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  • New York City Ballet - The Complete Workout - 1 And 2 [2006] New York City Ballet - The Complete Workout - 1 And 2 | DVD | (15/01/2007) from £26.35  |  Saving you £3.64 (12.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A deluxe edition DVD set comprised of the best-selling fitness videos New York City Ballet Workout Volume 1 and 2. These workouts are designed to help you develop the strength grace and poise of a dancer. An excellent alternative to fast paced high-energy workout routines this unique exercise program balances art life and fitness into the perfect workout for any age or fitness level. Whether you love ballet or are simply searching for an alternative workout regimen designed to produce a strong graceful body this program will deliver exceptional results.

  • Spartacus - Khachaturian [1990] Spartacus - Khachaturian | DVD | (01/08/2005) from £11.57  |  Saving you £3.42 (22.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    SpartacusBallet in Three Acts.Recorded At The Bolshoi Theatre 1990.

  • Giselle [1983] Giselle | DVD | (11/06/2001) from £12.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (29.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The strength of the Kirov Ballet's Giselle is also, in a sense, its principal weakness: this is a no-gimmicks, no-frills production in a performing tradition that goes back to the introduction of the work to Russia in the mid-19th century. The advantage of this is that, after all, Adam's ballet is a work of deliberate naiveté, in which a village maiden dies of a broken heart over the mere fact that her lover has deceived her about his social class; there is no subtext here nor any need for any. Galina Mezentseva is more or less perfect, both in the delicate simplicity of her every gesture and movement and in the overall sweetness and devotion that they convey; Konstantin Zaklinsky is an equally fine Albrecht--for once we entirely believe in his absence of malicious intent and welcome his salvation from her vengeful fellow ghosts. Of the others, Gennadi Selyutsky is a slightly melodramatic Hilarion, whose death in terror is a fine piece of high Victorian theatre, and Tatyana Terekhova makes the spirits' leader a figure in whom terrifying justice and vengefulness are united. On the DVD: The DVD has no frills either except for a link to the NVC-arts Web site; the booklet provides a synopsis and, criminally, no other information about either ballet, production or stars. --Roz Kaveney

  • New York City Ballet Workout [2000] New York City Ballet Workout | DVD | (03/01/2005) from £16.08  |  Saving you £1.91 (10.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The New York City Ballet Workout routine was developed by Peter Martins and the New York City Ballet along with the New York Sports Club. If you envy the ballet dancer's long, lean body and graceful, elegant movements, then this beautifully produced video is for you. First watch the rippling muscles of four gorgeous ballet dancers (two bare-midriffed women and two bare-chested men) performing the warm-up moves to classical ballet music, while Martins narrates: no ballet technique is taught, so it's look-and-follow if you have no previous ballet training. Then get down on a mat for slow lower-body stretches. A difficult abdominal series is next, followed by "floor barre" exercises to tone the thighs and buttocks while still using the abdominals, then moves to strengthen the back and upper body. Next is a series of standing exercise segments using various ballet movements to strengthen the legs and postural/balance muscles. The workout is divided into 17 short sections, which may give it a disjointed feeling if you're used to more continuity. At the end is a bonus sequence with profiles of the four performers, all dancers with the New York City Ballet. We get to watch them performing, practicing, and eating. One dancer makes the point that ballet is very athletic, but because it's supposed to look ethereal, the hard work stays hidden from the audience. If you love ballet (even just watching it), you'll enjoy this workout. (By the way, Sarah Jessica Parker introduces the video, but does not have any other role in it.) --Joan Price, Amazon.com

