Category: 2018

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December 1, 2018

We perform Swan Lake at the London Coliseum from 3 – 13 January 2019. Find out how the dancers of the corps de ballet prepare for the graceful arm movements required for this timeless classic.

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December 1, 2018

Our dancers’ days start at 10.30am with ballet class and can go up until 11pm after a long performance. They dance for an average of 2,032 hours each per year (that’s 39 hours per week!).

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December 2, 2018

This year’s performances of Nutcracker at the London Coliseum continue English National Ballet’s tradition of presenting a production of the Christmas ballet every year since 1950, its founding year.

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December 3, 2018

Famous for its expressive choreography and acting demands, Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon features some of the most challenging roles in ballet. Hear from Guest Repetiteur Viviana Durante on the challenging title role of Manon before this masterpiece comes to the London Coliseum in January.

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December 5, 2018

In Swan Lake, the parts of Odile and Odette were originally danced by two separate dancers, but it has become customary for one ballerina to dance both parts to emphasize their similarities – and to highlight their differences (because there is only one brief fleeting moment when they are seen simultaneously).  

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December 6, 2018

When Tchaikovsky finished composing the music for Nutcracker, he felt it wasn’t his best work and that his earlier composition for the ballet The Sleeping Beauty was far superior. The music for Nutcracker is now one of his best-known pieces. Hear the popular score played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic when we perform Nutcracker at the London Coliseum […]

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December 7, 2018

Every time a dancer jumps on pointe, three times her body weight is carried on the tip of her big toe.

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December 8, 2018

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December 9, 2018

Each of our stunning tutus for Swan Lake takes two weeks to make, with 10 layers of net adorned with 134 sequins and 100 gems. Discover the coordinated feat of the famous Dance of the Cygnets from this timeless classical ballet: