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    Squadron Associations connected with my years as a RAF Navigator; choral singing; and ballet and dance after meeting the lady, now my wife, who had been a dancer with the Royal Ballet's Touring Company, and who still teaches and examines in the discipline. (Edited to say that in mid-2014 she resigned from examining after some 40+ years.)

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  1. Dance links w/b Sunday October 15, 2017

    Links – Wednesday 18 October, 2017 Celebrating Sir Kenneth MacMillan: Tribute – MacMillan, Master at the Heart of British Ballet: Clement Crisp, Financial Times Review – Scottish Ballet, Rite of Spring, The Fairy’s Kiss, Glasgow: Bruce Marriott, DanceTabs - Feature – Bethany Kingsley-Garner, Scottish Ballet: Kelly Apter, The List Review – Northern Ballet, Las Hermanas, Concerto, Gloria, Bradford: Graham Watts, Bachtrack Review – English National Ballet, Song of the Earth, La Sylphide, Milton Keynes: Maggie Constable, Reviews Hub Interview – Alexei Ratmansky & Leonid Desyatnikov, Songs of Bukovina: Marina Harss, NY Times Review – Fall for Dance Season 2017, 4 Premieres, New York: Marina Harss, DanceTabs Review – Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Bayadère – The Ninth Life, London: Laura Freeman, Evening Standard 5Q &A – Avatâra Ayuso, Dancer, Choreographer & Director: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Feature – Ben Duke’s backstage Rambert diary: Ben Duke, Guardian Review – Holly Blakey, Some Greater Class, Salford: Dave Cunningham, Reviews Hub News – New Zealand Festival, February 2018, Wellington: Dani McDonald, Dominion Post (scroll for Dance items) - RNZB to premiere “The Piano: The Ballet”: Dionne Christian, NZ Herald Review – Wayne McGregor & Others, Tree of Codes, Melbourne: Jordan Beth Vincent, The Age Documentary – The Paris Opera: Ben Kenigsberg, NY Times Diary – This Week, New York: Martha Sherman, dancelog.nyc Review – Charlotte Spencer, Is This a Wasteland?, London: Ka Bradley, Exeunt Feature – The “Sarasota and Puerto Rico Dance Together” Campaign: Carrie Seidman, Herald-Tribune Report – Liz Lerman Dance Umbrella Lecture - Finding the Thread, Losing the Plot: Josephine Leask, DanceTabs
  2. Dance links w/b Sunday October 15, 2017

    Links – Tuesday 17 October, 2017 Review – Robert Fairchild’s Farewell at NYCB, Duo Concertant, New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Review – Scottish Ballet, Rite of Spring, The Fairy’s Kiss, Edinburgh: Kirst Morgan, Bachtrack - Interviews – Sophie Martin & Don MacLeary: Laura Smith, Sunday Post Review – New York City Ballet, Liturgy, Polyphonia, Odessa, The Times Are Racing, New York: Leigh Witchel, dancelog.nyc Review – Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Stabat Mater, 7th Symphony, Montreal: Rebecca Galloway, Bachtrack Review – Ballet West, Fox on the Doorstep, Dances for Lou, New York: Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn, Bachtrack Review – Fall For Dance 2017, Program 5 (Hallberg, Hubbard, SFB), New York: Martha Sherman, Danceviewtimes Review – Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohi, Origami, London: Zoë Anderson, Independent Review – Dorrance Dance, Mixed Bill, Beverly Hills: Lewis Segal, LA Times News – Stuttgart Ballet to close Bangkok Festival: Staff, The Nation Reviews – Tempo Dance Festival 2017, Auckland: - Momentum Productions, CUDO: Kerry Wallis, Theatreview - Jahra Rager Wasasala, ‘a world with your wound in it’: Vivian Arthur Aue, Theatreview - Carol Brown, Lost + Found: Jennifer Sherman, .... on dancing Review – Porchlight Music Theatre, Billy Elliot, Chicago: Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune Preview – Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, Home Season Concert, San Francisco: Maxine Marshall, SF Chronicle Preview – Marc Bamuthi Joseph, /peh-LO-tah/, New York: Courtney Marie, TheaterScene It’s a new version but it’s the first this year: Review – Ballett Zürich, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Spuck), Zurich: Sarah Batschelet, Bachtrack
  3. Dance links w/b Sunday October 15, 2017

    Links – Monday 16 October, 2017 Obituary – Mary Cochran, ex- Paul Taylor Company: Neil Genzlinger, NY Times Reviews – Royal Ballet & National Ballet of Canada, The Dreamers Ever Leave You, London: Jann Parry, DanceTabs Debra Craine, The Times Reviews – Rocio Molina, Falling from Heaven, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Donald Hutera, The Times Review – James Thierée/Compagnie du Hanneton, The Toad Knew, New York: Lauren Gallagher, DanceTabs Reviews – Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Site Series (Inside Outside) Reimagined, Skies Calling Skies Falling, San Francisco: Heather Desaulniers, DanceTabs David E. Moreno, Culture Vulture Review – Stuttgart Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (Cranko), Singapore: Germaine Cheng, Straits Times Review – Hearst Dance Theater, A Love Supreme, Princeton: Martha Sherman, dancelog.nyc Diary – Next week around LA: Matt Cooper, LA Times Review – Melbourne Festival, More Up A Tree, Melbourne: Debbie Cuthbertson, The Age Feature – Eileen Kramer plans to dance on her 103rd birthday: Karen Hardy, Sydney Morning Herald Review – Foster Group, Orchids, Auckland: Raewyn Whyte, NZ Herald Review – Tempo Dance Festival, whY Cromozone Mixed Bill, Auckland: Jennifer Sherman, .... on dancing
  4. Links – Sunday 15 October, 2017 Celebrating Sir Kenneth Macmillan: Feature – Former Royal Ballet Dancers remember: Sarah Crompton, Sunday Times Reviews – Northern Ballet, Las Hermanas, Concerto, Gloria, Leeds: Hanna Weibye, Arts Desk Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express Review – BalletBoyz, Fourteen Days, London: David Dougill, Sunday Times Review – Company Wayne McGregor, Autobiography, London: David Dougill, Sunday Times Review – Rocio Molina, Fallen from Heaven, London: Luke Jennings, Observer Review – Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohl, Origami, London: Lynette Halewood, DanceTabs Review – Cirque Eloize, Saloon, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs News – Work to restore Houston Ballet’s home theatre: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times News – NYCB: Zachary Catazaro promoted to Principal: Olivia Clement, Playbill Arts Review – Luca Veggetti/Japan Society NY/Yokohama Noh Theatre, Left-Right-Left, New York: Tom Phillips, Danceviewtimes Preview – James McGinn, Ing and Die, Sarasota: Carrie Seidman, Herald-Tribune Review – Oregon Ballet Theatre, Rhapsody in Blue, Never Stop Falling (In Love), Portland: Matthew Andrews, Oregon Artswatch Review – Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Citizen, Chicago: Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune Review – Local Choreographers, Performing Home, Chicago: Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune Review – Tempo Dance Festival, Auckland: Jennifer Shennan, ..... on dancing
  5. Only so many nuts to crack.....

    Each year the Links team eagerly awaits and seeks out the first North American Nutcracker review that promises, like the first swallow of summer, a cornucopia of goodies for weeks thereafter. And so saying, I still fondly remember NY Times critic Alastair Macaulay going on an odyssey lasting some weeks around and across the USA about 5/6 years ago, seeing Nuts in all shapes and sizes, in theatres grand and not-so-grand. Dedication to his craft, say I - so let there be no complaints about a metropolis like London harbouring a mere 3 productions simultaneously.
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  7. Royal Ballet Autumn 2017 Casting

    Laura Morera will replace Zen in the remaining two performances of Alice in which she was due to return, and that will include the filmed livestream: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/cast-change-alices-adventures-in-wonderland A big pity about the injury, whatever it has been.
  8. Dance Links w/b Sunday 1 October, 2017

    Links – Wednesday 4 October, 2017 Feature – Wayne McGregor, Autobiography, and lots more: David Jays, Guardian Feature – NYCB’s Rebecca Krohn retiring … to be their Ballet Master: Terry Trucco, Playbill Arts Review – Fall for Dance, New York, Program A: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times Preview – Fall for Dance, New York, Program B-E Highlights: Gia Kourlas, Roslyn Sulcas, Siobhan Burke, Brian Seibert, NY Times Review – Beth Gill, Brand New Sidewalk, New York: Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times Review – Twyla Tharp Dance, 2017 Season, New York: Joel Benjamin, TheaterScene Q&A – Scottish Ballet’s Grace Horler and her inspiration, Zenaida Yanowsky: Kelly Apter, The List Preview – Chamber Dance Company, Body Politic 8-Bill, Seattle: Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times Feature - Pranita Nayar, Unwinding traditional Indian dance: Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune Review – Joe Moran/Dance Art Foundation, On the Habit of Being Oneself, London: Paul Hughes, Exeunt Preview – Yang Liping Arts & Culture Co, Under Siege, Melbourne: Hannah Francis, The Age Review – Sydney City Youth Ballet/SYO Philharmonic, Together Live 2017, Sydney: Deborah Jones, FollowSpot
  9. Dance Links w/b Sunday 1 October, 2017

    Links – Tuesday 3 October, 2017 Feature – Kenneth MacMillan, 25th Anniversary Celebrations: Anna Winter, The Stage Reviews – Acosta Danza, Debut 5-Bill, London: Siobhan Murphy, DanceTabs Philippa Newis, Bachtrack Rachel Elderkin, Exeunt Review – Royal Ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, London: Vera Liber, BTG Review – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Café Müller, Rite of Spring, New York: Janine Parker, Arts Fuse Preview – Fall for Dance North, Toronto: Michael Crabb, Toronto Star Review – Daksha Sheth Dance Company, Sari, Glasgow: Mary Brennan, Herald Review – Laterna Magika, Human Locomotion, Hong Kong: Enid Tsui, SCMP Diaries: - London This Week: Staff, Londondance - New York This Week: Leigh Witchel & Martha Sherman, dancelog.nyc Review – Joash Fahitua & Perri Exeter, Mixtape Dance Show, Hawkes Bay: Kim Buckley, Theatreview
  10. Dance Links w/b Sunday 1 October, 2017

