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More Boys into Ballet

More Boys into Ballet

A lot of people when they think of ballet they picture girls in tutus leaping across a studio floor but in reality boys enjoy the elegance of dance and the feeling it gives them. “Just 1.8% of ballet exam candidates are boys!” says the Royal Academy of Dance. But why is this? Many boys are […]

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Ballet helping rugby players

Ballet helping rugby players

An under 19-rugby league team from Lancashire is using ballet in their training. Players from the Wigan Warriors club say it helps maintain their posture and strength. With its calm and gentle routines, ballet is usually thought of as being a girls’ activity, whereas rugby is often regarded as an action-packed mainly male sport, so […]

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YJA Exclusive: Inside Ballet Central

YJA Exclusive: Inside Ballet Central

During half term, YJA had exclusive access to the world-renowned Central School of Ballet. There are other ballet centres in our capital, such as The Royal Ballet and The English National Ballet, but it is only Central School of Ballet that offers A-Level courses and an Honours Degree to compliment their extensive professional touring experience.  An amazing 80% of their dancers […]

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Central School of Ballet at The Guildhall

Central School of Ballet at The Guildhall

Following on from YJA’s trip to London to meet William Glassman YJA heads to the Guildhall in Grantham to see the next stage.

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YJA meets William Glassman

YJA meets William Glassman

This week Morgan, from Priory Witham Academy’s Year 8, was in London to interview William Glassman, one of the country’s leading teachers of ballet. It was a special occasion for Morgan as she is a keen student of ballet and has written a number of ballet-related articles for YJA. William was appointed Artistic Director of Ballet […]

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Ballet Exams Revamp

Ballet Exams Revamp

Now the exercises are longer and more jumpier, so the ballerinas get more out of breath. However, there are fewer exercises to do.

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Going En Pointe

Going En Pointe

It’s a big moment when the teacher decrees that a dancer’s ankles are strong enough for Pointe Shoes or, as it’s often known, En Pointe.

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Russian Ballerinas in the UK

Russian Ballerinas in the UK

Many young ballet dancers come from all over Russia to come to Britain and leave their families back home, to perform in our theatres and provide wonderful entertainment for the people of Britain.

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The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet

This year Great Britain’s most prestigious dance company, The Royal Ballet in London, will be putting on many show stopping performances at a number of prestigious venues.

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Las Americas

Las Americas

The dancers seemed to span several generations, ranging from very cute five year olds to adults, tap-dancing to an incredible routine to Tango Di Roxanne from Moulin Rouge.