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Bolshoi ballet soloists limber up in lockdown

Moscow - In the middle of their bedroom, Bolshoi ballet dancers Margarita Shrainer and Igor Tsvirko have placed a linoleum mat and a barre.

For ballet shoes, one Russian company is on pointe

Moscow - Craftsman Sergei Murza runs his fingers over the pink satin of a pointe shoe he has just finished making. Then he gives it the final test: the ballet slipper balances perfectly on its tip.

Vienna ballet academy 'endangering children's wellbeing'

Vienna - Vienna's prestigious ballet academy is endangering children's wellbeing including by encouraging them to smoke to stay slim, an Austrian commission probing abuse claims said Tuesday.

Paris Opera ballet dancers hang up shoes in pension-reform protest

Paris - When tens of thousands of French workers downed tools and took to the streets in protest against pension reform last Thursday, in their midst was a seemingly unlikely group of aggrieved picketers: ballet dancers from the Paris Opera.

Uruguay's national ballet stretches to new artistic heights

Montevideo - Pirouettes and arabesques perfectly executed, dozens of dancers in a colorful assemblage of sweat pants and leotards perform an exhaustive routine at rehearsals in downtown Montevideo.

Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso dead at 98

Havana - Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso, who developed a new Latin-influenced style and taught well into her 90s despite being practically blind for most of her dancing career, died on Thursday. She was 98.

Review: Daphne Willis releases 'I Am Enough' LGBTQ ballet music video Special

Singer-songwriter Daphne Willis released her new "I Am Enough" LGBTQ ballet music video as part of "National Coming Out Day."

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake delights London Special

London - Matthew Bourne's revived ballet - Swan Lake - featuring a predominately male cast is playing at Sadler's Wells theatre is a delightful and superbly choreographed production.

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.
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The cast list for The Red Shoes  at Saddlers Wells.
The cast list for The Red Shoes, at Saddlers Wells.
National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer Guillaume Cote performs the title role in  Nijinsky.
National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer Guillaume Cote performs the title role in 'Nijinsky.'
Bruce Zinger
Jillian Vanstone in  The Sleeping Beauty  in 2009.
Jillian Vanstone in 'The Sleeping Beauty' in 2009.
Aleksandar Antonijevic
Robert Stephen  with a very saucy  horse   in The National Ballet of Canada s production of  The Nut...
Robert Stephen, with a very saucy "horse," in The National Ballet of Canada's production of 'The Nutcracker.'
Bruce Zinger
Former Bolshoi Theatre dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko stands inside the defendant s cage during a court h...
Former Bolshoi Theatre dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko stands inside the defendant's cage during a court hearing in Moscow,
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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.”
Bruce Zinger
The band  with Derek Shirinian third from left.
The band, with Derek Shirinian third from left.
Libby Coffey
Students of Canada s National Ballet School in  The Nutcracker.
Students of Canada's National Ballet School in 'The Nutcracker.'
Bruce Zinger
Circles are a recurring visual motif in  Nijinsky.  (Pictured: Principal Dancer Guillaume Cote in th...
Circles are a recurring visual motif in 'Nijinsky.' (Pictured: Principal Dancer Guillaume Cote in the title role.)
Bruce Zinger
Moscow Classical Ballet — “The Nutcracker
Moscow Classical Ballet — “The Nutcracker"
Robert Friedman / Moscow Ballet
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 begins a new choreographed piece with Sacramento Ballet dancers.
Ma Cong begins a new choreographed piece with Sacramento Ballet dancers.
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.
Bruce Zinger
Artists of the Ballet in  The Nutcracker.
Artists of the Ballet in 'The Nutcracker.'
Bruce Zinger
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.
Cylla von Tiedemann
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
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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

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