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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. Trog - many thanks, that's an interesting observation that may go some way towards answering my question. And on behalf of my two colleagues, thanks to one and all for the compliments thus far. There's no plan to stop the service.
  2. Each morning the Forum posts a number of links to ballet/dance-related articles from across the English-speaking world and, in doing so, we carry on a service that began back in the days of ballet.co. It has become increasingly noticeable that the Links section is now consulted much less frequently than in the past. This can readily be seen by scrolling through the Links homepage and looking at the ‘View’ figures. For example, and in rounded figures, the Views for mid-March 2012 were 3300; 2018 saw 2600; and this year just 1100. And this has happened as Forum membership has gradually increased. There are no doubt several reasons for this decline and it would be useful to hear from members what they might be. Some may have found the increasing use of Restricted Access on newspaper sites to be a nuisance and not worth bothering with, but there must be more to it than that. We’d be interested to hear how members feel and, in particular, it would be useful to hear from those who use that section much less than in the past, or who have given up using it at all.
  3. A propos, a snippet from the comment pages of today's Sunday Times:
  4. And on the other hand, whilst doing this morning's Links and negotiating the continuing flood of tabloid views on Darcey's possible replacement, the Mirror is running a piece that says Andrew Lloyd Webber has been talking to her about the possibility of her appearing in a 'new show.'
  5. Links – Sunday 14 April, 2019 Review – Martha Graham Dance Company, New York Season: Robert Gottlieb, NY Observer Review – Royal Ballet, Romeo and Juliet, London: Vikki Jane Vile, BWW UK Reviews – English National Ballet, She Persisted, London: Lisa Allardyce, The Observer David Dougill, Sunday Times (Scroll down) Tour Review – Mark Morris Dance Group, Pepperland, Cardiff: Othniel Smith, BTG Review – Australian Ballet, ‘Verve’ Triple Bill, Sydney: Michelle Potter, .... on dancing Feature – Misty Copeland expands on her archive trawl (see yesterday): Remy Tumin, NY Times Film Reviews – Yuli, the Carlos Acosta Biopic: Simran Hans, The Observer Edward Porter, Sunday Times (Scroll down) Film – Screenwriter David Hare on Nureyev and The White Crow: Tobias Grey, Wall St Journal Book Review – Ray Bolger: More Than a Scarecrow, Holly Van Leuven: Janine Parker, Arts Fuse Review – Leah Verier-Dunn/Moving Ethos, girlwoman, Sarasota: Carrie Seidman, Herald-Tribune Tour Review – Melbourne City Ballet, Alice in Wonderland, Dunedin: Hannah Molloy, Theatreview
  6. Links – Saturday 13 April, 2019 Feature – Perpetual Motion – Misty Copeland looks at the NY Times Dance Photography Archive: NY TImes Feature - Learning to dance Merce Cunningham: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Review – Mariinsky Ballet, Le Corsaire, Washington DC: George Jackson, Danceviewtimes Reviews – American Ballet Theatre, Whipped Cream, Chicago: Kyle MacMillan, Chicago Sun-Times Hedy Weiss, WTTW News Review – Natalia Osipova & Colleagues, ‚Pure Dance’ Mixed Bill, New York: Leigh Witchel, dancelog.nyc Review – Northern Ballet, Victoria, Edinburgh: Kelly Apter, The List Review - Scottish Ballet, Dextra, Elite Syncopations, Aberdeen: Rebecca Buchan, Press and Journal Review – Rosie Kay Dance Company, 5 Soldiers, San Francisco: Leslie Katz, SF Examiner Film Review - Yuli, Carlos Acosta biopic: Charlotte O’Sullivan, Evening Standard News – More on abuse allegations at Vienna Ballet School: Alex Marshall, NY Times Review – Stephen Petronio Company, Tread, Coverage Revisited, American Landscapes, New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Review – Australian Ballet, ‘Verve’ Triple Bill, Sydney: Chantal Nguyen, Bachtrack Review – Albert Quesada & Zoltan Vakulya, OneTwoThreeOneTwo, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Review – International Draft Works, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper - Gallery: Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Review – John Phillip Newell, Shane Shambhu & Colleagues, Hebridean Treasure: Lost & Found, Edinburgh: Siddharthiya Pillay, The List Diaries: - UK, Next Week: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian (Scroll down) - Southern California: Matt Cooper, LA Times Reviews – West Side Story, new choreography by Aletta Collins, Manchester: Mark Fisher, Guardian David Chadderton, BTG
