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Director’s Diary – ‘The early years’

A Quiet Month

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Diary | Comments Off on A Quiet Month

A Quiet Month

by Cassa Pancho It has been a quiet month. Everything seems to shut down over the Christmas and New Year period and that includes fledgling ballet companies. Things are starting to get back on track now, and we’ll be into regular company class and rehearsals within the next week or so. Our main priority is to get our eight dancers looking like a company. If history books are to be believed, it took Arthur Mitchell two years to train the dancers (some with no previous experience) who became the Dance Theater of Harlem. I’ve given us...

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Four Screenings…and a Funeral

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Four Screenings…and a Funeral

by Cassa Pancho At the earlier end of November, Vanessa (BB Administrator) and I went to a screening of “You Don’t Dance Like Me”, a collection of filmed work by black and Asian choreographers. It was a good evening – we got to know some very interesting characters and even witnessed a full-scale fit of temper, but I was disappointed by the lack of ballet that was going on (or not, as the case may be). Black people in dance was the topic of the month, what with BBC Radio Four interviewing Christopher Nourse (Managing Director of...

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The Good, The Bad and the Beaten with the Ugly Stick…

Posted by on Nov 1, 2010 in Diary | Comments Off on The Good, The Bad and the Beaten with the Ugly Stick…

The Good, The Bad and the Beaten with the Ugly Stick…

by Cassa Pancho Which word would best describe this month? Exciting? Interesting? Exhausting? All of those – but the word that springs to mind most easily would be RANDOM. October has been the Month of Random. All kinds of things have been happening at Ballet Black, some good, some bad and some strange (to me anyway). Lets get the Bad out of the way first… The Bad… As I wrote in my first diary entry, we’re in the middle of setting up an Education Unit. This is made up of two things: a lecture/demonstration project to...

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Black is the New Black

Posted by on Oct 1, 2010 in Diary | Comments Off on Black is the New Black

Black is the New Black

by Cassa Pancho The first in a regular diary series – but I’ll let Cassa explain… How should I start? Well, and after dragging Bruce Marriott to Retox, plying him with alcohol and fluttering my eyelashes madly, I’ve managed to wangle some space on Ballet.co. God knows how long it will last, but before he wises up, I’d better fit in everything I can about the company I’m starting – Ballet Black… I guess it is exactly as it sounds – a company for black ballet dancers. Being of mixed-race...

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