My invitation to join the wonderful world of Ballet Papier…

 

Dance writing takes centre stage on this blog site because I am keen to share my enthusiasm and knowledge with interested readers.

Having an online presence (and nurturing it by working hard to ensure the content I publish is as entertaining and informative as possible) instantly connects me to a global network of dance lovers. My contribution to the worldwide conversations on dance may only be small but I do have a voice and it is starting to be recognised.

Simply put, I write to be read and an exciting new collaboration with Ballet Papier means even more opportunities to write about dance!

 

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Time to shine as English National Ballet celebrates its Emerging Dancers…

 

Timing is everything – in life and in dance. This proved true for English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2014 as two past competitors were declared joint winners.

Judges Deborah Bull CBE, Clement Crisp OBE, Dame Gillian Lynne DBE, Arlene Phillips CBE, Tamara Rojo and Wayne Sleep OBE deemed it time for Alison McWhinney (previously 2013 participant) and Junor Souza (2012) to ‘emerge’.

Performing Perrot’s Esmeralda Pas de Deux, at London’s packed Lyceum Theatre, both dancers sparkled – and not just because their forest-green costumes were adorned with gold.

 

English National Ballet's 'Emerging Dancer' 2014 joint winners Junor Souza and Alison McWhinney (Photography by ASH)

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2014 joint winners Junor Souza and Alison McWhinney (Photography by ASH)

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“Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing” 
(James Brown)
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“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once”
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

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Dance is an overwhelmingly positive force in my life and today the art form will be celebrated all over the world (and shared with anyone and everyone!).

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