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Who is leaving and who is joining The Royal New Zealand Ballet, announced at last

After a string of news stories by New Zealand reporters, posts by Australian dance bloggers, and the intervention of the

Peter Martins retires and the dance world edges into the world of “me-too”

Following accusations of sexual misconduct Peter Martins, the Balletmaster-in-Chief of the New York City Ballet gave his resignation to the

Alice’s Romp Through Wonderland

Could any creative team have as much fun as the men who sat down together to make the ballet Alice’s

Whoops and whistles as Misty brings down the house

It wasn’t your everyday ballet audience. There were whoops, cheers and whistles as Misty Copeland made her entrance as Aurora

Kenneth MacMillan: His creative spirit remains, 25 years after his death

To mark the 25th anniversary of MacMillan’s death – in October 1992 – six dance companies in the United Kingdom

Robert Helpmann 1958: From the nude with violin to the lunch with Nugget Coombs

No one excelled Robert Helpmann as a multi tasker. Dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, director and publicist, Helpmann was at the

The Australian Ballet’s 2018 tent pole: Spartacus reinvented for the 21st century

In any ballet season there’s always a big show, a premiere, a hook that adds that extra bit of excitement

World Ballet Day 2017

The next WBD is on 5 October. Five companies, The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi, Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and

Li Cunxin, artistic director of the Queensland Ballet, reveals the 2018 season

The Queensland Ballet’s 2018 season is strong on narrative ballets, with the first, a new production of La Bayadere, choreographed

Tamara Tchinarova, principal dancer, writer, interpreter and one of the last stars of the Ballets Russes’ days in Australia

Tamara Tchinarova Finch, a dancer who gave so much to ballet in Australia has died in Spain at the age