What’s on in the ballet world

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Hello ballet lovers!

If you’re interested in starting to learn ballet, why not go and get inspired by watching the pro’s do it. This year for Christmas the Queensland Ballet are performing the beloved ‘Nut Cracker’ at QPAC in south bank. Even if you’ve seen the Queensland Ballet perform before, you won’t be any less blown away by the talent and exquisite art form before your eyes. With beautiful costumes, stage sets and of course the incredible dancers let’s see if you can even spot out some of the techniques you are learning right now! But hurry Ballerina’s as theres only a few tickets left! – Buy your tickets here!

But even if you can’t make it to see the show, luckily  you won’t completely miss out. The courier mail have organised a special screening at the Piazza  on the 21st of December. The Piazza will come alive with sparkling dance, stunning sets and costumes, bringing the enchanted production and its host of fanciful characters to life. There’s entertainment beforehand from 5pm with the screening at 6pm!

The Courier-Mail Piazza, The Parklands, South Bank, 4101, Queensland, Australia

Here’s a little inspiration, a behind the scenes video for the Queensland Ballet Nutcracker:


And don’t forget to keep stretching those feet!

The Ballet Bible x

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Guangzhou Ballet Troupe: East and West get in step

The Guangzhou Ballet Troupe, one of China’s largest ballet companies, went to the West Coast for a performance on Friday, October 21st, at the Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver.


The Guangzhou Ballet Troupe was started in 1994 by Zhang Dandan, a former dancer with the National Ballet of China. In the company’s inaugural performance in Vancouver, the troupe will be performing a selection of excerpts from their extensive repertoire of western ballets such as Le Corsaire, Swan Lake and Don Quixote and Chinese contemporary and classical ballets such as That Day, This Moment and Butterfly Lovers.

via Guangzhou Ballet Troupe: East and West get in step.

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The Manassas Ballet Theatre company kicks off its season with classic ‘Sleepy Hollow’ tale

The Manassas Ballet Theatre company will perform “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Saturday October 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday October 23 at 3 p.m.

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The production opens the company’s 2011-12 season, which also includes “The Nutcracker,” “Peter and the Wolf” and “Swan Lake.” All productions are held at the Hylton center and accom­panied by the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra.

The ballet is an interpretation of the classic short story by Wash­ington Irving, in which Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones battle for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, and an encounter with the mys­terious Headless Horseman one autumn evening tips the scales in one suitor’s favor.

via Ballet company kicks off its season with classic ‘Sleepy Hollow’ tale | InsideNova.

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‘China: Art of a Nation’ at Kennedy Center festival

Since its appearance in 2005, the 60-member National Ballet of China has fully embraced “modernism.”


Someone once said that ballet and modern dance would merge when a contemporary dancer donned toe shoes and ballerinas went barefoot. Well, that did happen in an Alvin Ailey piece years ago, and it was evident again last week in the dance kickoff of “China: The Art of a Nation,” at the Kennedy Center now through October.

via ‘China: Art of a Nation’ at Kennedy Center festival – baltimoresun.com.

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When men wear tutus…

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, or simply “The Trocks,” is an American all-male drag ballet corps that has taken the world by storm over the past thirty years with their comedy drag ballet.


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Can you imagine grown men in tutus, corsets and giant pointe shoes executing double tours en l’air and fouetts? That’s what happens when the Trocks take the stage. Their name is short for Les Ballet Trockaderos de Monte Carlo, an all-male comedy ballet troupe in drag.

As the busiest all-men ballet troupe in the world, they average 125 to 140 performances a year. They touch down in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen in September and October.

via When men wear tutus…|Sunday Kaleidoscope|chinadaily.com.cn.


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China’s high-energy ballet is on trend – The Washington Post

The National Ballet of China grows and improves its way of presenting classical Western dance as China grows its wealth and global ambitions.


