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World of Costume

Period Dramas: Performing Arts

Did you know that there are a number of ballet, opera, and musicals in period films? Ballet Ballet Shoes (2007) – 1920’s Margot (2009) – 1960’s The Red Shoes (1948) – 1940’s Opera La Boheme (2008) – Victorian Io, Don Giovanni (2010) – Rococo Der Freischütz (2010) – Regency Musicals Annie (1999) – 1930’s Chicago (2002) – 1920’s Hallmark’s A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004) …

Lifestyle Munich

Where to Take Ballet Classes in Munich

There are many places to take ballet classes for adults in Munich. I have tried the following studios (save for the last one) and I hope you’ll find the one that works best for you! I really enjoyed Dance Station and Studio 1. Dance Station Location U-bahn stop: Kolumbusplatz (U2) Address: Humboldtstraße 29 Studio / Change …


The Nutcracker Ballet in Vancouver

I’m resurrecting this post from 16 Dec 2012 (published 3 years ago today!) on The Nutcracker ballet performances in Vancouver, Canada. Every year, there are always at least two ballet companies that perform The Nutcracker for all to enjoy. Goh Ballet Goh Ballet puts on a spectacular Nutcracker every year at the Centre for Performing …

Fashion Travel

Paris: Repetto Boutique

Dear readers, I will temporarily return to blogging on Paris as I prepare for my big move to London. Today I will share with you a few photos I’d taken from the Repetto flagship boutique on 22, rue de la Paix near the Opera Garnier in Paris back in April. Repetto – A Brief History …


Ballet Shoes by Ballet Shoemakers

Ballet flats. Flats. Ballerinas. Ballet street shoes. These are some of the terms for our favourite flat shoes. What makes some ballet flats even more special? The ones made by pointe shoe manufacturers! Ballet Beautiful Ballet Beautiful recently came out with street ballet shoes with the same pretty ribbons, only they are tied from the back and …


OOTD: Ballerina-Inspired

In two days, it will be officially summer! Last month, I decided it was time to add some colour to my mostly black mourning wardrobe. I’ve been wanting to have a ballerina-esque outfit and took my inspiration from the H&M SS2011 collection: I’d been checking new styles from Jacob Boutique and H&M and was delighted when I …


Where to Take Ballet Classes in Vancouver

Revised: 2015 If you are an adult (16-18+) who enjoys staying fit through ballet classes, here are some places to try out (based in the Lower Mainland): Ballet Fit – Ballet-inspired fitness. (I haven’t taken any classes at Ballet Fit yet.) Locations: Coal Harbour, Douglas Park, Kitsilano, Roundhouse, Scotia Dance Centre, Yaletown Cost: around $10/class if you …


120th Anniversary of The Nutcracker Ballet

Ballet dancers and enthusiasts, My 300th post is dedicated to today’s 120th anniversary of The Nutcracker ballet, an annual Christmas favourite for people around the world. This is one of my favourite Tchaikovsky ballets, along with Swan Lake. My favourite part is the No 14 Pas de Deux. Something about the music just makes me …


Christmas in Vancouver

Update: I’ve compiled a list of Christmas events around Vancouver for December 2012. I have now pushed the past events to the bottom of the post. These do not include: the Lights of Hope by St Paul’s, the free Robson Square ice skating, charitable drives, or most craft fairs (see community list here). Thank you …


Recommendation du Jour: Breaking Pointe

Today’s topic is on ballet, specifically, documentaries / reality dramas on real dancers. I’d heard about the movie First Position but while googling for more information one day, I discovered Breaking Pointe, a 6 episode series on dancers from Ballet West in SLC, Utah. I was blown away. I mean, I always am by every …

Lifestyle Vancouver

Review: Mikhailovsky’s Swan Lake

On Friday night, I skipped ballet class to see Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Swan Lake at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and I am in love with the performance! Check out the link for photos, as well as a video, of the sets & costumes!

Odette/Odile: Oksana Bondareva
Prince Siegfried: Victor Lebedev

Oksana was a beautifully talented Odette! The way she moved her head and body made it seem as if she were truly a swan queen – swan by day, princess by night. Of course, it’s her role as Odile that captured our attention. I counted 21 fouettes (but there may have been more) that she executed with perfection, applauded by the entire audience that she came to the front of the stage to “ballet curtsy” us. 🙂

It was such a pity, however, that there were not enough attendees. I am quite certain it is because the majority of Vancouverites are unaware that one can buy 1/2 price tickets from Tickets Tonight on the day of the performance. Mine was around $35 and I got to sit in the middle of the balcony. 🙂 It was certainly a delightful treat to see one of my favourite ballets for the 2nd time (my 1st time was 10 years ago, when the St Petersburg or National Ballet of Russia performed in Taipei).