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Pop Princess Nicole Scherzinger To Star In Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats

Nicole Scherzinger

Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger will make her West End stage debut this year when she takes to the stage as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats. The musical, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographer by Gillian Lynne, will return to the West End for a strictly limited run from 6 December at [...]

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Perform with Candoco Dance Company

Candoco Dance Company

Candoco Dance Company is searching for 13 guest performers from any background to join the company for an exciting performance project in 2015: applications close on Sunday 9 November 2014 at 12pm. The work, entitled The Show Must Go On, was created in 2001 by French choreographer Jérôme Bel. The show examines the relationship between [...]

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DARREN CHARLES – A Harlem Dream’s SAL

Darren Charles

Darren was born in London England in the 1980s. He gained a scholarship for vocational training at The Urdang Academy where he trained extensively in acting, singing and dance. He graduated in 2007 with honours and went straight into his first show Carmen Jones at The Royal Festival Hall London. Since then Darren has played [...]

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ROBIA BROWN – A Harlem Dream’s CONSTANCE

Robia Brrown

Robia has been performing, choreographing and teaching in London for over 10 years. She has worked with companies and choreographers such as Avant Garde Dance Company, A&R Dance, Definitives and Ivan Blackstock, as well as creating work as a solo artist. She has taught masterclasses across the UK and Europe sharing her vast knowledge with [...]

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BBC Young Dancer 2015

BBC Young Dancer 2015

BBC Young Dancer 2015 is a new award for young people that showcases the very best of young British dance talent. Young dancers will enter in one of four categories: ballet, contemporary, hip hop and South Asian dance. The competition will culminate in a grand finale at Sadler’s Wells, London, when the best dancers in [...]

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Student Ballet Dancer Of The Year 2014 Winner Announced!

Amelia O

A few months ago, we started a competition with the hope of crowning a young dancer here in the UK, Dance Direct’s Student Ballet Dancer of the Year. To enter, any interested parties had to submit a video of themselves showcasing their dancing skills, to be judged by Dance Direct blog writer, Jessica Wilson. The [...]

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Being Mindful Of Health

Health

In maintaining your health as a dancer it is important to consider all of the aspects of health which are equally as important as each other. For example nutrition through food and drink is used for the body’s every function, from muscle contraction to nerve impulses, with many nutrients taking on more than one job [...]

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Training In Fosse-Style Jazz

Bob Fosse

Like many other choreographers, such as George Balanchine and Martha Graham, Bob Fosse is one who created lots of spectacular work and an entire stylistic repertoire. His movements are slinky and sensual yet always have much emotional depth. Fosse died over 25 years ago yet his style is still desired and emulated widely, especially throughout [...]

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UK theatres under threat

Brighton Hippodrome

The Brighton Hippodrome, Plymouth’s Palace Theatre and the Victoria Theatre in Salford are at the top of this year’s Theatre Buildings at Risk Register, which lists 33 venues around the UK. Although the number of theatres has decreased, the Theatres Trust has warned the drop is partly down to changes to the way it focuses [...]

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The Many Facets Of Dance

Zumba Class

Regardless of your favourite dance discipline, it is important to maintain your practice in other dance forms to both complement and balance your training. Whilst one discipline may be concentrated on, it is beneficial both physically and mentally to take part in other dance forms other than your main interest. Many teachers encourage their students [...]

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