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Bolshoi ballet chief returns to theatre after attack

The artistic director of the famed Bolshoi ballet on Tuesday returned to the company's historic home in Moscow for the first time after undergoing multiple operations in Germany following a horrific acid attack in January. Sergei Filin greeted members of the ballet company in person as they attended the traditional gathering inside the Bolshoi Theatre building in central Moscow to mark the beginning of the new season.

‘Step Up 5′ sets returning cast: Expect twerking

By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES ( - Ryan Guzman and Briana Evigan are set to star in Summit's "Step Up 5," which Trish Sie will direct from a script by John Swetnam, the studio announced on Tuesday. In addition to Guzman and Evigan, several actors and dancers from the previous installments of "Step Up" are returning to reprise their roles in the fifth film in Summit's franchise.

Same-sex pairs shake up tango championship in Argentina

The sexy, sensual world of tango is experiencing a shake-up, as same-sex couples compete for the first time in the world championships in Argentina, where the dance was born.

Crisis-hit Greeks swing for solace

Six years into a deep recession that shows little sign of abating, hundreds of stressed-out Greeks are turning to the "swing" to dance their worries away. Greeks of all ages are signing up for courses at swing academies to learn a dance that -- with a bit of historic irony -- was itself born during an even deeper crisis, the Great Depression that gripped the United States in the 1930s.

Ghosts of German history haunt fabled Berlin dance hall

It's survived two world wars, communist spies and a Quentin Tarantino movie production and at the ripe age of 100, Berlin's most legendary dance hall is also among its most unlikely success stories. As Claerchens Ballhaus (Claerchen's Ballroom) prepares to fete its centenary next month, the fabled venue still sees hordes of party-goers young and old queue up in front of its crumbling facade.

Attacked Bolshoi ballet chief watches London tour

The artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi ballet company, who was victim of a horrific acid attack in January, has for the first time left his clinic in Germany to watch the troupe on tour in London, Russian state television said Tuesday. Sergei Filin, who suffered severe facial burns and an almost complete loss of eyesight in the January attack, left his clinic in the German city of Aachen to watch a performance by the Bolshoi on its tour at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Fernando Alonso, father of Cuban ballet, dies at 98

Havana, Jul 28 (EFE).- Former ballet dancer, professor and founder of the Cuban Ballet School, Fernando Alonso, died in Havana after a life dedicated to dance on the island, state television reported. He was 98. The cause of death was not released, but state television said Alonso's funeral activities began on Saturday night and will continue on Sunday in the vestibule of the Cuban National Theater. Alonso will be buried in Havana's Colon Cemetery.

Brazilians win salsa championship for 3rd straight year

San Juan, Jul 28 (EFE).- Brazilian dance couple Rafael Barros and his wife, Carine Morais, won - for third consecutive year - the World Salsa Open, which is part of the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress, organizers said here. Second and third place at this year's competition, which was held at the San Juan Hotel, were taken by Karen Forcano and Ricardo Vega of Argentina and Adrian Rodriguez and Anita Santos Rubin of Spain, respectively.

Troubled Bolshoi seeks to prove stature on London tour

Russia's legendary Bolshoi Ballet next week begins a tour to London seeking to show it remains one of the greatest dance companies in the world, despite a season plagued by scandal and the attack on its artistic director. Since the Bolshoi's first tour to London at the height of the Cold War in 1956, visits to the British capital have been a major calling card and a showcase for its talents.

British ballet dancer David Wall dies of cancer aged 67

LONDON (Reuters) - British ballet dancer David Wall, known for becoming the youngest male principal at the Royal Ballet at the age of 21, has died of cancer aged 67 at his home in London. Director of the Royal Ballet, Kevin O'Hare, paid tribute to Wall who died on Tuesday, describing him as a "truly exceptional artist" and one of the company's greatest dance actors.
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