Ballet

Dance review: The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House

The Human Seasons, David Dawson’s new work for The Royal Ballet, is speedy, athletic and hectically busy. The curtain rises and falls on four couples, already in the middle of over-the-head lifts. It’s the nearest Dawson gets to a still moment.

Patsy Swayze: Choreographer who worked on the films 'Thelma and

Patsy Swayze, who died on 16 September at the age of 86, was a choreographer and dance instructor and the mother of the late actor Patrick Swayze. Her credits include such films as Urban Cowboy and Thelma and Louise, and she was also the founder and director of the highly acclaimed Houston Jazz-Ballet Company as well as teaching at the University of Houston for 18 years.

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Ballet review: A Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev, London Coliseum

2013 marks 75 years since the birth of Rudolf Nureyev, twenty since his death. English National Ballet’s new triple bill pays tribute to one of ballet’s greatest stars, and to the range of his career, which stretched from classicism of his Russian schooling to the new and older ballets he discovered on defecting to the west. ENB’s tribute is wide in scope but patchy in execution.

Tamara Rojo: The ballet-dancer-turned-artistic-director on her burst

I was hooked on ballet from an early age I was five, watching a class all dressed in pale-pink led by a thin, beautiful teacher dressed in burgundy. She was so different from the other teachers at my school, who were nuns. My parents didn't want me to do ballet, so I insisted until they gave up: I used crying and all the manipulative tricks little kids have.

Ballet review: Russian Seasons of XXI Century, London Coliseum

Some shows just seem to be doomed. On opening night, the Russian Seasons of XXI Century dropped one production due to injury, then added an unscheduled interval while they tried to fix the lighting. Technical hitches aside, it was a ramshackle night of dubious revivals and recorded music. The bright spot was British-born guest star Xander Parish, dancing with bold conviction.