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After long hiatus, Rio's ballet dancers return to the stage

Rio De Janeiro - Ballet is a world conjuring images of luxury and entertainment, a preserve for the cultured, the elite. That may be true in many cases.

Young ballerinas being ruined by Instagram says star Vishneva

Paris - One of ballet's biggest stars has warned that the development of young ballerinas is being jeopardised by viral videos of hyper-elastic dancers performing incredible tricks.

Moscow slams US for refusing Bolshoi prima ballerina visa

Moscow - The Russian foreign ministry on Saturday slammed the US for refusing an entry visa to a prima ballerina at the country's Bolshoi Theatre. "It did not come to this even during the Cold War.

Paris Opera dancers complain of bullying and harassment

Paris - A survey of ballet dancers at the prestigious Paris Opera has revealed widespread complaints of bullying and sexual harassment, as well as separate management concerns over the leadership of dance director Aurelie Dupont.

Hungary in cultural diplomacy push with first US opera tour

New York - Hungary on Wednesday launched a cultural diplomacy push in New York with its prolific state-run opera planning a full two weeks of music and ballet.

Head of New York City Ballet retires after abuse allegations: report

New York - Peter Martins, the renowned head of the New York City Ballet, announced his retirement Monday following allegations of sexual harassment and physical abuse, according to a report in the New York Times.

Delayed Bolshoi 'Nureyev' to premiere with director under arrest

Moscow - A Bolshoi Theatre ballet based on the life of Russian dance legend Rudolf Nureyev that was abruptly pulled in the summer will premiere Saturday, despite its director remaining under house arrest.

Bolshoi tries to quell scandal after halting 'Nureyev' premiere

Moscow - Russia's Bolshoi Theatre was battling to calm a storm of speculation on Monday after cancelling the world premiere of a ballet about star dancer Rudolf Nureyev just three days before opening night.

Indian teen pirouettes from Mumbai slum to US ballet school

Mumbai - A teenager from a Mumbai slum is closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer after being accepted into a prestigious school in New York.

Dancing with demons: ballet star Polunin bares all

London - Sergei Polunin, the ballet star with a bad boy reputation, told AFP the rough and tumble of his career was part of growing up as he presented "Dancer", a searingly honest film about his life.

Kazakhstan seeks to leap onto ballet world stage

Astana - In the snowy foreground of a brand new steel and glass building in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, a dancer in national dress stands frozen in a dramatic flourish, her body arching towards the sky.

The Red Shoes enthralls the London stage Special

London - Based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, Matthew Bourne's new ballet — The Red Shoes — is enthralling and enchanting.

Bolshoi dancer behind acid attack freed

Moscow - A ballet dancer who masterminded an acid attack on the Bolshoi's artistic director has been released on parole after demonstrating "exemplary behaviour" in prison, a court said on Wednesday.

Italy court orders rehiring of anorexia row ballerina

Rome - Italy's top court has ordered the rehiring of a La Scala ballerina sacked after suggesting the famous company's dance school was responsible for multiple cases of anorexia among its young dancers.

Practice of meditation and ballet linked to increased wisdom

Researchers from the University of Chicago have found that the continuous practice of meditation and ballet can help increase a person's wisdom.

Chan Hon Goh's masterclass brings emotion back to ballet training Special

The third annual masterclass series with Chan Hon Goh teaches dancers that layering emotion and musicality into physical training is integral to career longevity.

Review: Gothic reimagining of Sleeping Beauty Special

London - A Gothic reinterpretation of Sleeping Beauty, performed in ballet style, is running over the Christmas period at the famous dance theater Saddlers Wells in London. It is an unmissable show.

Bolshoi names new ballet chief to replace acid-attacked Filin

Moscow - Russia's Bolshoi Theatre on Monday announced that La Scala's Makhar Vaziev will take over as ballet director, replacing Sergei Filin, who suffered permanent eye damage from an acid attack.

Interview with American keyboard whizz Derek Sherinian Special

The prodigiously talented musician has helped put together an exciting new show — a combination of ballet and live rock music — entitled "Heart of Storm." He discussed it with Digital Journal from a recording studio in Burbank, southern California.

Polunin soars to Hozier's multi-viral video, 'Take Me to Church'

Ukrainian's international prince of dance, Sergei Polunin, performed a mesmerizing interpretation to Hozier's 2015 Grammy-nominated, "Take Me to Church." Filmed by the famous and daring photographer David LaChapelle, it is going viral.

Review: 'The Nutcracker' shines and shimmers in Toronto Special

Toronto - Wonder, whimsy, delight, and fantasy — The National Ballet of Canada’s annual production of 'The Nutcracker' is sheer delight. The production retains its splendor and beauty close to two decades years after making its debut.

Kerry, Lavrov to meet as tensions soar over Ukraine

Moscow - Top US diplomat John Kerry is set to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Rome on Sunday, amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new US sanctions and possible supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine.

