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Mental Health

Ballet Breakfast Club

Ballet Breakfast Club

As part of Eating Disorders Awareness week (February 26 – March 4, 2017),  I asked dancers at different stages of their career from companies around the world to send in a picture of a breakfast meal they had recently, which I posted on C&V’s social media with the hashtag #balletbreakfastclub. Eating Disorders are insidious, life-destroying illnesses that affect people from all walks of life. Ballet dancers especially face demands on their body, not just physically but aesthetically. That doesn’t negate the…

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Ballet C&V Ladies

Interview: Demelza Parish

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We’d put money on Demelza Parish being made from bottled sunshine. Delightfully ebullient, she’s a package of charm backed by substance – and she dances too. From childhood Swan Queen dreams, she worked her way into the famous halls of White Lodge, the Royal Ballet’s Lower School and at 17, was awarded a contract to dance at the Royal Ballet. Since then, she’s become a stalwart of the Royal’s corps de ballet, dancing countless Swan Lakes, Manons and Giselles, a Flower…

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Ballet

Footballet: Roundup

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We’ve been celebrating Brazil 2014 by photoshopping our favourite dancers into the World Cup, in our Footballet series. Here’s what we’ve come up with a week into the World Cup.…

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Ballet C&V Homefries Interviews

Interview: Xander Parish

Original photo: Sergei Proskuryakov

For a time, Xander Parish seemed like the Jody Sawyer of the English ballet scene. Now, we are not saying that Xander has poor turnout or bad feet (have you seen his feet?), or that he called Ethan Stiefel a sucky boyfriend. But rather, his tenure at the Royal Ballet seemed more or less spent, as Jody said in Centre Stage, “in the back of a corps waving a rose back and forth”.…

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