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Village festivals the heart and soul of Italy

CERRETO, Italy — Think of an Italian summer and you think of azure seas, sun-splashed beaches, cool mountains cupping dark lakes and overheated crowds of tourists investigating every museum and ancient church.<p>Things are different in Tuscany as well as in Umbria, where I live, for part of the year. …

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Conversations with Adult Ballet Students #6: Chacha Chan

This is the sixth in the series of <b>Conversations with Adult Ballet Students</b>. Leave me a message if you would like to be profiled in a future …

Ballet classes for adults: find your nearest

These seven ballet schools around the UK all run open classes for adult beginners. Just drop in ... and plié!<p><b>Northern Ballet Academy, Leeds</b><p>Yoko Ichino's holistic ballet technique, taught at professional and recreational level. Fun and relaxed drop-ins, including a class for the over-55s on Tuesday …

Big Ballet is Channel 4's Fat Watch: Tutu Edition

Overweight and lacking confidence? Fancy dressing up in a leotard and getting laughed at by Wayne Sleep? Big Ballet might just be the answer<p>If you're one of those sick bastards who has so little self-respect that you routinely place yum yums above bodily perfection, it's not easy to get on TV. The …

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Big Ballet; Pound Shop Wars – TV review

After years of being told they are too big for ballet, it's hard not to shed a tear when these dancers finally get their chance<p>Wayne Sleep cracks himself up. Virtually everything he says ends with him dissolving into helpless laughter. Like Wayne himself, this habit is charming and irritating by …

Take up ballet as an adult

Ballet isn't just for kids. Stretch yourself no matter how old you are and drop into one of the UK's many ballet classes for adults<p>• Find a class near you<p>Taken to see The Nutcracker aged five, I disgraced myself by standing up in the auditorium and shouting "I want to be a fairy too!" Sadly, I was …

The Essence of Ballet: Ingrid Bugge’s haunting photographs – in pictures

Photographer Ingrid Bugge spent nearly two years in residence with the Danish Royal Ballet and employed digital techniques to capture movement and animate dance sequences. The result is The Essence of Ballet, a collection that showcases the mesmerising illusion of depth in her images<p>• How Ingrid …