UK Ballet

This Video Reveals How A Ballerina Stands On Her Toes

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Watching a ballerina glide across a stage en pointe is truly mesmerising - but how is this perfect display of grace and strength possible? While de...

Black Ballerina Receives Countless Rejection Letters, But That Doesn't Stop Her Dancing Her Way To The Top

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

At some stage, most of us will experience rejection - but one ballerina is showing us all that when the powers that be say you're not good enough, yo...

Ballet Dancers Show Off Insanely Hard Moves In Slow Motion

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Ballet dancing is clearly the hard nut of the dancing world, and you don't need to watch Black Swan to know that it requires immense practice and dedi...

How to Write a Ballet: Part Two

Tom Hodge | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Hodge

Waiting Room has five 'orchestra alones' - each one, two and a half hours long. That might sound like a lot, but for well over 80 minutes of music, it doesn't actually equate to many run-throughs, let alone detailed examinations, of the nineteen movements that correspond to the different choreographic scenes.

WATCH: Why Men Should Try Ballet

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The typical male gym-goer wouldn't be seen dead outside the weights room and sniffs at more 'feminine' classes such as yoga, Zumba and aerobics. Bu...

How to Write a Ballet: Part One

Tom Hodge | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Hodge

How does one think up a load of dance music? Which comes first, the dancing chicken or the musical egg? Many people have asked me whether you need to see the dance in your mind's eye, and to some degree, I found that yes, you have to- not the way a choreographer would of course, but as a musician who understands rhythm at least...

Ealing Music & Film Festival

Tony Palmer | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tony Palmer

Margot Fonteyn was the most famous ballet dancer England ever produced. And she was brought up in Waldeck Road in Ealing, and later in Elm Grove Road by the Common.

Poorna Bell

Tried And Tested: Get Fit Like A Ballerina In Your Own Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

This is the time of year when our resolve to visit the gym tends to wane, and for some, that means giving up on fitness altogether. But let’s consid...

Ballet Review: Le Corsaire, English National Ballet

Victoria Sadler | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Le Corsaire (the pirate) is a bright, upbeat ballet, unlike the more popular but tragic ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet. And this version of this rarely performed piece of work is packed full of talent and energy.

Keep Your Eye On The Guy In The Tiger Suit

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy

Now here's something you don't see every day: a funny ballet video. And although this clip of a performance of 'The Nutcracker' hails from 2010, it...

Leather, Feathers and Swans: A Few Things You Ought to Know About Bourne's Swan Lake

Danae Mercer | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Danae Mercer

This story follows the mental breakdown of The Prince and his love/lust for a swan. The Prince desperately wants his mother's affection. Unable to achieve it, he starts to crumble. A group of swans appear, offering him both shelter and destruction. He becomes intrigued by the main swan. Momentarily, he is lifted, flying.

Arts Review: The Snowman, Sadler's Wells

Victoria Sadler | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Snowman is a wonderful alternative to the usual Christmas entertainment for children of either clichéd pantomimes or The Nutcracker ballet, which can go over the heads of many children.

Broken (Motionhouse) - Review

Paul Guest | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Paul Guest

Last night, I found myself in the most unlikely of places, Watford. A friend asked me to join him for an evening of dance at the Watford Palace. This wasn't just dance, it was an earth-shattering work of art, entitled Broken by dance company Motionhouse.

Poorna Bell

Ballet-Inspired Class Had Me Weeping In A Non-Dignified Ballerina Way

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There have been several moments over the years – usually when watching Swan Lake or admiring the sinewy strength of a ballet dancer’s body – whe...

Lessons From the Bolshoi Ballet and How to Never Be a Dance Diva

Dolly Williams | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dolly Williams

To be the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet is certainly a role that requires all of the attributes, along with an ability to manage the demanding personalities of the company whilst keeping the company's artistic vision and integrity.

'Rich Hair', And the Other Perils of My New Exercise Class

Lucy Karsten | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Karsten

Barretoned classes are taken in socks, and for once I was wearing a matching pair. Less fortuitously, I was wearing a matching pair of fluorescent green socks, a purchase several years ago from an American K-Mart. The other women in the class wore beautifully cut, soft workout clothes, perfectly suited to the movements of the class.

Highland Fling - Hilarious and Uplifting: Why Can't All Ballet Be Like This

Bill Coles | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bill Coles

If ever there was a piece of ballet which was going to get kids and novice theatre-goers hooked on dance, then Scottish Ballet's Highland Fling is it....

Review - First Position

Charlotte Skeoch | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Charlotte Skeoch

First Position follows six young dancers through the rigorous training and competition stages of the Youth America Grand Prix, an international ballet competition for dancers aged 9-19, culminating in medals, scholarships to dance schools and even contracts with ballet companies worldwide.

Ballet Lead 'Confesses' To Acid Attack On Artistic Director

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK

It is a crime where the drama, motives and methods could have come straight from a melodramatic manuscript for a Russian ballet. But an apparent ac...

Review: Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance Company

Charlotte Skeoch | Posted 12.12.2012 | Home
Charlotte Skeoch

The triple bill is a balancing act more complex than any Masterchef's three course meal: programming doesn't get tougher than this. If such a competition existed, artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer earned a place among the champions with Cedar Lake's triple bill at Sadler's Wells last night.

Splitsville in China: A Ballet Move Goes Suddenly Viral

Tea Leaf Nation | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK
Tea Leaf Nation

Two days ago, a photograph of a girl wearing a white vest and ballet slippers and doing a 45-degree split in her dorm room went viral on the Chinese Internet. It led to what Sina entertainment called an online "battle between beauties." Some of the photos feature young women eating lunch or talking on their cell phones while doing the splits.

Artistic Director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance Company Benoit Swan Pouffer Talks Budgets, Ballet, and UK Premieres

Charlotte Skeoch | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Charlotte Skeoch

There aren't many contemporary ballet companies with a billionaire heiress footing the bill, but New York's Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet hit that lucrative jackpot when it came to funding.

WATCH: Toddlers Get Fight During Ballet Recital

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Comedy

When you're just a couple of years old, your understanding of how society works is... limited, shall we say. Most grown-ups, for example, wouldn't get...

How Lucky I Am to be Part of the Northern Ballet

Josh Barwick | Posted 25.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Josh Barwick

Saturday is the 'big day' - our documentary is being broadcast on BBC2 - and I have to say I am starting to get a tad nervous. It seems so long ago that we went through the whole filming process, and soon there it will be right across the United Kingdom.

The Arts Cuts: It's Personal

Mark Skipper | Posted 25.07.2012 | Home
Mark Skipper

2011/12 was one of the most challenging but hugely satisfying years I can remember during my years at Northern Ballet.