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Nicolas Le Riche
Nicolas Le Riche has agreed to extend his contract as artistic director of the Royal Swedish Ballet for two years and will now remain in the post until summer 2025. Photo: Royal Swedish Ballet / Henrik Halvarsson. 

François Alu

François Alu has announced that he is leaving the Paris Opera in order to pursue personal, artistic projects. LINK

John Neumeier

According to a report in the Frankfurter Rundschau, Royal Danish Ballet has ended its contract with John Neumeier following alleged complaints by some of the dancers of racial stereotyping in his ballet Othello. LINK

Patricia Ruanne

Former ballerina, teacher, coach and director Patricia Ruanne passed away on 1 November in Rome, aged 77. Born in Leeds on 3 June 1945, Ruanne danced with the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet and London Festival Ballet as a principal dancer. On retiring from the stage, she became a ballet mistress and coach, working with various different companies including the Paris Opera. 

ACE Funding

Arts Council England has announced significant changes with funding diverted from London to the regions as part of the government's 'levelling up' policy. The Royal Opera House has had its grant cut by 9% and English National Ballet loses 5% of its ACE funding. The chart lists dance companies with the first column of figures giving the average annual funding 2018-22 at April 2018; the second annual funding for 2022-23 extension year; and the third annual funding offered for 2023-26 on 4 November 2022. The complete list can be viewed at

Prix de Lausanne 2023

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the Prix de Lausanne has announced the names of the dancers selected to participate in the next international ballet competition which will take place from 29 January - 5 February 2023 at the newly refurbished Beaulieu Theatre in Lausanne. A list of the selected dancers can be viewed HERE. As part of the celebrations the Prix de Lausanne will also be presenting a Gala of Stars, including Laura Fernandez, Friedemann Vogel, Mayara Magri, António Casalinho and and others on 5 February 2023.