  7. Links – Friday 12 April, 2019 Review – Mariinsky Ballet, Le Corsaire, Washington DC: Rachael Goldberg, BWW DC Reviews – New York City Ballet, Washington DC: - Easy, In the Night, The Runaway, Something to Dance About: Arielle Ostry, Danceviewtimes - Composer’s Holiday, Kammermusik No 2, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Symphony in C: Oksana Khadarina, DanceTabs Review – English National Ballet, ‘She Persisted’ Triple Bill, London: Ka Bradley, Exeunt Tour Reviews – Northern Ballet, Victoria, Edinburgh: Roisin O’Brien, SeeingDance Edie Ranvier, Reviews Hub Tom King, Southside Advertiser Review – Ivan Putrov & Others, Against the Stream, London: John O’Dwyer, Seen and Heard Alvin Ailey American Dance Company: Review – Lazarus, Revelations, Berkeley: Janice Berman, SF Classical Voice Preview - Various Programs, Boston: Karen Campbell, Boston Globe Feature – Dance Theatre of Harlem at 50: Djassi Dacosta Johnson, Playbill Film Reviews – Yuli, Carlos Acosta Biopic: Cath Clarke, Guardian Kevin Maher, The Times Preview – Hubbard Street Dance, Pite, Cerrudo, Williams Triple Bill, Victoria BC: Mike Devlin, Times-Colonist Review – Russell Maliphant & Others, Silent Lines, Birmingham: Donald Hutera, The Times Diary – New York: Staff, NY Times Review – Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance, Brisbane: Denise Richardson, Dance Australia Preview – Festival of Korean Dance, London: Georgina Butler, Culture Whisper Preview – Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, From the mind ….., Washington DC: Geraldine Freeman, Daily Gazette
  8. Anna: Had the article been taken down by RBS? I only ask as it still carries a date of 7 November 2018. With that in mind, I commend your warning to one and all that there is no need to rehash much of what was previously said on the matter.
  9. Links – Thursday 11 April, 2019 Obituary – Lawrence Rhodes, Dancer and Teacher: Anna Kisselgoff, NY Times Reviews – English National Ballet, ‘She Persisted’ Triple Bill, London: G J Dowler, Classical Source Laura Freeman, Spectator Reviews – Mariinsky Ballet, Le Corsaire, Washington DC: George Jackson, Danceviewtimes Maria Di Mento, DC Theatre Scene Review – Boston Ballet, Pas/Parts, Wings of Wax, Playlist (EP), Paris: Laura Cappelle, Financial Times Review – Natalia Osipova & Colleagues, ‘Pure Dance’ Mixed Bill, New York: Rose Marija, BWW Review – Royal Swedish Ballet, Escapist (Ekman), Stockholm: Maggie Foyer, SeeingDance Review – Australian Ballet, ‘Verve’ Triple Bill, Sydney: Deborah Jones, FollowSpot Feature – Merce Cunningham’s work was magical, intangible, Einsteinian – revival is futile: Ismene Brown, Spectator Feature – Hands! Hips! Hats! The why and how of Fosse/Verdon dance moves: Brian Seibert, NY Times Preview – Pam Tanowitz on choreographing T S Eliot’s Four Quartets: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Preview – James Kudelka and Evelyn Hart team up for Four Old Legs, Toromto: Michael Crabb, The Star Reviews – Albert Quesada & Zoltan Vakulya, OneTwoThreeOneTwo, London: Rachel Elderkin, The Stage Charlotte Kasner, SeeingDance Review – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, Swan Lake, Liverpool: John Roberts, Reviews Hub Q&A – Australian Ballet’s Alice Topp: Lucie Clark, Vogue Australia News – Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy hit by abuse scandal: Jon Henley, Guardian And on one hand: Brooklyn Rail for April – 5 items, here Whilst on the other: Darcey is leaving Strictly! BBC News (and, of course, elsewhere)
  10. Links – Wednesday 10 April, 2019 Reviews - Ivan Putrov & Others, Gala – Against the Stream, London: Debra Craine, The Times Louise Levene, Financial Times Vera Liber, BTG Graham Watts, Bachtrack Charlotte Kasner, SeeingDance Interview – The Royal Ballet’s Gary Avis: Mark Monahan, Telegraph Feature – How West Side Story’s dance rumbles got reinvented: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Review – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mixed Bill, Los Angeles: Gillian Ebersole, Bachtrack Review – Australian Ballet, ‘Verve’ Triple Bill, Sydney: Sue Williams, Daily Telegraph Preview – Stephen Petronio Company, Coverage Revisited, Tread, American Landscapes, New York: Siobhan Burke, NY Times Review – Batsheva Dance Company, Venezuela, Boston: Marcia B. Siegel, Arts Fuse Film Preview/Gallery – Yuli, plus Carlos Acosta 25-pic Gallery: Zoe Paskett, Evening Standard Preview – Nora, Where Home Is, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Feature – Dance as mating ritual: Romeo, Romeo, Romeo: Veronica Posth, SeeingDance
