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Melissa Hamilton - Life and Ballet (2nd Blog Post)

Right now I am in France, half-way through four weeks of intensive work with my coach Masha Mukhamedov, to prepare for my debut in ‘Giselle’ with the Kremlin Ballet on September 24. Depending on your stature and contacts, you can get invites from companies around the world to perform not necessarily just in your home company. It’s a huge privilege and honour for me to get invited to Russia and I’m really looking forward to it.

I came here, to France, after a great week’s holiday with two friends in Ibiza. It was much needed and I have to say the island is a lot more beautiful than I had expected.  We took the boat trip...

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Melissa Hamilton - Life and Ballet (1st Blog Post)

June has been a very busy month as I have just finished performing a contemporary production of Cinderella here with Semperoper Ballett. This was a very modern Cinderella, choreographed by Stijn Celis, whose work I’d never seen before let alone performed before joining Semperoper. French Principal Fabien Voranger was my ‘Prince Charming’, the stepmother and step-sisters were all played by male dancers, rocking heels and dresses. I wore a simple blue slip dress and then transformed for the ball scene into a gorgeous, sparkling red gown.

It was my first time performing in bare feet!  The performance was just under an hou...

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Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2016 – Celebrating 25 years

This year with our partners at Business to Arts we are delighted to celebrate our Silver Anniversary – 25 years celebrating world-class relationships across arts and business.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise and champion the spirit of collaboration between businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships; bringing the arts and artists into mutually beneficial relationships across society.

In 2016 with confidence returning to parts of the economy, a changing funding pattern has emerged in the cultural sector with developments across earned income, public funding and private inve...

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Final Preperations for Michael McKillop

I’m leaving for the Paralympics on August 31 with a group of my teammates. Paralympics Ireland gave us a choice of three departure dates and they have a holding camp in Uberlandia beforehand, but I’m one of those flying straight to the athletes’ village because I feel 11 days will be enough to acclimatise and prepare. I only have one event - the T37 1500m – in Rio. I won the 800m and 1500m in London but, since then, the international body (IPC) decided there isn't room on the programme to allow a T37-38 800m. They want to encourage more female participation in Paralympic sport and have increased the number of events f...

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The Changing Face of Insurance

This article was written by Robert McEvoy who is the head of Allianz Ireland’s Direct business.

In mid-March of this year, Oliver Bäte the Allianz Group CEO addressed the attendees of the global digital and innovation forum CeBIT. A global insurance CEO presenting a keynote presentation at a technology forum is unique in itself but what was most refreshing for me was when he spoke about the need for industries to transform their business models in order to survive over the next decade.

Large global insurers are not renowned for admitting the need to transform their business models so as someone who has been fortunate en...

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Mark Rohan on Move to UCFB Sports College

Since graduating with an MBA in Sports Management from Madrid last month I’ve moved to UCFB, a sports college based in Wembley Stadium, for a six-week internship. But, in between, I was briefly in Portugal as I recently bought an orange farm in Messines, an agricultural town about 20 minutes’ drive from Albuferia in the Algarve. It hasn’t been lived in for 20 years so it needs a lot of work – it’s definitely a long-term project!

The plan is to design an environmentally-friendly sports retreat for high performance individuals and teams, with a holistic approach centred around the athlete or individual. I first went to P...

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