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FEATURE: Embrace Your Inner Ètoile – Ballet Papier, May 2017

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We are all stars but we must learn how to shine.

Each of us is an individual, blessed with different talents, qualities, experiences and perspectives. Significantly, this uniqueness means that each of us sparkles in our own way. Happily, I am increasingly able to recognise that, in life, we ought to trust in the idea that dancing to your own tune is the best way to make sure you do not lose yourself while trying to be who you think you should be.

Being me involves a love of both dancing and writing. These are closely followed by a fondness for reading and a desire to discover and disseminate knowledge. When we consider these attributes, my roles as a dance writer, dance student and dance teacher suddenly make a lot of sense!

Ballet Papier is a decorative arts brand created by a mother-daughter team in Barcelona. Together, artist Berenice and her dancing daughter Ambar dedicate their time and energy to creating beautiful products and sharing their love of ballet globally. In my work with the brand, I am honoured to combine my devotion to all things ballet with my writing. Excitingly, my words are now being featured in the brand’s notebooks – a development which started with the Ballet Étoiles collection.

 

 

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Written by Georgina Butler

May 24, 2017 at 3:59 pm

NEWS: Happy International Dance Day, 29th April 2017

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Dance is powerful and today is a day to celebrate all that it can do.

International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council to encourage people around the world to share in the magic of dance.

As a dance writer, dance teacher, dance student and dance fan, I am thankful every single day for the opportunities that dance has given me to thrive as an individual. Dance can move us, make us think and connect us to others. It can brighten the darkest days and inspire people of all ages to explore their creative and physical potential.

My own participation in dance classes as a toddler was pure serendipity, yet dance is an overwhelmingly important part of my life. For this reason, I believe that everyone ought to have the chance to learn to dance – and to watch and appreciate dance performances. The International Dance Council promotes International Dance Day to urge people who may not normally engage with dance to strive to do so. Dance has always featured in human culture but its significance is now often overlooked as an art form, particularly in education.

We need to remember that dance, in all its forms, matters!

 

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Written by Georgina Butler

April 29, 2017 at 7:00 am

DANCE EDUCATION: Learning Beyond The Studio, August 2016

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Discovering dance ought to be an enlightening experience for people of all ages as the learning process never really ends. There are always new ways to think about the basics of movement, more advanced skills and qualities to develop and emerging choreographic approaches to appreciate.

A comprehensive dance education therefore requires more than a narrow focus on perfecting technique. After all, as Martha Graham declared, “great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion”. Indeed, the belief that being curious about, and devoted to, all things dance will improve our understanding, interpretation and reification of the art form really resonates with me.

Dancers spend countless hours practising in the studio but it is important to remember that dance as an art form does not exist in a vacuum. Everyone in the dance community – including dance students, dance teachers and dance admirers – ought to challenge themselves to really experience the multifaceted nature of dance in all its glory. Doing so might involve delving into terpsichorean* history; examining terminology; getting acquainted with anatomy; investigating professional dancers, choreographers, musicians and works of note; or pursuing personal research interests.

Quite simply, using your time outside of the studio to further your subject knowledge in an alternative manner may be the best thing you can do to nurture your love of dancing…

 

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Written by Georgina Butler

August 30, 2016 at 10:10 am

NEWS: Happy International Dance Day, 29th April 2016

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Today ought to be spent mostly dancing as April 29th is International Dance Day!

Every year on this day, dance lovers urge everyone across the globe “to revel in the universality of the art form. We unite in our efforts to surpass all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together with a common language: dance”.

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Written by Georgina Butler

April 29, 2016 at 10:15 am

NEWS: Magic is all around, you just have to believe – December 2015

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May all your days be sparkly and bright 

‘Tis the season once again! Christmas has been and gone and New Year’s Eve celebrations are taking centre stage at the moment as we all prepare to welcome in 2016.

Last year, Ballet Papier artist Berenice produced a fabulously festive gift for fans of her work – an enchanting short movie of The Nutcracker, starring a twinkle-toed troupe of paper ballerinas inspired by real balletomanes (including yours truly!) from all around the world. For Christmas 2015 she created a limited edition range of ceramic mugs and miniature notebooks featuring scenes from the film. I am honoured to be included in the selected artwork, depicted as the elegant Dewdrop Fairy. Happily, I am now the proud owner of one of “my” mugs – and the matching notebook.

 

 

As much as Christmas provides an excuse to indulge in special presents, perhaps the greatest gift it gives us is the reminder to reflect upon the past twelve months. Now is the time to be grateful for all of the good things we have experienced, achieved and received – all while looking forward to dancing into the future…

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Written by Georgina Butler

December 31, 2015 at 1:19 pm

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Cake Shop In The Garden’ by Carole Matthews, July 2015

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Carole Matthews The Cake Shop in the Garden

CAROLE SERVES UP A SLICE OF LIFE WITH LATEST
PAPERBACK ‘THE CAKE SHOP IN THE GARDEN’…

Bestselling author Carole Matthews lives life to the full and seems to find inspiration for her riveting romantic fiction novels everywhere. She has lived in Milton Keynes with her other half, Lovely Kev, for fifteen years and many of her entertaining books are set in the new city.

Carole’s most recent yarn, The Cake Shop In The Garden, features the area of Milton Keynes (or “the Costa del Keynes” as she affectionately calls it when in discussion with readers on social media) surrounding the Grand Union Canal. The sights, sounds and domestic situations within a sprawling house in the pretty (and fictitious) village of Whittan spring off the page as soon as chapter one begins.

Fay Merryweather runs a popular cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up delicious treats, ensures her customers feel completely at home and tends to the grounds – all while also looking after her belligerent, bed-bound, mother. It very quickly becomes obvious that this particular protagonist could take a leaf out of our Carole’s book when it comes to seizing exciting new opportunities and taking responsibility for her own happiness.   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Georgina Butler

July 3, 2015 at 8:05 pm

NEWS: Happy International Dance Day, 29th April 2015

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I dance. Therefore, I am.

Dancers all over the world are celebrating International Dance Day today.

Dance has always been an essential part of my life and I am a dedicated advocate. Dancing offers so many physical, psychological, emotional and social benefits – everyone should seize the chance to dance!

Dancing promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, helps to build confidence, teaches the value of hard work and perseverance, encourages creativity and expression, relieves stress, brings people together and fosters artistic appreciation. And, above all else, dancing is really good fun!

 

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Written by Georgina Butler

April 29, 2015 at 10:00 am