Introducing… Tetyana Martyanova

Next week – Nov. 9 to be exact – Diablo Ballet will kick off its very exciting 20th season at Fremont’s Ohlone College’s Smith Center. The following weekend, Nov. 15 and 16, will find the same repertoire: A Swingin’ Holiday, 2013 edition, Our Waltzes Trilogy and Mario Radacovsky’s Compulsive, performed at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center […]

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All Ballet is Not the Same

By Diane Claytor All Ballet is Not the Same: Gertrude Stein said it in her 1913 poem, Sacred Emily: “a rose is a rose is a rose.” This well-known phrase has often been interpreted to mean that things are what they are. I thought ballet styles were pretty much the same thing – you learned […]

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Dancing on Stage/Dancing on Water

By Diane Claytor What does the art of ballet and sport of surfing have in common? The average, non-athletic type person (like me) may immediately say “absolutely nothing” and wonder why those two activities are even put into the same question. Although admittedly, once I actually thought about it, I did realize that both surfing […]

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Diablo Ballet’s Landmark 20th Season is About to Begin

By Diane Claytor Most of us are probably aware that the symbol for a 50th anniversary is gold; silver is the designated gift of choice for a 25th anniversary. With Diablo Ballet celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, I was curious as to what tradition says is the symbol for that milestone year. China and […]

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Creating a World Premiere

By Diane Claytor Robert Dekkers is apparently a man who doesn’t require a great amount of rest. And that’s a good thing because, when he told me about all the dance-related activities he has on his very busy schedule, I asked him when he possibly has time to sleep. If you read the last blog […]

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