  • New York City Ballet Workout 2 [2003] New York City Ballet Workout 2 | DVD | (03/01/2005) from £11.19  |  Saving you £6.41 (35.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    New York City Ballet 2, like its bestselling predecessor, is still designed to sculpt and tone your body; but this second edition has also learned the lessons of the original routine, which was difficult to use for those without formal ballet training. This second workout attempts to be accessible to all, providing a glossary explaining ballet terminology and introducing such steps as Plies and Tendus. Be warned though, this will still take practise if you are new to ballet. The routine itself is also less demanding than the first, but includes one of the best abs workouts to be found on an exercise programme. While the steps do not offer a cardio workout, they are enjoyable once mastered and will make you feel more graceful. Combining ballet and yoga is all the rage at gyms, so a good tip is to tie this in with your favourite yoga programme for that ideal posture and definition. All in all this is a great improvement on the first edition and certainly more enjoyable than watching a Big Brother celebrity's dance routine. On the DVD: New York City Ballet 2 offers pristine images and a 5.1 Dolby sound. This works wonderfully on the choice of classical and contemporary tracks. There is also the option to develop your own routine, which is useful if you are never sure how much time you have spare to exercise. The DVD also offers a movement combination which slowly takes you through the steps to learn a dance sequence. --Nikki Disney

  • Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream [Blu-ray] [2008] Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream | Blu Ray | (28/01/2008) from £23.57  |  Saving you £6.42 (21.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    This performance of George Balanchine's ballet A Midsummer Night's Dream was filmed live at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, in February 1999 and won the award for "Best Television Realisation of a Stage Production" at IMZ Dance Screen. The music is from Mendelssohn's youthful overture plus later theatre music, and five other pieces by the composer all selected by the great Russian choreographer Balanchine in 1962. In a fine ensemble cast, Paul Gibson as Oberon and Patricia Barker as Titania are suitably aloof, at least until the latter dances with the ass Bottom (Timothy Lynch) in a highlight of touching comedy. After all the quarrelsome entanglements of the first act, the finale ensures celebration and richly deserved happy endings all round. The simple sets have a picturesque charm, the costumes a fairytale glamour and the large cast, including many children, dance with flair and enthusiasm; this is clearly one production where everyone was having a fine time. In fact it is rather more enjoyable than Hollywood's A Midsummer Night's Dream of the same year. Ballet aficionados may also want to explore the BBC's wonderful Coppélia (2000). On the DVD: There are no special features on the disc, but the 12-page booklet is entirely in English and is well presented, offering track and cast lists, a synopsis and notes on Balanchine, Mendelssohn and the creative talents and directors of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. The sound is atmospheric--Dolby Digital 5.0--and the anamorphically enhanced 16:9 image is good, though slightly soft, and does occasionally reveal some compression artefacting. In defiance of regional encoding regulations, not only is this DVD region free, but includes the normal PAL UK television system programme material on one side and on the reverse includes the same content in NTSC format, suitable for American playback. Anyone curious to see if one format is better will find that the UK PAL transfer contains just a little more picture detail. --Gary S Dalkin

  • The Car Man [2001] The Car Man | DVD | (24/12/2001) from £15.81  |  Saving you £2.18 (12.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This latest dance version of Carmen comes courtesy of choreographer Matthew Bourne, who has devised his own scenario of Bizet’s opera set in a garage-diner in the American mid-West, circa 1960. The Car Man toured the UK in 2000 finishing with a four-month run to packed houses at the Old Vic. This film treatment details all the excitement of the occasion. The cinematography assists in capturing the atmosphere of Bourne’s treatment--film noir with allusions to Hitchcock--through employment of chiaroscuro. The use of the split-screen technique also enhances the cinematic feel. The music sounds seductive and full-bodied, befitting the new story line (Bourne calls it an “auto-erotic thriller”) in which an enigmatic stranger, Luca, walks into town seducing both Lana (Carmen) and Angelo (Don Jose). A swarthy individual, Luca looks an unlikely dancer until his first solo galvanises the company. The single stage set adapts into eight different permutations, taking us from diner through nightclub and prison and then out on the road in a cinematic finale where the Chevrolet cars of the period are destroyed in a pile up. The period look is further enhanced with the girls in tight-waisted colourful frocks and the men in Brando-esque T-shirts and jeans. The dance ensembles are an extraordinarily versatile group: classical, jazz, modern and flamenco seem natural expressions of their body movements. Will Kemp deserves a special mention for his sensitivite portrayal of Angelo. On the DVD: the soundtrack comes in a choice of stereo or 5.1. surround sound where the subtle employment of percussion instruments in the orchestration makes a telling effect. A picture gallery of 25 stills from the production and a 14-minute interview with Bourne expressing his initial doubt about doing another version of Carmen are further assets. He needn’t have had a qualm. This Car Man is destined to give much pleasure. --Adrian Edwards

  • Le Corsaire [1989] Le Corsaire | DVD | (21/08/2000) from £12.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (29.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A production of the ballet 'Le Corsaire' performed at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad April 1989.

