7 February 2017
Who are the left-field fairytale characters who dance in the ballet's final act, and what makes their moment in the spotlight so spellbinding?
23 December 2016
The Kingdom of Sweets is an integral part of this much-loved festive ballet, but it changes from Nutcracker to Nutcracker.
14 October 2016
Dramatic and romantic moments in ballets including Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet are classical dance’s beating heart.
28 July 2016
The repertory of a company plays a crucial role in determining its identity – especially on international tours.
21 April 2015
Ashton’s 1960 production is now the most well known, but there have been hundreds of versions of the ballet since its premiere in 1789.
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.
27 March 2015
Composers and choreographers have long explored the difference in cultures between East and West.
25 March 2015
Our quick guide to Shobana Jeyasingh’s reimagining of the India-set classical ballet La Bayadère.
10 February 2015
Behind the delicate pas de deux, Swan Lake is a battleground for ballet history buffs – which choreographer should get the credit for this classical masterpiece?
4 February 2015
This brilliantly dramatic grand pas de deux, in which the heroic prince is tricked into forsaking his love, is one of ballet’s most iconic moments.