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Thursday 24 August 2017
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Last weekend I had a special guest in town aka Charly my old friend from Paris. Gone are the days when we were going to clubs together. Now he’s an athlete and when he moves you need to step back. In 2010, he won with his partner Lexflow the top-dance competition “Juste-debout” at Paradiso and was representing Holland for the international battle in Paris (Yeah it’s weird! but frenchies dancers are everywhere). Juste Debout awards duos of top-dancers –amateurs or professionals- in 5 categories : Locking, Popping, Hip Hop, House Dance and Experimental. This year Charly wasn’t competing however he felt so at home within the battle atmosphere that I lost him in 2 minutes.

Being there in the middle of all these healthy kids dancing was one of the  most enjoyable moments I’ve had in a long time, the kind of vibe and raw energy that only a true hip-hop event can give you. The next morning Charly was on a special mission for Dolly Rogers…keep posted for the next blog entry with more details about that!

Juste debout official website : http://www.juste-debout.com/
Juste Debout Holland 2011 : http://vimeo.com/19424849
Charly YouTube channel : youtube.com/CharlyDanseur

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Emilie Ngyuyen and Euginy Kolesnik in  William Forsythe's 'In the middle, somewhat elevated'. Photo © 2008 Willie Davis

Emilie Ngyuyen and Euginy Kolesnik in William Forsythe's 'In the middle, somewhat elevated'. Photo © 2008 Willie Davis

Getting a rush at the ballet

I have to admit, I’d never experienced an adrenaline rush at the ballet before, that is until I went to see William Forsythe’s ‘In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated’ with electronic composition by Thom Willems.

The current programme at Het Nationale Ballet, Theme & Variations brings together four generations of choreographers in a tribute to George Balanchine, master of modern ballet.

The final piece and Forsythe’s virtuoso ode to abstract dance left me on the edge of my seat in pure captivation. The piece was originally choreographed for the Paris Opera (1987) and is a Dutch National Ballet premiere at Het Muziektheater Amsterdam until April 20.