Looking back, 2014 felt like a bumper year for dance, bringing with it a bevy of exceptional premieres and revivals alike. There were glittering fairy-tale ballets and gritty social dramas, cracking debuts and bittersweet final bows. As ever, there was grace in spades, but at the same time it seems the athleticism of the stage has never been greater, particularly on the ballet side of things, where precarious lifts are now king and 180-plus degree extensions the rule and not the exception.
Sylvie Guillem. Photograph by Lesley Leslie-Spinks