First Position Movie – Why it is a Must Get

first position movie

I first found out about the First Position Movie by reading the book Hope in a Ballet Shoe, which is the story of one of the dancers in the movie – Michaela DePrince. After a lot of searching, I finally managed to get myself a copy of this movie, and it is something that I … Read more

Ondine The Ballet

ondine the ballet

Ondine the ballet is done in three acts and was choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton. The music was done by Hans Werner Henze and the decor by Lila de Nobili. Ondine the ballet was first performed by the Royal Ballet at Convent Garden on the 27th of October 1958. It has since been staged by … Read more

Daphnis and Chloe

Daphnis and Chloe

Daphnis and Chloe is a ballet that was re-choreographed in one act with three scenes by Sir Frederick Ashton. This version was first performed by Sadler’s Wells Ballet at Covent Garden on the 5th of April 1951. This ballet was actually done for the first time on the 8th of June 1912 by Ballets Russes … Read more

A Cinderella Theme Class To Teach

cinderella theme

Here are some ideas on how to teach a class with a Cinderella Theme going. This post is aimed at dance teachers who teach small children, but this type of class will also work for pre school, kindermusic and even gynmastics classes for small children. When I teach my tiny tots ballet class, I always … Read more

Cinderella Ballet Story

cinderella ballet story

Cinderella has been a popular story for over a hundred years, but it was only turned into a ballet after 1945, when Sergei Prokofiev finished writing the musical score.  The Cinderella Ballet Story has different versions, but the synopsis below is the most popular. Fredrick Ashton was the first person to stage a full-length Cinderella ballet … Read more

Les Rendezvous Ballet

les rendezvous

Les Rendezvous is a ballet divertissement done in one act. Let’s look at the history of this ballet. Les Rendezvous was a short plotless ballet performed by the Vic-Wells Ballet at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre on the 5th of December 1933 for the first time. It was choreographed by Ashton and the music was done by … Read more

The Rake’s Progress Ballet

the rakes progress ballet

The Rakes Progress Ballet is a short ballet done in six scenes. It was first performed by Vic-Wells Ballet at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre on the 20th of May 1935. The Choreography for The Rakes Progress was done by Ninette de Valois and the scenery and costumes by Rex Whistler after Hogarth. William Hogarth was the … Read more