Vikki Jane Vile

Vikki Jane Vile

Vikki Jane Vile has been reviewing dance for twelve years, specialising in classical dance and Ballroom, with a specific passion for Strictly. In 2018, she became a member of the Critics' Circle for Dance.

Vikki also wrote for Dancing Times from 2010 until the magazine's closure in 2022, as well as CultureWhisper and LondonDance.com. She currently also regularly reviews for Bachtrack.com and Dance for You magazine.

She is currently based in Germany, but that doesn't stop her making frequent flying visits to London for "essential" performances. 






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Review: GISELLE, London Coliseum
Review: GISELLE, London Coliseum
January 13, 2024

Fresh from no fewer than 40 performances of Wayne Eagling’s Nutcracker (a production which now seems to thankfully be going into retirement) English National Ballet, are back less than a week later to round off their Coliseum season, this time it’s Mary Skeaping’s Giselle which they last performed seven years ago. 

Review: CINDERELLA, Royal Albert Hall
Review: CINDERELLA, Royal Albert Hall
June 17, 2023

It’s exactly four years since English National Ballet brought Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella to the Royal Albert Hall. It sat happily in my memory, from 2019, as a visual spectacle; the opulent ball scene, those slapstick sisters and Julian Crouch’s fantastical designs. Now it returns, these elements still intact however the central choreography still feels weak, meaning the Principals do not dazzle as they always should, however the immersive experience of the Albert Hall and the charm of the corps still hold vast appeal. 

Review: UNTITLED, 2023/CORYBANTIC GAMES/ANASTASIA ACT III, Royal Opera House
Review: UNTITLED, 2023/CORYBANTIC GAMES/ANASTASIA ACT III, Royal Opera House
June 11, 2023

Perhaps it’s already clear, but this is a rather subdued triple bill to bring the 22/23 season to a close. Earnest in tone and at times devastating in appeal. 

Review: BALLET BLACK: PIONEERS, Theatre Royal, Stratford East
Review: BALLET BLACK: PIONEERS, Theatre Royal, Stratford East
May 19, 2023

Ballet Black is now in its 21st season, Cassa Pancho’s company entering somewhat of a new era after the retirement of company favourite, Cira Robinson and the addition of some junior members to its ranks.

Review: THE GREAT GATSBY, Sadler's Wells
Review: THE GREAT GATSBY, Sadler's Wells
May 18, 2023

A visit from Leeds-based Northern Ballet every Spring at Sadler’s Wells is always a highlight of the dance calendar, and never more so when at their glittering best with their unique dance interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Review: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, Royal Opera House
Review: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, Royal Opera House
January 18, 2023

After a long, hard run of Nutcracker, both London’s premier ballet companies are providing somewhat of a Tchiakovsky exhibition with English National Ballet offering Swan Lake and now the Royal Ballet giving one of their signature works, The Sleeping Beauty, an extended run until June.

Review: NUTCRACKER, London Coliseum
Review: NUTCRACKER, London Coliseum
December 17, 2022

There’s not much to say about Wayne Ealing’s 2010 Nutcracker from English National Ballet that has not already been said. It’s left to the dancers to keep the production a lively Christmas treat, and fresh from Tamara Rojo’s departure as Artistic Director, how are the company shaping up? It’s all looking rather promising, actually … 

Review: EK/FORSYTHE/QUAGEBEUR, Sadler's Wells
Review: EK/FORSYTHE/QUAGEBEUR, Sadler's Wells
November 12, 2022

Time for the annual treat that is an ENB mixed bill at Sadler’s Wells, on this occasion featuring a couple of lockdown greatest hits, and a bold new production of The Rite of Spring. 

Review: MEN IN MOTION, London Coliseum
Review: MEN IN MOTION, London Coliseum
November 9, 2022

Ivan Putrov’s annual celebration of the male dancer returns to the Coliseum with a diverse programme of work, old and new. “Ballet conjures up an image of tutus and pointe shoes,” he says, keen to showcase what else the art form can offer since 2012.

Review: ZOONATION: MIXTAPE, Sadler's Wells
Review: ZOONATION: MIXTAPE, Sadler's Wells
October 10, 2022

A celebration of ZooNation and their greatest hits from the last 20 years was always going to pack a punch, but Kate Prince’s Company of charismatic hip-hop dancers can do wit, comedy, pathos and poignancy too.

Review: UNITED UKRAINIAN BALLET'S GISELLE, London Coliseum
Review: UNITED UKRAINIAN BALLET'S GISELLE, London Coliseum
September 16, 2022

Comprising over fifty Ukrainian refugee dancers, the United Ukrainian Ballet’s debut in London was always going to be a moving and courageous showing.

