The Royal Ballet’s Anastasia juxtaposes the charmed life of Tsar Nicholas II’s youngest daughter with Anna Anderson’s haunting experience in an asylum. The three-act production by Kenneth MacMillan originally premiered as a one-act ballet, created on Berlin’s Deutsche Oper in 1967. After assuming the position of Artistic Director with the Royal Ballet in London, MacMillan added […]

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The Scottish Ballet’s The Snow Queen capped off the company’s 50th anniversary season from December 2019. Choreographed by Christopher Hampson with set designs by the award-winning Lez Brotherston, this imaginative two-act ballet is perfect for families. The 90-minute wintry Snow Queen ballet (sans intervals) loosely follows Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, Snow Queen – which also inspired the hit movie, […]

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Whether you realized it at the time or not, you have probably been exposed to yellowface portrayals of Asian people, performed by non-Asians (and most-most often, by white people). The Orphan of China play in the mid-1700s is one of the first documented examples of yellowface, and The Good Earth film from 1937 won Luise Rainer […]

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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan performed Moon Water at Sadler’s Wells in 2002 and 2008, and the London-based dance venue streamed the full performance for a week, as part of their Digital Stage program. The serene choreography, set to J.S. Bach’s Six Cello Suites (played by Mischa Maisky) is based off of a mantra for Tai […]

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Despite suggesting that attending a virtual dance party is one of the best digital dance activities for lockdown, I had been cautiously curious about the whole phenomenon. However, the Facebook event ad for Zoom Dance Club Classics Party to benefit the NHS persuaded me to join a digital dance party. After all, it was the least […]

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Swans are semi-regularly represented by ballet dancers; bugs – not so much. However, the Royal Opera House has presented a version of Franz Kafka’s greatest literary work. With just seven cast members, Arthur Pita’s The Metamorphosis ballet was first shown in the Royal Opera House’s intimate Linbury Studio Theatre (2011). The dance theater production won a […]

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Gaga is a distinctive style of modern dance, created by Ohad Naharin of Israel’s famed Batsheva Dance Company. Normally the methodology is taught by instructors in person, but in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Gaga dance instruction has gone digital. The company streams multiple classes live each day from both Tel Aviv an New […]

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If you’re a Netflix fan, you probably know that Never Have I Ever is no longer just the name of a game. It’s also a television series, created by  Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, that follows an American girl with Indian roots through the complexities of growing up – and navigating different aspects of her identity. […]

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Online dance workouts bring you the benefit of working out to a great tunes at home – in your kitchen, in your living room or secretly in your bedroom. You’ll find that dance workout DVDs are mostly a thing of the past, since dance fitness videos have gone digital. Now dance workout videos are available to download, […]

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Here are a few practical steps to create an at-home dance studio.

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Recently, I’ve been highly encouraging everyone to join our (digital) global dance journey: the Dance Passport challenge. And promising that it’s not all about acquiring new dance skills. So I’m taking you behind the scenes of my own #dancepassport trip – to let you know my honest initial reactions to trying these dance styles (and to […]

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Raymond Sweetman is not your typical dance professional. He began dancing as an adult, transitioning into a dance career from the sports sector; and he enjoys K-pop dance as much as the more widespread dance genres of ballet and contemporary dance. As the founder of Purple A, a London-based K-pop dance group, Sweetman organizes dance events and […]

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