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Pina Bausch Fellowship 2017

Applications are now open for the 2017 Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography, awarded annually. Open to artists from around the world, the fellowship enables the recipient to explore the techniques of a renowned choreographer by becoming a temporary member of the ensemble of their choice. The Pina Bausch Fellowship enables dancers and choreographers [...]

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English National Ballet’s Giselle

In a fresh take on the classic, an all new Giselle for English National Ballet will be eagerly anticipated by both traditional balletomane audiences and contemporary audiences. Khan’s Kathak influences will mean his Giselle for the boundary-pushing ballet company will be a complete refresh of the story, moving away from the perfection of pointe shoes. [...]

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Keeping dancing

Whilst many young dancers dream of becoming a professional, as age and experience increase there is sometimes the realisation that this may not become a reality. Despite this, there are many opportunities at school or college to continue to be involved in dance, without studying it solely at vocational level or in higher education. Many [...]

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Circus spectacles

London Wonderground on the capital city’s South Bank is a whole mix of summer fun. With the long-awaited summer beginning to show its face, this fairground of London entertainment is a must-see and a must-do. With a huge programme of comedy, cabaret, dance, theatre and circus, the Udderbelly Festival is hugely popular and adorned with [...]

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The art of cleaning choreography

With creating and teaching choreography to dancers, there is an inevitable point when the choreography has sunk in and it must be cleaned or tidied up so it is consistent across each dancer. The piece may rely on counts, the lyrics of the music it is danced to or even simply breath, so if this [...]

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Big Dance highlights for 2016

Big Dance 2016 saw 42,000 people take part in worldwide performance for the love of the art form. Not only were there Big Dance performances all over the UK, but also across the world in 44 countries, in locations such as Beirut, Tokyo, Texas and Hong Kong. Esteemed choreographer Akram Khan devised both the choreography [...]

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Northern Ballet’s Choreographic Laboratory

Northern Ballet has launched its second annual Choreographic Laboratory which brings together five emerging choreographers for a three-week intensive to research and develop ideas for new narrative dance, with Northern Ballet’s professional dancers. The Choreographic Laboratory culminates in Tell Tale Steps 2: Narrative in Ballet, a sharing at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in [...]

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The Young Choreographer’s Festival

The Young Choreographer’s Festival in New York City is celebrating its seventh year of presenting some of the most promising up-and-coming young artists. It will produce the work of 13 18-25 year olds selected by a judging panel, alongside seven Guest Artists at Symphony Space. The 2016 performance is taking place on Saturday 18 June, [...]

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Audition fees cap

Drama and dance schools across the UK may be forced to rethink their audition fees, if a recent call by Equity to do so is anything to go by. The union has stated that audition fees should be capped in order to widen access to schools and improve accessibility to training. It is a notion [...]

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Gaining stage presence

Stage presence is something that can come quite naturally to performers, however sometimes a little encouragement and pointers are required to propel a dancer in the correct direction. Whilst exceptional technique can be awe-inspiring, it is the entire package with emotion and commitment that makes a dancer unique. For a teacher, stage presence can be [...]

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