Friday, 27 November 2009



Please don’t forget that the exclusive competition I’ve been running in association with English National Ballet to win a pair of tickets to The Nutcracker this Christmas, as well as a pair of pointe shoes signed by Senior Principal Dancer Elena Glurdjidze, closes on Sunday 6th December 2009 at midnight GMT.

Photo: Annabel Moeller

I’ve just received Glurdjidze’s shoes, and here they are :

There is time to enter !


Following my interview with Maria last week, many of you have asked to see Maria's fabulous skyscraper heels.  Here they are :

Photo :  Mo Greig


Tonight @ 20:00 BBC4 are showing Darcey Bussell’s ten best ballet moments. Bussell, who retired from The Royal Ballet in 2007 introduces and demonstrates some of her favourite ballet moments with dancers Roberto Bolle and Jonathan Cope. Featuring some of her own performances and archive highlights, with music ranging from Scott Joplin to Tchaikovsky. The ballets include Giselle, The Nutcracker and a classic performance by Margot Fonteyn in Swan Lake.

The programme is repeated on 28th November @ 02:30 and lasts for 60 minutes.


The Royal Ballet's Miyako Yoshida has announced her retirement.  Yoshida's performance in The Nutracker with Steven McRae on 26th November will be available on DVD at a later date and her last performance at the Royal Opera House will be in Cinderella on 23rd April 2010.  Her last performance will be in Tokyo, in Romeo & Juliet in June 2010 when The Royal Ballet are on tour in her home country.


  1. Darcey Bussell is so beautiful, I wish I could have watched the BBC show!

  2. Amy C - I think it's been shown quite a few times now so you may be able to find a copy somewhere ... some of the clips were of her dancing, including Song of The Earth which was definately recorded.


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