BWW Review: WILD TANGO at Peacock Theatre
BWW Review: WILD TANGO at Peacock Theatre
May 17, 2022

Save for COVID, German Cornejo and his company of Tango dancers have thrilled audiences with their sultry, authentic displays of the much loved Ballroom dance for countless seasons in London. It may have been predictable but it was enjoyable and well executed. Now for their return post-pandemic, they are trying something new, but unfortunately it’s a much poorer vehicle for displaying the talents of highly skilled dancers.

BWW Review: BALLET BLACK at Theatre Royal, Stratford East
BWW Review: BALLET BLACK at Theatre Royal, Stratford East
May 16, 2022

Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black turned 20 last year and to mark this milestone they celebrated with a double bill of two works seen at the Barbican earlier this year and now touring; one an out and proud affirmation on their journey as a company and the second a tribute to their ancestry and heritage.

BWW Review: CASANOVA at Sadler's Wells
BWW Review: CASANOVA at Sadler's Wells
May 12, 2022

Five years since its premiere, Kenneth Tindall’s Casanova remains a distinctive and highly engaging addition to Northern Ballet’s repertoire. It’s danced with confident storytelling by its cast and Christopher Oram’s set design is glossy and slick and of course, it’s pretty hot, this is all about seduction not smut. It’s only foible remains the heft of the narrative.

BWW Review: JEWELS at Staatsoper Unter Den Linden
BWW Review: JEWELS at Staatsoper Unter Den Linden
April 22, 2022

With the closing months of Staatsballett Berlin’s 21/22 season turning its attention to some full length classics including Sleeping Beauty and Onegin, an alternative is offered in the form of George Balachine’s plotless ballet, Jewels. It’s a celebrated neo-classical work which can be seen in the repertoire of companies across the world. With its dazzling costumes and featuring music from Stravinsky and Tchiakovsky, both traditionalists and contemporary fans can find something to enjoy in its beauty.

BWW Review: THE FORSYTHE EVENING, Sadler's Wells
BWW Review: THE FORSYTHE EVENING, Sadler's Wells
April 2, 2022

Just under a year ago, English National Ballet debuted one of the first post-COVID programmes of new work entitled Reunion. It was a delight to be back in the theatre even if it was socially distanced and we were all masked up and tested within an inch of our lives, as a result it was lovely but sanitised (literally).

BWW Review: SWAN LAKE, Royal Opera House
BWW Review: SWAN LAKE, Royal Opera House
March 11, 2022

​Some nights at Covent Garden feel heavy with a sense of occasion and this particular performance of Swan Lake, taking place a week after opening night, was certainly one of them. Liam Scarlett’s Swan Lake is not even 4 years old as a production in the Royal Ballet’s repertoire but it already has history. Tragically, Scarlett took his own life last year after allegations of sexual misconduct that were never upheld. This run of his interpretation was on it’s second outing in March 2020 and has some particular unfinished business with a sweep of exciting debuts still to be enjoyed over the course of performances which run until May. Two of those debuts are from young Principals Anna Rose O’Sullivan and Marcelino Sambé, and what a memorable pairing they are.

BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET, Royal Opera House
BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET, Royal Opera House
January 13, 2022

The opening night for MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, a production much loved by the audiences of Covent Garden, saw another dubious opportunity for Artistic Director Kevin O’Hare to take to the Opera House stage and announce “significant changes” to the billed cast. Cue much sighing from the near-full auditorium as it was revealed Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli would be stepping in for an isolating Natalia Osipova and Reece Clarke. As replacements go, it’s not bad. 

BWW Review: DON QUIXOTE at Deutsche Oper
BWW Review: DON QUIXOTE at Deutsche Oper
December 10, 2021

A little over a year ago, I attended a performance of Giselle from the Staatsballett Berlin whilst in the knowledge that the next day Corona restrictions would mean a premature end to the run. Fast forward to this year and performances are going ahead under strict “2G” regulations (you must be recovered or vaccinated and wear a mask at all times). Favouring Victor Ullate’s (after Petipa) crowd pleasing Don Quixote over the Christmas tradition of Nutcracker this year, the company tackle the challenge gamely although this particular performance lacked the magical feel that going to the ballet at Christmas should give. 

BWW Review: STARSTRUCK at Glasgow Theatre Royal (Streaming)
BWW Review: STARSTRUCK at Glasgow Theatre Royal (Streaming)
December 2, 2021

Anyone who enjoys that unmistakable Singin’ in the Rain aesthetic, the razzle dazzle of Hollywood and dreamy Broadway scores will have a very happy hour watching Scottish Ballet’s Starstruck. Gene Kelly was originally asked to choreograph a work for Paris Opera Ballet in 1960, the piece, Pas de Dieux, was celebrated as a “breath of fresh air” at the time, and was widely acknowledged as bringing the “American style” to Europe. In this opulent re-imagining, new audiences can enjoy a slice of joyful nostalgia.






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