Monthly Archives: May 2019

Bulletin of the Vaganova Ballet Academy — online journal (with English abstracts)


Am I the last person to have noticed that the Vaganova Ballet Academy has published a serious journal containing the work of Russian dance scholars, Bulletin of the Vaganova Ballet Academy,since 2015, with six issues a year? The articles are … Continue reading

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On-screen commentary from pianist Joshua Piper during YouTube ballet class


When I first learned to drive, I read a book about the police driving test, in which you had to do a “commentary drive,” which involves describing to the examiner (while you’re driving) what you are observing on the road … Continue reading

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RIP John O’Brien


RIP John O’Brien, dear friend and wonderful teacher, to whom I owe everything as a pianist in ballet, died yesterday, 11th May 2019. Continue reading

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Music in “Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear” by Stephen Manes


I bought Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear when it first came out in 2011: I didn’t particularly want to read it (because I spend enough time in this world at work) but I couldn’t ignore it as a kind of ethnography … Continue reading

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Ivor Guest Trainee Pianist at The Royal Ballet (paid 9 month contract)


Delighted to see that the Royal Ballet have launched a 9-month paid position for a trainee pianist at the Royal Opera House, named in memory of Ivor Guest. Please pass on the details to anyone you think would be interested. … Continue reading

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“Ballerinas in the church hall”—Virginia Taylor’s thesis online


Joyce Kilmer thought she would never see a poem as lovely as a tree; well, I’m pretty sure I will never see a thesis as lovely as Virginia Taylor’s  “Ballerinas in the church hall: Ideologies of femininity, ballet and dancing … Continue reading

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