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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Romeo & Juliet Researched – The Pas de Deux

by DaveTriesBallet September 23, 2013

It is no secret that one of my favourite ballets is MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet. The last time the Royal Ballet performed it I saw three casts and I wrote a guest post about MacMillan’s choreography for A Younger Theatre. The Royal Ballet are reviving it again next month and I will be seeing it […]

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How time flies!

by DaveTriesBallet September 9, 2013

They say that time flies when you are having fun. This is certainly the case when I realised that this week marks my 3rd “Ballet-versary” – it’s three years since my first ever ballet lesson! I can’t quite believe it. It seems like only yesterday that I did my first ever plié and got confused […]

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Summer School, Injury and Rehearsals

by DaveTriesBallet September 4, 2013

Once again I have taken ages since my last post to update the blog – apologies! This has partly been down to moving flat (finally done!), partly due to work/future career stress (my supervisors want me to submit my thesis in June/July – argh!?! The real world beckons…), and partly as I’ve been feeling down […]

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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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Rothbart!

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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New Kinds of Narrative

by DaveTriesBallet April 1, 2013

Sat watching the live cinema relay of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I was struck by how different a piece it is compared to, say, Swan Lake or Giselle. This is not just because of the different subject matter (no-one in Alice dies for a start!) but is, I feel, due to a completely […]

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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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DaveTriesBallet’s Guide to Stretching

by DaveTriesBallet March 2, 2013

I often get emails and tweets asking for suggestions about stretching. I want to start by pointing out that I am no expert. Nowhere near. I don’t have any sort of medical or physiological training and can’t do the splits or a six o’clock penchee. But when I started ballet I couldn’t touch my toes […]

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