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The 16th National Dance Awards

The 16th Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards were presented at The Place on 25 January – hosted by Arlene Phillips CBE – highlighting many achievements in dance for 2015. There was a great breadth of nominations, with over 400 dancers, choreographers and companies deemed of such high quality by critics to be recommended for an [...]

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Nederlands Dans Theater returns to the UK

Last seen in the UK in 2012, one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary dance companies, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, will return to the UK this spring. As part of a Dance Consortium tour, the company will begin in Woking in April and conclude at Sadler’s Wells, London in May. While the tour programme is [...]

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The Australian Ballet – London-bound

As the Australia Day celebrations subside, The Australian Ballet are busy preparing for its London performances in July 2016, with Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake on the bill from 13–16 July and Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella from 20–23 July at the London Coliseum. Under the artistic helm of David McAllister, The Australian Ballet was last seen in [...]

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Shakespeare Festival announced

The BBC recently announced the 2016 Shakespeare Festival, with big star names involved in the celebrations including David Tennant, Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch. Tennant will host the programme, which will be broadcast during the weekend of Shakespeare’s birthday in April. Directed by Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran, the cast will include – [...]

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Swing to win

Have you been to see a show recently and wondered what the term “swing” means in the programme? While there may be star names topping the cast lists, many advocate that the unsung heroes of the show are the swing dancers, the performers who cover multiple roles in the production. These performers may have to [...]

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Tips for touring

Touring in a production is a common part of performers’ lives, travelling to different theatres both nationally and internationally. Tours can last from a few weeks to a year or more, and shows can play at theatres for one night only or several weeks. Touring can suit some completely, with the excitement of being ‘on [...]

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Choreography conquests

For some dancers, the ultimate goal is to become a performer, however others set their hearts on teaching, and others aspire to create. For the upcoming choreographers of the dance world, the shift to the creative side of dance is a result of identifying the interest and building on this choreographic experience. Some dancers move [...]

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Midlands Dance Hub

On 15 January Birmingham Royal Ballet played host to a day of new dance creations as a result of the newly formed Midlands Dance Hub. The day welcomed a varied selection of Midlands-based dance practitioners and creators into its home studios for a day of combined classes and workshops focused on the creation and presentation [...]

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Ashley Shaw – from Australia to Aurora

Originally from Australia, Ashley grew up in Nelson Bay where she first began dancing at the age of three. She trained in classical ballet, contemporary and jazz at the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy in Newcastle, where she studied fulltime for two years. At 15 she was awarded the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal and [...]

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Merger for Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and Dance Teachers’ Benevolent Fund

The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and the Dance Teachers’ Benevolent Fund have recently announced the merging of the two organisations, following extensive liaison between the charities. In the joining of the organisations, the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund will continue as a registered charity, remaining as an important dance welfare organisation for dancers. The Royal Ballet [...]

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