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7 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Fifteen-year-old Gearóid Solan has been accepted into the upper level of the Royal Ballet School at Covent Garden beginning with the fall term having received a waiver to the minimum entrance age of sixteen. He’s Irish – as in born,...

A White Demon Love Song

14 hours agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

A staple in the repertoire of all major ballet companies, Giselle has always been an audience favourite. Romantic ballet fans will have a sentimental connection with this quintessential story dealing with man’s encounter with supernatural characters. They cherish not only its iconic solos, the challenges they pose to the the central ballerina and her partner  […]


14 hours agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

In the last two years Twitter has widely grown in popularity. Even though it has been labeled a fad like other social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, etc.), it continues to flourish and establish itself as one of the most effective and versatile social media channels. Twitter can be used as a tool for staying […]

We’ve Moved!!!!

14 hours agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

We have finally moved on to our own brand new home at We are currently in the process of forwarding and cross-checking all the links  and articles here to the new website and soon you will be automatically redirected. In the meantime find out what The Bag Ladies have been up  to & read […]

Have It All

14 hours agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

New year, time to update our calendars and balletic schedules. In this post we share our essential ballet picks for 2010. With many of our favourite dances and dancers, plus so many companies stopping by London, we are feeling like seven-year-olds at large in a candy store. The difference being that ballet candy is somewhat […]

Never An Easy Way

14 hours agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The battle to become a professional ballerina is tough enough for a middle-class European girl. For [Isabella] Coracy, it often feels like an insurmountable challenge. “These are not one-night wonders,” Finzi says. “This is not The X Factor.”  Dom Philips and Sarah Maslin Nir reporting on “Only When I Dance” for The Times While we […]

Sleeping Beauty Roundup

14 hours agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

A while ago we wrote about the joys of seeing different casts in the same ballet.  While classics such as The Sleeping Beauty do not leave much room for highly individual interpretations of the central roles they still provide an interesting study of technical and artistic abilities of different ballerinas. In that spirit we took […]

Kool Thing

14 hours agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

As we prepare to send off 2009 and embrace a new decade, we look back into what was hot, fun & fab around the ballet blogosphere to pick our favorite things this year. Feel free to share yours too. Favorite Blog Posts Haglund Heel’s “ABT needs a Mayerling” campaign The coolest ballet campaign of the […]

Dancing Shoes

14 hours agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

A small miracle took place when Italian ballerina Marie Taglioni first rose en pointe. She elevated a simple shoe into a tool for conveying sublime artistry. While it takes a ballerina long years and endless hours of training to be able to perform such miracles let us not forget that her shoes will have also […]

La Fille Mal Gardée: A Photo Gallery II

Last night, Natalia Osipova made her anticipated debut in The Royal Ballet’s La Fille Mal Gardée opposite Steven McRae and they were tremendous together.... The post La Fille Mal Gardée: A Photo Gallery II appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Queen of the Wilis

4 days agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

In Act I of Giselle, the curtain falls on a bucolic village torn apart by madness, grief and loss. In Act II, it rises on another world altogether – the shadowy moonlit realm of the Wilis. This is Myrtha’s moment; … Continue reading...

The crime of waste at ABT

How does McKenzie sleep at night? How can he continue to deny ABT's audience the opportunity to see the glorious Stella Abrera perform Giselle, the role that she was destined to dance and has danced to international acclaim, while h...

observations 4/16

Now here's a book that Haglund couldn't pre-order fast enough on Amazon after reading this morning's NYT review of it in the Music section. Reynold Levy, who left his job in 2014 as President of Lincoln Center after a dozen...

PECKing Order

last weekDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Choreography, for me, is a celebration of music. In the world of classical ballet, there is a general pecking order. After years of training, if you are talented enough, you join a company and start making your way through the ranks....Show More Summary

Reports from Down Under re: Stella Abrera's Giselle

We'll update as we receive more. This report just into H.H. from Anna C. after the second performance at the Australian Ballet which concluded an hour or two ago: She was divine. Those arms! That face! That lightness! Didn't hear...

Jennie Somogyi and Ana Sophia Scheller return!

NYCB posted the first week's casting, and our Jennie is back! Hallelujah! She will dance opening night, April 28th, in Balanchine's Episodes and in all of the performances of Episodes that week. Never has Haglund ever looked forward to Episodes...

observations 4/14

The NYT has posted an online correction to it's review of The Washington Ballet's Swan Lake: The review also referred imprecisely to the casting of two African-Americans in the lead roles. Dance Theater of Harlem used such casting in presenting...

April 28th

is going to be a big, big day around these parts. Two weeks from today, New York City Ballet opens its Spring Season with a huge week of Balanchine Black & White repertory followed by its brand new La Sylphide....

observations 4/13

High praise for Christopher Wheeldon's An American in Paris from Charles Isherwood in today's NYT: The city of light is ablaze with movement in the rhapsodic new stage adaptation of “An American in Paris” that opened at the Palace Theater...

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