Arts and Entertainment

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

Anne Karpf: Musical or not, you can't beat belting out a good tune

What really brings us together - and offers real health benefits - is a sing-song

The Red Shoes (U)

A Christmas treat awaits in this restored version of the incandescent Powell-Pressburger classic.

David Ashmole: Ballet dancer and teacher whose elegance made him ideal for the princely 'danseur noble' roles

David Ashmole, principal dancer and teacher, who died too young and too unexpectedly, was, in the ballet terminology of older times, a danseur noble, a dancer destined to play princes, because he combines elegance with long, beautiful lines. "Any position he took, it always looked beautiful," said the former ballerina Margaret Barbieri, who had a lengthy working relationship with him. "I always think of him as our beautiful David. Yet he was always humble; he never pushed himself; and that is so rare in our profession." For those and other qualities he will be remembered by audiences in Britain, where he danced with the two Royal Ballet companies, and by audiences in Australia, who knew him as a member of the Australian Ballet.

In video: Mark McGowan

Works by the controversial performance artist Mark McGowan

Two : Four : Ten, Coliseum, London<br/>Giselle, Royal Opera House, London

Maliphant's fireworks end with a damp squib

Why I Love: Latin labelling

David Bellamy, botanist

Manon, Coliseum, London

As the heroine of Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, ballerina Agnes Oaks is torn between love in poverty and life as a rich courtesan.

Obama chooses 'Rahmbo' as chief of staff

Former Clinton adviser renowned as a political bruiser is given key post

The Party

Directed by Blake Edwards

The 5-minute Interview: Nicky Hambleton-Jones, TV presenter

'I wish people would notice their teeth'

The 5-minute Interview: Carlos Acosta, Ballet dancer

'I enjoy spending time with normal, non-pretentious people'

Cultural Life: Tamara Rojo, Ballet Dancer

Books

Ring Round The Moon, Playhouse, London

Watching Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon is like consuming a light soufflé in which someone has secreted bits of razor blade. Both its gossamer texture and its astringency are honoured in the barbed elegance of Sean Mathias's entertaining revival at the Playhouse.

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