so much Ashton, truly understand the style. As the evening progresses, one feels it more and more.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Nutcracker – San Francisco

The first time I saw San Francisco Ballet’s current production of The Nutcracker, a little boy sitting in front of us turned to his mother and whispered, “It’s magic!” Eleven years later, to the very day, it’s still a magical experience.

Romany Pajdak, Grace Blundell, Chisato Katsura, Iana Salenko, Steven McRae and Gina Storm-Jensen in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

This Nutcracker production has the best conclusion of any…

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.

Aakash Odedra in Nritta.© Kajal Nisha Patel. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 5: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Pontus Lidberg Dance, Aakash Odedra Company, Sarasota Ballet – New York

The word transcendent gets tossed around a lot, overused, especially in the performing arts. But if one performer deserves it at this year’s Fall For Dance Festival, it is Aakash Odedra.

Natalia Osipova in rehearsals at the ROH for A Month in the Country.© ROH, 2014. Photographed by Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Frederick Ashton Remembered – Ashton Foundation Masterclasses & In Step with Fred film screenings

As The Royal Ballet prepares to celebrate Frederick Ashton with an all Ashton quad bill, two other events have also been celebrating the work of the Royal Ballet’s founder choreographer…

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Kin.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Les Rendezvous, Kin., Elite Syncopations – High Wycombe

I was suitably sent home happy.

Danielle Brown and Ricardo Rhodes in Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering.© Frank Atura. (Click image for larger version)

Sarasota Ballet – Sir Frederick Ashton Festival, Programmes 1-4 – Sarasota

Both as a tribute to Ashton and as a coming-out party, it’s hard to imagine how the festival could have gone better. The ballets are in good hands.

Sarasota Ballet's Jamie Carter and Christine Peixoto in Les Patineurs.© Linda Spillers. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Across America – Sarasota, Washington and Pennsylvania Ballet – Washington

I am happy to report that the biggest discovery of the second program was The Sarasota Ballet, a company founded in 1991 and currently directed by former Royal Ballet dancer Iain Webb…

Oregon Ballet Theatre's Damian Drake, Paul DeStrooper and Alison Roper in Almost Mozart.© Blaine Truitt Covert. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Across America – Richmond Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet – Washington

It’s a celebration of American ballet from coast to coast and a vivid snapshot of its diversity of style and repertory.

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