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Ian Macmillan

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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. All the same here on Chrome, Firefox and Safari - really Quite strange. If I concentrate hard on a capital Q, I can see there's a tiny speck in the bottom right corner but, for all practical purposes, I'm reading it as O. (No - Os, Mon Repos - and having reached this point, let there be no more on the topic!)
  2. In passing, something appears to have happened to our capital q letter, possibly in the last update. Q O - from two different keys. Which is which? Or is this just something on my screen?
  3. When I put this in Links yesterday, I was intrigued by that assertion that Reece (and his brothers before him) had been supported by the Bartlett company which, I see, established a HQ in Airdrie some years ago. (As I grew up just outside Glasgow a year or seventy ago, Airdrie was a good 30 minutes further out, at the end of the Nos 15 and 23 tram lines, and would probably not have been seen as a likely home for a brood of ballet dancers.)
  4. Saturday 19 September, 2020 Feature - American Ballet Theatre: Six Promotions, and One Puzzlement: Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance RB Snippets: Royal Ballet gets Doncaster Dancing in online film featuring community groups: Julia Armstrong, Doncaster Free Press DistDancing outdoor ballet is back at London’s Hoxton Docks: Alexandra Sims, TimeOut London Reece Clarke: Airdrie ballet star showcased in new video: Ian Bunting, Daily Record Book Reviews Alston Nash: A Visual History of the Richard Alston Dance Company: Vera Liber, BTG
  5. Friday 18 September, 2020 News - Baryshnikov Arts Center to Commission New Online Works: Peter Libbey, NY TImes News – English National’s new HQ wins Building of the Year award: Rob Wilson, Architects Journal Feature – Tony Yap: dancing around Melbourne during lockdown: Nick Miller, The Age Stream Review – Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance, 20th Anniversary Virtual Season: Susanna Sloat, DanceTabs And: Step Into the World of Dance With These 14 Streaming Documentaries: Dan Mayer, Playbill
  6. Thursday 17 September, 2020 Report – Bolshoi Ballet, Four Characters in Search of a Plot: Moscow: Oksana Khadarina, Fjord Review Feature - Watching a Choreographer Build: Trisha Brown’s Unusual Archive: Siobhan Burke, NY Times Interview – Choreographer Gary Clarke, dancing to the rhythm of life: Helen Barrett, Financial Times News - Rambert to premiere dance work on new digital platform: Georgia Snow, The Stage Preview - Alvin Erasga Tolentino’s new work, Offering, Vancouver: Carlito Pablo, Straight.com Drive-In Report - B
  7. Wednesday 16 September, 2020 Features: Ballet’s New Mandate: Change or Die: Lou Fancher, SF Classical Voice Tara Gower of Bangarra Dance Theatre thinks post-Covid: Elissa Blake, Guardian (Scroll down) News: Boston Ballet plans a virtual ‘Nutcracker’ while aiming to return to the stage by May: Karen Campbell, Boston Globe Brazil slum ballet school taps resilience to survive pandemic: AFP via Global Times Stream Reviews: Philly Fringe 2020/David Gordon, The Philadelphia Matter - 1972/2020: Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey, Broa
  8. Tuesday 15 September, 2020 Live Review – West Australian Ballet, Dracula, Perth: Alana Kildea, Dance Australia Live Review – Karul Projects, Silence, Brisbane: Denise Richardson, Dance Australia Live Review – Restless Dance Theatre, Seeing through Darkness, Adelaide: Maggie Tonkin, Dance Australia Live Preview – Chris Emile & dancers, Amend, Los Angeles: Makeda Easter, LA Times News – Jim Pettigrew, new chairman at Scottish Ballet: Hayley Murden, Daily Business News - Elmhurst Ballet School’s Full Return To Academics A
  9. Monday 14 September, 2020 Live Review – BalletCollective (NYCB & Graham dancers), Natural History, Pine Plains, NY: Brian Seibert, NY Times Feature - Chunky Move reveals plans to flex its choreographic muscle: Stephen A. Russell, Sydney Morning Herald Stream Review - Paris Opera Ballet, Giselle: Oksana Khadarina, Fjord Review Stream Preview – Lost Dog/Place Online, In a Nutshell: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper DVD Review – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, Swan Lake: Philip Fisher, BTG
  10. Sunday 13 September, 2020 Live Review – West Australian Ballet, Dracula, Perth: Rita Clarke, Limelight Stream Reviews: JCWK Dance Lab, HOMEbody: Camille Bacon-Smith, Broad Street Review Cameron McMillan, Beneath Sky Snakes: Jennifer Shennan, ... on dancing
  11. Ming Luke, Guest Conductor with San Francisco Ballet has initiated a series of online (Zoom) discussions involving both dancers and musicians. These are held on Saturdays at Noon PDT, so (conveniently) 8pm here in the UK. The planned programme is here: http://mingluke.com/musical-pointes See also here.
  12. And scroll down for Ms Naghdi in Elite Syncopations: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/6cb52958-f0a2-11ea-aeed-ec95eac61729?shareToken=29fab493de5d54fce434e20c7880de56
  13. In fact, I see from the Product Details that the Disc has not been discontinued by its manufacturer. But it's clearly now very rare and is thus advertised at a speculative ransom price, from a supplier in Japan. And if you don't like that, there's another supplier in Poland who will sell you it for £247 .... but delivery is Free. And NB that, should you have a copy, you could try selling it on Amazon at some less extortionate, but still lucrative, price.
  14. Saturday 5 September, 2020 Feature – That Lagos dance school, still firmly on the global stage: Emmanuel Akinwotu, Guardian (and many other places) Stream Review – Mariinsky Ballet, Cinderella (Ratmansky): Oksana Khadarina, Fjord Review
  15. Friday 4 September, 2020 News: Royal Opera House to launch free open-air cinema in Covent Garden: Harry Fletcher, Evening Standard National Ballet of Canada takes its fall season online so dancers can perform again: Michael Crabb, The Star Royal New Zealand Ballet cancels Venus Rising tour: Staff, Stuff.co Preview – BalletCollective, Drive-In Dance, Natural History, Pine Plains, NY: Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance Stream Review - Australian Ballet, New Ghost: Gracia Haby, Fjord Review
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