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Next Steps and Nerves

by DaveTriesBallet August 18, 2014

Hello everyone! Sorry for the radio silence recently – my life has been a little crazy recently and I’m only just starting to get back to something resembling normality. I’ve only got a week or two until it all goes hectic again, but I’ll get to that in a bit. Although not ballet related, I’m […]

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Review – The Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty on Digital Theatre

by DaveTriesBallet March 27, 2014

As I mentioned in my review of The Nutcracker, Digital Theatre have just released two new ballet productions from the Royal Ballet. The second of these is a 2006 recording of The Sleeping Beauty featuring Alina Cojocaru and Federico Bonelli. Prologue Opening with the gorgeous Tchaikovsky overture, the curtains raise to reveal a storybook scene. […]

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Review – The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker on Digital Theatre

by DaveTriesBallet March 20, 2014

It’s a little strange to be watching the Nutcracker in the middle of March. But there’s a reason to feel Christmassy – Digital Theatre has just released two more Royal Ballet productions (and two Royal Opera productions) to accompany its current roster of Sylvia (with Darcey Bussell/Roberto Bolle) and Swan Lake (Marianela Nunez/Thiago Soares). I’ll […]

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Where to Start? Beginning Ballet as an Adult

by DaveTriesBallet March 16, 2014

Recently I’ve been getting lots of emails from people wanting to start (or come back to) ballet, often in their twenties. I’ve been more than happy to reply to people and help them prepare for their first class, and it has made me think about what advice I would give myself, if I could go […]

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Review: Ballet Hero Fantasy (feat Steven McRae)

by DaveTriesBallet March 1, 2014

I think one of the biggest issues in encouraging young boys to get involved with ballet is convincing them that it is ‘cool’. It can be tough for boys starting ballet whilst still at school: they might experience bullying and name calling, or they may feel they have to hide what they do in their […]

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Cinderella – performance time!

by DaveTriesBallet February 22, 2014

I still can’t quite believe it. Last weekend, I danced in the Bristol Russian Youth Ballet Company’s production of Cinderella at Stockport Plaza. Not only did I get the chance to perform in front of hundreds of people to raise money for a fantastic charity, but I also got to share the stage with two […]

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Cinderella – three days to go!

by DaveTriesBallet February 13, 2014

This is going to be a quick blog post – written in a coffee break between PhD work (I’m “writing up” my thesis at the moment – lots of work!). I can’t believe it, but I’ll be performing in Cinderella on Sunday! It’s suddenly appeared out of nowhere – it seems like yesterday we were […]

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A week of ups and downs…

by DaveTriesBallet January 12, 2014

This week has been a little bit of a rollercoaster for me. Firstly, I was very humbled to see that my blog has reached 1,000,000 hits! (A hit is a unique visit per 24 hours) I’m pretty sure most are probably spam, but I’m grateful for all you ‘real’ people who have checked out my […]

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Goals for 2014

by DaveTriesBallet December 29, 2013

Sorry for the lack of posts recently – I’ve been completely swamped with work and job stuff… To start, I’ve begun writing my PhD thesis. As in actually putting words on paper (well, typing them into the computer) that will eventually make their way into a thesis that will (hopefully) earn me a PhD. I […]

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Engaging Generation Y in ballet – thoughts and ideas

by DaveTriesBallet October 12, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from RESEO, who are “the unique European network for education, participation and creative learning in opera and dance”. They consist of representatives of all the major opera and ballet houses in Europe, and host bi-annual conferences to discuss important ideas in engaging audiences with opera and […]

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