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Mikhail Fokine.© & courtesy of Isabelle Fokine and Fokine Estate Archive. (Click image for larger version)

The Work of Mikhail Fokine – Q&A with Isabelle Fokine

Born in Paris in 1958, Isabelle Fokine is the daughter of Vitale Fokine and granddaughter of choreographer Mikhail Fokine. She is artistic director of the Fokine Estate Archive, which holds the worldwide copyright to his work.

Shiori Kase.© ENB. (Click image for larger version)

Shiori Kase – First Soloist, English National Ballet

5 Questions to Shiori Kase. ENB soloist Shiori Kase is on a roll – only yesterday promoted to First Soloist (as of September), she’s just won a Gold Medal at the prestigious Jackson International Ballet Competition in the USA and is about to make her debut in Coppelia…

Chisato Katsura and Reece Clarke in Raymonda Act III.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance – London

Question… What’s the biggest audience noise you will ever hear in ballet? Answer… The roar of the audience at the end of the Royal Ballet School show at the Opera House.

Mercedes Schindler and Joshua Barwick in Valentino Zucchetti's Orbital Motion.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre – Tryst: Devotion and Betrayal bill – London

If you are keen on seeing new work, this is an attractive package of five varied pieces which is very well presented.

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.

Rachael McLaren and Kirven Douthit-Boyd in Wayne McGregor's Chroma.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Lincoln Center Programs A & B – New York

Since becoming artistic director at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011, Robert Battle has been steadily mixing up the company’s repertory, adding works by choreographers beyond its usual range: Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, and Wayne McGregor, to name just three.

Tara-Brigitte Bhavani & Romany Pajdak in Ludovic Ondiviela's Untitled, Draft Works 2014.© Tristram Kenton / ROH, 2014. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2014 – London

At the outset I have to say I thought this year was one of the better years and we should all feel encouraged at the creativity on show.

Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – London

…in the autumn of their dancing careers Acosta and Rojo put on a stunning display that brought many in the audience to their feet come the end.

Steven McRae (with Marcelino Sambe, Matthew Ball, Luca Acri and Tomas Mock) in Alastair Marriott's Connectome.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Dream, Connectome, Concert – London

In the Royal Ballet’s last programme for this season two old favourites frame the first performances of Alastair Marriott’s latest work, Connectome. It’s a well-balanced evening and gives the new piece every chance to shine.

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…

Natalia Osipova in Alastair Marriott's Connectome.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Dream, Connectome (premiere) and The Concert

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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The Cottier Dance Project – Glasgow, 22-27 June

Glasgow’s West End Festival gets a dance component this year – curator Freya Jeffs tells all on the plans…

Zoe White, John O'Gara and Alice Handford in Leanne King's Toots Goes to Charleston.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central – 2014 Tour – London

Of all the school shows I most appreciate the one by Central School of Ballet. Their show, under the name Ballet Central, invariably has the widest range of dance, from ballet to contemporary to musical theatre and more. And importantly they tour it…

Vladimir Malakhov and Beatrice Knopp in Hans van Manen’s The Old Man and Me.© Sergei Andreetsev. (Click image for larger version)

Two Russian Galas – Dance Open in St. Petersburg, Soul of Dance in Moscow

Margaret Willis has been busy: in St. Petersburg at the Dance Open Festival Gala and 2 days later in Moscow at the Soul of Dance Ballet Gala. And important awards were given at both…

Eric Underwood, Melissa Hamilton and Marcelino Sambe in Alexander Whitley's All That is Solid Melts Into Air.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Alexander Whitley – All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, The Measures Taken – London

But this is a really enterprising and unusual use of the Linbury space that leaves you with an intense curiosity to see what Whitley does next.

Alexander Whitley Dance Company in Whitley's The Measures Taken.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Alexander Whitley: The Measures Taken and All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Featuring The Royal Ballet and Alexander Whitley Dance Company. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Jacqueline Clark, Yuhui Choe, Leticia Stock and Francesca Hayward in Liam Scarlett's Sweet Violets.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Serenade, Sweet Violets, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse – London

It’s always good to get back to mixed programmes after one of the Royal Ballet’s long runs of blockbusters, and better still when the first item on the bill is Balanchine’s timeless Serenade.

Helen Crawford, Hikaru Kobayashi, Lauren Cuthbertson, Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Claire Calvert in Serenade.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Serenade, Sweet Violets, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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.

Yuhui Choe and Kenta Kura in Mayuri Boonham's The Human Edge.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Mayuri Boonham – Ex Nihilo, The Human Edge – London

Boonham’s second piece provided some compensation. The title, ‘The Human Edge’, provides the clue to this, perhaps – a piece with feelings and emotions to be communicated.

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