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  1. Very interesting topic. I can think of a couple of my favourite ballerinas that had their names changed on becoming professional dancers; Dame Beryl Grey was born Beryl Groom before her rapid rise through the ranks of De Valois’s Sadler’s Wells company in the early 1940s. Anya Linden (Baroness Sainsbury) was born Anya Eltenton before joining Sadlers Wells in 1951. Sainsburys named a variety of potato after her - called the ‘Anya’ apparently!
  2. There are many, many comments regarding the above coming from dancers all around the world this morning on Instagram and Facebook. I taught many young boys to dance during my teaching career and completely understand what they have had to put up with in the past, from the bullies who mock and laugh at them just for wanting to dance - and now this in 2019??? It’s so disappointing. Shame on that TV presenter.
  3. The ‘Good Morning America’ host Lara Spencer has been accused of bullying by the dance world and beyond, regarding her comments (and laughing at) Prince George doing ballet - absolutely shameful. https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/23/entertainment/lara-spencer-prince-george-ballet-trnd/index.html
  4. I hope not (re - Calvert) but you have echoed my thoughts exactly Bridiem!
  5. I couldn’t agree more re - Romany Padjek and I think she is one of the most lyrical and musical dancers currently at the RB.
  6. Here is my list of the the dancers I felt weren’t fully appreciated when they were at the ‘height’ of their dance careers; Ann Jenner Deborah Bull - an amazing and athletic dancer and I preferred her to D Bussell to be honest Fiona Chadwick (overshadowed by Briony Brind Maybe?) Beautiful lyrical dancer Rosalyn Whitten and more recently, Romany Padjek - thankfully she has been recently promoted though! Emma Maguire (now left the RB but I always felt she was a bit under-appreciated)
  7. Poor woman - renal colic is excruciating - I hope she gets all the pain relief she needs and gets back to the UK ASAP.
  8. One of my all time favourite ballerinas - the best Sugar Plum Fairy of all in my opinion.
  9. RIP John - condolences to your family xx
  10. Bit of a strange and sweeping statement from Dame Darcey, who has been President of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) since 2012 - a dance teaching organisation that promotes the highest standards of dance training and teacher training worldwide.
  11. Hanna Park was only 15 years old when she won a PDL scholarship (back in 2018 and came second behind gold medal winner, Shale Wagman)and joined the Upper RBS in the second year group (missed out the first year). I think it’s highly likely that she will join the Graduate year next term - but that’s just me speculating!
  12. Thanks for posting this Lynette H - not one direct entry into the RB corps and unusual to see two graduates joining the cast of a musical but good luck to them all for the future.
  13. Bravo on Shale’s début! Spotted him a few years ago at the Academy Princess Grace and he reminded me of the late Patrick Bissell of ABT in looks and exuberance. I thought that after the PDL he only had a year’s contract with ENB - but I cannot find that information at the moment. Maybe he’ll join the RB (wishful thinking on my part 🤔). I wouldn’t be surprised if he joined the Mariinsky though - what an opportunity.
  14. Delighted for Padjek (at last), Gasparini and Yudes - well deserved.
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