Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in cinemas nationwide

The legendary and award-winning dance production, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, will be screened in cinemas nationwide on 21 May. It has become a modern classic, much beloved by the British public and throughout the world. Its popularity has never been greater and several generations of audiences have been inspired and moved by its universal story of love and acceptance. 24 years after Swan Lake was first performed more people than ever will be able to experience the dramatic power and mesmerising performances on the big screen. Continue reading Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in cinemas nationwide

National Dance Company Wales appoints Dance Ambassadors to Wales programme

National Dance Company Wales is working with venues and community partners in three regions of Wales to introduce new people to dance. NDCWales has appointed three Dance Ambassadors to help attract new audiences for dance in those regions, delivering participation activity and raising the profile of dance. This model of working was piloted last year when the company received a similar grant from Arts Council England to work with four venues which wanted to develop engagement with young people and adults. Continue reading National Dance Company Wales appoints Dance Ambassadors to Wales programme

How to perfect the splits

Dancers are renowned for their flexibility, and to many non-dancers, the main aspect that defines ‘a dancer’ is whether they can do the splits or not! Without entering into the nature of nurture debate, it is without question that dancers have an increased range of motion in comparison to the average person, and therefore dancers’ flexibility is something that can be greatly motives upon. Continue reading How to perfect the splits

Difficulty vs execution

When a dancer is finding their feet within the performing arts sector, and getting to grips with all its intricacies, they could be forgiven for thinking that when they are performing, it is better to perform something more difficult rather than perform it well. Unfortunately this does not bode well, in particular in terms of the dancer’s development, how they are perceived by others and also their expectations of the world of dance around them. Continue reading Difficulty vs execution

Richard Alston Dance Company celebrates its 25th anniversary with Quartermark

Richard Alston Dance Company returns to Sadler’s Wells on 1 and 2 March with Quartermark, a programme celebrating 25 years of choreographic creativity, life-enhancing music and superb performers. Quartermark features two London premieres – Richard Alston’s Brahms Hungarian and Martin Lawrance’s Detour – and a revival of Alston’s 2006 work Proverb. This will be the first of the company’s final two seasons at Sadler’s Wells ahead of the company’s closure in March 2020. Continue reading Richard Alston Dance Company celebrates its 25th anniversary with Quartermark