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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 Gala in the Sunshine

by DaveTriesBallet July 16, 2013

This Saturday I performed at a local Gala for a charity’s 60th birthday. The charity had got a local stately house to open up its grounds and were celebrating by having a day filled with arts and crafts stalls, picnics and live entertainment. As it turns out, both of the local groups I dance with […]

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Crazy Gala Times…

by DaveTriesBallet June 22, 2013

Life has been pretty crazy recently (hence the lack of blogging – sorry!) but last week it got even crazier. I dance with a group of adults (there’s about 20 of us, including 2 other guys) near where I live, and for the past few months we’ve been preparing to put on a gala: an […]

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by DaveTriesBallet April 14, 2013

It’s all over. Last Saturday I danced Rothbart in Swan Lake for two performances and I’m still on cloud nine from it. Here’s a round up of the last few weeks: 3 weeks to go With less than a month to go, rehearsals were in full swing. Alongside two class/rehearsals during the week, Saturdays now […]

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DaveTriesBallet’s Guide To Seeing A Ballet (Updated!)

by DaveTriesBallet March 11, 2013

I recently hosted a “Ballet… Not What You Think!” screening of free ballet at my University to try and dispel a few ballet myths. Coincidentally, this was on the same day as the Royal Opera House hosted a live debate entitled Are opera and ballet elitist?. This prompted me to look back at my post […]

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Becoming Rothbart

by DaveTriesBallet February 16, 2013

My life is currently fully immersed in Swan Lake. As I mentioned in my Review of the Year, the Russian Youth Ballet Company and Ballet School I dance with are putting on Swan Lake (based mainly off the Mariinsky version). Just before Christmas I was rather shocked, and very pleased, to find out that I’d […]

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Cranko’s Onegin

by DaveTriesBallet January 31, 2013

I recently saw Cranko’s Onegin for the first time and discovered what a superb ballet it is. Seeing it twice in one day with the Royal Ballet I was prompted to immediately purchase the original Pushkin verse-novel (as translated by Stanley Mitchell in the Penguin Classics volume) which I quickly devoured – a truly fascinating […]

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Reflecting on 2012

by DaveTriesBallet January 6, 2013

This year has been a bit of a rollercoaster for my ballet journey, but thankfully there have been a lot more highs than there have been lows. It was only whilst talking to a childhood friend over Christmas that I started to grasp how much has happened over the last twelve months, and how it […]

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The 2012 DaveTriesBallet Awards!

by DaveTriesBallet December 30, 2012

You may remember the DTB Awards last year – a fun way for me to recollect the year and share the highlights. I thought I’d try and make these an annual event and so with great pleasure I give you… The DaveTriesBallet Awards 2012! PERFORMANCE AWARDS Favourite On-Stage Couple WINNER: Lauren Cuthbertson & Federico Bonelli […]

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