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Memorising Combinations

Dance Steps

Surprisingly many dance students find learning new combinations tricky and challenging. Of course the more you try to learn new exercises quickly the easier it becomes, but there are a few tricks to make it easier. During class, it is important to learn the movement at a fast pace, and then perform these exercises simultaneously. [...]

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Sylvie Guillem To Retire

Sylvie Guillem & Russell Maliphant in Push

The iconic and ethereal dancer Sylvie Guillem has announced that she will retire at the end of 2015. Having begun as a classical ballet dancer at the Paris Opera Ballet and then becoming a principal with the Royal Ballet, the French ballerina turned contemporary dancer will be sorely missed by her audiences. Guillem joined the [...]

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63% Say Dance Degrees Are “Valuable”

Dance Degree

A recent survey has revealed that 63% of UK residents consider a degree in Dance and the Performing Arts to be equally as valuable as any other theoretical subject, with a further 56% of parents stating they would take pride in their children pursuing a career in The Arts. As university fees rose dramatically from [...]

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Dance Direct’s New Look!

Dance Direct

For over a decade, Dance Direct has striven to provide the best value in dancewear, so dancers can focus more on their training and less on their kit. Although a lot has changed during this time, our ultimate goal of making affordable, high quality dancewear widely available remains at the heart of the Dance Direct [...]

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What Makes A Good Teacher?

Teachers are an integral part of a dancer’s development. Not only do they aim to build up the dancer’s talent and ability but they also act as a mentor and inspiration to the student. Teaching any subject of dance requires the teacher to be resourceful and flexible in their approach in order to get the [...]

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Conquering Stage Fright

Janet Leigh Screaming!

Fear backstage is common for at least 50% of performers, regardless of performance experience. More commonly known as “stage fright”, performance anxiety can be a constant problem or something that emerges over time. Stage fright can occur for many reasons, as well as bring unexplainable, such as because of an injury or recovery from one, [...]

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Project Plié’s First Yyear

ABT Project Plie Logo

As American Ballet Theatre celebrates its 75th anniversary, it will also celebrate the first birthday of Project Plié, its national initiative focusing on increasing racial and ethnic representation in ballet. Even in the US ballet is still incredibly streamlined, with nearly every major ballet company being made up mostly of Caucasian dancers. Project Plié seeks [...]

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An American In Paris

An American in Paris (First Recording)

Jean-Luc Choplin, the director of the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, has brought many American musicals to his Paris stage in recent years, with a focus on the work of Stephen Sondheim, in English with French subtitles. Recently it was announced that he is co-producing a new musical version of the Oscar-winning 1951 MGM movie [...]

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dance Track

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet has recently celebrated the success of its Dance Track programme, which seeks out and nurtures dance talent from primary schools across the City of Birmingham. It enables primary school pupils to access ballet, opening Birmingham Royal Ballet’s doors to those who would not ordinarily be introduced to the art-form. Over the 2013/14 [...]

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Your Next Dance Steps

Next Dance Steps

After years of dance study you’re enrolled on a dance programme! Your goal may to become a professional dancer, to teach or study dance further, so make sure you work hard and dedicate yourself to your studies. Keep an open mind and be willing to try something new. Your teachers will come with years of [...]

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