• The Reality of Training as a Professional Ballerina: Uncovering the Secrets of the Stage

    There is nothing quite like the feeling of pure, overwhelming joy. The kind a fifteen-year-old aspiring ballerina might experience on a gloomy, February morning when they receive a phone call informing them that they have been accepted into one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the country. The...
  • Representing Dance On-screen: A Now-impossible Feat to Achieve?

    Over the course of the last fifteen years, there’s been an increasing trend for the making of biopics about high-profile figures in the entertainment world, in part due to the rise in popularity of online platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. The world of music has been extraordinarily...
  • Socumentary: NU Dance

    Shanai Momi interviews NU Dance member and Show Secretary Yemisi Windapo. 1. When did you first join NU Dance and what made you interested in it? I joined last year which was my first year at university. I really wanted to see what the dancing was like at the...
  • The Three Musketeers @ Theatre Royal

    The Three Musketeers is a tale that pervades our culture, ever since its first outing as a historical novel, written in 1844 by French author Alexandre Dumas. Since then, it has been turned into numerous films, a BBC television series, and now, a ballet.  “the gorgeous spectacle expected of...
  • Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid @ Nottingham Theatre Royal

    Very few fairy tales pose the challenges to staging that The Little Mermaid does, and I must confess I was rather confused as to how a story partially set underwater where the protagonist has a fish’s tail instead of legs would work as a ballet. However, I was wrong...
  • The Red Shoes @ Theatre Royal

    Captivating from start to finish, Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes is one not to be missed. We were transformed back to the nostalgia of the 1940s and taken into the world of a life in theatre and dance. The combination of contemporary and balletic styles made for...
  • Arty Outings: Christmas at Chatsworth

    After drowning in deadlines, dissertation preparation and having to think about *shudder* the future all semester, when my friend invited me on a Christmassy outing to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire to see their themed decorations, I downed the books and jumped at the chance. If you’ve ever dreamed of...