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Wembley Arena, London

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

Ashely Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan dance the salsa on Strictly Come Dancing 2013

Strictly Come Dancing 2013 result: Ashely Taylor Dawson sent home

Craig, Darcey and Bruno all chose to send Ashely home after the dance-off

Actor Mark Benton and his dance partner Iveta Lukosiute left the competition tonight

Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Mark Benton leaves after fourth dance-off

The actor lost out after all four judges voted to save Ashley Taylor-Dawson

PZ Cussons is undaunted by Nigerian storms

Violent religious clashes, an eight-day national strike and flooding failed to dent PZ Cussons' profits during the first half of the year.

Victoria Pendleton loses out on Strictly gold

The TeamGB cyclist and partner Brendan Cole lost out to fellow sports star Michael Vaughan in a dance-off

JK Rowling and Mantel jump in at Bath

Two stars of the literary world – JK Rowling and Hilary Mantel – have signed up to attend The Independent Bath Literature Festival in March.

Steven McRae as Oberon instructs Valentino Zucchetti’s Puck in The Dream

The Dream/ Song of the Earth, Royal Opera House, London
Without Warning, Old Vic Tunnels, London

With dazzling effects, the show goes on without Polunin the wonder boy

Philippe Braunschweig: Founder of the Prix de Lausanne ballet competition

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.

Romeo's grand jeté into the ballet limelight

The chance to step into Carlos Acosta's shoes last week was a dream come true, Rupert Pennefather tells Susie Mesure

Thumbs down for Strictly Come Dancing's Laila Rouass

Actress Laila Rouass has left Strictly Come Dancing after stinging criticism of her performances.

Darcey Bussell: Strictly retired, but keen to find new moves

From prima ballerina to judging salsa on prime-time TV. It's all within the repertoire of a star who is also writing books and designing dancewear

Pandora: Black memoir put on the back burner

Pandora very much hopes we won't have to wait too much longer to get our hands on Conrad Black's next volume of memoirs.

Balletboyz 'Greatest Hits', Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The boys are back and looking to the future

Royal Opera welcomes back Bryn Terfel for Wagnerian reprise at Covent Garden

When Bryn Terfel pulled out of Wagner's Ring cycle last year, the Royal Opera House issued an unusually terse statement, expressing "shock and surprise" at his decision.

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