Holly Williams reports on a new Channel 4 show giving a leg-up to plus-sized dancers
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Monday 07 May 2012
Last year Alex Caggegi was an ordinary teenager from a state school in the North of England with one difference: he dreamt of becoming a ballet dancer. Now he has become only the fourth Briton in history to win a place at Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi Academy.
Saturday 05 May 2012
The Royal Ballet's Beatrix Stix-Brunell replaced an injured Marianela Nuñez as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Friday 23 March 2012
On entering a library you expect to see books – but do you expect them to be alive? Living, breathing books, side-by-side with the paper variety, waiting to be read?
Tuesday 24 January 2012
The venerated ballerina had better watch her step – a new programme at Sadler's Wells shows that men could be about to steal the limelight for good
Tuesday 13 December 2011
Frank Capra's classic film It's a Wonderful Life has become as established a landmark in the modern Christmas landscape as Dickens's story of Scrooge did in post-Victorian times.
Saturday 03 December 2011
New York City Opera declared an impasse yesterday in contract negotiations with unions for its singers and musicians, threatening to present its abbreviated season without them.
Sunday 10 July 2011
Played on the fingertips, Carter's gracefully shaped recital takes its title from the Opus 50 Caprice pour guitar seul, an idyll pitched on the cusp of Romanticism.
Monday 25 April 2011
Sunday 02 January 2011
"There once lived a woman who was killed, then brought back to life." "There once lived a woman who was so fat, she couldn't fit in a taxi." Such weird, button-holing beginnings are typical of this collection of strange fables.
Wednesday 15 December 2010
Black Swan shows ballerinas as obsessive, mysterious creatures. We do the artform a disservice with this much-peddled myth, says ex-dancer Alice-Azania Jarvis
Thursday 19 August 2010
British author, broadcaster and environmental campaigner David Bellamy spoke to The Independent Online about his childhood dream of becoming a ballet dancer, his talent for remembering Latin names of plants and why he wishes he'd danced with Margot Fonteyn.
Friday 30 July 2010
Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta's new show Premieres opened at the Coliseum Theatre in London this week.
Wednesday 28 July 2010
Wednesday 14 July 2010
The name of Philippe Braunschweig may be less familiar than the name of his creation, but that is a measure of its success. The Prix de Lausanne, which he founded in 1973, has been a major signpost in the career of many great ballet dancers; past winners who have gone on to become international stars include Carlos Acosta, Darcey Bussell and Diana Vishneva.
Marina Semyonova: Dancer who dominated Soviet ballet in the 1930s and became an inspirational teacher
Friday 11 June 2010
Marina Semyonova was a virtuoso ballerina of great warmth and clarity; majestically graceful, she was able to colour her movement with a rare harmony of strength and lyricism. Unlike the ballerinas of her time she was tall, which gave her an authority and a breadth of line and dramatic beauty. She was the pride and joy of Soviet ballet during the 1930s.
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