  • A Simple Man [1987] A Simple Man | DVD | (18/02/2005) from £15.49  |  Saving you £4.50 (22.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Commissioned to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the painter L.S. Lowry in 1987 this BAFTA award-winning dramatic ballet celebrates the life and work of a unique artist. Created by Gillian Lynne in collaboration with the composer Carl Davis this memorable production filmed in 1987 is performed by the Northern Ballet Theatre led by ex-Royal Ballet stars Christopher Gable and Moira Shearer. Re-mastered for DVD with the addition of recent interviews with Lynne and Davis it gives a fascinating insight into the creation of an inspirational work in the history of dance which remains as fresh as ever.

  • Nutcracker: the Motion Picture [DVD] Nutcracker: the Motion Picture | DVD | (16/11/2015) from £8.69  |  Saving you £7.30 (45.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The much-loved ballet for all the family is brought to the screen in this classic and faithful adaptation designed by author and artist Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are). Never has this timeless Christmas story looked so magical It is Christmas Eve and guests are arriving at the Stahlbaum home. When Clara's godfather arrives he brings her a gift - an intruiging toy solider nutcracker which she instantly falls in love with. That night, as the house sleeps, she creeps downstairs to take another look at her present. As the cloch strikes midnight she suddenly finds herself transported to an enchanted world.

  • Strictly Come Dancing - The Best of Series 6 Strictly Come Dancing - The Best of Series 6 | DVD | (09/02/2009) from £2.99  |  Saving you £3.00 (50.10%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The glamorous dance extravaganza is back! The astounding sixth series of Strictly comes to DVD with your hosts Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. 16 contestants start off the competition with a mixture of young and old male and female flexible and not-so-flexible! Watch them samba cha-cha-cha and foxtrot their way through the weeks all under the beady eye of the quartet of judges. Which pair will win the heart of the nation and waltz away with the prize?

  • Michael Flatley - Celtic Tiger Michael Flatley - Celtic Tiger | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £3.27  |  Saving you £18.72 (85.10%)  |  RRP £21.99

    The international acclaimed master of dance Michael Flatley returns to the stage to spearhead his powerful new 90 minute dance spectacular Celtic Tiger. With his unrivalled skill and artistry Flatley ignites the world of dance once again with a bold dramatic and daring production which fuses the spirit of Ireland with its history with dance and music. The result is an epic masterpiece in which Irish dance is delivered as a dynamic and powerful art form. Perfromance list: Act I: 1.The Heartbeat of the Tiger 2.Dancing in the Dark 3.St Patrick 4.The Sleeping Tiger 5.The Vikings 6.Celtic Fire 7.The Garden of Eden 8.The Red Coats 9.The Famine 10.Four Green Fields 11.Bloody Sunday 12.A Call to Arms 13.The 1916 Rising 14.The Banshee 15.A Nation Once Again Act Two: 1.Freedom 2.A New World 3.The Lost Rose 5.Celtic Kittens 6.Capone 7.Forever Free 8.Cowboy Cheerleaders 9.These Colours Don't Run 10.Yankee Doodle Dandy 11.Celtic Fire II 12.The Celtic Tiger

  • Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games [Blu-ray] Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games | Blu Ray | (24/11/2014) from £13.59  |  Saving you £6.40 (32.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games - a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece; a magical adventure of sight and sound that transports its audience to a mythical time and place lifting the spirits and capturing the hearts of all who experience it. Based on Irish folklore this classic tale of Good vs. Evil expressed through the universal language of dance has thrilled audience's worldwide and catapulted Irish dance to a new dimension and unprecedented worldwide acclaim. With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging new costumes and choreography and 40 of the world's most outstanding young performers directed by Michael Flatley. With new music by composer Gerard Fahy this latest iteration combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and dance!