On the one hand, there was something charmingly old-fashioned about the program the 60-member company performed Thursday at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. (The series ends Saturday.) The two Chinese works — excerpts from “The Red Detachment of Women” from 1964 and “The Yellow River” from 1999 — featured heroic, social-realist ensemble choreography that brought to mind early works by Martha Graham (in, say, “Panorama” and “Sketches from ‘Chronicle’ ”). Fists punched skyward, emotions were exaggerated and, within a few bars of music, indignation or joy could snowball into a mass demonstration.

On the other hand, this company is unabashedly modern. Its approach to ballet — with crisp execution, six o’clock extensions for men as well as women, and the occasional back flip — is in line with current aesthetics. Whether on the stage or in the gymnastics arena (this evening borrowed from both), audiences respond appreciatively to high energy and unwavering form. This troupe has both in spades. It is on the leading edge of the athletic trend in ballet.

via China’s high-energy ballet is on trend – The Washington Post.


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Hallberg Talks About Joining The Bolshoi Ballet : NPR

David Hallberg, a South Dakota native and one of the most talented male dancers in the world, is the first foreign dancer to become a “premier” dancer with the famed Bolshoi Ballet. He will, however, remain as a principal dancer with the New York-based American Ballet Theater.

MELISSA BLOCK, host: Russia’s legendary Bolshoi Ballet is making history. For the first time, a foreigner – an American, no less – will join the Bolshoi as a principal dancer. He is 29-year-old David Hallberg, who’s currently with American Ballet Theatre in New York.

Hallberg has wowed critics and audiences with his strength, precision, elegance and nobility on the stage. Now, he’s taking his talents to Moscow. He told me that when he got the offer, he was stunned.

via Hallberg Talks About Joining The Bolshoi Ballet : NPR.


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National Ballet of Canada celebrates 60th anniversary with a tour stop in Vancouver

The National Ballet of Canada will perform The Man in Black by James Kudelka, The second detail and Emergence by choreographer Crystal Pite at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday & Saturday, September 23 & 24 at 8 pm, and a matinee on Sunday, September 25 at 2 pm.

To celebrate its 60th anniversary and new season the National Ballet of Canada is taking its show on the road and for the first time in four years it will be here in Vancouver.

The Toronto-based company is set to take over the Queen Elizabeth Stage for three performances. Each show consists of four distinct pieces, three of which are making their Vancouver debut.

via National Ballet of Canada celebrates 60th anniversary with a tour stop in Vancouver.


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Russian Ballet in Abu Dhabi

The Diaghilev festival and Ballet Russes will be performing for the first time in the UAE at the Emirates Palace Auditorium on 22 September, 2011. Russian Ballet stars will present two masterpieces of the legendary impresario Sergei Diaghilev’s repertoire – Chopiniana by Frederic Chopin and Polovets Dances by Alexander Borodin.


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Following its huge success worldwide the Diaghilev Festival is set for an exhilarating performance in Abu Dhabi. The ballet troupe has performed at the Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and in London at the London Coliseum, as well as in all of the major cities in Russia, Byelorussia and the Ukraine, and now they are set to perform at the Emirates Palace Auditorium on 22 September, 2011.

via Russian Ballet in Abu Dhabi – Features – Ahlan! Live.


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Top American dancers unite for a ballet triumph in New Orleans | NOLA.com

Gregory Schramel and Marjorie Hardwick combined top dancers from Miami, Atlanta and New York into one company with shows in Baton Rouge and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.


Saturday’s concert, which closed the Fall series for the New Orleans Ballet Theatre, underscored the ambitions of the husband-and-wife creative team who founded the ad hoc troupe in 2003. Hardwick and Schramel could have pleased ballet fanatics simply by staging a series of pas de deux. Instead they presented George Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” (with spectacular live accompaniment from pianist Jesse Reeks), and balanced that effervescent celebration of Gershwin’s music, with a reprise of Schramel’s “Patriotism,” a dark-hued narrative piece about honor and ritual suicide.

via Top American dancers unite for a ballet triumph in New Orleans | NOLA.com.


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