Teamwork makes the dream work

Teamwork is the cornerstone of most sports, and it often is for dance too. Dancing – for some – is mostly an individual sport, and the focus can often be on yourself and your skill as an individual. However events like fundraisers, galas or competitions require dancers to work as a team, consolidating their skills as individual performers. Dancers can also compete as soloists at competitions, but even then, support from teammates from your dance school or group is necessary even if they’re competing against you. Continue reading Teamwork makes the dream work

Northern Ballet’s autumn season

Northern Ballet will open its autumn season with the world première of three new dance pieces in its Mixed Programme, with performances in Leeds and Doncaster. Giving Yorkshire audiences the chance to be the first to see work by upcoming and award-winning choreographers, Northern Ballet’s world-class dancers will perform The Shape of Sound by Kenneth Tindall, The Kingdom of Back by Morgann Runacre-Temple and Mamela… by Mlindi Kulashe (a dancer of the company). The Mixed Programme will première at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds until 15 September, before performances at Cast in Doncaster on 21 & 22 September. Continue reading Northern Ballet’s autumn season

Mamma Mia! the party

Executive producer Björn Ulvaeus and producer Ingrid Sutej have announced that MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY, an immersive theatrical and dining experience launched in Stockholm, will take up residency in a specially-adapted venue within London’s The O2. The London production of MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY is set to open in late spring 2019, with tickets going on sale this autumn. MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY opened in January 2016, and it is now in its third sold-out year. Continue reading Mamma Mia! the party

Make pointe work pain free

If you’re a professional dancer wearing pointe shoes all day, it is likely that you will experience pain with pointe work. However, it is possible for pointe to be pain-free, especially for dancers who just take weekly classes or who are not aiming for vocational training: those who would like their pointe work to be a little more enjoyable. Continue reading Make pointe work pain free

Dance over exercise for brain health

A new study, published in the Frontiers neuroscience journal, has found that learning to dance helped older people combat cognitive decline and improved their balance at a greater rate than simply physical exercise. The well-known adage is ‘use it or lose it’ however it is interesting to note that dance is ranked higher than just exercise in terms of benefitting body and mind. The study was undertaken by neuroscientists showing dance to improve brain health. Continue reading Dance over exercise for brain health

Professional rejection

Even professional dancers at the top of their game can be rejected. Whilst they may appear to hold their heads high, it is a truly hard moment of any career, and dancers can sometimes find it hard to spring back following this. As painful as the experience may be, it is possible to rebuild your career after being rejected or fired. The key is to part ways like a professional, regain confidence and have greater success next time. Continue reading Professional rejection