She has raised a whole $20 and she is very excited it is underway! I know it does not sound like much but any donation is inspiring and considerate and appreciated!
She started her classes this weekend, although we have met with her teachers very often. She and they are very thrilled to begin work. She is a very hard worker and has already obtained a part-time job in the evenings.
Already she is learning that there are very strong difference in the technique and artistic styles and her teachers are very old school. I will leave those wide differences and contrasts to her to explain in her updates to her Appeal. If you should choose to subscribe or to donate, she will keep you posted!
On the other hand, of you donate to this blog (or both), I will put your investment to good use as as well. Currently, I’m planning to begin a ballet school in New York for underprivileged children. They will only pay what they can afford, if anything, for correct ballet training. If anyone is interested in assisting with this, please contact me directly.
As usual, if you want to read up on the Differences of Movement, check out my book on my blog under differencesofmovement.wordpress.com
The story of men who dance is complicated, with ups and downs, stereotypes and triumphs.
This program presents several people with different perspectives and insights about the legacy and meaning of male dancers. Randy James’ talks about his all-male company, 10 Hairy Legs, which celebrates the technical and emotional range of male dancers. The group will also perform two pieces. Andy Weinert (also performing at 92Y on April 24 and 25) has been reconstructing dances by Ted Shawn, the first important male American dancer of the 20th century, and by other modern dance pioneers, while also creating new works that investigate that legacy. For perspective and a sense of the changing history of male dancers, Norton Owen joins us. He’s the archivist for Jacob’s Pillow, which was founded by Shawn.
Tamara Rojo: Axing dance in schools will restrict ballet to wealthy
Tamara Rojo, the artistic director of the English National Ballet criticised the decision of former education secretary Michael Gove to cut dance from the school curriculum
Artistic Director and principle dancer Tamara Rojo & Fabian Reimair from English National Ballet rehearse Akram Khan ‘s new work: Dust, as part of a program entitled ‘Lest We Forget’ in commemoration of the start of World War I, at The Barbican Centre in London Photo: Araud Stephenson
By Keith Perry 11:47PM GMT 05 Dec 2014
Tamara Rojo, the artistic director of the English National Ballet has criticised the decision of former education secretary Michael Gove to cut dance from the school curriculum, saying it risks making dance a preserve of the better off.
Ms Rojo said it was unfair as it meant “those that don’t have the means won’t have access to dance”.
She told the Evening Standard that is was particularly unwise to take dance out of schools as there was evidence of overwhelmingly improved results in maths taught through movement and 100 per cent increase in confidence.
The ENB itself offers tickets for as little as £10 to enable people to enjoy live dance. “We try to ensure that it is an art form that is accessible to everybody,” she said.
The Spanish dance star and her company are preparing to open their traditional Christmas production of Nutcracker followed by a run of Swan Lake.
Rojo said Nutcracker was important because the company had been performing it for more than 60 years. She added: There are two dozen Nutcrackers going round the United States. it is a very important tradition because for so many people it’s the first time they come to see ballet at all or to see a live performance in an orchestra.
“It’s a family tradition that goes from generation to generation and serves as an introduction to the art form.”
The challenge, she said, was to keep those first-time visitors – but audiences for dance have been growing. She praised both Billy Elliott, which overturned many prejudices about boys doing ballet, and Strictly Come Dancing for helping to foster a new passion.
But she rejected any notion she might follow Darcey Bussell in becoming a judge on the BBC show saying: “I think Darcey does a wonderful job.”
Rojo, 40, boosted the ENB’s fortunes when she returned as principal and boss two years ago but she said the pressure was shared with the arrival of major dancers such as Alina Cojocaru and guests including and guests including Ivan Vasiliev.
But she warned she would not be able to dance for as long as Sylvie Guillem who will retire next year at 50.
“She has an incredible physicality that I sadly don’t have. My end will come much earlier than that.
The Nutcracker runs at the London Coliseum from Thursday to January 4.
Darcey Bussell dazzles in elegant Audrey Hepburn documentary – and gets Twitter in a spin
Dec 30, 2014 11:47
By Kara O’Neill
The Strictly Come Dancing judge proved to be a hit as she delved into the glamorous actress’s life and the secrets of her past.
Darcey Bussell is already a firm favourite on primetime telly, and her latest venture in the land of showbiz has made her even more popular.
The former ballerina, who is also known as a Strictly Come Dancing judge, was a hit on Monday night with her documentary Looking For Audrey.
Delving into the past of glamorous film star Audrey Hepburn, Darcey stepped back in time to uncover the truth about the actress behind the glitz of a Hollywood smokescreen.
Paying visits to locations all around the globe that played an important part of Audrey’s life and career, Darcey discovered how she started as a dancer, risked her life in the war, and was often a lonely individual looking for true love.
But while Audrey’s past swept enthralled viewers along quite nicely, it seems that Darcey’s softly softly presenting style and her clear passion for her idol really shone through.
Twitter users were suitably impressed with her performance with one writing: “Brilliant, Darcey. Do more. You both sparkled!”
This could be just the beginning for Darcey, who also made her name as a dancer.
The 45-year-old trained at the Royal Ballet School before going on to have a long career in The Royal Ballet.
She is most widely know now as a judge on BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing, when she joined the panel in 2012.
Speaking to the Telegraph about her idol, Darcey admitted she had been obsessed with Audrey and her life from a very young age.
“She has inspired and intrigued me since I was about 10.
“She was always very real, one of those natural stars who never tried to be anything other than who she was. It’s hard to stay true to yourself and it’s rare, especially today.”
*Catch up on Darcey Bussell’s Looking For Audrey on BBC iPlayer