The Bolshoi and the fractured state of Russian ballet

The Bolshoi and the fractured state of Russian ballet

When Sergei Filin had sulphuric acid thrown in his face by a masked attacker outside his Moscow apartment on January 17th, there was just one obvious suspect: the Bolshoi…

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‘I’m just at a stage in my life when I want to try new things’

‘I’m just at a stage in my life when I want to try new things’

There are two Ingrid Nachsterns. One has a ballet school in a church hall in Dublin 4 and the other performs post-modern dances at New York’s…

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Daddy’s Homework

Daddy’s Homework

“Daddy, are you doing your homework?” My five-year old daughter gets it. Not that there’s much to get. If Daddy is surrounded by a splattering…

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Ledes, nutgrafs and exam questions

Ledes, nutgrafs and exam questions

I’m not exactly panicking… With just eight weeks to my first exam, I’m on a pretty tight deadline with revision and scanning past exam papers….

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Made in Dublin

Made in Dublin

In its 21-year history, Dance Ireland has evolved from a quasi-union for dancers based in makeshift studios to a representative body providing a range of…

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Pas de Chat and Last Land

Pas de Chat and Last Land

If past experiences are revealed through our body language, then a dancer’s body is the sum total of thousands of classes, rehearsals and performances. Dancer…

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BEYOND THE MAINSTREAM…FOR MY COMPUTER, AT LEAST.

BEYOND THE MAINSTREAM…FOR MY COMPUTER, AT LEAST.

In spite of my love of pencils and blank sheets of paper, I’m not a complete luddite and I’ve always embraced technology and the freedom that it offers….

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Hip hop trips from the margins to the mainstream

Hip hop trips from the margins to the mainstream

Ask Kyle Abraham how hip hop has influenced his choreography and a wry smile appears. That question again. “I wouldn’t regard myself as a hip-hop…

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Studying On-the-go

Studying On-the-go

I’ve written before about how my study plan has to as flexible as my work schedule. My full-time work in the orchestra has some really busy periods…

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Feng Shui for your word processor

Feng Shui for your word processor

I have a desk. Sometimes it’s tidy, sometimes it’s messy. But undoubtably I study better when it’s tidy. Some people can revel in chaotic surroundings,…

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In praise of hard graft

In praise of hard graft

I never watch reality television, but for the past few months I’ve been on the other side of the camera, taking part in a series…

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Chimæra

Chimæra

The Kinect for X-Box 360 has changed gaming by replacing dexterous thumbs with all-body movement. Its motion-sensing technology can also be increasingly found in theatres….

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