Interview with Dimity Azouri and Imogen Chapman: two of the nominees for the annual Telstra Ballet Dancer Award

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Events on Monday 11 August 2014

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This year will mark thirty years of collaboration between The Australian Ballet and Telstra. Six nominees are chosen from among the young talent to be judged for the coveted Telstra Ballet Dancer Award (TBDA). The lucky half a dozen are chosen by their fellow dancers and the winner, selected by a panel of experienced industry professionals, will receive $20,000. The People’s Choice award is decided by the public and is accompanied with a tasty $5,000 prize purse. [vote for your favourite dancer here]

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Interview with Ingrid Gow and Rina Nemoto: two of the nominees for the annual Telstra Ballet Dancer Award

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By Milo Sumner in New Events on Monday 28 July 2014

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The most prestigious accolade that you can receive as an up and coming ballet dancer in Australia is the TBDA, The Telstra Ballet Dancer Award. The annual prize is given to a promising young dancer, chosen from among six nominations put forward by their peers, decided by a board of industry judges. Another prize, The People’s Choice Award, is also bestowed upon the public’s favourite. [vote for your favourite dancer here]

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Interview with Cristiano Martino and Jade Wood: two of the nominees for the annual Telstra Ballet Dancer Award

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Events on Thursday 10 July 2014

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On March 7 this year, six talented young performers were nominated for the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award, a prestigious prize aimed at cultivating emerging talent within Australian ballet circles. At the close of 2014, an industry panel of judges will decide the winner of the award, accompanied by a $20,000 prize. A second prize is given to the People’s Choice with $5,000.[vote for your favourite dancer here]

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A Swan Lake performance that left millions slack-jawed

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Video on Wednesday 25 June 2014

There have been numerous productions of Swan Lake, from the ultra professional to the seriously funny, but none of them is as different as this jaw-dropping version performed by the Great Chinese State Circus.

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Watch these ballet dancers pull off incredible moves in slo-mo

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 30 May 2014

If you could only master the very basics in ballet, not to worry. Many of us will never perform as professionals, but those with enough talent to twirl and spin and perform, err, seven double and one triple fouettés en tournant are probably dancing their way onto a stage near you. PostTV has put all our half-second tippy-toe dances to shame and found some of the most talented ballet dancers around.

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Ballerina doesn’t stop dancing, even though she’s 9 months pregnant

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 3 January 2014

Some people just loves taking life’s difficulty level up a notch. Take for example, professional ballet dancer and trainer, Mary Helen Bowers. She’s a pretty good ballet dancer, considering she was in New York City Ballet for ten years and was Natalie Portman’s trainer for Black Swan. But what’s amazing is that she keeps on […]

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Ballet dancers in random situations

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Wednesday 4 September 2013

This incredible photography series by Jordan Matter illustrates the unbelievable talent of ballet dancers. Composed of random situations in well-known and beautiful locations, the elegance and skill of the dancers contrasts starkly with their mundane background. [Our readers did a Facebook Q&A with him. Check it out here]

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Amazing Asian fusion: gymnastics and ballet

Andrea DelBene Reader Find

By Andrea DelBene in Video on Monday 15 July 2013

I need to know the who and how behind this group. Never in my 20 years of dancing have I seen one girl this flexible and talented, let alone nineteen synchronized together.

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NCAA basketball players might be ballet dancers

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 3 April 2013

TIME Magazine recently picked out some choice shots from the massive influx of NCAA basketball action we’ve seen all March, distilling these into what essentially seems like ballet moves. Very cool.

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Beautiful reworking of controversial dance pieces

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By Evangelia from Lolas Bad in New Events on Thursday 6 December 2012

I never use this term but Beyond Ballet Russes, the English National Ballet’s show in honour of Sergei Diaghilev’s legacy, was truly mesmerizing. I watched Programme 1 at the National Opera earlier this year and my enthusiasm is focused on ENB’s versions of the legendary choreographies, L’après-midi d’un faune, and The Rite of Spring by Vaslav Nijinsky. Beautiful and in-depth reworkings of these old and controversial works, the latter one accompanied by Stravisky’s breathtaking score.

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Star Wars French ballet disco

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Video on Tuesday 1 May 2012

Not quite Star Wars, not quite French, not quite ballet, and not quite disco. Bet you never knew Darth Vadar and 3PO ever had a feud. Or used The Force to play scissors, paper, stone. Warning: you’ll need to have a very high threshold for silliness to enjoy this without a hint of irony.

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Oskar Schlemmer at the Staatsgalerie in Stuttsgart

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Friday 9 April 2010

I was wandering around the permanent collection at the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, which is really quite impressive — they have works from almost every important Western artist you can think of. The room devoted to Bauhaus painter, sculptor, and dancer Oskar Schlemmer was particularly striking, with an entire display of the costumes for his ‘Triadic Ballet’. I could barely believe the pieces were meant to be worn, with their various features and bulbous shapes impeding the dancers’ normal movement. I would love to see this performance replicated, maybe with a duplicate set of costumes.

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