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4 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

11 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  […]


11 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!!!!

11 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

11 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

11 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

11 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

11 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

11 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 […]

Forward with Ailey

2 days agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"Polish Pieces," "Awassa Astrige/Ostrich," "The Pleasure of the Lesson," "Revelations" Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall Berkeley, CA April, 22, 2015 by Rita Felciano copyright © Rita Felciano, 2015...Show More Summary

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.

The Secret Life of Square Dance

3 days agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“Square Dance,” “Almost Tango,” “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated” Ballet West Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre Salt Lake City, UT April 18-9, 2015 by Leigh Witchel copyright © 2015 by Leigh Witchel Balanchine’s “Square Dance” has two separate lives. Show More Summary

Lethal weapon

The current talking-point at the Royal Ballet is the Russians milling around. One can sound unfortunately as if one’s starting a Ukip conversation here, but the Royal Ballet never used… Read more The post Lethal weapon appeared first on The Spectator.

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...

Taylor Always -- Great and not so Great

5 days agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"Aureole," "The Word," "Brandenburgs," "Diggity," "Death and the Damsel," "Promethean Fire" Paul Taylor Dance Company Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco, CA April 16 and 17, 2015 by Rita Felciano copyright © Rita Felciano, 2015 For the last twenty-five years, San Francisco Performances has presented the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Show More Summary

Girl Talk

6 days agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“Intermezzo,” “run-on sentences of I miss you…,” “Salutations,” “World’s Joy,” “Anodynia,” “Quill/t,” “losing farther, losing faster,” “Through the Dust,” “Portrait,” “NOUVEAU” CounterPointe3 Festival The Actors Fund Arts Center Brooklyn,...Show More Summary

Alexander Technique: Connecting The Dancer’s Multi-Purpose Body

6 days agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Our Monday morning body isn’t different from our Friday night body and it’s connected to our Math class body and our Modern Dance body. How Alexander Technique helps dancers connect to their one body.

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...

Revisiting a Triple Threat

"Shostakovich Trilogy" San Francisco Ballet Program VI War Memorial Opera House San Francisco, CA April 14, 2015 by Rita Felciano copyright © Rita Felciano, 2015 Revisiting Alexei Ratmansky's highly acclaimed "Shostakovich Trilogy" opened new perspectives both on details and the overall arc of this remarkable triptych. Show More Summary

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