The importance of musical theatre training

The musical theatre genre, which helps populate West End, Broadway and many other theatres across the world, is hugely important to the training of an aspiring performer. Without the skills of acting, singing and dancing, alongside everything else today’s musical theatre courses offer, there is less chance of success for that performer. While the phrase ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’ often rings true, in performing arts there needs to be a certain level of skill too. Performers who excel in all three areas are known as triple threats, and often have a competitive advantage against their counterparts if they are, for example, a strong singer but weak dancer. Continue reading The importance of musical theatre training

Actor dancers

It is becoming more and more common to see ballet dancers swapping the stage for screen, and vice versa, such as Sergei Polunin and Misty Copeland starring in the Nutcracker film last year, alongside Keira Knightly. Many film and TV stars aspired to succeed in ballet before they graced the big screen too, such as Lily James of Arts Ed Tring, practising pliés and grand jetés in a studio long before the film studio. Some may be more well known than others, but they all reinforce the foundations training in ballet has for so many. Continue reading Actor dancers

Yorke Dance Project’s 20th anniversary

Yorke Dance Project celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, at Clore Studio Upstairs, Royal Opera House with TWENTY. New works by Robert Cohan CBE, Sophia Stoller and Yorke-Edgell feature alongside the first restaging of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Playground since its Edinburgh Festival premiere, by Sadler’s Wells Ballet in 1979. Continue reading Yorke Dance Project’s 20th anniversary

Acrobatics vs dance

With gymnastics predominantly classed as a sport and dance an art, it seems the boundaries of the two are blurring as dancers aspire to more ways to stand out from the crowd. Gymnastics has always had a connection to dance – at the Olympic Games the gymnasts must incorporate an element of ‘dance’ to their floor routines – however gymnastics and acrobatics do now always belong in dance. Continue reading Acrobatics vs dance

West End Stage returns to London this August

The week-long theatre summer school for 8 – 21 years olds, West End Stage, returns to London this August, as the ultimate summer holiday activity for young performers. In 2006, West End Stage began, with the aim of igniting a global passion for theatre, bringing together young people from all over the world through their shared love of performing. In 2018, when the summer school celebrated its 10,000th student, 26% of students attended from outside the UK, coming from 52 countries. Continue reading West End Stage returns to London this August

Russell Maliphant Company’s world premiere

The Olivier Award-winning Russell Maliphant Company held the world premiere of much anticipated new work, Silent Lines, at DanceEast in Ipswich on 5 and 6 April; a ground-breaking new dance production with video artist Panagiotis Tomaras and new team of exceptional dancers. The premiere at DanceEast, where it is ‘Company in Residence’, will now be followed by a UK national tour running through to October, featuring dates in Nottingham, Newcastle, Guildford, Salford Quays, Wycombe, Birmingham, Taunton, Newport, Lancaster and London, with more to be announced. Continue reading Russell Maliphant Company’s world premiere

Central School of Ballet announces Virtual Conservatoire

Central School of Ballet, along with five of the UK’s leading conservatoires, has announced an ambitious project to provide new state-of-the-art facilities using digital technology. The creative collaboration will allow the consortium’s students and partners to learn, train and perform across multiple locations in real time, diving straight into the future of arts training and performance using technology. Continue reading Central School of Ballet announces Virtual Conservatoire