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Sergei Polunin says ballet must shake off ‘elitist image’ or die

Ballet must get rid of its elitist image, seek larger audiences and woo the best directors from films and musicals, according to Sergei Polunin, one of classical dance’s biggest and most outspoken stars.


Holly Blakey: the dance punk who turned Coldplay into disco chimps

Having learned ballet in a car park and given all the right moves to Florence + the Machine. Now, the queen of music videos is putting on her first show. The choreographer talks about dance snobs, anorexia and reclaiming bump ’n’ grind


Ballet dancers face toughest challenge yet in new film for Glasgow audiences

Couple Madeline Squire and Nick Shoesmith have performed together before with Scottish Ballet – as a pair who fall in love in Cinderella. But now they’re acting out a struggling relationship for new ballet film The Perfect Place.


My workout: ‘Ballet has given me strength’

Lauren Hibbert, 32, on why she loves to dance - I have always loved to dance. It’s a brilliant way to keep fit: it’s so much fun and doesn’t even feel like exercise. I’ve had lessons since I was little, everything from jazz and contemporary to street


Here are Balletboyz’ Michael Nunn and William Trevitt to tell us more

The internationally acclaimed Balletboyz bring their new production Life., featuring two new commissions by renowned choreographers Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos, to Bristol Old Vic this weekend.


Australian Ballet teams up with choreographer David Bintley for Faster

David Bintley is the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s veteran artistic director, a sparkling former character dancer nurtured early by some of English ballet’s greatest names — think Fred Ashton, Peter Wright and Ninette de Valois — and choreographer


‘The traditional duet always has the woman reliant on the man. I’m sick of it’

In September 2016, Julie Cunningham became the first recipient of the Leverhulme choreography fellowship, which helps professional dancers to become full-time working choreographers. Cunningham trained at the Rambert school, then spent 10 years


Matthew Bourne's protege James Cousins on his dance with Shakespeare

So far, I’ve had a massively fortunate career,” says James Cousins, managing to look both grateful and self-deprecating. The choreographer, now 28, was only one year out of London Contemporary Dance School when he won the first New Adventures


Award-winning choreographer Jacqui Drake's aim to raise £1 million

After talking to Jacqui Drake, I can’t help but feel ashamed for all those times I’ve moaned about the small stuff. “I am terminally ill - I’m just not getting off at this terminus,” says the Bradford dance teacher and choreographer.


Ashley Shaw and Cordelia Braithwaite on sharing the lead role in Matthew Bourne's stage reinvention

The Red Shoes is a story of obsession. In Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 film, Moira Shearer plays gifted ballerina Vicky Page, forced to make an impossible choice between love and career, her life and her dancing.