Daniel McCormick was announced as winner of English National Ballet's 2018 Emerging Dancer Award last night.Having performed a pas de deux from Le Corsaire, with partner Francesca Velicu, and Leatherwing Bat, a solo by Trey McIntyre, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo, announced his win on stage at the London Coliseum, which was livestreamed to … [Read more...] about Daniel McCormick is announced winner of English National Ballet’s 2018 Emerging Dancer Award
It seems an exceptionally good moment for homegrown ballet talent in Britain. The Royal Ballet School alone is producing a remarkable number of excellent dancers, many tipped for the top. Two of these are Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball who will make a joint début, as the young lovers Romeo and Juliet, with the Royal Ballet on 3 October.21-year-old Matthew speaks with a soft … [Read more...] about Matthew Ball – The Royal Ballet’s prince in waiting?
Yasmine Naghdi was born on 25 March 1992 in London.Everyone I meet says, 'Where are you from?', and I say, 'I’m from London', and they say, 'No, where are you really from?'.Well, she has an exotic name and a somewhat exotic look but, although she also has an exciting mix of blood running through her veins, she is a true Londoner.I was born in London and have lived here … [Read more...] about Yasmine Naghdi – the birth of a ballerina
Paul Seaquist is a ballet impresario, which conjures up an image of a Diaghilev figure with a fur-collared coat and silver-topped cane. However, Seaquist is quite different physically: a recent television interview saw him in jeans and a V-neck T-shirt, and he’s quite a bit thinner, and certainly better looking, than the Russian impresario. His thinking is modern too: I often … [Read more...] about Paul Seaquist, ballet impresario: thinking outside the box
Last night the threatening weather held off, and the gala and award ceremony for the Positano Premia la Danza Léonide Massine on the main beach at Positano went ahead as planned.The exquisite setting on the Amalfi Coast is what attracted artists such as Nureyev, and Massine himself, who made the area their holiday home, and when you add a stage, music and dance from some … [Read more...] about Positano Premia la Danza Léonide Massine winners 2014