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Articles by Rachel Thomas

A Cuban dance history: Part I

14 July 2014

Our quick guide to traditional and modern dance in Cuba.

Dance highlight: Scherzo from The Dream

30 May 2014

Frederick Ashton creates a wonderfully virtuoso set piece that perfectly mirrors Mendelssohn's lively music.

Ballet Essentials: The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

30 May 2014

A quick guide to The Royal Ballet's new mixed programme, featuring classic works by Ashton and Robbins as well as a world premiere from Alastair Marriott.

With a slip of the foot: How rehearsal mishaps and improvisation can leave a lasting legacy in ballet choreography

19 May 2014

George Balanchine isn't the only choreographer to be influenced by the environment of the rehearsal studio.

Jerome Robbins: A master of both ballet and musical choreography

16 May 2014

Balanchine's rival for the title of America's greatest 20th-century choreographer created ballets as well as the musicals West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof.

Ballet Essentials: Serenade / Sweet Violets / DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

14 May 2014

A quick guide to The Royal Ballet's triple programme of one-act ballets by Balanchine, Scarlett and Wheeldon.

Masters of the Stage: Mozart, Da Ponte and Le nozze di Figaro


6 May 2014

The detailed match of music and drama makes Mozart’s comic opera one of the finest of the genre

Musical Highlight: The sextet ‘Riconosci in questo amplesso’ from Le nozze di Figaro

28 April 2014

We take a closer look at the glittering Act III sextet from Mozart and Da Ponte's ebullient comedy.

The male virtuosos who prove that ballet isn't just for ballerinas

7 February 2014

The perception that classical dance is a feminine art form is outdated, as these iconic performers demonstrate.

Ballet Essentials: Rhapsody / Tetractys / Gloria

3 February 2014

A guide to The Royal Ballet's mixed programme featuring a new work from Wayne McGregor and two masterpieces by Ashton and MacMillan.

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