Ballet News does Valentine’s Day

Ballet Valentine’s Day

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Illustration by Noemi Manalang

Last year for Valentine’s Day I published an exclusive on-location photoshoot with Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov.

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Daria Klimentova & Vadim Muntagirov Photograph : Bex Singleton for Ballet News

This year’s treats are more material – on this day of gift-giving – a gorgeous collection of things that seem to hit the perfect note for Valentine’s Day without being mushy or quaint.

Probably the first, and most visible indication that you’ve been ‘Valentined’ today is a bunch of flowers!  But since this is Ballet News, I’m not talking about any old bunch of flowers! If you have flowers to send to a ballet dancer – or anyone – then there is only one place to go!  And I hope, as you read this, that you are all surrounded by Bloomsbury Flowers today.  Why ?  Well…..

Ex-Royal Ballet dancers Steven Wicks and Mark Welford started up Bloomsbury Flowers a few years ago and have taken their passion for ballet and woven it into their floral creations, whipping up some original, stunning displays. Each year they create just one Valentine’s extravaganza, and this year’s Valentine’s bouquet is called Tutti Frutti! No agonising over flowers you aren’t familiar with; if you only buy flowers once a year then Bloomsbury Flowers can make the decisions easily for you.

As you can see from the image of Tutti Frutti below, Steven and Mark NEVER include red in their Valentine’s bouquets – now that is novel on a day when red roses usually win out.  Who wouldn’t prefer a “fun and funky hand-tied bouquet” and a Tutti Frutti lolly ?

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Bloomsbury Flowers

If you’d like to know more about Steven & Mark, the owners of Bloomsbury Flowers, here’s a short video.

What to wear in anticipation of the receipt of such flowers ? TopShop has come up trumps again with this sweet, understated lace dress that doesn’t scream ‘Valentine’ and lets the lining do most of the work. It’s coral, pretty and elegant, fun and funky to go with your flowers, and £48.00.

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TopShop lace dress

ANgleina BallerinaAngelina Ballerina has been busy, this time with a movie called Angelina Ballerina: Sweet Valentine. It’s available via iTunes.

Plot Summary

Love and friendship take center stage in these sweet stories. Angelina uncovers the mystery of her secret admirer with some help from her friends. Angelina and Alice help Marco realize the true importance of helping his friends. The students celebrate Ms. Mimi and although it may have been for the wrong reason, they do it with a lot of heart! And when Angelina and her girlfriends try to make a girls’ club, they realize a friendship club is much sweeter. Spread the love with dancing, skating, singing and best friends forever!

This feather zip coat by Yuki will keep you warm as you are whisked from bar to ballet, again from TopShop and £69.00.

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ballet shoesLK Bennett wraps things up with the perfect Sledge shoes.

In taupe, at £185.00, these shoes will be as useful to you as the Duchess of Cambridge has found her nude patent courts to be!

A sleek, versatile platform in a modern leather. Perfect for work, and great for the evening, the Sledge patent leather court has a round toe and a natural leather sole.

Finally, I can’t think of a better handbag than this plaster pink Mulberry Alexa.  It’s the must-have bag; has been for a while actually, and with good reason.

It’s butter soft, roomy, a gorgeous colour (many others are available) and it’s the perfect shape to compliment any outfit.

Mulberry has been making extremely covetable handbags for quite a while – have you got yours ?

It’s an investment at £749 but you’re worth it, right ?

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I can’t promise this last item, but it’s too beautiful to leave out !

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I hope that your Valentine has snapped up tickets to Northern Ballet’s Perpetual Motion – but if not, drop the heaviest of hints because it’s not on for long and the ONLY ballet you need to see right now. Follow the link for photos and a video of Kenneth Tindall’s Project #1 rehearsal – his choreographic debut.

You’ve only got until Saturday – so do hurry! And if he’s in the doghouse…. there is only one thing to do – take my advice and tell him to buy you tickets to see Perpetual Motion before they are gone!

Northern Ballet Dancer Hannah Bateman. Photo by Jason Tozer

Northern Ballet Dancer Hannah Bateman. Photograph : Jason Tozer

Happy Valentine’s Day Ballet Newsers!

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