A New London theatres network

London theatres have joined forces in order to support creative artists recently, collectively known as STAMP (Supporting Theatre and Makers of Performance). The new network aims to improve working practices for artists who make new theatre and performance by sharing knowledge and increasing conversations between member organisations and artists.

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A new face for Strictly judges

Shirley Ballas, the British-born Ballroom and Latin dancer and international coach, has been confirmed as the new judge on Strictly Come Dancing. Originally from Wallasey, Shirley is a former ‘British Open to the World’ Champion, European, German, United Kingdom, United States and International Latin American Champion. Shirley is now a coach to many of the top professional and amateur dancers as well as a highly renowned sought-after adjudicator for Ballroom and Latin American competitions.

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NSCD’s Honorary Fellowships

Northern School of Contemporary Dance has awarded Honorary Fellowships for 2017 to Wayne McGregor CBE and Gary Clarke, representing the highest award the School can bestow. The prestigious titles were awarded earlier this month to the pair in recognition of their exceptional contribution to the school, contemporary dance as a whole, and to the current cultural landscape.

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Dementia-friendly moves for Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet has recently been awarded £150,000 by the Life Changes Trust to enable the company to become dementia-friendly, setting up a programme of dementia-friendly dance-based activities for people living with dementia, their carers and families across Scotland. The funding will also help the company raise awareness about the condition, with activities taking take place in Glasgow, where Scottish Ballet is based. Activities will also be taken to cities where the company tours, including Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. Continue reading Dementia-friendly moves for Scottish Ballet

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company

Running from 8 – 12 August 2017 at Sadler’s Wells, Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company’s Flamencura works to reconnect with flamenco’s roots, stripping away theatricality and narrative, and providing a platform for the company to present and express their deepest emotions. The company is led by acclaimed flamenco guitarist, composer, dramatist and producer Paco Peña. Continue reading Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company

New artistic director for National Youth Dance Company

National Youth Dance Company, the country’s flagship organisation for young dancers which is run by Sadler’s Wells, will work with renowned choreographer Sharon Eyal as the next Guest Artistic Director of the company. NYDC continues its search for the next intake of 30 young dancers to join the company for 2017-18, and work with Eyal to create a new dance production, with Experience Workshops taking place across England throughout July. Continue reading New artistic director for National Youth Dance Company