Monthly Archives: December 2006

Happy Christmas 2006

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Happy Christmas. That’s the end of the 2006 Advent Calendar. I’m delighted to say that my aim in starting it last year has been achieved – if you search on Google for many of the names on here that are … Continue reading Continue reading

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Manège Daniel Jones – There is nothing like a dame

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This is day 24 in my Dance Inspirations Advent Calendar (II) In March 2002, Wayne Sleep organised a gala evening for Dame Beryl Grey‘s 75th birthday , known, at least to Wayne, as ‘DBE’ – Dame Beryl’s Evening. (As chance … Continue reading Continue reading

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Grand allegro Ivan Nagy – Tarantella from Etudes

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This is day 23 in my Dance Inspirations Advent Calendar (II) Harald Lander‘s ballet Etudes and Knudåge Riisager‘s music for it based on piano etudes by Carl Czerny ought to be in this Advent Calendar somewhere, because as much as … Continue reading Continue reading

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Grand allegro Wayne Sleep – Coda from Diane & Acteon

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This is day 22 in my Dance Inspirations Advent Calendar (II) There’s a huge advantage to working for someone as demanding, professional and uncompromising on quality as Wayne Sleep – it forces your brain to engage with musical problems until … Continue reading Continue reading

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Batterie Gillian Cornish – Last movement from Beethoven piano concerto No. 5 (The Emperor)

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This is day 21 in my Dance Inspirations Advent Calendar (II) If there’s one nationality Beethoven simply couldn’t be, it’s Australian. Nothing and no-one could be further than him from the warm, down-to earth, tell-it-like-it is nature of the Australians. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Allegro John O’Brien – Zwei dunkle Augen

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This is day 20 in my Dance Inspirations Advent Calendar (II) The three years that I spent working with John O’Brien were some of most eventful and magical that I can remember. One summer in particular, the whole world seemed … Continue reading

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