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English National Ballet, London Coliseum

Page 3 Profile: Carlos Acosta, ballet dancer

No pain, no gain.

Fabian Reimair as Petrushka, Nancy Osbaldeston as the Ballerina in Petrushka

Ballet review: A Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev, London Coliseum

2013 marks 75 years since the birth of Rudolf Nureyev, twenty since his death. English National Ballet’s new triple bill pays tribute to one of ballet’s greatest stars, and to the range of his career, which stretched from classicism of his Russian schooling to the new and older ballets he discovered on defecting to the west. ENB’s tribute is wide in scope but patchy in execution.

Tamara Rojo: The ballet-dancer-turned-artistic-director on her burst appendix, the Bolshoi acid attack and elitism

I was hooked on ballet from an early age I was five, watching a class all dressed in pale-pink led by a thin, beautiful teacher dressed in burgundy. She was so different from the other teachers at my school, who were nuns. My parents didn't want me to do ballet, so I insisted until they gave up: I used crying and all the manipulative tricks little kids have.

Tamra Rojo and Sergei Polunin in Marguerite and Armand.

Marguerite and Armand, The Royal Ballet, Sergei Polunin and Tamara Rojo, Royal Opera House, London

Return of the prodigals: The Royal Ballet’s latest mixed bill is a celebration of choreographer Frederick Ashton, but the news of the evening is Sergei Polunin with Tamara Rojo in Marguerite and Armand.

One to Watch: Yonah Acosta, Ballet dancer, 23

"It’s about finding your own identity.” It can’t be easy living in the shadow of his famous uncle, Carlos, who helped get him into the Cuban National Ballet School, aged 10, and with whom he shares a striking resemblance.

Gove's reforms endanger arts, warn ballet chiefs

Children will be denied the chance to pursue careers in dance, music and theatre because Michael Gove's new English Baccalaureate Certificate will exclude arts courses, the head of Sadler's Wells has warned.

New English Ballet Theatre, Peacock Theatre, London

New English Ballet Theatre is an idealistic venture, a showcase company for young dancers and aspiring choreographers. It has influential patrons, including ballerinas Darcey Bussell and Marianela Nuñez, and a commitment to live music and new design. Synergies, NEBT’s debut programme, had some lively dancing and good music, but too much thin choreography.

Luke Blackall: Let's hear it for Damon's unsafe bets

Man About Town: Albarn and Norris's opera is a revelation, and a refreshing change from the norm

Dance GB, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Is ballet a sport? Of course it’s not, in the competitive sense, although the physicality and athleticism on the bill for Dance GB, a three-way collaboration between Scottish Ballet, National Dance Company Wales and English National Ballet to celebrate the forthcoming Olympics, would surely impress any national selectors.

Derek Hammond-Stroud: Acclaimed baritone

The baritone Derek Hammond-Stroud was remarkably versatile, encompassing lieder and opera from Gilbert and Sullivan to Wagner and Richard Strauss.

Men in Motion, Sadler’s Wells, London

Ivan Putrov’s Men In Motion suffers from the law of diminishing returns.

Mark Rylance to perform impromptu Shakespeare on Tube for Cultural Olympiad

A floating opera written by Monty Python star Terry Jones and impromptu Shakespeare recitals on the Tube by award-winning actor Mark Rylance are among the cultural events that will run alongside the Olympics in London this summer.

Sergei Pounin rehearsing Narcisse at Sadler's Wells in Ivan Putrov's Men in Motion.

Ballet rebel may be kicked out of UK after losing his work permit

Ukrainian who quit Royal Ballet faces uncertain future after losing right to dance in Britain

Hair in place, muscles stretched, shoes tied ... the show is ready to start

Shall we dance? Just try stopping us!

A Slice of Britain: There's not a sugar plum fairy in sight as English National Ballet pops its Nutcracker back on the shelf and prepares to bring favourite Gershwin tunes to life at the London Coliseum

Strictly Gershwin, London Coliseum, London

For the end of their London Christmas season, English National Ballet dive into Strictly Gershwin with a will. Derek Deane’s production blends ballet and ballroom, with a dollop of tap dancing and a fair bit of padding. The dancers do it all with care and attention. At the back of the American in Paris crowd scenes, you can spot corps dancers giving their steps a flirtatious edge.

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