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  2. Now his Instagram account is hacked and has nothing left inside. https://www.instagram.com/sergeipolunin/
  3. alison

    Height for girls in Year 11 - restricted?

    I have to ask, how tall is Francesca Hayward, Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet?
  4. Please, please, please continue to watch ballets and let us know how you react to them! Apart from paying tribute to the wonderful performances I am privileged to see, I would hope that my reports enhance your viewing pleasure by pointing out some of the lovely details to watch out for. Yes, I do have specialist knowledge but the biggest pleasure of having that knowledge is to share it with others.
  5. Thanks. Have a look at my instagram or twitter
  6. What are they afraid of? Balletomanes going bonkers? 🤣
  7. Twoballerinas0004

    Height for girls in Year 11 - restricted?

    My younger daughter is just over 5ft 2 and is year 10 at White Lodge. Her height has never been a problem and she is also not the smallest in her class. There is a large height range in all classes there.
  8. Twoballerinas0004

    Height for girls in Year 11 - restricted?

    My older dd is 5ft 1 inches 17 years old and 42 kg. She auditioned last year for five classical schools. She was offered RCS at first audition, they said she didn't need to go to the final audition. She was offered an MDS place for upper school at Tring which is almost unheard of. A place at NBS Manchester and a place at Central. She also got finals for elmhurst. She is now studying at Central and loving every minute. Her height was never mentioned at any audition and she is by no means the smallest in her year at Central. It has never been a problem at all. In fact when it comes to pas de deux she is very popular. Lol
  9. Great photo. Did you take any of the Two Pigeons cast?
  10. https://www.travelzoo.com/uk/entertainment/london-southeast/-16-90-up-3-Russian-ballet-shows-inc-The-Nutcracker--2714413/?IsPresentationMode=1&utm_source=localdeal_uk&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2714432_html_london_deal%3a2714432&utm_content=2714432&ec=0&dlinkId=2714432 Cinderella, La Fille Mal Gardée (not Ashton's), Nutcracker. Some of these have been discussed in the performances section.
  11. The reason this Google translate link came up with garbage is simple: it thinks it's being asked to translate from Russian. If you change the link to read "de" instead of "ru" In this part translate.google.com&sl=ru It will translate properly. The hack someone suggested of changing Russian to German in the drop-down didn't work for me on mobile so I examined the url 😀
  12. Yesterday
  13. Just to drive the point home
  14. ninamargaret

    Royal Ballet Summer Season casting

    i wonder how long it will be before they realise that they have shot themselves in the foot by increasing prices so much? I like good seats and am prepared to pay a reasonable price, but it's getting ridiculous. I hoped to see two casts in R and J and probably two in the Firebird triple but now it looks like one of each. So they lose more money, plus anything I spend on drinks etc.Hardly likely to encourage all the newbies or oldies!
  15. I may be wrong, but I don't remember any casting apart from Firebird and Ivan being announced in previous runs, which is why I wondered. Certainly not the Tsarevna, I don't think.
  16. alison

    Prince Philip's accident

    https://www.gov.uk/giving-up-your-driving-licence and associated pages. HRH had his eyesight checked by the police today (voluntarily, I assume) and passed.
  17. Perfectly entendre free. I just couldn't resist pouncing on @Dawnstar on behalf of the Scarlett fan club (non-rabid division)
  18. Timeflies19

    Height for girls in Year 11 - restricted?

    Twoleftfeet, I feel your concerns - my dd is also small at 5ft 2 in year 11, and in the middle of auditions. Have you tried any uk schools and which European ones said she was too small?
  19. Jane

    Prince Philip's accident

    None unless the family and friends can convince their elderly person the time has come to give up driving. As a licence holder you are obliged to inform DVLA if you have certain medical conditions and for some conditions a GP has to assess ability. We have a distant relative who yearly gets passed by GP as safe to drive despite his dementia diagnosis, as for the duration of the appointment he manages to appear totally lucid. Worryingly he sometimes can’t find his way home on his daily walk never mind getting behind the wheel. I suspect HRH is also if the age were licences were a given right without a formal driving test.
  20. I have seen several casts in this particular ENB run of Manon and the one that - by some considerable distance - stands out for me is that led by McWhinney and Frola. They were mesmerising from the get go - and each gave vital individual detail to their inputs without ever over-guilding their lillies or - as can sometimes happen - make the ballet seem entirely episodic. Their chapters were all very much of a whole much as their dancing - together and apart - was delivered in stellar fashion. Frola is - for my money - up there with Dowell, Gomes and Muntagirov as DG. His partnering - much as his dancing - was exemplary - and entirely rooted in the overall arc of his extraordinary dramatic performance. McWhinney continues to astound in her development. She was so entirely winning in her innocence on entrance - loved the wink to Coleman's endearing old man - and was still a vital spirit in the final PDD up until the ultimate stroke of fate was so harshly brandied. I rarely find the emotion that so many expound about here - but this afternoon I did at the tail end of the this extraordinary performance. I shared Forla's grief every bit as much as I did the audible sincerity of the audience's cheering rapture. How lucky we are to have both of these extraordinary artists in our midst. A final shout out for Shale Wagman who on Friday afternoon - with the aforementioned leads again dazzling - was one of the finest Beggar Chiefs I have EVER seen. The acute originality of his musicality continues to astound.
  21. Dancing unicorn

    Missing ballet through illness

    Fabulous news good luck to her 🍀
  22. Gosh I might be priced out of the ROH soon if they start going mad with Amphi prices!!
  23. ???🤔 I think I'm missing the point Coated....is there a double entendre in the word pounces?
  24. Messaged you back. Ticket now taken by JNC, as far as I know.
  25. Melody

    Prince Philip's accident

    I see HRH is back behind the wheel already. What's the law over there about old people and driving? Back in the day, my husband's grandmother claimed she never had to take any tests regardless of her age because she was given a driving licence for life in the late 1920s. Fortunately she didn't have access to a car, or there might have been real trouble. But people in their 90s are bound to have less than great eyesight and reaction times, so I was wondering what sort of safeguards there are.
  26. Lucky you. I think you'll find that the wonderful Ksenia's family name is Ovsyanick.
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