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Holly Williams reports on a new Channel 4 show giving a leg-up to plus-sized dancers

Kids aren't less likely to achieve because of iPads

Carlos Acosta felt inclined to make a statement about the younger generation, but it doesn't contain any truth

Page 3 Profile: Carlos Acosta, ballet dancer

No pain, no gain.

Day Of The Flowers: Film review - sparky performances but a mawkish screenplay

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Girls kissing their female friends for the cameras isn't shocking, and it certainly isn't interesting

Why is there even an expectation that images capturing girl-on-girl snog action would cause any offence?

A dearth of ballerinas is causing a crisis in the dance world, Carlos Acosta, acclaimed as the greatest performer of his generation, has warned

Leaving the barre: ballet in crisis
over lack of women, says Carlos Acosta

If you can’t find the stars here, import them, the Cuban dance legend tells Adam Sherwin

Sylvie Guillem has criticised Britain’s biggest dance company

Famed dancer Sylvie Guillem fires on 'stupid' former boss at the Royal Ballet

The world-famous dancer and former star of the Royal Ballet, Sylvie Guillem, has strongly criticised Britain’s biggest dance company, and revealed her dislike of its recently departed director, in an astonishingly frank interview with The Independent.

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Holmes and the mystery of sexuality in the Sixties

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Old Vic Tunnels, London

Fiona Shaw is rightly renowned for her dazzling ability to bring poetry to the stage. Her one-woman performance of The Waste Land was an extraordinary feat of psychic ventriloquism.

Hansel and Gretel, Cottesloe, NT, London

When she's not directing adult theatre of extraordinary rigour and imaginative reach, Katie Mitchell does a smart line in children's Christmas shows.

‘It was like watching a lizard on a rock’: Edlinger’s exploits were recorded in the film La vie aux bouts des doigts

Patrick Edlinger: The highs and lows of France’s pioneering rock god

The rock-climber, who gave the sport mass appeal but was beset by inner demons, has died at 52

August 12, 2012: Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium

Ceremony delivers a rich feast of British creativity

After 16 days of sporting heroism which made London the centre of the world, the curtain fell on the 30th Olympics last night with a display of exuberant – at times anarchic – revelry that had but one message: Bye world, we hope you as good a time as we did. Now let's dance.

Susannah Frankel: 'The Lanvin ballerina is the only acceptable face of the hidden heel'

Is it acceptable, given the current climate, to pay upwards of £300 for a pair of ballet flats? I doubt the lovely people at my bank would think so, but let me explain…

Jenny Colgan: Warm and friendly, but Maeve Binchy's stories were never merely cosy

She was a commercial novelist with an unfussy style that helped her sell millions

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Autism-friendly theatre

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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