Ballet Character Focus: Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis

Giselle is the quintessential Romantic ballet and is found in ballet company repertories across the world in some form or another. From the traditional productions, to reworked modern takes, it has captivated ballet audiences since it’s triumphant debut all the way back in 1841. The life and death of titular character Giselle is… View Post

Everybody Ballet: An Evening with Leanne Benjamin

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, a retired Royal Ballet prima ballerina, was recently invited to speak to Everybody Ballet students at a special event in London. In person Leanne is a force to be reckoned with; confident, tenacious, and above all an inspiration. During the event she was interviewed by journalist… View Post

Rick Guest “What Lies Beneath” Exhibition

Photographer Rick Guest has captured haunting portraits of ballet dancers for his exhibition “What Lies Beneath”. Covent Garden is the ballet heart of London, so having the exhibition at The Hospital Club located a stones throw away from the Royal Opera House and The Coliseum is the natural place to showcase these portraits. Walking… View Post

Andre and Darcey Bussell’s Ballet Heroes

Skipping my Nutcracker review, I decided to just relax and enjoy some of the Christmas specials we are being delighted with on TV. This year the BBC has stepped up it’s game by heavily promoting dance with Nureyev: Dance to Freedom earlier this month, Carlos Acosta’s Carmen on Christmas Day,… View Post

Everybody Ballet: Masterclass with Roberta Marquez

The two of us who run Pas De Blog met through the wonderful London based adult ballet class company Everybody Ballet. Founded by Isabel McMeekan, a former Royal Ballet ballerina, not only does Everybody Ballet offer a vast variety of levels of adult ballet classes across London with world class teachers, but… View Post