Hello, and a very warm welcome to my website. It’s lovely to see you here ! Please put your feet up & have a look around, sip an Apple Martini or decaf Earl Grey tea and I even have cupcakes … yes, there must be cake! And glitter. Chances are you’re wondering whether you’re in the right place for what you’re looking for. Tick those that apply :
- you love to hear the low rumble of just-visible musical instruments warming up in the theatre
- you’d love to stand in the wings during a ballet performance
- you prefer to leave a trail than follow a path
- like a butterfly dancing along the edges of Winter, you’d like to sniff the air of the rehearsal studio, stop at the half-open door and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes
That’s you ? Fabulous – you’re in the right place.
So who actually writes Ballet News ?
I am an accredited UK journalist with specialist experience in classical ballet, and here on Ballet News I’m bringing the ballet (virtually) to you. You’ll find worldwide breaking ballet news including press releases, reviews, backstage, rehearsal and performance photographs and videos, fashion, beauty related ballet, interviews – the mega-successful ‘Cupcakes & Conversation with….‘ interview series with professional ballet dancers and From Student To Star, the series interviewing vocational students – competitions, Ballet Business covering fundraising, ballet class, media management and how to use social media platforms amongst others, backstage news & casting. There’s also a blog section called Cheryl’s Conversations because I like to mix things up.
Ballet News’ raison d’être
Ballet News’ raison d’être is to bring you ballet & to do that I work independently. All of the content on the site is written by me (with the exception of press releases).
I am seperately commissioned in a wide range of local & national print media.
What else ?
Well, I’ve been a shoe-a-holic since I was discovered, aged 8 or so, in the bottom of my Aunt’s wardrobe trying on all her shoes (she had many). Rose gold is my favourite colour but I also love glittery grey, aubergine and moss green.
My favourite poem is ‘The road not taken’ by Robert Frost. An excerpt :
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.”
My favourite quote is :
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great.” Mark Twain (& Tracy Jones).
And I’ll end with a saying I once found etched on a castle wall on my travels :
“The art of being a good host is to make your guests feel at home. The art of being a good guest, is to remember that you are not.”
I hope you enjoy reading Ballet News and please get in touch if you have ballet related subjects you’d like to know more about or see featured here, or if you have relevant questions for me.
I love hearing from Ballet Newsers!