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 […]

Cinderella at Mikhailovsky Ballet review: The tale comes of age thanks to Mikhail Messerer

Many great dance makers have tried to match Prokofiev’s rather ponderous score but you cannot get further from Walt Disney than the Mikhailovsky Ballet’s latest creation. The curtain rises on a wood-panelled drawing room in a comfortable country gentleman’s home, superbly realised by designer Vyacheslav Okunev. Centre stage is Ksenia Rusina’s stepmother, a red-headed monster […]

London Fashion Week, ballet and more: Things to do this week

SEE Revisit the enchanting tale of The Little Mermaid with Northern Ballet. Based on the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, it tells the story of a sea princess who sacrifices everything to live life above the waves and find love in the human world. It premieres in Southampton on Thursday, before touring the […]