At Bolshoi, world ballet stars dance for Ukraine

Moscow - A dozen top ballet stars including Svetlana Zakharova and Natalia Osipova put up a dazzling performance Sunday at a keenly awaited but politically sensitive gala at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in support of young dancers in war-torn Ukraine.

Review: 'Nijinsky' is a powerful piece of dance-theater Special

Toronto - The dance work 'Nijinsky' reflects its titular subject: it is brilliant, overwhelming, troubled, dazzling, profound. The National Ballet of Canada's production is a showcase for both incredible dancing and profound, heart-rending drama.

Tackling a giant of the dance world Special

Toronto - Embodying one of the most famous dancers in history is scary — but American-born, Toronto-based dancer Skylar Campbell doesn’t let the fear get to him: "I'm letting the experience kind of take me over."

Dancing a Cinderella story Special

Toronto - For ballet dancer Jillian Vanstone, performing in ‘Cinderella’ is a sort of culmination of a childhood dream. The National Ballet of Canada artist debuts in the title role this coming week.

New Delhi Ballet Festival recreates Indian myth and history

New Delhi - The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK) will host the eleventh edition of its annual Summer Ballet Festival from May 9 to May 17 at the Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi.

Review: Sacramento Ballet raises the bar (platform) with 'Carmina Burana' Special

Sacramento - The Mar. 27th opening night performance of the Sacramento Ballet's “Carmina Burana” was nothing short of a mind-blowing, mind-altering, jaw-dropping display of movement, physicality, beauty, color, talent, and finally tuned choreography.

Russian court cuts jail terms for Bolshoi acid attackers

Moscow - A Moscow appeals court on Thursday cut the sentences for former Bolshoi soloist and two accomplices over an acid attack that nearly blinded the famed company's artistic director.Soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko had his six-year sentence in a strict-regime pe...

Review: Sacramento Ballet opens on Valentine's eve with 'Wunderland' Special

Sacramento - The Sacramento Ballet opened Thursday, Feb. 13, with a Valentine's Day weekend program. The program of three ballets billed "Wild Sweet Love" was designed for the world class Sacramento Ballet with "Cupid" in mind.
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Ballerina Evelyn Turner (forefront) works out a routine in Studio I at the Sacramento Ballet.
Ballerina Evelyn Turner (forefront) works out a routine in Studio I at the Sacramento Ballet.
Ma Cong works with Sacramento Ballet dancers.
Ma Cong works with Sacramento Ballet dancers.
Aleksandar Antonijevic and Jillian Vanstone in  Alice s Adventures in Wonderland  in 2011.
Aleksandar Antonijevic and Jillian Vanstone in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' in 2011.
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Moscow Classical Ballet — “The Nutcracker
Moscow Classical Ballet — “The Nutcracker"
Robert Friedman / Moscow Ballet
Moscow Classical Ballet — “The Nutcracker
Moscow Classical Ballet — “The Nutcracker"
Robert Friedman / Moscow Ballet
Elena Lobsanova and McGee Maddox in The National Ballet of Canada s much-loved production of  The Nu...
Elena Lobsanova and McGee Maddox in The National Ballet of Canada's much-loved production of 'The Nutcracker.'
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The band  with Derek Shirinian third from left.
The band, with Derek Shirinian third from left.
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Students of Canada s National Ballet School in  The Nutcracker.
Students of Canada's National Ballet School in 'The Nutcracker.'
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Well known choreographer  Ma Cong  works with Sacramento Ballet dancers.
Well known choreographer, Ma Cong, works with Sacramento Ballet dancers.
Skylar Campbell performs in the National Ballet of Canada s production of John Neumeier s  Nijnsky.
Skylar Campbell performs in the National Ballet of Canada's production of John Neumeier's "Nijnsky."
Bruce Zinger
Moscow Classical Ballet — “The Nutcracker
Moscow Classical Ballet — “The Nutcracker"
Robert Friedman / Moscow Ballet
Moscow Classical Ballet — “The Nutcracker
Moscow Classical Ballet — “The Nutcracker"
Robert Friedman / Moscow Ballet
Guillaume Cote in  Nijinsky   on now at the Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto.
Guillaume Cote in 'Nijinsky', on now at the Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto.
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The cast list for The Red Shoes  at Saddlers Wells.
The cast list for The Red Shoes, at Saddlers Wells.
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 Heart of Storm
"Heart of Storm"
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Jillian Vanstone in  The Sleeping Beauty  in 2009.
Jillian Vanstone in 'The Sleeping Beauty' in 2009.
Aleksandar Antonijevic
The combination of actor and dancer is something Campbell has taken to heart. A large part of Nijins...
The combination of actor and dancer is something Campbell has taken to heart. A large part of Nijinsky’s artistry derived from his seemingly-seamless integration of the theatrical and balletic. It’s an integration Campbell is focusing on. “We have technically difficult steps we have to execute,” he notes, “but that’s not the majority of what the role is about.”
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