Six Pack A lonely dancer stands spot-lit on a stage. A voice-over explains that the link between rhythm and dance in classical ballet is the positions. At a breakneck tempo the voice then lists them. Not by their French names but by the numbers one to 100, whilst the dancer demonstrates them. After a short […]
Week 1 Hello and welcome! It’s nice to see you, to see you… I really hope you all yelled “nice” at your screens. Series 8 of “Strictly Come Dancing” took its first hesitant steps onto the floor at the scandalously late time of 9pm on Friday (no need to do your shopping early), and it […]
By Gerald Dowler For the third year running, Henry Roche, devoted company pianist for The Royal Ballet, has brought young dancing friends and musical colleagues together to raise money for a small charity, Ashanti Development, which works in Ghana to help local communities. At the Royal College of Music’s delightful Britten Theatre, he put together […]
Like a tin of Quality Street, Strictly Dancing promised to offer something for everyone. From grandiose Russian classicism to Greek fable infused with English school romanticism via the 20th century nostalgia of partner dancing, Birmingham Royal Ballet delivered an ensemble as part of its autumn season best described as eclectic.