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Articles by Rachel Thomas

Dance Essentials: Carlos Acosta’s Cubanía

20 July 2015

A quick introduction to the great Cuban dancer’s vibrant homage to his homeland.

Cubanía Dance Highlight: the Tocororo pas de deux

16 July 2015

Carlos Acosta thrillingly fuses ballet, contemporary and Cuban dance in this Latin-flavoured pas de deux.

Divertissements Ballet Essentials: A guide to short works performed by The Royal Ballet on their 2015 US Tour

15 June 2015

The Company’s selection includes classic works by Ashton and MacMillan, an award-winning recent work by Wheeldon and new piece from within the Company.

In the Night Dance Highlight: A stormy pas de deux

29 May 2015

In a striking departure from ballet tradition, choreographer Jerome Robbins depicts a couple in the midst of a blazing row.

Ballet Essentials: Afternoon of a Faun / In the Night / Song of the Earth

28 May 2015

Our quick guide to The Royal Ballet's mixed programme, featuring two acclaimed works by Jerome Robbins and Kenneth MacMillan's masterful study of loss.

Woolf Works Dance Highlight: Pas de deux of reminiscence in ‘I Now, I Then’

2 May 2015

Wayne McGregor embraces classical lyricism in the first movement of his ballet triptych inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

Ballet Essentials: Woolf Works

27 April 2015

Our quick guide to Wayne McGregor's first full-length ballet for The Royal Ballet, inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

La Fille mal gardée Dance Highlight: The Pas de ruban (Ribbon dance)

16 April 2015

Ashton's charming pas de deux makes inventive and intricate use of ribbons, in homage the ballet's two-hundred-year history.

Ballet Essentials: La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter)

16 April 2015

Our quick guide to Ashton’s joyous ballet inspired by English country life.

MacMillan’s Dances of Death: Pushing the boundaries

30 March 2015

The great 20th-century choreographer broke all kind of taboos, including depicting death and loss – creating some of ballet’s most moving, and uplifting, works.

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