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Birmingham Royal Ballet to make history

Birmingham Royal Ballet will make history tomorrow by featuring the country's first ever non-white swan in Swan Lake.

Traditionally ballet has been viewed as a white middle-class art form full of pale princesses.

But the dance company says it hopes the performance will show people that ballet is for everyone, regardless of race or background.

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'Crochetdermy' - life size animals made from wool

Shauna Richardson from Leicestershire creates life size animals using nothing more than a crochet hook and a pile of wool. She calls it 'crochetdermy' - a mixture of taxidermy and knitting. It produces surprisingly lifelike animals.

Crocheted animals Credit: ITV Central News
Crocheted animals Credit: ITV Central News
Crocheted animals Credit: ITV Central News
Crocheted animals Credit: ITV Central News

'Crochetdermy' - a mixture of crochet and taxidermy

Shauna Richardson from Leicestershire creates life size animals using nothing more than a crochet hook and a pile of wool. She calls it 'crochetdermy' - a mixture of taxidermy and knitting. It produces surprisingly lifelike animals.

Crochetdermy Credit: ITV Central News
Crochetdermy Credit: ITV Central News
Crochetdermy Credit: ITV Central News
Crochetdermy Credit: ITV Central News

Country's first ever mixed race ballet leads

Birmingham Royal Ballet will make history tomorrow by featuring the country's first ever mixed race leads in Swan Lake. Celine Gittens will take to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with her partner Tyrone Singleton.

Celine Gittens will take to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with her partner Tyrone Singleton. Credit: ITV Central News
Celine Gittens will take to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with her partner Tyrone Singleton. Credit: ITV Central News
Celine Gittens will take to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with her partner Tyrone Singleton. Credit: ITV Central News

The dance company says traditionally ballet has been viewed as a white middle class art form but they are hoping the performance will show that ballet is for everyone, regardless of race or background.

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