Tag : ballet

Dance like nobody’s watching? – Why students should see more ballet

1 year ago / 0 comments

What is it about a dance performance that makes it an inaccessible, unpopular activity for students? I don’t think there’s any doubt that going to the ballet, for example, holds definite connotations of an activity that is reserved for the elite. I can easily understand how some might see it … Read More

‘Ballet Black’ review – striking and intimate

2 years ago / 0 comments

Ballet Black’s 2016 triple bill at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds is a sparkling performance that thoroughly deserves its standing ovation. Whether it is the overall elegance of the dancers or the hypnotic way in which they move, Ballet Black have their audience absolutely mesmerised. The first … Read More

Dance Exposé: Exposed

3 years ago / 0 comments

What happens when you put contemporary, commercial, ballet and break-dancers together in one society? Although the initial response might be “chaos”, Dance Exposé, an eclectic dance society that combines all forms of dance, has changed my verdict to “awesome”. I was given the chance to see the society’s ‘Exposed’ showcase, … Read More

Ballet Black: where are all the black ballet dancers?

3 years ago / 0 comments

At a time of growing diversity in other arts sectors such as musical theatre and contemporary dance, classical ballet seems to have stood still. Stunted by tradition, habit and the expectations of a niche audience, directors of the world’s top classical ballet companies settle with the ‘safe’; employing fair Sugar … Read More

Dance | The Good Life – The whole cycle of life, in dance!

5 years ago / 0 comments

My only experience of dance previous to this show was watching Step Up repeatedly throughout my teenage years (mainly due to Channing Tatum’s involvement) and the one street dance lesson that ensued. I therefore felt I had the exact same amount of knowledge as the average spectator of Dance Exposé’s … Read More

Blogs | The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

5 years ago / 0 comments

November is always a difficult month; the awkward limbo between October, which gets by on its autumnal charm, and December when it finally becomes socially acceptable to adorn the flat with all things sparkly and drink hot wine at eleven o’clock in the morning. November is cold and wet and … Read More

Dance | Northern Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream

5 years ago / 0 comments

Probably the main reason I enjoyed this ballet so much is because I’ve never seen a ballet that made me laugh so much before. The Northern Ballet have done an amazing job of translating all humour and mischief of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream into dance, while also capitalising on … Read More

Dance | Once Upon a Time

6 years ago / 0 comments

4/5 stars Riley Smith Hall, LUU February 27- March 2   They say that variety is the spice of life, and Leeds University Union’s Dance Show 2013 was certainly a testament to that. A total of eleven dance societies came together, and the result was a charming string of delightful … Read More

Dance | Beautiful Burnout

6 years ago / 0 comments

  5/5 Stars Having seen Beautiful Burnout in 2010 when the production won the Edinburgh Fringe First Award, it was difficult to see how this performance two years on could live up to the memory of such a fresh and exciting new piece of physical theatre. However it proved to … Read More