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

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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

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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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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.

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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…

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

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