  • Glazunov - Raymonda [1980] Glazunov - Raymonda | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £21.29  |  Saving you £1.70 (7.40%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Fonteyn And Nureyev - The Perfect Partnership [1985] Fonteyn And Nureyev - The Perfect Partnership | DVD | (02/07/2001) from £9.25  |  Saving you £6.54 (40.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn created one of the most memorable partnerships in ballet history. This documentary features clips of the dynamic duo's most popular performances including the pas de deux from ""Le Corsaire"" and ""Swan Lake"" and excerpts from ""Romeo and Juliet"" and ""Les Sylphides"".

  • Darcey Bussell Darcey Bussell | DVD | (08/11/2004) from £10.25  |  Saving you £2.74 (21.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A unique insight to the backstage preparation of Darcey Bussell on the road and in rehearsals. Featuring Adam Cooper in Herman Schmerman by William Forsythe. Darcey Pricipal Dancer of the Royal Ballet and a performer of charismatic beauty was born in London where she attended the Royal Ballet School. Kenneth MacMillan wrote Price Of The Pagodas in which Darcey created the role of Princess Rose and also Masha in MacMillan's Winter Dreams. Darcey has performed with the New York Cit

  • Swan Lake - Kirov Ballet Swan Lake - Kirov Ballet | DVD | (26/06/2006) from £12.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (29.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This classic Kirov production of Swan Lake by Oleg Vinogradov filmed at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad in December 1990 includes the familiar happy ending in the final act where Siegfried fights and ultimately defeats the evil magician von Rothbart and at dawn is reunited with Odette. Yulia Makhalina stars as Odette/Odile and Igor Zelensky now an international star is Prince Siegfried.

  • Khachaturian - Spartacus - Bolshoi Ballet - Carlos Acosta [2008] Khachaturian - Spartacus - Bolshoi Ballet - Carlos Acosta | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £16.49  |  Saving you £-1.50 (-10.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

  • Zeller - Der Vogelhandler (Ballet of Seefestspiele Morbisch) Zeller - Der Vogelhandler (Ballet of Seefestspiele Morbisch) | DVD | (09/09/2013) from £18.77  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Opera named Der Vogelhandler by Carl Zeller.

  • The Nutcracker [1999] The Nutcracker | DVD | (31/10/2000) from £21.05  |  Saving you £3.94 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    It's easy to see why The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky's perennially popular ballet first performed in 1892, has such enduring appeal. As Patrice Bart's 1999 production shows, it is always beautiful to look at, lending itself to the Christmas season where it has a permanent place in the schedules of the major dance companies. And Hoffmann's tale of the troubled child who must go on a wonderful (and occasionally terrifying) journey of discovery has a universal and timeless appeal. Bart's production for the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin builds on Petipa's original choreography and develops the context of the child Marie's (Nadja Saidakova) anxiety into a strong narrative. The godfather Drosselmayer (Oliver Matz) is initially a sinister figure, forcing her to confront past events before leading her into the glittering land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Here, all expectations are exceeded. The familiarity of Tchaikovsky's intricately woven themes works in total harmony with sumptuous production values. The dancing is sublime. As the Prince, Vladimir Malakhov evokes the spirit of a young Nureyev. His pas de deux with the Sugar Plum Fairy should challenge even the most cynical tear ducts. Sit back, share the frisson of anticipation as Daniel Barenboim enters the conductor's box and let the whole experience engulf you. On the DVD: There are no extras. In addition to the 16:9 picture format, which enhances the authentic theatrical atmosphere, the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound helps make this Nutcracker an aural feast. Under Barenboim's masterful control, the orchestra draws you into the heart of the music. Booklet notes provide historical background as well as performer biographies, but a more complete cast list would have been useful. --Piers Ford

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