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  1. Just heard that the 2nd and 3rd (final) repeat days of the ballet school demonstrations (21st and 22nd December) are also cancelled.... Of course there are important issues at stake that affect the students' futures - but what a pity that they are not yet resolved, and that the amazing annual demonstrations, which play such an important part in the life of the school, probably won't take place this year...
  2. If you missed the webcast, the recording of this amazing performance will be online until 20th March at medici.tv (just requires free guest registration - no fee or subscription). Highly recommended!
  3. If you are following election results on Thursday/Friday but looking for something slightly more inspiring - Alma Deutscher's Carnegie Hall Debut will be streamed live on medici.tv at 7:30 p.m. Thursday 12th December New York time (12:30 a.m. Friday in the UK). More about this very exciting programme at https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/jane-glover-conducts-deutscher-alma-deutscher-natalie-image-and-jonas-hacker/ Apparently, only free registration (and no payment) will be required to watch the stream. (If any of you are in New York on Thursday night and looking for two tickets at cost for this sold-out performance, please PM me. Sadly I will not be able to go myself.) As you will see from her website (http://www.almadeutscher.com) Alma, now 14, continues to gain international recognition for her most most beautiful compositions as well as her other very special talents and personality. She and her family recently moved to Vienna where Alma feels most at home musically.
  4. From the ROH site: General: 15 April 2020, 11am Young ROH: 14 April 2020, 11am Friends: 11 March 2020, 11am Young Friends: 11 March 2020, 11am Friends+: 3 March 2020, 11am Supporting Friends: 26 February 2020, 11am Premium 1 Friends: 19 February 2020, 11am Premium 2 Friends: 18 February 2020, 11am Does anyone know if they will be keeping some tickets back for general booking? And will there also be priority booking for the semis?
  5. Unfortunately I'm tied up for almost all of tomorrow. If anyone hears of segments which will NOT be available afterwards, that would be very helpful to know - thanks.
  6. Selling this ticket at half price or less/zero if you know someone who might appreciate it and can't pay. Don't want this ticket to be wasted!
  7. Actually while Vaganova Academy exams are always recorded, only a few are now put online, and students are apparently threatened with expulsion if they post an exam on social media without permission. (According to the excellent blog of melmoth (https://melmoth.blog/) it is the individual teacher who get to decide if his/her class' exam appears online).
  8. I'm selling one ticket to the RB in Class, 10:25 a.m. on 17th October at ROH .It's a standing ticket: LEVEL 1 Stalls Circle 1D, D-51 | Full Price £10.00 Selling for £9
  9. Definitely the presenter should have known better, but who knows what script she was given, who else was behind this serious incident, who failed to prevent it from being challenged within the studio. The apology - whoever drafted it - seemed carefully crafted to reduce damage, but I guess that's hardly surprising.... What I'd really like to see, after the matter has faded from the spotlight, is for the entire production team to be exposed first-hand to what ballet and ballet training is really about, and sharing their findings in a widely broadast programme.
  10. The presenter apologised: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/23/entertainment/lara-spencer-prince-george-ballet-trnd/index.html
  11. An optician's assistant said she once advised a ballet dancer not to get bifocal/multifocal glasses for use offstage, as she thought it might mess around with her ability to guage distances etc. on stage. I'd be interested to know if this is correct and what dancers do in practice.
  12. I do hope that going down to London for the evening will soon become a reality from many places. Even better if they could bring back the possibility to catch a train down to London for a weekday morning meeting without spending hundreds of pounds. Oh well, we can dream...
  13. There are several critical comments following the video. It would be great if the presenters could be shown first-hand what a great opportunity young boys and girls are getting by learning ballet...and perhaps they could then spread the word...
  14. Who knows what will actually happen, but amidst all the promises, it was good to hear that they're planning to run the Euston-Manchester service later in the night - though I heard it's likely to be only on weekdays and starting from next year...
  15. So very sorry to hear of the loss of such a wise, thoughtful and kind person. Indeed he will be very much missed...
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