Help for dancers in New York

New York’s H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory, maintains that one in every three dancers in New York City lives under the poverty line, and may lack the resources to purchase the ingredients they need to make nutritious meals. This is in addition to the fact that dancers are busy, and often running around from class to rehearsal to performance to other work. We know that fuelling the body with healthy food is essential to dancing as best as possible, so this is often a problem. Continue reading Help for dancers in New York

Dance for older learners

Across the UK, dance for older learners is on the rise. It is not simply dance that is the benefit for older dancers, but also the provision of challenges and the promotion of the ageing body through dance. Some participants may have prior experience of dance and some have none, however it is clear that many have discovered the benefits of dance, such as increased social opportunities, wellbeing and the chance to meet like-minded people. Continue reading Dance for older learners

Recruiting for The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance

As The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (The Lowry CAT) celebrates alumni working across the dance sector, and one of their class of 2017 students Matthew Rawcliffe reaches the BBC Young Dancer 2019 Grand Final, the North West base of the national training scheme is looking to recruit aspiring young male and female dancers for its next cohort of students. Continue reading Recruiting for The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance

Jasmine Rose Man of Transitions Dance Company

This Spring the UK’s original graduate dance company – Transitions Dance Company – embarks on a tour of UK and European venues with a newly commissioned triple bill from choreographers Karole Armitage, Hetain Patel and Marina Collard. The three works From Dirt To Soil (Karole Armitage), many much, many much too many (Marina Collard) and You Tube Made Me (Hetain Patel) range from graceful precision to the wry and mischievous in a programme that showcases this year’s superb company of international dance artists. Continue reading Jasmine Rose Man of Transitions Dance Company

Overcoming stage fright

Stage fright can be a common occurrence for dancers – or any performer – whether they are amateur or professionals, ballet dancers, contemporary dancers or even singers and actors. Everyone can experience stage fright at some point, which can begin as plain nervousness while they are performing. With dancers fully fledged stage fright could mean you can’t remember the steps or are frightened to present yourself on the stage, and it can cause extreme emotions. Continue reading Overcoming stage fright

Barre fit

There are a multitude of barre fitness classes popping up throughout both the dance and fitness industry, tapping into the ever-hungry market for something new to try in the name of health and wellbeing. There has been some debate as to whether these classes can be defined as dance, or whether they sit purely within the fitness remit. Whilst there are often elements of dance in these classes – whether their aim is to tone, stretch or raise the heart rate – it is arguable that they fall under the fitness guise when looking at the credibility of the dance content. Continue reading Barre fit

The importance of musical theatre training

The musical theatre genre, which helps populate West End, Broadway and many other theatres across the world, is hugely important to the training of an aspiring performer. Without the skills of acting, singing and dancing, alongside everything else today’s musical theatre courses offer, there is less chance of success for that performer. While the phrase ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’ often rings true, in performing arts there needs to be a certain level of skill too. Performers who excel in all three areas are known as triple threats, and often have a competitive advantage against their counterparts if they are, for example, a strong singer but weak dancer. Continue reading The importance of musical theatre training