How This Is Us Built Beth's Ballet Past and Frank, Formidable Family

When This Is Us decided that dance was going to be an integral part of Beth’s past, the show’s Powers That Be wanted to ensure that their storytelling would be on point(e). “I got a text from [series co-producer] Kay Oyegun that said, ‘Girl, can you dance for real?’” star Susan Kelechi Watson recalled. “I […]

Spandau Ballet first concert with NEW singer tonight: Watch LIVE stream here

After a rather mysterious parting of the ways last year, Spandau Ballet will unveil new frontman Wild at a major London concert tonight. From 7.45pm fans will be able to tune in and watch a live backstage stream. Hosted by Pips Taylor this unique event will give global fans a VIP backstage pass to Spandau […]

The Ballet Girls Who Burned to Death

Le Papillon, in which a kidnapped princess is transformed into a butterfly, is sillier than your average ballet. It’s not even scientifically accurate — the climax involves a butterfly’s wings burning after it flies into a torch, even though, unlike moths, butterflies aren’t attracted to bright lights. In fact, the most significant thing about the […]

Ballet in time of Cold War: Russian dance troupe hailed as 'messenger of peace & love' in US (VIDEO)

Whenever the Cold War is raging between Russia and the west, it’s ballet that helps build bridges and ease drama, says a leading choreographer, who’s taking his St. Petersburg company on a tour of the US. “This has already become a world tradition, when the Cold War begins between the west and the east or […]

Dillie Keane: My six best books – Memoirs of a Geisha and Ballet Shoes

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden Vintage, £9.99 I started reading this in Waterstones and an hour later I was still standing there. It’s a fascinating story about how a poor girl eventually becomes a geisha and the rivalry with the other people being trained up. It was an immersion in a completely “other” […]

Swan Lake: St Petersburg Ballet brings Russian spectacular to London stage this summer

It is one of the newest ballet companies in the world but combines classical Russian training with sensational modern attack. The Company’s 2015 international season was a total sell out with over 25,000 seats sold. The 2018 season is strictly limited and takes place from August 22-26. The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre are set to […]

Tutu twerk twins: Colombian ballet dancing sisters conquer social media (VIDEOS)

If plié and arabesque seem too boring, try to blend in some twerk and fitness. Colombian twin dancers have turned a fusion of classical moves, workout and some sexy moves into a viral hit, with the speed of a Macarena. For those tired of exhausting gym sessions, professional ballet dancers Alejandra and Andrea Salamanca, from […]

Le Jeune Homme et La Mort/ La Sylphide review: English National Ballet London Coliseum

ENB Tamara Rojo and Ivan Vasiliev in Le Jeune Homme et La Mort Two hugely contrasting ballets brought back one star and launched another in a night that, once again, asserted the ENB’s impressive renaissance. Returning hero Ivan Vasiliev was the hot ticket as the stricken and shirtless Le Jeune Homme of the title in […]

Intimate Photos of Ballet Dancers in the Studio and Streets

San Francisco-based photographer Zachariah Epperson, whose work we discovered on Design You Trust, takes portraits of ballet dancers, but they’re not just your typical pretty studio shots. Epperson follows the dancers into the streets and beyond, capturing the lifestyle of ballet and the dancer’s body as it relates to nature, architecture, and more. We also […]

Giselle by Akram Khan is STAGGERINGLY beautiful: You MUST see this ballet

ENB Akram Khan’s Giselle at the ENB Exquisite. Exhilarating. Extraordinary. The only clear thought my dazzled and dumbstruck spirit had as the curtain came down was: “How the (Gis)hell can I do justice to that?”  Giselle has been one of the most traditional ballets since its 1841 debut and is closely associated with its romanticised […]