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Lauren King and New York City Ballet in The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Nutcracker – New York

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker… has been described as a “symphony of childhood”; it is that, and more.

Yasmine Naghdi in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Dave Morgan… in the leads are Iana Salenko and Steven McRae.

Svetlana Zakharova and Edvin Revazov in Lady of the Camellias.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Lady of the Camellias – live cinema screening

Dance on film is a tricky thing. On the one hand it provides a unique opportunity to see dance up close and to see foreign repertoires and artists; on the other, it lacks the intangible live chemistry that can electrify an opera house.

Ashley Shaw in Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims in Alvin Ailey's Revelations.© Andrew Eccles. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Toccata, After the Rain pdd, Awakening, Revelations – New York

Every fall, just after Thanksgiving, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater sets up shop at City Center, as sure a sign of the season as Christmas carols at the grocery store.

Megan Wright in Mainframe.© Benjamin Hersh. (Click image for larger version)

Katharine Hawthorne – Mainframe – San Francisco

Vintage Macintosh computers play a central role in Mainframe, a new evening-length dance-theater work by San Francisco choreographer Katherine Hawthorne.

Shelly Watson and Laura Careless in Nutcracker Rouge.© Mark Shelby Perry. (Click image for larger version)

Company XIV – Nutcracker Rouge – New York

There are many alternative Nutcrackers out there, but hands down, Nutcracker Rouge has got to be one of the all-time best.

Leila McMillan's Family Portrait.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Leila McMillan’s Wild Card curated evening: this way, that way

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Emilia Gisladdottir in Carmen.© Jesus Vallinas. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Spain – Carmen – Cannes

More from the Cannes Dance Festival and director Brigitte Lefèvre definitely kept the best for the last night with Johan Inger’s full-length production of Carmen performed by the National Ballet of Spain…

Souleymane Badolo in Yimbégré.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Souleymane Badolo – Yimbégré – New York

What constitutes an African dance? What meaning lies behind the steps? Souleymane Badolo, born and trained in Burkina Faso and a resident of Brooklyn since 2009, has been exploring this question for years…

Michael Flatley in Lord of the Dance.© Brian Doherty for Rapa Investments. (Click image for larger version)

Michael Flatley – Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – New York

Somewhere between Liberace and James Brown, there exists an entity otherwise known as Michael Flatley. His flamboyance – the blousy, satin shirts, the glittering jackets – knows no bounds, nor does his insistent, swaggering virility.

Cannes Dance Festival – Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse: The Beast and Beauty, Lyon Opera Ballet: Kylian bill – Cannes

For the festival Brigitte Lefèvre chose an eclectic mixture of popular and audacious programmes from twelve different companies – mainly regional French companies… some smaller independent groups and international companies from Korea, Argentina and Spain.

José Manuel Carreño.© Chris Hardy. (Click image for larger version)

José Manuel Carreño – Artistic director of Silicon Valley Ballet

José Manuel Carreño on being a great Cuban dancer, now director of Silicon Valley Ballet, and the strong relations developing between the USA and Cuba and what that means for ballet.

Marie-Louise Hertog in Henry.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Scapino Ballet in Henry

Gallery by Stephen Wright…

Flora Wellesley Wesley and Eleanor Sikorski in Eleanor And Flora Music by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Nora – BLOODY NORA!, Eleanor And Flora Music, Digging – London

Endearing, intelligent and enterprising, Sikorski and Wellesley Wesley will find the right format for Nora to flourish.

Karla Doorbar and Joseph Caley in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Dave Morgan of Sir Peter Wright’s much admired production now being danced on its 25th anniversary…

Nathan Young and Adam Kirkham in Piece No.43.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – Conceal | Reveal bill – London

It sounds like a great combination, and had some stunning moments, but turned out to be an oddly uneven experience in the theatre…

Flora Wellesley Wesley and Eleanor Sikorski in BLOODY NORA! by Liz Aggiss.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Nora in BLOODY NORA!, Eleanor And Flora Music, Digging

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Yu-Hsien Wu, Adam Kirkham and Nathan Young in Broken Fall.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Russell Maliphant Company in Conceal | Reveal bill

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

From an English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson's class.© Rachel Cherry. (Click image for larger version)

Dance for Parkinson’s and English National Ballet

Last month English National Ballet and Roehampton University held an event at London’s Sadler’s Wells to talk about their joint work on helping those with Parkinson’s disease: “Dance for Parkinson’s Evidence of Impact – Moving Forward”. Jann Parry reports for DanceTabs…

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