  11. Links – Tuesday 9 April, 2019 Reviews – Ivan Putrov & Others, Gala – Against the Stream, London: Anna Winter, The Stage Emma Byrne, Evening Standard Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Reviews – English National Ballet, She Persisted, London: Louise Levene, Financial Times Alexandra Gray, SeeingDance Essay – “All Dance is a Discourse on Freedom” – a reflection on the Alvin Ailey Company: Zadie Smith, NY Times Review – American Ballet Theatre, Whipped Cream, Iowa City: Diana Nollen, The Gazette Tour Review – Scottish Ballet, Dextera, Elite Syncopations, Glasgow: David Pollock, The Stage Review – Kyle Abraham & Others, Live! The Realest MC, New York: Gay Morris, Danceviewtimes Review – Russell Maliphant & Others, Silent Lines, Ipswich: Cavelle Leigh, Reviews Hub -- Interview: Anna Winter, The Stage Preview – Damien Jalet, Kohei Nawa & Others, Vessel, London: Chris Wiegand, Guardian Review – Ballet West, Onegin (Cranko), Salt Lake City: Alison Myers, Daily Utah Chronicle Review – Pennsylvania Ballet, All Stravinsky Bill – but what about the music? Margaret Darby, Phindie Tour Review – Mark Morris Dance Group, Pepperland, Edinburgh: Lucy Ribchester, The List Tour Preview – Northern Ballet, Victoria, Edinburgh: Kelly Apter, The List News – Amelia Drummond, Australian Ballet’s Emerging Choreographer: Staff, Dance Australia Review – Miet Warlop & Others, Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break, Berlin: Veronica Posth, SeeingDance Review – Su Wei-chia/Fang Yu-ting, Free Steps, Taipei: David Mead, SeeingDance Tour Review – Melbourne City Ballet, Alice in Wonderland (Bradshaw), Wellington: Greer Robertson, Theatreview
  12. Links – Monday 8 April, 2019 Reviews – English National Ballet, She Persisted, London: Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk Debra Craine, The Times Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Alexandra Gray, SeeingDance Review – Natalia Osipova, with Others, Pure Dance, New York: Sheila Kogan, TheaterScene Review – Australian Ballet, ‘Verve’ Triple Bill, Sydney: Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald Reviews – Sydney Dance Company, Bonachela/Nankivell/Lane, Sydney: Deborah Jones, FollowSpot Geraldine Higginson, Dance Australia Michelle Potter, ... on dancing Review – Washington Ballet, Wood Work, Shadow Lands, Teeming Waltzes, Washington DC: George Jackson, Danceviewtimes Film Review – Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Heart Dances – on making The Piano: Graeme Tuckett, Dominion Post Feature – Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet in the City: Kylie Knott, SCMP Tour Review – Mark Morris Dance Group, Pepperland, Edinburgh: Dominic Corr, Reviews Hub Review – Batsheva Dance Company, Venezuela, Boston: Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Globe Review – Bare Feet Dance Theatre, An Eternity Before and After, Taipei: David Mead, SeeingDance Preview – Leah Verier-Dunn/Moving Ethos, girlwoman, Sarasota: Thomas Becnel, Herald-Tribune Review – Australian Dance Theatre, ‘Anthology’ Mixed Bill, Adelaide: Maggie Tonkin, Dance Australia
  13. Links – Sunday 7 April, 2019 Review – English National Ballet, She Persisted, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Review – Mark Brown, Herald - Scottish Ballet, Dextera, Elite Syncopations, Inverness - Quarantine, Wallflower, Findhorn (It lasted 12 hours!) Review – Scottish Ballet, Dextera, Elite Syncopations, Glasgow: Lorna Irvine, Fjord Review Review – Alleyne Dance, Testimonies, A Night’s Game, London: Sara Veale, The Observer Previews – Rosie Kay Dance Company, 5 Soldiers, San Francisco: Lou Fancher, SF Classical Voice Leslie Katz, SF Examiner Diary – Southern California: Matt Cooper, LA Times Review – Martha Graham Dance Company, The Eve Project, New York: Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal/DanceBeat Tour Review – BalletBoyz, Them/Us, Richmond: Aliya Al-Hassan, BWW UK Review – Parsons Dance, Mixed Bill, Portland: Martha Ullman West, Oregon Artswatch
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