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Jan McNulty

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  1. PRESS RELEASE For release 9am Thursday 15 October 2020 English National Ballet School announces new partnership with bbodance as it returns to face-to-face training ENBS students with Artistic Director, Viviana Durante, and Dame Darcey Bussell, DBE in Espinosa Studio at bbodance headquarters English National Ballet School is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with bbodance that will see the School further its reach and delivery of world-class ballet training. Through this partnership English National Ball
  2. I needed some technical advice on something trivial recently and (not by a contact centre but a chum) it was suggested I ask a 5 year old as they are way more tech savvy than adults!!
  3. The rules are as clear as mud aren't they. Sky News issued a useful summary: https://news.sky.com/story/how-does-the-three-tier-covid-local-lockdown-system-work-12102497?fbclid=IwAR2FWWbLAigiV7tmS4nuY0CnXOhXGya-Mv_doqo49fUUrdFZDSMqcfCufMw
  4. Where is the password provided Janite? I've looked at the RDB website but I don't read Danish.
  5. Hello Balletbow and welcome to the Forum!
  6. Hello ms___g and welcome to the Forum! I have moved you request to the more appropriate Doing Dance forum where people dance rather than the News forum where people tend to watch.
  7. I didn't realise there was a time-lapse of an hour but having now realising that via this forum it really doesn't matter a jot. What matters to me is that at the time I felt involved and I want to remember it that way. I enjoyed feeling that I was watching with friends (even though we were miles apart) who were all watching at the same time. So to me it was a live performance. I don't think that realising it was a time-lapsed performance in any way changes how I felt at the time or now.
  8. I don't have any dancing family members but vocational school must work for some because the companies are full of dancers who have graduated from vocational schools. I have, however, read this forum to realise that many roads lead to Rome and vocational lower schools may not be the best way forward for your child. Actually I have a friend who, before I knew him, had a career in musical theatre. He gained a place at White Lodge but was so homesick that after 3 weeks he went home. He went to a musical theatre school at 16.
  9. Here's an older thread that may give you some ideas of where to start looking:
  10. That is a pretty large area! I am currently of the feeling that many courses may be offered online. ENB has a page about intensives but just says that the pages will be updated when they come available. If you look through the forum you can see where previous intensives have been held and perhaps see if any are planned. If by winter you mean October half-term you've left it very late to be looking. If you mean over the Christmas holidays then there seem to be far fewer on offer but I think Ballet Boost have offered courses during that period before now. T
  11. I've just had a look at the website and there is the same message for spring and summer too. I've noticed quite a few of the websites I look at are not being updated regularly (presumably because of the C-19 pandemic) so it may be worth trying to contact them.
  12. Hello Dancer13 and welcome to the Forum! Where in the country are you looking for a course?
  13. Some of the memes on FB and twitter are hilarious but probably too political to be published here.
  14. I believe it is quite an old ad but the timing of its resurrection is appalling in the extreme.
  15. 12 October 2020 English National Ballet returns to the stage English National Ballet returns to the stage with performances of Nutcracker Delights at the London Coliseum this Christmas and, as previously announced, Reunion: An Evening with English National Ballet at Sadler’s Wells in November. During the festive period, English National Ballet will present Nutcracker Delights at the London Coliseum (03 December 2020 – 03 January 2021). This special version of the Christmas classic sees the Company perform a selection of the ballet’s most popular moments and iconic scenes acc
  16. The two companies I follow (Northern Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet) have very diverse groups of dancers and that is what I particularly like about them.
  17. On Thursday, I published a link to a newly issued BluRay - a documentary about Rudolf Nureyev called I Am a Dancer, which was originally shown in 1972: http://thedigitalbits.com/item/i-am-a-dancer-film-movement-2020-bd
  18. The only other people I could see on a quick perusal: CBE: Richard William Gleave - ballroom dancer for services to dance BEM: Kathleen Anne Forsythe - for services to the Northamptonshire Festival of Dance Congratulations to them both.
  19. Lovely news today. Congratulations to Dame Siobhan Davies. Here's the full list. The first part of the list is for honours awarded to people for their work during the C-19 pandemic. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/925349/Queen_s_Birthday_Honours_List_2020.pdf
  20. I'm a dance-watcher and I don't have any family or friends who are dancers. As an outsider looking in it seems that people see the Royal Ballet School and the Royal Ballet as the holy grail ... but is that the right choice for your child? As far as I am aware all the well known vocational schools provide an education for your children that sets them up in so many ways for their adult lives and that some schools seem a better fit than others for the needs of particular children. As a moderator I read the vast majority of the posts made on the forum and I can remember many people i
  21. The conductor was Jonathan Lo, who became Music Director at Northern Ballet last year. I first saw him as a guest conductor with BRB and have also seen him conduct RB. He conducted two performances of Fille on one day for BRB 2 years ago and what impressed me most was that the 2 casts were very different and he was able to adapt for both of them without ever compromising the music. If you ever hear him giving a talk he is incredibly passionate and erudite about music. Here's his biography: https://northernballet.com/biography/jonathan-lo Just going back to the performance, it
  22. What can I say. It was such an emotional evening to actually watch live ballet, albeit on my laptop, and hear a LIVE audience really loving it. I was quite overcome. I thought the format of the evening worked really well as an introduction back to live ballet and it was worth every penny of the £16 for a full 3 hour performance. I loved the whole evening from the overture (looking back to the first performance of the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden) to the joyous, glorious, wonderful and outstanding ending performance of Elite Syncopations (quite amazing for
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