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  • Royal New Zealand Ballet - Exposed

    Paul Matthews - Photo courtesy: Kent Blechynden/Dominion Post

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    Ballet has made a whirlwind return to New Zealand popular culture with the success of Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, and TV3's The Secret Lives of Dancers.

    The TV show and movie are doing wonders for popularizing the lives of ballet dancers, says Paul Mathews, a 24-year-old professional dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB), but he is skeptical about the way such programs tell the dance story. Read the story in its entirety here.

  • Royal NZ Ballet Gains Power Couple

    Photo courtesy Royal New Zealand Ballet

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    Extra, extra! Read all about it!

    Did I get your attention? Good, because this latest piece of dance news is exciting to say the least!  Check it out: "Two of the biggest names in the dance world are moving to Wellington in an unprecedented coup by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. American dancer Ethan Stiefel will become the company's next artistic director, replacing Englishman Gary Harris, who finishes in December. Stiefel, who trained alongside Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov, will be accompanied by his partner, Gillian Murphy." ~ Quote: The Dominion Post Read the rest of the article here.

    Now isn't that one of the most fantastically awesome things you've heard all week?! I'm so excited for them and cannot wait to see what's in store for Royal New Zealand Ballet! Speaking of which, here's their official notice regarding the "changing of the guard". :)

  • Dancers Bring Joy to Hospital's Youngest Patients

    Cleo King-Turner (3) and her mother are all smiles as Royal New Zealand ballerina Adriana Harper hams it up on the other side of the isolation glass. Photo: ANDREW GORRIE/The Dominion Post

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    I thought this next tidbit was just too sweet for words. Not only that but it goes perfectly with our previous post!  "Dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet's season of The Nutcracker swapped their on-stage children's ward for a real one yesterday, bringing grins to the faces of Wellington Hospital's littlest patients." I definitely think more dancers should give back like this, don't you? Check out the brief, touching article here.

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