Beatriz Stix-Brunell: Ballerinas are nutty about their pointe shoes

Newly appointed First Soloist of the Royal Ballet Beatriz Stix-Brunell débuts as the Sugar Plum Fairy tomorrow, 27th December.  She speaks of her preparation for the role, from coaching to putting her own stamp on the iconic fairy and spills details on how she prepares her pointe shoes for performances. Continue reading “Beatriz Stix-Brunell: Ballerinas are nutty about their pointe shoes”

Nicol Edmonds: Meet The Royal Ballet’s New Sugar Plum Prince

Royal Ballet Soloist Nicol Edmonds makes his début as the Prince in The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker this Tuesday 27th December.  Here he discusses the challenges of preparing for the role and what it was like to be coached by Strictly Come Dancing judge and former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell. Continue reading “Nicol Edmonds: Meet The Royal Ballet’s New Sugar Plum Prince”

Yasmine Naghdi: The Nutcracker’s beautiful music deeply affects this new Sugar Plum

English ballerina Yasmine Naghdi was promoted to First Soloist of the Royal Ballet at the end of last season following successful débuts in the leading roles of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet and The Invitation.

This season she will perform the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker.  Here’s what she had to say about this Christmas jewel and preparing to perform the coveted role. Continue reading “Yasmine Naghdi: The Nutcracker’s beautiful music deeply affects this new Sugar Plum”

Francesca Hayward: The Royal Ballet’s Newest Principal on Tackling Her First Tutu Role

Last year The Telegraph’s Ellie Pithers described her as “The Royal Ballet’s diminutive star-in-waiting“. A year later, Francesca Hayward is their newest (and youngest) Principal dancer.  Here she speaks about the challenges of preparing for her “first big classical, tutu role” and why The Nutcracker holds a special place in her heart. Continue reading “Francesca Hayward: The Royal Ballet’s Newest Principal on Tackling Her First Tutu Role”