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    In addition to ballet I am interested in books, arts, public affairs, economics, science and technology and cricket.

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  1. O dies mirabilis. A test match against the West Indies, the return of recreational cricket and a challenging but enjoyable class with Shannon Lilly of San Francisco Ballet. What more could anyone desire today? If it rains for the rest of the summer or Holmfirth returns to lock down we have at least one day's glorious respite.
  2. This is the first time I have been able to arrange for my company a masterclass with a former principal ballerina of one of the world;s great ballet companies. Shannon Lilly became a principal of San Francisco Ballet at the age of 23, one of America's oldest and most prestigious ballet companies. She also danced with Northern Ballet Theatre when Christopher Gable was its director and the Ballet du Rhin under Bertrand D'At. She was one of our guests at the Stage Door last May and I reported our conversation in Shannon Lilly at the Stage Door on 31 May 2020, She has now agreed to give us an online masterclass between 11:00 and 12:30 on Saturday. This is a unique opportunity for members of amateur companies like ours or adult ballet students everywhere. If you want to join us, please register here. There is no charge as the event is sponsored by NIPC Law.
  3. Just to say that our online classes with Jane Tucker proved to be a great success. Since then we have had two classes with Sophie Richardson of the Association of Russian Ballet and Theatre Arts on 7 and 14 June. Our next online class is with Beth Meadway of Ballet Cymru at 12:30 on 28 June 2020. We have quite a few extra spaces at the barre as many of our members are taking advantage of the relaxation of the social distancing restrictions. We therefore welcome adult ballet students from any part of the world for Beth's class. You can register by here. We have scheduled two more classes on 11 and 25 July and then we shall close until September. I shall post details here and on the company website.
  4. I am glad to announce that Gary Avis has accepted our invitation to be our first quest at "The Stage Door" after our summer break, His visit will take place towards the end of September. We try to interview a guest from a different company each week. So far we have interviewed guests from Ballet Cymru, Northern Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Ballet Black. This Sunday we welcome Bethany Kingsley-Garner of Scottish Ballet. I hope to have a great line up of artists to announce shortly.
  5. I am so sorry Capyybara. We had a lot of technical problems today. We would have loved to have seen you. We do have a recording though the sound quality is appalling. I shall use it as an aide memoire for the report. Despite the technical difficulties the talk went off well. A large part of the credit for the success of the day belongs to Janet who took over the interview when I was inaudible. It was great to see Damian again. He looked really well. A very jovial and entertaining guest. We hope to welcome Bethany Kingsley-Garner of Scottish Ballet next Sunday. You and every other user of the BalletcoForum website will be most welcome.
  6. Since we started "The Stage Door" on 7 May 2020 we have interviewed 6 guests. You will find links to reports of their interviews here. We are looking forward to meeting Damian Johnson and Bethany Kingsley-Garner next Sunday at 3 pm. We have promoted the following charities or good causes for our guests. Our Borealian attempt to keep up the morale of the nation's ballet goers and dancers during lockdown.
  7. I have been watching videos of La Sylphide and La Bayadere by the Astana Opera Ballet on YouTube and have been impressed. As far as one can tell from a video, their opera house seems to be an excellent auditorium. I had not been following this stream and the reason I looked up the company is that there is an outside possibility that I may one day visit Astana or Nur Sultan as I believe it is now called. It appears that the Kazakhs are trying to establish a financial services hub in Nur Sultan called the Astana International Financial Centre with its own legal system based on the common law of England. Proceedings are in English and several retired English judges sit in the court including Sir Robin Jacob who used be our senior patents judge and briefly a Lord Justice of Appeal. There appear to have been only two cases so far and one of those was decided by Sir Robin. Recently I wrote an article about the court in my other blog. Should I find myself in Nur Sultan I shall try to attend the ballet and review whatever I see for this website. In the meantime I am grateful to the contributors for their information on this topic.
  8. Good afternoon all Our guest tomorrow is Damian Johnson who danced with Ballet Black for over 10 years. I was devastated when he returned to the USA and much as I love and continue to support Ballet Black it has somehow not been the same since he left. It is therefore something of a coup to persuade him to talk to us tomorrow. If any user of this website wants to join us at 3 pm tomorrow he or she will be very welcome. The Stage Door is open to every member of the public anywhere in the world and is not restricted to Northerners. . To give users some idea of what happens here is my report of David Plumpton's visit on 7 June.. If you want to talk to Damian Johnson tomorrow, here is the link to the Eventbrite registration page.
  9. Thanks for mentioning Damian's visit Janet Principal ballerina Bethany Kingsley-Garner of Scottish Ballet will be my guest on Sunday 28 June. Do try to come if you can. Dancers like to know that we still love and remember them.
  10. We have just finished a delightful conversation with Sarah Kundi of English National Ballet. Many thanks to everyone who helped me to stage the event and also to everyone who attended. I shall post a report of the conversation on the Stage Door website shortly. Next week we welcome the distinguished accompanist David Plumpton. We shall be continuing these Zoom meetings until the London Ballet Circle and Ballet Association can hold their usual meetings. Every ballet goer is welcome to those events so long as they register in advance.
  11. I have posted my interview with Shannon Lilly to the Stage Door website, This week at 3pm we welcome Sarah Kundi of ENB. Any users of the BalletcoForum website who wish to attend will be welcome, They need only register with Eventbrite. There is no charge but we invite donations to ENB
  12. Thanks for coming. We have had three interesting guests. I have met Sarah twice: once in Manchester with DonQFan and Gita after La Sylphide and the other time at the Albert Hall when she literally stole the show as the stepmother in Wheeldon's Cinderella but I have seen many other performances but this remains one of my favourites,
  13. As some of you know we had a spot of bother with Zoom last week when we tried to interview David Plumpton. In the end I hand to abort the conversation, Our guest this week is Shannon Lilly at 15:00 today . She was a principal at the San Francisco Ballet and later danced with Northern Ballet Theatre and Le Ballet du Rhin. She was also a contestant on Britain's got Talent many years later. You should be aware that we have a backup plan in case Zoom plays up as it did last week. If I can't start the meeting by 15:05 I shall transfer it to Google Meet. To do that I must send everyone in the audience an email with joining instructions. If you have not already signed up for this talk you can do so here. Next week we welcome Sarah Kundi of English National Ballet. Sarah is one of my very favourite dancers. David Plumpton will be our guest on 7 June.
  14. Thank you so much for attending our last Zoom meeting, Janet. I am so glad you enjoyed our conversation Maria was a delightful guest. I learned a lot about the training programme at the Vaganova Academy and the contrasting cultures of the two great ballet companies with which she has worked. It is also interesting to get a dancer's perspective on choreographers. In that regard I do hope she gets a chance to dance in a Macmillan ballet, particularly Manon. Maria has approved my report of the conversation and I have posted it to the "Stage Door" website. All subsequent reports and intimations will be posted there. Our guest this Sunday at 15:00 will be the world famous pianist, David Plumpton. All regular users of and visitors to the BalletcoForum website will be welcome to hear him and ask him questions if they so wish. Similarly, while we give first dibs to Powerhouse Ballet dancers we usually have one or two places free at the virtual barre of our online company classes for guests. This Saturday our teacher will be Jane Tucker of Northern Ballet.
  15. We now have a website for the "Stage Door as well as a Facebook page and we should get a twiiter account soon,. We have two particularly interesting guests coming up this week and next. Maria Chugai of the Dutch National Ballet this Sunday at 3pm and David Plumpton the week after. I should have some more names tomorrow. Maria will also give us another class which I shall live stream on Facebook page for those who don't make the 15 places on Zoom.
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