July 2011

  1. ISTD

    ISTD launches new Teaching Qualification

    Wednesday 27 July 2011

    The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) has announced the launch of new higher level accredited dance teaching qualifications. They will offer a range of opportunities for anyone who already holds an … Continue Reading

  2. Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 27 July 2011Performance 25 - 28 July, 6 & 8 August 2011

    “I’ve always loved this staging, with its fairytale gothic designs and uncluttered stage. But now, in 2011, it seems strangely drained of life. The story-telling looks pallid and mechanical, and some of the dancers seem to be performing in an emotional vac… 

  3. Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Wednesday 27 July 2011Performance 25 - 28 July, 6 & 8 August 2011

    ‘Sublime is not a word you can overuse to describe the lake side scene in Swan Lake. Most ballet companies do it pretty well, but the Mariinsky elevates it to another realm, with row upon row of perfectly even, perfectly aligned dancers, each a downy-soft swan m… 

  4. Carlos Acosta & Zenaida Yanowsky Q&A

    Tuesday 26 July 2011 by Lise Smith

    Born in Havana, Carlos Acosta first came to the UK in 1991 to dance for the English National Ballet and later returned to join the Royal Ballet in 1998. One of the few ballet stars to enjoy recognition outside … Continue Reading

  5. Off the top of his head..

    Monday 25 July 2011

    Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China are back in London with their acrobatic *Swan Lake*. Peter Foster meets them for the Telegraph, 25 Jul 2011 Continue Reading

  6. Terry Monaghan

    Monday 25 July 2011

    - the London based co-founder of the Jiving Lindy Hoppers and an authority on the history of jazz dance died recently at the age of 67. Read an obituary in the Guardian, 20 Jul 2011: Continue Reading

  7. Circa in Wunderkammer at Barbican Theatre

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Monday 25 July 2011Performance 19 - 24 July 2011

    ‘The Brisbane-based Circa troupe was founded in 1987, but its current identity comes courtesy of director Yaron Lifschitz, who took over in 2004. A trained theatre director who “lacked the ability to tell stories”, Lifschitz was interested in wringin… 

  8. English National Ballet in Roland Petit Triple Bill: L'Arlesienne/ Le Jeune Homme et la Mort/ Carmen at London Coliseum

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Monday 25 July 2011Performance 21 - 23 July 2011

    ‘As the young man whose devotion soon has him twisting in the breeze, Yonah Acosta was astonishing: strong, lithe and gymnastic but entirely tortured, too. He has impressed before, but this performance – to a capacity audience that included his cherished cous… 

  9. English National Ballet in Roland Petit Triple Bill: L'Arlesienne/ Le Jeune Homme et la Mort/ Carmen at London Coliseum

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 25 July 2011Performance 21 - 23 July 2011

    ‘Carmen, Le Jeune Homme et la Mort and L’Arlésienne all deal with men driven mad by their obsession for a woman. In L’Arlésienne she’s a tormenting memory; in Carmen a gamey, sweating feast for the senses; and in Le Jeune Homme et la Mort a Loui… 

  10. English National Ballet in Roland Petit Triple Bill: L'Arlesienne/ Le Jeune Homme et la Mort/ Carmen at London Coliseum

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 25 July 2011Performance 21 - 23 July 2011

    ‘Virtuoso men queue up to dance Le Jeune Homme et la Mort and Jonah Acosta looks young and vulnerable, while making explosive use of his technique.’  

  11. English National Ballet in Roland Petit Triple Bill: L'Arlesienne/ Le Jeune Homme et la Mort/ Carmen at London Coliseum

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 25 July 2011Performance 21 - 23 July 2011

    ‘Arguably, there has been no choreographer to match Petit for theatrical showmanship. From the faux Van Gogh backdrop of L’Arlésienne, to the deadly chic costuming of Death in Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (daffodil-yellow dress and little black gloves) to th… 

  12. Win VIP tickets to see Carlos Acosta!

    Friday 22 July 2011

    Carlos Acosta – Premieres Plus***London* Coliseum, 27 – 30 July“www.eno.org”: World renowned Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta returns to the London Coliseum for a very limited run of Prem… Continue Reading

  13. Three Score Dance Company taster session. Image courtesy of South East Dance. Photo © Kathryn Evans.

    Funding success for Three Score Dance

    Friday 22 July 2011

    Following a local campaign to set up a dance company for the older residents of Brighton & Hove, South East Dance has announced that The Big Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £25,680 to set up Three Score… Continue Reading

  14. Royal New Zealand Ballet in From Here to There at Barbican Theatre

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 22 July 2011Performance 14 - 16 July 2011

    “the New Zealand dancers are unfailingly dedicated to making the best of the bad jobs they must show us. But their devotion to the task is not enough to persuade me that the repertory was wisely chosen, or flattering to their gifts.”  

  15. English National Ballet in Roland Petit Triple Bill: L'Arlesienne/ Le Jeune Homme et la Mort/ Carmen at London Coliseum

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 22 July 2011Performance 21 - 23 July 2011

    “In Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, Yonah Acosta gave a compelling portrayal of a young man unhinged by a cruel mistress, while the evening’s unexpected hit was L’Arlésienne, which tracks the thwarted passion of another young man (Esteban Berlanga) for a… 

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