    Links – Monday 2 October, 2017 Review – Acosta Danza, Debut 5-Bill, London: Debra Craine, The Times Review – Royal Ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, London: Jeffery Taylor, Express Review – Salva Sanchis, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Rosas, A Love Supreme, New York: Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal/DanceBeat Review – Tango Fire Company, Mixed Bill, Albany: Geraldine Freedman, Daily Gazette Diary – Los Angeles This Week: Matt Cooper, LA Times
  11. Links – Sunday 1 October, 2017 Reviews – New York City Ballet, Fall Gala 2017, New York: Marina Harss, DanceTabs Mary Cargill, Danceviewtimes Review – Acosta Danza, Debut 5-Bill, London: Luke Jennings, Observer Feature – Scottish Ballet, Reviving MacMillan’s The Fairy’s Kiss: Mark Brown, Sunday Herald Review – Northern Ballet, The Little Mermaid, Southampton: David Dougill, Sunday Times Preview – Birmingham Royal Ballet, Aladdin, Birmingham: Heather Large, Express & Star Interview – Choreographer Charlotte Spencer & Is This a Waste Land?: Luke Jennings, Observer Review – Kyoko Ruch, Erospace, When Snails Collide, Washington DC: Carolyn Kelemen, DC Metro Review – Joshua Beamish/MoveThe Company, Saudade, Toronto: Brittany Duggan, Dance Current Dance Diary – September 2017: Michelle Potter, ... on dancing
  12. Dance Links w/b Sunday 24 September, 2017

    Links – Saturday 30 September, 2017 Reviews – Acosta Danza, Debut 5-Bill, London: Clement Crisp, Financial Times Mark Monahan, Telegraph Zoë Anderson, Independent Judith Mackrell, Guardian Laura Freeman, Evening Standard Neil Norman, The Stage Vera Liber, BTG Reviews – Royal Ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, London: Jann Parry, DanceTabs Graham Watts, Bachtrack Reviews – New York City Ballet, Fall Gala 2017, New York: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times - Red Carpet etc: H.W. Vail, Vanity Fair Maria Ward, Vogue and elsewhere Review – New York City Ballet, Swan Lake, New York: Leigh Witchel, dancelog.nyc Review – Birmingham Royal Ballet, Concerto, Still Life at the Penguin Café, Elite Syncopations, Birmingham: Louise Levene, Financial Times Review – English National Ballet, Giselle (Khan), London: Gerald Dowler, Classical Source Review – Rambert, Transfigured Nights, Symbiosis, Ghost Dances, Salford: Dave Cunningham, Reviews Hub Reviews – Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Bayadère – The Ninth Life, Salford: Peter Jacobs, Reviews Hub Georgina Wells, BTG Reviews – Daksha Sheth Dance Company, Sari, Edinburgh: Kelly Apter, Scotsman Lucy Ribchester, The List Feature – Germaine Acogny, on being the Chosen One: Brian Seibert, NY Times Review – Kyoko Ruch, Erospace, When Snails Collide, Washington DC: George Jackson, Danceviewtimes News – Sydney Dance Company plans a refurbishment: Julie Power, Sydney Morning Herald Review – Transform Festival, Why Citizenship? Mixed Bill, San Francisco: Rachel Howard, Fjord Review Feature – Uruguay’s Ballet de Sodre: AP via Washington Post Review – Faustin Linyekula, In Search of Dinozord, New York: Joel Benjamin, TheaterScene Diaries: - UK: Judith Mackrell, Guardian - New York: Brian Schaefer, NY Times
  13. Alison: It may be that some costumes were lost or damaged when the Wortham Theater was flooded. But if their Mayerling costumes were in their Warehouse, they would apparently have been unscathed. I repeat a link from the time that's not entirely clear as regards Mayerling: https://www.broadwayworld.com/houston/article/Houston-Ballet-Announces-Updates-and-Performance-Cancellations-Due-to-Hurricane-Harvey-20170830
  14. Performances in the U.S.A.

    That review plus 2 others are now in today's Links. Molly Glentzer's includes a 7-minute video chat with Houston's AD Stanton Welch.
  15. Links – Sunday 24 September, 2017 Obituaries: - Marian Horosko, Dancer & Dance Advocate: Neil Genzlinger, NY Times - Ritha Devi, Indian Classical Dancer & Teacher: Amisha Padnani, NY Times Reviews – Houston Ballet, Mayerling, Houston: Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle Joseph Campana, CultureMap Natalie De La Garza, Houston Press Review – English National Ballet, Giselle (Khan), London: Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express Reviews – Northern Ballet, The Little Mermaid, Southampton: Beccy Conway, WinchesterToday Reviews – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, The Red Shoes, Los Angeles: Karen Weinstein, Culture Vulture Peter Debruge, Variety Review – Requardt & Rosenberg, DeadClub, London: Luke Jennings, Observer Review – Dorothée Munyaneza, Unwanted, New York: Tom Phillips, Danceviewtimes
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