“But you have to be the best,” his mother told him. “Otherwise, I will pull you out.”

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Once principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Nikolai Tsiskaridze is one of the most decorated Russian dancers. He was born in Tbilisi, the capital of the then Soviet Republic of Georgia, on 31 December 1973. Although his father was a violin player and classical music was a regular part of his childhood, ballet was not a profession his parents would have …

Stretch or Strengthen? Ballet`s Perogative

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“Stretch only as much as you strengthen.” These words from Yana, my Ballet teacher, are what echo in my head after an Advanced Ballet class with the Artistic Director. At the time of the class, we were done with plies and cambrés to the back and instructed to proceed to the centre of the floor right after. The instruction to …

Jazz it up!

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If I am asked to explain about all the different styles I learnt in my first Jazz class at the Foundation, it would go something like this. ‘’There is excitement written all over my face as I enter the studio. Jazz , I am told, is one form of dancing that wears many faces because of the vast number of …

“For me as a dancer Yoga, Callanetics and Ballet at TLFCB are like proteins, vitamins and minerals for my dancing body.”

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When I expressed interest in joining Ballet classes at TLFCB, I was met with a lot of raised eyebrows and statements like, ”It’s not like you can become a Ballerina at this age;what will a belly dancer do with Ballet lessons?”. Some even assumed that I should be able to dance on my toes or have a 180 degree turnout. …

All the world’s a stage: More on Amelia Jane and her tryst with Musical Theatre

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A glimmer in her eye and cheeky smile belie Amelia`s teaching style. Her classes are always to the point, steered either towards choreography for our upcoming shows or working our way through the set ballet syllabus keeping technique intact. Cheery and with seemingly boundless energy reserves, she is the kind of teacher that will dance her way through class if …

Walking the tight rope – a dancer’s note by Shifa Ali

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When we were kids, our parents always said, ‘Be who you want to be’. And some of us, like me, believed them without a sliver of doubt. I always imagined that the world is my oyster, that I am capable of anything and everything and so did my parents. The only difference was that their understanding of success and my …