5 Christmas gift ideas for Ballet lovers!

It’s only 25 days until Christmas – but there is still enough time to think about Christmas gifts!

Here are my top suggestions for all ballet lovers:

 

Theatre tickets

Invite your ballet loving friend to join you for a live ballet performance and top of the evening with a nice glass of champagne. There’s nothing better than some festive bubbles to enliven your discussion of the performance. The Nutcracker or Swan Lake are perfect ballet choices to get you both in the Christmas mood.

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Don’t miss the WORLD BALLET DAY 2017

Photo by The Royal Ballet Full Class – World Ballet Day 2014 – YouTube

#WorldBalletDay is back on 5 October 2017!

Have a look behind the scenes. Watch morning classes, interviews and rehearsal of 5 Top Ballet Companies. You will learn a lot of all the insights.

The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet will partner for the fourth year in a row to celebrate classical dance and provide viewers around the world with an exclusive look behind the scenes at what life is like at the world’s top ballet companies.

TOP 10 Ballet Photos

These are my favourite Ballet Photos

Prima Ballerina Iana Salenko

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Photo by ballerinaproject in Royal Opera House London

 

Rainer Krenstetter as Loge in Maurice Béjart “Ring um den Ring”

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photo by Staatsballett Berlin

 

Polina Semionova with her little babyboy

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photo on Instgram at polinasemionovaofficial

 

Katja Wünsche and William Moore in Christian Spuck’s “Anna Karenina”

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Juliet Doherty at St. Monica Beach

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photo by ballerinaproject

 

Steven McRae as Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland

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photo  by Tim P. Whitby, gettyimages

 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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photo by Andrew Eccles

 

Ballet and City Serie

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photo by Vladimir Chikin

 

Polina Semionova and Vladimir Malakhov in L’après-midi du faun by Staatsballett Berlin

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Photo by Staatsballett Berlin

 

4 Ballerina in “Wonderland” – Washington Ballet

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photo by Cade Martin

 

 

TOP 10 Classical Ballet Companies

Top of the Ballet World

All rankings are subjective but first in mind I am thinking of the TOP 6  which have been internationally famous for decades and are the most common ones. These ballet companies are considered as such because they have a Ballet School, a repertoire,  a great corps, and have survived more than one director.

What do you think? Which company you love most?

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Love or Desire?

“Anna Karenina” as a Ballet by 5 Famous Choreographers

Most people have heard of the movie “Anna Karenina”, starring Keira Knightley as the lead role, directed by Joe Wright and adapted by Tom Stoppard. Based on a novel by Leo Tolstoy, “Anne Karenina” is very popular in the ballet world right now. I have the feeling that every year brings a new interpretation of Tolstoy’s touching drama, all of which are different but all worth watching. Enjoy the trailers!
Please tell me which one you liked the most!

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I feel naked on stage

Rainer Krenstetter, principal dancer of the Miami City Ballet talks about his experiences in the US

Back when Rainer Krenstetter was a member of the ballet company of Staatsballett Berlin, I often had the opportunity to watch him perform. I was completely fascinated by his brilliant technique and elegance, and I will never forget Béjart’s masterpiece “RING UM DEN RING”, where Rainer delivered an outstanding performance in the role of Loge.

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TOP 10 Best Principal Dancers

Who are my favourite male dancers?

My friends often ask me about my favourite male dancers. As I have been a ballet lover for decades, it is very difficult to answer this question, given the amount of dancers I have seen perform. All dancers have different strengths and weaknesses; Rudolf Nurejev, for example, while a presence onstage and reknowned as the best dancer of the 20th century, would not be considered extremely talented by todays standards. I will also not be mentioning excellent male dancers who have passed their prime, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Vladimir Malakhov.

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