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World Ballet Day

Dancer of the Year

Ten dancers and one couple were nominated by Dance Europe's writers as 'Dancer of the Year' in the magazine's annual Critics' Choice in the October/November issue.
We are now inviting readers to vote for the 'Dancer of the Year 2020' by emailing their chosen dancer to
The nominees are: Brandon Lawrence, Dorothée Gilbert, Friedemann Vogel, Maia Makhateli, Maria Alexandrova/Vladislav Lantratov, Polina Semionova, Qian Liu, Reece Clarke, Sasha De Sola, Vadim Muntagirov, Yui Yonezawa. Deadline 31 October.

Le Corsaire in Ljubljana

With excerpts from Ljubljana Ballet's new production of Le Corsaire and interviews with artistic director Petar Đorčevski and choreographer José Carlos Martínez. Featured dancers include Maia Makhateli, Rita Pollacchi, Jakob Feyferlik and Kenta Yamamoto. Filmed and produced by Andrej Uspenski and Emma Kauldhar.

Carmen Carmen

Aigul Akhmetshina and Katja Khaniukova, who both performed an excerpt from Carmen at DistDancing this summer, in a spontaneous conversation about their respective careers in opera and ballet. Filmed and produced by Andrej Uspenski and Emma Kauldhar.

Joseph Sissens

The Royal Ballet first artist shares his story and talks about the ballets and roles, including Lenski in Cranko's Onegin, he has danced so far... With thanks to Stanfords' Café, Covent Garden.  Filmed and produced by Andrej Uspenski and Emma Kauldhar

Maina Gielgud's Giselle

Performed by Academia Annarella students with Margarita Fernandes as Giselle, António Casalinho as AlbrechtMariana Rodrigues as Berthe, Margarida Gonçalves as Myrtha, Francisco Gomes as Hilarion. Video by Fernando Fernandes. Filmed at Teatro José Lúcio da Silva, Leiria.