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Strictly Dancing



Paquita



Introductory notes
Read about the evolution of this ballet
Galina Samsova
Find out more about the Producer of the ballet
Female roles
Read how Paquita allows the girls to shine after the male-dominated Edward II

Nine Sinatra Songs



Introductory notes
How Sinatra inspired the dance
Twyla Tharp
What built the choreographer's reputation?
Reviews
Read what the critics have said about previous BRB performances of the ballet

Daphnis and Chloë



Introductory notes
Find out about the original creative team behind the ballet
Character overviews
Find out about the characters in the ballet
Charmed Life: John Craxton RA
Find out about the artist responsible for the ballet's designs

Galina Samsova



Born in Stalingrad, Galina Samsova began her career with Ukrainian ballet in Kiev. She emigrated but has since returned as a guest artist to dance in Swan Lake and to undertake research for SWRB's production. She joined the National Ballet of Canada and made her West European debut in a French production of Cinderella, for which she won a gold medal in the Paris International Dance Festival. She then joined London Festival Ballet as a Principal. Later she and André Prokovsky formed their own small company, the New London Ballet, which toured in five continents with a repertory consisting mostly of specially created works. She first danced as a guest with SWRB in 1978 and joined as a Principal and teacher in 1980. Her roles included Lise (La Fille mal gardée), the title roles in Giselle, Raymonda Act III and Papillon, Eldest Sister (Las Hermanas), the Bride (La Fête étrange) and roles in Concerto and Les Sylphides. In 1980 she produced the grand pas from Paquita for the Company, dancing the leading role. In 1981 she collaborated with Peter Wright on Swan Lake, also dancing Odette / Odile at the first performance. She created roles in MacMillan'sQuartet, Prokovsky's Vocalise Opus 34 and the Woman in Seymour's Intimate Letters. She appeared as Carabosse in SWRB's first performance of its current production of The Sleeping Beauty. She was Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet.

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Galina Samsova

Born in Stalingrad, Galina Samsova began her career with Ukrainian ballet in Kiev. She emigrated but has since returned as a guest artist to dance in Swan Lake and to undertake research for SWRB's production. She joined the National Ballet of Canada and made her West European debut in a French production of Cinderella, for which she won a gold medal in the Paris International Dance Festival. She then joined London Festival Ballet as a Principal. Later she and André Prokovsky formed their own small company, the New London Ballet, which toured in five continents with a repertory consisting mostly of specially created works. She first danced as a guest with SWRB in 1978 and joined as a Principal and teacher in 1980. Her roles included Lise (La Fille mal gardée), the title roles in Giselle, Raymonda Act III and Papillon, Eldest Sister (Las Hermanas), the Bride (La Fête étrange) and roles in Concerto and Les Sylphides. In 1980 she produced the grand pas from Paquita for the Company, dancing the leading role. In 1981 she collaborated with Peter Wright on Swan Lake, also dancing Odette / Odile at the first performance. She created roles in MacMillan'sQuartet, Prokovsky's Vocalise Opus 34 and the Woman in Seymour's Intimate Letters. She appeared as Carabosse in SWRB's first performance of its current production of The Sleeping Beauty. She was Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet.