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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.

The 7 Fingers in an extract from Triptyque.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells Sampled, the dance taster festival – London

★★★★✰ 2016 marks the tenth annual “Sadler’s Wells Sampled,” a January taster of the London dance house’s upcoming season.

San Francisco Ballet School students in the Waltz of the Hours from Balanchine's Coppélia.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Opening Night Gala – San Francisco

★★★✰✰ By way of a défilé, the evening opened with the “Waltz of the Hours” from Balanchine and Danilova’s Coppélia …Soloist Jennifer Stahl led two dozen girls from the SFB School, adorable in cotton-candy tutus.

Sara Mearns and Tyler Angle in Peter Martins' Barber Violin Concerto.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Music Director’s Choice: Barber Violin Concerto, Fancy Free, Who Cares?, Candide (Overture) – New York

★★★✰✰ Lauren Gallagher at New York City Ballet’s Winter Season Opening where they introduced their new music director, Andrew Litton, in some style by naming the bill “Music Director’s Choice”…

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…

Brooklyn Mack.© Washington Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

A chat with Brooklyn Mack, Washington Ballet & English National Ballet Guest Artist

Brooklyn Mack dances with Washington Ballet but has recently been wowing British audiences with English National Ballet in their wonderful “Le Corsaire”. Margaret Willis, much impressed, caught up with him for a chat…

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.”

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…

Anastasia Turchina in Don Quixote.© Marina Vatanskaya, Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan. (Click image for larger version)

Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan – Don Quixote – Guildford

The company, based on the shores of the Caspian Sea, successfully toured the UK in 2013 and has returned again with 37 (from its full company of 65) dancers, offering the popular favourites including its latest “Don Quixote”, which made for a most enjoyable evening.

Simone Damberg Wurtz and Miguel Altunaga in Kim Brandstrup's Transfigured Night.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Transfigured Night, Frames, Rooster – Birmingham

Transfigured Night is a piece I could watch many times and find new things in…

© Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

2015 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 16th National Dance Awards,

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.

Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton in Swan Lake.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

Opening night cast of Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton reviewed + some thoughts on Delia Mathews and Brandon Lawrence…

Delia Mathews and Brandon Lawrence in Swan Lake.© Andrew Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Swan Lake (Mathews and Lawrence) – Birmingham

Some partnership work because the dancers are so different and others, as here, work because they share a style and approach – unaffected, nuanced, true and richly musical.

Sara Mearns in Peter Martins' Swan Lake.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

Martins’ Swan Lake tries to be too many things to too many people.

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….

Matt Donnelly, Lana Jones and Lisa Bolte in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty.© Kate Longley. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – Melbourne

With a feast of baroque extravagance that would please the Sun King himself David McAllister’s new Sleeping Beauty for the Australian Ballet is destined for a long life in the company’s repertoire.

Julio Bocca.© Leo Barizzoni. (Click image for larger version)

Julio Bocca – Director Ballet Nacional SODRE in Montevideo

Julio Bocca, much loved but now no longer dancing, has a new life in Montevideo, running Ballet Nacional SODRE. Marina Harss talks to a busy man rebuilding his company – fast…

Irina Kolesnikova in La Bayadere.© Konstanin Tachkin. (Click image for larger version)

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre – La Bayadere – London

I’m rather conflicted about the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre (SPBT) La Bayadere. On the one hand I recognise some great dancers and dancing when I see it and on the other hand none of it really added up to create a truly satisfying whole.

St Peterburg Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

St Peterburg Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – London

Kolesnikova supplies such poetry and ardour in her finely judged delivery of the role that it is definitely worth seeing for that alone…

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